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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Salmon Cakes

I made grilled salmon for dinner last night.  It was a big fillet. 

Really big.  We like salmon but it was BIG.  There was a lot leftover; so tonight I made salmon cakes.  This recipe is Ina Garten's.  I am a big fan of Ina's recipes.   I just adapted this recipe to use my leftover salmon.  I must admit that my family liked the cakes tonight better than the original meal.

Assemble your ingredients.   Finely dice your vegetables. 

Saute them on low heat until translucent.

Dice your bread.  Make bread crumbs and toast them.

Crumble your salmon.  Add the binders and mix gently.

Shape into loose patties.

Pan fry in a little butter and olive oil.

Top with some homemade lemon parsley mayonnaise and enjoy!!!

  Thanks Ina. 

Note:  I love this recipe.  However, I think that it is better to use large eggs instead of extra-large ones.  The mixture is a bit loose and wet and it is hard to shape into patties.  I  would add the eggs at the end, a little at a time, until you get the mixture just moist enough for you to form.  I also would decrease the salt a bit as the capers are very salty.  You may also want to slightly increase the amount of bread crumbs.

Salmon Cakes                     Adapted from Ina Garten

• 1/2 pound fresh salmon
• Good olive oil
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 3/4 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
• 1 1/2 cups small-diced celery (4 stalks)
• 1/2 cup small-diced red bell pepper (1 small pepper)
• 1/2 cup small-diced yellow bell pepper (1 small pepper)
• 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
• 1 tablespoon capers, drained
• 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
• 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 1/2 teaspoons crab boil seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
• 3 slices stale bread, crusts removed
• 1/2 cup good mayonnaise
• 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the salmon on a sheet pan, skin side down. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until just cooked. Remove from the oven and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes and refrigerate until cold.

Meanwhile, place 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the onion, celery, red and yellow bell peppers, parsley, capers, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, crab boil seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Break the bread slices in pieces and process the bread in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. You should have about 1 cup of bread crumbs. 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, mayonnaise, mustard, and eggs. Add the vegetable mixture and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Shape into 10 (2 1/2 to 3-ounce) cakes.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. In batches, add the salmon cakes and fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until browned. Drain on paper towels; keep them warm in a preheated 250 degree F oven and serve hot.


  1. I love how crispy golden you got them. They look delicious. My family ate crab cakes at The Crab Cooker in Newport two nights ago. I think they preferred the cakes of the fish too.

  2. Bonnie, this is such a great recipe. We often have salmon left over and I almost always opt out for a salad. This looks like a great option. Can't wait to give it a try. You are amazing.

  3. love crab cakes and yours came out great...perfect for the fourth of july..