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Delicious Fresh Salmon Patties-Cakes
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4.72 from 14 votes


Delicious delicate, crisp and fresh salmon patties/cakes are easy to make and perfect for lunch, dinner or a snack. These patties with bite-sized chunks of salmon are small but bursting with flavor.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine Southern American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Author April


  • ½ lb fresh salmon
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
  • ½ cup small diced red bell peppers (small pepper)
  • ½ cup small-diced yellow bell pepper (small pepper)
  • ¼ tsp good quality olive oil
  • 1 tbsp capers drained
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 1 ½ tbsp 3 celery stalks diced small
  • 1 ½ tsp old bay seasoning
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup 3 slices of bread, ends trimmed that has been processed in the food processor
  • ½ cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  • cup cornmeal optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place salmon on a sheet pan skin side down. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake the salmon for 15-20 minutes until just cooked through Remove from the oven cover with foil. Let the salmon rest for 10 minutes then chill in the refrigerator until cold. 
  • Meanwhile, place 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil and all the vegetables, parsley, the seasoning, hot sauce, Worcestershire, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper sauce in a large saute pan over medium low heat until the vegetables are soft, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.  
  • Place the bread crumbs on a sheet pan and toast in the oven for 5 minutes until lightly browned, tossing occasionally.
  • Flake the chilled salmon into a large bowl. Add the bread crumbs, mustard and and mayonnaise and eggs. Add the vegetable mixture and mix well. Cover with foil or saran wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Shape into 10 (2 ½ to 3-ounce) cakes. Sprinkle both sides of the salmon patties with cornmeal. (optional) This step is not in Ina's recipe but I like to add it. 
  • Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of  olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook patties for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through and browned. Drain salmon cakes on paper towels. Serve hot with your choice of sauce. See notes for sauce recipes/recommendations. 
  • Remoulade sauce
    4 tbsp plus ½ tsp good quality mayonnaise
    2 tbs Dijon mustard
    ¼ tsp pickle juice (optional)
    4 pinches of Cajun seasoning
    Add all ingredients to a bow and mix well. 
    Thai Chili sauce: Homemade or a good quality sauce
    Thai Chili Mayonnaise:
    4 tbs mayonnaise
    2 tbs  Homemade Thai chili sauce or a good quality (Add more for taste)
    Add all ingredients to a bow and mix well. 
    Simple lemon and mayo:
    4 tbsp mayonnaise
    ½ tbs fresh lemon juice, (Add more for taste)
    Add all ingredients to a bow and mix well. 
    Recipe adapted from Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa 


FYI: Recipe inactive time is 30 minutes. 
Freezer instructions: Shape into patties but do not cook them. Place patties on a baking sheet until they firm up some. Using wrapping paper wrap each patty in the plastic wrap then place them in a freezer Ziploc bag. Store for up to one month. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.  Cook the salmon per the recipe instructions.