Salmon cakes are a go-to emergency meals using fresh salmon. Serve with lemon wedge and remoulade sauce.

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 15 mins | Servings: 4


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup minced onion
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced celery
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon capers
1 1/4 pounds fresh wild salmon, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay(R))
1 tablespoon panko bread crumbs, or to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed


  1. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion, red pepper, celery, and a pinch of salt in hot oil until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add capers; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Stir salmon, onion mixture, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, garlic, mustard, cayenne, seafood seasoning, salt, and ground black pepper together in a bowl until well-mixed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firmed and chilled, 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Form salmon mixture into four 1-inch thick patties; sprinkle remaining panko bread crumbs over each patty.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-heat. Cook patties in hot oil until golden and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

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