Annie's Chamorro Kitchen: Salmon Cakes
Salmon cakes are my take on one of my favorite seafood dishes — crab cakes. These savory patties are crisp on the outside, thanks to a quick pan-frying, and moist and flavorful on the inside. To finish it off, top with a dollop of lemon-garlic aoili and a sprinkling of green onions. Mmmm mmmm mmmm…these are soooooo good!
I usually make this for a meal, but you can easily make these into appetizer-sized portions. This recipe makes between 10-12 salmon cakes, depending on how big you make them.
This is a quick and easy version, using canned salmon. I’ve also made this using fresh salmon. To prepare fresh salmon, bring about 2 cups of broth (seafood or chicken) to a boil in a small saucepan. Add boneless, skinless salmon pieces to the boiling broth. Cook until done, about 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of the salmon pieces. Let the salmon cool then use a fork to break the salmon apart into small chunks. You’ll need about 1 1/2 pounds of fresh salmon for this recipe.
This is an easy recipe that your kids can help with. There is something about forming the patties that appeal to kids, or at least it appeals to my kids. Maybe it’s because they get to “play” with food. ;)
You can find my complete recipe at the bottom of this post. Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll like it. :)
Start out by making my super-simple lemon-garlic aioli. Mix all of the aioli ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Once the aioli is prepared, start making the salmon cakes. Place all of the ingredients for the salmon cakes into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Use a spatula to fold the ingredients together. Be gentle…the salmon breaks apart easily. You want to still see small chunks of salmon after mixing.
The mixture will be a little “wet.” This is perfectly okay and is key to creating tender and juicy salmon cakes after frying.
Place the remaining panko bread crumbs into a small bowl. Form patties out of the mixture then generously coat in bread crumbs. Place the coated salmon cake on a plate or tray; finish forming/coating the rest of the mixture.
Because the mixture is quite moist, I find that refrigerating the coated salmon cakes for about 30 minutes BEFORE frying makes them easier to lift from the plate to the frying pan.
Cajun Garlic Aoli
- 1 cup mayo
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cans boneless salmon (6-oz each)
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup mayo
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 4 stalks green onions, sliced
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs, for coating
- Vegetable oil, for frying
Make the Aoili:
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Make the Salmon Cakes:
- Drain the water out of the cans of salmon then place into a mixing bowl.
- Add the ingredients for the salmon cakes to the bowl. Fold the ingredients together until combined.
- Form the mixture into patties, coating each one with the remaining 2 cups of bread crumbs.
- Heat a non- stick or cast-iron pan over medium high heat. Lightly coat the pan with vegetable oil (a couple of tablespoons will do). Pan fry the salmon cakes for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Add more oil to the pan if needed.
Serve with aioli and enjoy!