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Salmon Cakes

With a simple lemon-herb sauce, these make-ahead patties are the perfect light supper for those nights when you would rather not fuss.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • servings: 8

Ingredients

For the Salmon Cakes

  • 2 pounds skinless salmon fillet
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For the Lemon-Herb Sauce

  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley, dill, or cilantro
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

Additional Flavorings (Choose One)

  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons minced capers
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 2 tablespoons minced pickled jalapeno chile

Cook's Note

To freeze: Form salmon cakes, but do not broil. Place them on a baking sheet; freeze until firm. Wrap each cake in plastic; transfer to resealable freezer bags. Store up to 1 month. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before broiling.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place fish on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely; pat dry with paper towels. Break salmon into smaller pieces; flake with a fork.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine scallions, breadcrumbs, and parsley. Add mayonnaise, mustard, eggs, lemon juice, and salmon. Season again with salt and pepper, plus an additional flavoring if desired. Mix gently until ingredients just hold together.

  3. Step 3

    Form mixture into 8 patties (each about 3 inches wide). Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until cold and firm, 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Make Lemon-Herb Sauce: Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, fresh lemon juice, and chopped herbs. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper.

  5. Step 5

    Heat broiler. Broil patties until lightly golden on top (without turning), 6 to 8 minutes. Serve with Lemon-Herb Sauce.

Source
Everyday Food, December 2005

Reviews (14)

  • 22 Jun, 2011

    The recipe calls for scallions, but they are not listed in the ingredients. I just added about 1/3 cup - green only, and used Tabasco as the extra ingredient. Also, my husband and I thought that the sauce was a bit too strong for the salmon cake. You need very little of it, if any at all. The cakes were delish! Another "keeper" recipe from Martha!

  • 8 Feb, 2011

    I made these for Super Bowl Sunday. Everyone loved them and was so impressed. I made them day ahead and broiled next day right before serving. The Lemon Herb Sauce is a must. Delicious. I made the sauce while the salmon cakes were broiling. Everyone commented how fresh the salmon cakes taste. You cannot get that freshness from a can. However, absolutely would use canned salmon in a time crunch. Once broiled, salmon flakes off skin quickly.

  • 22 Apr, 2010

    I chose to use canned salmon as it was what I had at home too. It was much easier and the recipe is very tasty. Everyone enjoyed it at my house!

  • 6 May, 2009

    intended to use canned salmon all along! It is in the cupboard, so use it.

  • 4 May, 2009

    Try using canned salmon instead

  • 4 May, 2009

    ksquared36- I thought the same thing!!! Seems like a lot of fuss for a "no fuss" meal... disappointing description.

  • 4 May, 2009

    Seems like a lot of work for a "no fuss" meal. By the time I roast the salmon - I'd rather just eat as is!

  • 4 May, 2009

    To freeze: Form salmon cakes, but do not broil. Place them on a baking sheet; freeze until firm.Wrap each cake in plastic; transfer to resealable freezer bags. Store up to 1 month. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before broiling.

  • 31 Mar, 2009

    How far from the broiler did you cook the patties? Thanks

  • 4 Jan, 2009

    It says "For freezing directions, see below." but I am not seeing any instructions. Thanks.

  • 2 Oct, 2008

    Place send freezing instructions as it was not included with the recipe. Thanks

  • 2 Oct, 2008

    I plan to make these for the freezer. Similar to the turkey burgers, I'll form them into individual patties, freeze on a tray, then wrap individually and put in freezer bags. I don't keep meat or fish in the freezer more than 2-3 months. Whatever state you live in, your state/county university extension will have wonderful pamphlets, many online, for freezing, dehydrating, storing, etc. food. A great resource.

  • 29 Sep, 2008

    Would you please include the freezing directions for these salmon cakes.
    Thank you.

  • 25 Aug, 2008

    I don't believe that the freezing directions were included with this recipe, or I've missed them completely. Could you please amend the recipe to provide these?
    Thank you.