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
- Italian seasoning (optional)
- avocado oil for frying (not pictured)
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.
Add one egg, salt and pepper to ground salmon. Combine all ingredients together.
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.
In a large skillet, with some avocado oil over medium heat, fry patties until golden, about 7 minutes per side.
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.
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.