Salmon Cakes – Crispy Salmon Patties

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes are one of my favourite dishes to make with leftover salmon. In fact, I usually buy a larger fillet, just so that I'll have leftovers to make these. You could make these with a quality canned salmon, but I think fresh salmon makes a big difference in flavour and texture in these patties.

Salmon Cakes
Salmon Cakes

Reinventing The Fish Cake

Do you remember fish cakes? The ones shaped like pucks, that came in the freezer section. I liked getting them for dinner as a kid, but I really don't recall them tasting much like fish. These salmon cakes re-invent those frozen oldies with fresh cooked wild sockeye salmon, along with some crunchy veggies and creamy mashed potatoes. A panko crust makes them crisp and golden. I don't know what I ever did without panko. Those little Japanese breadcrumbs make everything crispier, and are a staple in my kitchen.

Old Bay

Served with a simple lemon horseradish aoli, salmon cakes are a perfect meal with a salad on the side. You can use dill for seasoning, which is an obvious match for salmon, and a good one. But I'm using Old Bay seasoning, which I love to use on both seafood and mashed potatoes, and It's perfect in this recipe. Old Bay is a complex blend of spices containing among many others, celery salt, paprika, dry mustard, black pepper,and cloves. I'm working on a recipe for it. In the meantime, if you can find it in the yellow and blue can, it's worthwhile to have it on hand, for the distinctive and delicious flavour it adds to your seafood dishes.

And if you love Old Bay, you can even join the fan club here: Old Bay Nation.

Because of the Old Bay seasoning, I haven't added any salt to the recipe. If you like a little more salt, by all means, add some.

Horseradish in the aoli complements the salmon perfectly. But you can use any dipping sauce for these salmon patties.  And, the patties can become salmon burgers, too, just make them bigger and serve on a bun spread with the aoli.

More Salmon

Looking for more yummy salmon recipes? Check out Salmon, Spinach Mandarin SaladSalmon Chowder, or Sriracha Salmon Quesadillas.

Salmon Cakes
Salmon Cakes

How To Make Salmon Cakes

5 from 2 votes
Salmon Cakes – Crispy Salmon Patties
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

These delicious panko crusted crispy Salmon Cakes are easy to make, and perfect for appies, burgers,, or sliders

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 293 kcal
Author: Colleen
  • 1 russet potato peeled, boiled, mashed and cooled
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 cups cooked salmon separated into large flakes
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  1. peel and cut one large potato into 2 inch cubes, and boil until tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. While potato is cooking, dice bell pepper, celery, and green onion

  3. Drain and mash potato

  4. In a large bowl combine the vegetables with beaten egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, and potatoes
  5. Gently fold flaked salmon into potato mixture
  6. Shape mixture into about 12 balls, flattening them into patties on a plate with the panko crumbs, then turning to coat the other side with crumbs
  7. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  8. Fry the patties, in batches, until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes each side

  9. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and garnish with parsley
  10. For the aoli, mix together mayonnaise, horseradish and lemon zest.
  11. Serve hot, with lemon wedges.
Nutrition Facts
Salmon Cakes – Crispy Salmon Patties
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 250mg 10%
Potassium 489mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 17.5%
Vitamin C 41%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Salmon Cakes
Salmon Cakes
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10 thoughts on “Salmon Cakes – Crispy Salmon Patties

  1. These salmon cakes look like a great way to use up day old salmon! I’m in love with the crispy outside!

  2. I love these because you can freeze them for a quick meal on busy nights! Mini ones are great for applies (or for kids) too. Thanks for the reminder! I haven’t made these for a long time.

  3. These salmon cakes are delicious! Soft inside from the mashed potatoes, and crispy on the outside. We as well make salmon cakes with leftover salmon fillet, the best way! And that aioli is just the perfect complement!

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