Chef John’s Fresh Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes are the Best kind of Cakes
Salmon Cakes are the Best kind of Cakes
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1 1/4 pounds Wild salmon fresh, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp Capers
1/4 Onion minced
2 cloves Garlic minced
2 tbsp Bell pepper red, minced
2 tbsp Celery minced
1 tbsp Olive oil extra virgin
1/4 cup Mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 pinch Cayenne pepper
1 pinch Seafood seasoning
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
1 tbsp Panko bread crumbs to top

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Chef John’s Fresh Salmon Cakes


When my children hear Chef John’s Fresh Salmon Cakes for dinner, I know I am in for a smooth sailing evening. My kids and my husband absolutely love this dish. They are quick and easy to make and you can even get the kids involved in shaping the cakes, before cooking. I always say, “there’s something therapeutic about getting your hands dirty,” and kids just love it too!

I serve the cakes with baked potato-fries and cooked green peas or a fresh salad. You can premake these cakes too and freeze them for emergency dinners.

To make Chef John’s Fresh Salmon Cakes, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Chef John’s Fresh Salmon Cakes

So, how to make Chef John’s Fresh Salmon Cakes?

Steps to make Chef John’s Fresh Salmon Cakes


Heat the oil


Heat the oil, in a skillet, over a medium heat.


Cook vegetables


Cook and stir onion, red pepper, celery and a pinch of salt in the hot oil, for about 3 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent.


Add capers


Add the capers; cook and stir for about 2 minutes, until fragrant. Remove the skillet from the heat and allow to cool to a room temperature.


Combine ingredients for salmon mixture


In a bowl, stir salmon, onion mixture, mayonnaise, ¼ cup bread crumbs, garlic, mustard, cayenne, seafood seasoning, salt and ground black pepper together until well mixed.




Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1-2 hours, until firm and chilled.


Form into cake patties


Remove from the fridge and form salmon mixture into 4 x 1-inch thick patties.


Sprinkle with bread crumbs


Sprinkle remaining panko bread crumbs over each patty.


Cook salmon cake patties


Heat some oil, in a skillet, over a medium heat. Cook the patties in the hot oil for 3-4 minutes, until golden and cooked through.

This Chef John's Fresh Salmon Cakes is the perfect recipe to try when you need something made quick and easy. Get the kids involved too and send us your family selfies! Tag #cookmerecipes in your posts!

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This is an extremely tasty recipe. I am making it for the third time tonight and can't wait. The only change I made was to add an egg to help hold it together. The first time I made it I used leftover cooked salmon and it was very good but not as good as the fresh salmon. With only 2 of us, I am going to have leftovers. Would you freeze it uncooked or would be better to cook and then freeze. II think I will form into 2 patties but not cook then freeze , thaw and cost with panko before frying. What did you do?


Lilly, it's very delicious! Thanks. Verified!

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