Salmon Cakes

I always thought salmon cakes were a boring kind of dish… “Oh joy, salmon cakes!” (sarcasm intended) but when I found myself with left over cooked salmon fillets, I thought I would finally give them a go.

A Sunday BBQ is where these fishy patties had their debut and they were loved by all! I found them to be a great accompaniment to my usual BBQ fare and they added some extra diversity to my spread.

So, would I make them again? You Bet!!

Salmon Cakes

Makes 8

  • 500g (1.1lb) potatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 415g (1lb) cooked salmon, flaked or canned red salmon, drained with skin and bones removed & flaked
  • 2 tbs drained capers, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots (scallions) finely chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/3 cup dry multi grain breadcrumbs
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper
  • dry multi grain breadcrumbs, extra, to coat
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  1. Cook the potatoes in a saucepan of boiling water until tender. Drain well, mash and cool slightly.
  2. Place the mashed potato, salmon, capers, shallots, egg and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Season well with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture into 8 patties. Coat the patties in a thin layer of extra breadcrumbs. Put on a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add patties to pan and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden brown. Serve the salmon cakes with the salad and the lemon wedges if desired.

11 comments to Salmon Cakes

  • these look really tasty… the great thing about them as well is that they’re nice and fat… my mum makes these amazing salmon fishcakes, with tinned salmon!!! OMG I hear you cry… but the tinned salmon just has more of an intense flavour and they are so lovely… i’ll have to post the recipe some time

  • I bet these would be great for lunch the next day as well! I’ll have to give them a try :)

  • I’ve never tried this before but I bet it tastes great! Can’t wait to try it sometime.

  • I’ve never made my own salmon burgers before, but these look great! I love how you added potato to the patties, I bet that helped them stay together! Thanks for sharing!

  • This is one of those foods from my childhood! I’ve never tried making them, but will now! Thanks for the recipe, Susan! :)

  • These salmon cakes sound delicious. I love fish cakes of any kind. The capers must add really great flavor to these. Yum!

  • this look so yummy..salmon cakes are my favorite.

  • Vonnie

    Hi Susan
    Simon is going to make me some of these, Yum. Your site is very good!

  • I’ve made these, or a version of this recipe and they went off so well too, everyone loved them. Capers really do go so well with salmon.

  • I’m certainly happy for you to no longer find these fish patties boring…especially when they can be enjoyed with so many different, tasty sauces ;o)
    I’ve made different versions myself…and I really like your spin on it too.

    Flavourful wishes,

  • Von

    I’ve always thought salmon cakes were really yummy- never mind that I’ve never had them before, but I do love salmon….I’ll have to try these some day!

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