By   July 21, 2015

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Salmon cakes are pan-fried patties that are super moist and tender on the inside, and nice and crusty on the outside. When my family used to live in Ukraine, I remember my parents making this kind of fish patties out of canned fish because we didn’t have access to fresh Salmon as it was very expensive. Now, we can get fresh wild Salmon straight out of fishermen boat or buy it in store for a fairly good price, when its in season.

When my children were younger, making these Salmon Cakes was very convenient. First, the little munchkins got all the nutrients of fresh fish. Second, I didn’t have to worry about them swallowing any bones, that I’ve accidentally missed while deboning the fish. There! Very easy and kid-friendly recipe. I hope you’ll enjoy making Salmon Cakes at home, because for the price that you can get them in a fancy restaurant, you can buy a whole Salmon, and feed a family of eight. How do you like that?



  • 2 lb. Salmon fillet (skinless, boneless, ground)
  • 1 large or 2 small onions, minced
  • 7-10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • pepper
  • Italian seasoning (optional)
  • avocado oil for frying (not pictured)

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I use a meat grinder to process my fish, onions and garlic. You can also use a food processor, if you’d like. It is still on my wish list, but meat grinder does a very good job, and definitely takes care of those little missed bones.

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Add one egg, salt and pepper to ground salmon. Combine all ingredients together.

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With the help of ice cream scoop, form little patties, and roll them in Panko crumbs. I like to sprinkle some Italian seasoning into bread crumbs right before rolling Salmon patties in it.

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In a large skillet, with some avocado oil over medium heat, fry patties until golden, about 7 minutes per side.

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Now, this is completely optional step, but this is just one more way to enjoying Salmon Cakes. Right after the patties are ready, stock them in a large sauce pot. Caramelize one onion, add some tomato or spaghetti sauce, fresh herbs, pinch of salt, and pour it over Salmon patties.

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Add some water just to cover the patties and a bay leaf. Bring to boil, and let simmer for 5-10 minutes. And there you have it. This is especially good if you’re going to serve your Salmon Cakes over pasta.

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Happy Cooking!


  1. Fae's Twist & Tango

    Is that meat grinder attached to you KitchenAid mixer? How cool! My much older sister had a grinder and used it almost every day. I always wished to own one. Your salmon cakes look cute and very delectable.

    1. Post author

      Yes, that is a meat grinder. I can’t imagine what I would ever do without it. I never buy ground meat at the store. I’m always concerned about mystery stuff in it :/ So meat grinder is a must have tool in my kitchen.

  2. cheri

    Hi Vera, salmon is my favorite of all fish, made so many different ways but never like this, looks delicious!

    1. Post author

      Hi Cheri! Welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by. These salmon cakes are delicious. If you love salmon, you’ll love these. 🙂

  3. Tzivia

    Mmmmm looks really way good unfortunately I’m allergic to salmon and don’t have fresh fish on hand would it work with canned tuna might wanna do a fry up tomorrow night make this for my sissy who is all stuffed up and not feeling well and she loves my home cooking and baking btw gotta try your dessert recipes sometime thanx @ always u srsly should have a tv show doing cooking demos and q and a food network should hire u gurl

    1. Vera

      You’re too funny! Even though, food network sounds good! 😉 I assume that any kind of fish could work to create patties. I personally haven’t tried it, so can’t say for sure, sorry.

  4. Tzivia

    Awwww glad 2 make ya smile gurl ok don’t worry I will try out this recipe with canned tuna and see how it turns out tho with the garlic do I crush it or chop it ahead of time thanx @ always happy Thursday

    1. Vera

      I just updated the recipe, as I realized it wasn’t specified. So, you can process the fish, onion and garlic on a food grinder or food processor. Let me know how it turns out for you.

      1. Tzivia

        Oh wow ur good gurl these fish cakes kinda remind me of my childhood my mom made something like this with fish cakes outta cod except I don’t remember if she ground it herself or the fish butcher did thanx so much ur a true gem

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