15 minute Salmon Cakes with Fresh Tartar Sauce

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on August 1, 2011

Enjoying a cooling dinner after a long day in the sunshine is pure bliss.

Having a fear of heights while climbing a wall is the exact opposite. Kind of a deal breaker, actually.

Although I did get higher with each climb, set goals and pushed my personal limit, I think it’s fair to say that I was not made out to be a mountain climber.

But… we can’t be good at everything. Right?

And hey, red looks good on me. Don’t you think?

;)

Look, look, no broken limbs!

In all honesty though, we had a good time… but I would much rather have been diving!

*sigh* soon!

We got home at 6pm last night – exhausted and starving. I haven’t picked up groceries in over a week, so the only somewhat exciting foods on hand were a can of salmon, stale homemade bread, eggs, and some herbs. Salmon cakes were the first thing that came to mind, so I went with it.

15 minutes later, we were eating taking pictures.

Then we ate.

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15 minute Salmon Cakes with Fresh Tartar Sauce

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free

I love these cakes. They’re quick, easy, and only dirty one bowl + frying pan. They’ll wow dinner guests, or knock you off your lunch break feet.

Yield: 8 salmon cakes, 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pink salmon, canned and drained or fully cooked fresh
  • 1 cup dry gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1/2 red bell pepper [yield: 1/3 cup] *see note
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. In the bowl of your food processor, add eggs and whip on low for 1 minute. Add red pepper, green onion, parsley, dill, and lemon juice. Pulse for a couple of seconds to chop the pepper and breakup the herbs.
  2. Add salmon and breadcrumbs, pulsing quickly. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit more breadcrumbs. Form the mixture into 2 inch patties.
  3. Heat oil in a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon patties and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Once complete, place on a kitchen towel-lined plate.

Serve with mixed greens and fresh tartar sauce, recipe below.

note: the cakes were a bit wet, but stayed together well once they were in the pan. To eliminate some of this ‘wetness’ you could try cutting the pepper separately, wrapping it up in a tea towel and ringing out some of the liquid. I bet this would do wonders!

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Fresh Tartar Sauce

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Yield: 1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup homemade mayo
  • 1 dill pickle, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 5-10 fresh chives, finely chopped

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and serve!

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Kevin’s Natural Lemonade

Kevin hates my stevia sweetened lemonade, so he sweetens his with homemade apple juice. It’s so delicious!

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup homemade or not from concentrate apple juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Mix and serve. For added awesomeness, Kevin suggests replacing the filtered water with mineral water.

I made the patties, Kevin brought the drinks, and we sprawled out on the couch in preparation for Big Brother.

Is anyone else watching it this season? Absolutely mind-numbing, I know. But sometimes those are the best kind of shows!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I love that you linked Marla’s homemade mayo. She is one of my besties and such a great cook! And that mayo recipe of hers looked so good.

And the salmon cakes. Scott would be in heaven with these. Big time!!

They look wonderful and EASY!

As for you, love the outdoorsy pics. And all your tats. I didnt know you had them?! Or any! Or I did but spaced it. Love your ink :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Averie :) Marla’s mayo is seriously amazing. We’ve made at least 3 batches since she posted the recipe! I was introduced to her blog when she did a guest post on OSG. So talented, I bet she’s an amazing friend to have!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Congrats on the climb! I’m the opposite – more scared to dive than climb!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg

I’ve only been rock climbing indoors but I’d love to try it outdoors! I remember it being so tough but it felt so good to get to the top!

I would love to know what you have tattooed on your chest — if you don’t mind sharing, that is!

I love salmon cakes, crab cakes, tuna cakes, etc — so this is definitely something that I want to try!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

If you like indoor, I’m sure you’ll love outdoor! I don’t mind at all – My chest piece is 3 sunflowers + a bunch of vines and leaves.

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over

I love fish cakes, these look delish! I’ve got to get myself a food processor!

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Kristina @ spabettie

I’m only kinda half watching Big Brother… which is just about enough. ;)

when I was in high school we climbed to the top of the football stadium and repelled down the front. CRAZY.

I love a cooling dinner after a fun summer day – this looks perfect!

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Lisa @ Healthful Sense

Great pics!! Always wanted to try rock climbing but have yet to conquer that adventure!!
Sometimes the best meals come when you are forced to use the “leftovers” in the kitchen!! The salmon looks great :)

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

I love climbing, I used to do it all the time, both indoors and out. I have some pretty awesome pictures of one climb that were doing about 3 weeks after a terrible forest fire had gone through, it was the eeriest thing!

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

LOVE salmon cakes! This looks like my recipe, too, and they are fantastic! Dill makes the cake!

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Beverly

Delish!

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

OHMYGOSH I love your tattoo! and hooray for no broken bones =)

These salmon cakes might be happening for dinner tonight =) Totally craving some gorgeous pink fish! <3

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Katy @ notjustacarnivore

So impressed with how much you thought on your feet! And still managed to make this food BEAUTIFUL!

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Sara @ Breville Smart Oven Bov800xl

Enjoyed this post. Thanks, You are a brave person.

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Nadia

I’m thinking about climbing outdoors a lot lately, have to try it at some point :)

P.S. Gorgeous photos!

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Hayley @ Oat Couture

Ooh love your tat!! :) Do you have anymore? Would love one on my chest like that!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Ya, I have a bunch… they’re so addicting! Chest pieces are a big commitment, but I don’t regret mine at all :)

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purabi naha

My dear, you rock! Loved the savory cakes with the tartar sauce. However, I’d probably not use coconut oil because the taste is too strong for me. The pictures are just perfect!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Fair enough, olive oil would work well too I’m sure!

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sidiqa

YUM YUM YUM

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Michelle O

I love this post. Rock climbing is awesome, good for you for facing your fear. These cakes are GORGEOUS and they look delicious. Im saving this one. I don’t know why I haven’t been reading your blog before but I love it :)

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Grace@ Food-Fitness-FreshAir

I’m always looking for new salmon cake ideas. I love a good 15-minute idea!

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Kelly

Looks like you had such a fun day! These look sooo delicious and love the photos! :)

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PolaM

This salmon cakes look great! I would want one now! And keep up with the climbing is a great sport!!

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The Elegant Eggplant

I love the look of these cakes. And sooo super easy. I will definitely be making these.. I think they would be good for workday lunch too!!

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Charissa

Ooh, yummy! I made a tuna version similar to this today! Sooooo good!

Congrats on being Top 9 today!

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Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen

These look amazing! My mom used to make us salmon cakes all the time, but I haven’t had them in ages. I think I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

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Amy @ Conquering Self

I totally stumbled across your blog for the first time today…but felt the urge to comment! I made similar salmon cakes for the first time a couple of weeks ago and they were super yummy! But the real reason I’m commenting is because obviously you and I are the only ones watching BB! It can be such a train wreck but yet, even without cable television at our house, my hubs and I find ourselves watching Brachel each week annoy us/fascinate us! haha…sometimes mindless things like that are fun, aren’t they?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I thought I was alone in the BB watching! Last night annoyed us so much… yet we will continue to watch. I find it so fascinating. Thanks for your comment, I was beginning to worry!

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Richard

I just finished enjoying these salmon cakes and I had to jump right on the site and say that they were awesome! I’m trying to squeeze in some more seafood in my diet and this was a quick, easy and delicious recipe that I will no doubt try many times to come. Thanks for the recipe and the site. I’ve got you bookmarked and I look forward to trying some more of your recipes.

-Richard

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m so glad you liked them!

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eva @5FruitsNVeggies

i just made these last night!….i followed your recipe completely–had all the ingredients…..i was concerned that my patties were not sticking together when i was forming them before putting them on the pan….but i made them ahead of time and put them into the fridge for a while, and that helped to bind it just enough to get them onto a sizzling pan….
because i had been in the kitchen for way too long already (try 3 hours yesterday!) i did not make your tartar sauce, but my girls were satisfied with a dollop of plain yogurt on top….
great recipe—ps i used raw salmon—did not pre-cook it and it worked fine!
thank you

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Esmé

Hai Leanne,

I love those salmoncakes! I made them with a spinach salde. And my 2 year old daughter eat them too.
I thinks you’re blog is great. I live in Amsterdam ( The Netherlands) so not everything is availible here, but I always make the recipes work.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That’s great! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi :)

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

I found you through your post at Love from the Oven. I cannot WAIT to make those salmon cakes! I’ve always been so intimidated by them before but no more!

So glad I found this!

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Carolyn @ HealthKitten.com

OH MY GOODNESS! I know what I’m making for supper tonight!! :)

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betty

omg this is making me hungry it looks sooo good!!

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Michelle

I just made this tonight. Instead of red bell pepper I used carrots, and instead of one full cup of breadcrumbs, I used a half a cup walnuts, and a half a cup breadcrumbs. Made a sauce out of soy free veganaise,Dijon mustard, and honey. It was delicious and the patties held together nice. Thanks for sharing!

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Jenny

Made these tonight for my brother and myself for dinner (using only egg whites for my own salmon cakes since I’m allergic to the yolk, sadly). AWESOME! They were delicious… and I’m looking forward to lunches and dinners with the leftovers for the rest of the week! :)

As you warned, they did not stick together very well when being formed, but the egg helped glue them together once they were cooking in the pan. I wonder if adding ground flax would help as an additional binding element? Also, I copied “eva @5FruitsNVeggies” and served plain Greek yogurt alongside them, mixed with a little additional dill and lemon juice. It was a fantastic dinner. Thank you!

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Yolanda

Made this for lunch today and it was delicious! A great refuel after 5.25 miles of trail running.

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Rachel

These were really good. I could not find gluten-free breadcrumbs, so I used flax meal, and the burgers still held together nicely.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks for sharing the adjustment you made to the recipe, Rachel! Good to know flax meal worked, I’ve always wondered if it could pass as breadcrumbs.

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Rachel

I only used 1/4 cup of the flaxmeal. I’ve used it in lentil burgers, as well.

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Mya

Just wanted to thank you. My husband and I tried this recipe, and it was so easy and delicious! Really glad we discovered your website!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Mya, I’m so happy that you two liked it! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a message :)

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Avril

This was wonderful…My mother hardly compliments me on my food. But this time, it was “very good!” From my mother, an expression of high praise.

Thank you

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

That’s great, Avril! I’m happy that you and your Mother had a nice evening. Glad one of my recipes could be a part of it :)

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Terri

These are so amazing! I used almond flour instead of the gf breadcrumbs and it worked perfectly. I can’t wait to have the one that I had left over for lunch today!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

So awesome to know that almond flour works. Thanks for reporting back, Terri! So happy that you liked them. Enjoy your lunch :)

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Rachel

I’ve suffered from chronic candida since December, and have been on the candida diet on and off, but am on it for GOOD this time. I was super excited to stumble across your blog. I definitely can’t do all the recipes, but I can do many of them, which says a lot! I’m wondering what you would use as a substitute for gluten-free bread crumbs in these salmon cakes? I can’t do any bread period because of yeast and many of the carbs/grain, but I can do things like buckwheat flour, buckwheat groats… etc. Just curious what your ideas are?

Thanks a million for this blog! I’m so excited to make the Coconut Almond Bark for a tea party on Saturday!

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