15 Minute Salmon Cakes with Fresh Tartar Sauce

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.

15 minute Salmon Cakes with Fresh Tartar Sauce
Recipe type: Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free
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Serves: 8 salmon cakes, 4 servings
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.
  • 12 ounces pink salmon, canned and drained or fully cooked fresh
  • 1 cup dry gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • ½ red bell pepper [yield: ⅓ cup] *see note
  • 2 green onions
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1.5 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  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.
  4. Serve with mixed greens and fresh tartar sauce, recipe below.
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
Recipe type: Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
  • ¼ cup homemade mayo
  • 1 dill pickle, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • ¼ teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 5-10 fresh chives, finely chopped
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and serve!


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 tablespoon 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!

Struggling to lose weight


  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

    • 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.

  7. 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 :)

    • 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!