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. 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.

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.


  4. 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?

    • 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!

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

    Congrats on being Top 9 today!