Thursday, August 13, 2009

Salmon Cakes With A Few Twists

Last week, I read Kathy's blog, and she described salmon cakes (August 7 post) that she had made. Basically, she took her mother's basic recipe for salmon cakes and added some mayonnaise, which made the cakes light and fluffy.

Many years ago, I used to make salmon cakes, and I think I used a recipe very similar to Kathy's. But somehow, I had forgotten about them. So Kathy inspired me to pick up some canned salmon at the store. Well, if you have read my blog for a while, you know that I "can't" follow a recipe! This time was no different, plus I didn't have all the ingredients anyway... :o)

Here is what I ended up doing, which is really very similar to Kathy's recipe:

  • 1 can Wild Alaskan Salmon
  • 1/2 a red onion, finely diced - I was out of yellow onions
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 10 "giant" whole wheat wine crackers with herbs that I had purchased at a winery - this was a bit of a splurge, but they were the only crackers I had! The herbs, rosemary being the most pronounced, added a very nice touch to the salmon cakes! I think next time, when I don't use these crackers but some more economical ones, I will add a bit of finely chopped rosemary from our yard to the cakes.
  • Trader Joe's Wasabi Mayonnaise - I'm not really sure how much I used; I would guess about 2 - 3 tablespoons... - I was afraid that it was a bit too spicy, but this was the only mayonnaise I had. It turned out great and even hubby, who can't handle very spicy food, enjoyed the level of spiciness.
Here is what I did (sort of):
  • After crushing the crackers in a food processor, I combined all the ingredients.
  • Then I put the mixture in the fridge so that I could form it into cakes easier (Thanks Kathy for the tip!).
  • After a few hours, I formed the mixture into small cakes (the recipe yielded about 20 small cakes).
  • I sauteed the cakes in some olive oil for about two to three minutes on each side.
  • I served them on some mixed greens with a dollop of Wasabi mayonnaise on top of the cakes. (I initially didn't top hubby's with Wasabi mayonnaise, but he wanted some too...).
We loved these salmon cakes! They were crispy on the outside and flavorful and light on the inside. Thanks Kathy for the recipe and the reminder of a "forgotten" dish!

Questions: What is a dish that you used to make frequently but have forgotten about? Now, why don't you go and make it soon... :o)

Be well,


  1. Wasabi mayo sounds yummy! I'm not a fan of mayo but I love wasabi so that might seal the deal :) I haven't made my pancakes in a while but I remembered to make them this morning! yum!

  2. Those look so good. Here's an internet confession - I'm not a big fan of fish. But, I've never even had salmon. I think that will be my August resolution - try salmon. Do you buy it at the grocery store? And what do you look for?

  3. Hi Diane,

    When I met hubby, he didn't like fish either. One thing that helped him to like fish more was lots of lemon juice. I make a baked salmon dish and let the salmon sit in the fridge for a few hours in lemon juice, dill, salt, and pepper. Then I just bake it for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

    I make sure to buy wild salmon. It's available at my grocery store, but they have usually more farmed salmon, which is cheaper but not as good for you because of what it is fed. Farmed salmon is also not very good for the environment.

    For this recipe, I used canned wild salmon. Since there are lots of other flavors in the dish, it doesn't taste "fishy" - the dreaded word I hope hubby doesn't utter after he takes the first bite of any fish dish... :o)

  4. Andrea, those look SO GOOD! I love any sort of cake, be it crab or salmon or tuna or whatever- yum! I also absolutely adore's one fish my husband will willingly eat, too. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe...I'm going to put it in my file of things to try in the near future!

  5. Thanks for the shout out, Andrea. And you remembered to take pictures! I'm definitely going to try the wasabi version. I love sharing recipes and seeing the unique touches others give to them.

  6. Gorgeous Andrea!

    I used to make chili loaded w/ veggies, ground turkey breast and lager but now w/ the girls I don't make it for fear of the spice. I could always make a mild pot, couldn't it?

    Every year at this time I start to look forward to the fall/winter: the weather, the holidays and the cozy, warm food. Then in March, I feel the same (expect I look forward to fresh fruit and sunshine ;-). I guess most of us are like that, no?

  7. Did you know I can't eat salmon, fish or just about ANYTHING without TJ's wasabi Mayo?

    I probably crave that more than those lemon cupcakes!

    I am THRILLED someone else does this !

    I have learned I crave salmon becasue I am really wanting wasabi! I dip artichoke in it, eat it on toast with avocado, SALMON..(of course)it's becoming compulsive!

    to all your readers....if you haven't given this mayo a try (and you like wasabi of course) TRY IT! the "other" stuff just won't have the same BAM! anymore!


  8. Ooh, I bet using something like mustard would make for a really interesting alternative to mayo...

  9. They look great! Thanks for sharing... :)

  10. Great recipe! I actually have had an aversion to canned salmon since I found a bone in my salmon about 3 months ago. I realize it's normal to fine tiny bones in canned salmon, but it really makes me nauseas. However, I like this idea for a recipe, and I may use it with canned tuna instead! I love tuna melts (an example of something I haven't made in a while), so homemade tuna burgers sound like a GREAT idea!

  11. I haven't really salmon cakes before. I had crab cakes, but that was pretty much it. I've got to try this out. I've seen several people make salmon cakes, then I see your...i guess this means I have to make them, too.

  12. Anonymous8/13/2009

    Those look delicious!! I've never had salmon, the smell turns me off, but I may try these with tuna.. Thanks for sharing!! :)

  13. Gina, I bought the wild, skinless, boneless Alaskan tuna from Trader Joe's. There were no bones and no skin, but I may have just gotten lucky... Tuna burgers sound great!

  14. I've never had salmon cakes before but I am sure they would be tasty.

  15. oooh those look yummy!! I've never had a salmon cake, or salmon from a can, or wasabi mayo!! I may need to add to to my 'must-try' list!!! I haven't made Greek feta Chicken in a while... or really any of my recipes from Kitchen Parade- the first website I tapped (a lot) for recipes... i must dig them out!

  16. Anonymous8/13/2009

    LOOOVE wasabi mayo! They actually sell them in tubes in Japanese markets.
    And those salmon cakes look GOOOD! I saw your twitter and was anticipating the photos and they sure didn't disappoint.

  17. Anonymous8/13/2009

    Wow. This recipe looks great. Perfect to make a big batch and store in the frezer to make quick and healthy meals with.

  18. Mmmm those sound delicious! I'll have to try your recipe one of these days. I can't ever follow a recipe either! :P I try oh so very hard.

  19. Anonymous8/14/2009

    Andrea- they looks amazing!!

  20. Anonymous8/14/2009

    The salmon cakes look amazing especially with the wasabi mayo - how delicious!

  21. I've wanted to try to make crab cakes, but it always seems like too much work. Salmon cakes is ingenious! It takes out all that troublesome shelling. What a tasty easy alternative to the crab cake! Yum!