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Fresh Salmon Cakes with Homemade Remoulade - Ditch the canned salmon and make these flavorful salmon cakes from scratch

Fresh Salmon Cakes with Homemade Remoulade

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These Fresh Salmon Cakes with Homemade Remoulade are an elegant version of comfort food!

Ditch the canned salmon and try this recipe using all fresh, delicious ingredients! And save the remoulade recipe to use with  your next batch of crab cakes–it’s amazing!

Fresh Salmon Cakes with Homemade Remoulade - Ditch the canned salmon and make these flavorful salmon cakes from scratch


Fresh Salmon Cakes with Homemade Remoulade

When Lent rolls around each year, I have a handful of seafood and meatless recipes to make on Fridays. Bill loves his tuna casserole and salmon loaf, plus I make a mean cheese souffle.  We love trying new salmon recipes, and I definitely  needed to get out of my rut. Thankfully, fresh salmon cakes came to mind.

I remember cracking up when my high school friend, Lisa, told me that she was having “salmon patties,” for dinner. Ewwww….they sounded awful to my squirrely, immature 16 year-old ears. But how was I to know how fabulous they could be when I had never tasted them.

I’m definitely a convert since those judgmental teenage years! And adding a homemade remoulade sauce, that even Bill adored, made these salmon cakes a gourmet treat.

Fresh Salmon Cakes with Homemade Remoulade - Ditch the canned salmon and make these flavorful salmon cakes from scratch

Salmon Cakes: The Verdict

These fresh salmon cakes were a hit with the family. I wasn’t sure if Bill would reach for the ketchup, but he was quite pleased with a dollop of remoulade atop his patties. I even ate a couple of  the cold leftovers right out of the fridge!

Since these don’t have much binder to hold them together other than a bit of mayo and bread crumbs, they are fragile. I used a biscuit cutter as a template to make the patties as round as possible. I simply placed the cutter on the pan, packed in the raw salmon mixture and let cook for just a minute to allow the salmon to firm up a bit before lifting it off for the remainder of the cooking time.

This is definitely an extra step only if you care a lot about their appearance. My family would eat these looking like blobs or ameobas in action, so do as you please! Feel free to make bite sized versions for appetizers, too.

Fresh Salmon Cakes with Homemade Remoulade - Ditch the canned salmon and make these flavorful salmon cakes from scratch

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Fresh Salmon Patties with Homemade Remoulade

Fresh Salmon Patties with Homemade Remoulade

Ditch the canned salmon and make these flavorful fresh salmon cakes with homemade remoulade from scratch!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Yield 3


Salmon :

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoon minced celery
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 1/4 pounds fresh salmon, wild preferred, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon panko bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch Old Bay seasoning


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 tablespoons diced tomato
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • Salt and pepper to taste, as desired



    To make salmon patties, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium. Saute the onion, red pepper, celery, and a pinch of salt in hot oil until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add capers and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

    Mix together the salmon, onion mixture, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup panko, garlic, mustard, cayenne, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and ground black pepper together in a bowl until well-mixed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours.

    Form salmon mixture into round patties then sprinkle remaining panko bread crumbs over each patty.

    Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-heat. Cook until golden and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

    To make remoulade, mix all ingredients and season to taste. Process in food processor if you'd like a smooth sauce.

    Serve hot with remoulade sauce on the side.


    Recipes adapted from Cindy Peyton and All Recipes.

    This recipe makes 3-4 servings. The number of patties depends on the size you make them.

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 924 Total Fat: 79g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 62g Cholesterol: 142mg Sodium: 1464mg Carbohydrates: 8g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 44g
    Calories reflect using ALL the remoulade sauce which is not necessary.
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    24 comments on “Fresh Salmon Cakes with Homemade Remoulade”

    1. Looks super! I love the add of sriracha in your homemade remoulade.

    2. These look so tasty, and what a great tip to use your biscuit cutter as a guide – will definitely have to try that!

    3. Such pretty colors! While I don’t eat much seafood, I’d love to try these:@)

    4. I just may have to make these tonight . I love Salmon and in a patty I havent been able to perfect. Going to try this soon!

    5. I’ll for sure need to double the remoulade and put it on everything! These salmon cakes look so so good!

    6. What a fantastic recipe! My Grandmother used to make us Salmon Cakes (actually she did call them salmon patties – lol) and they were one of our favorite meals. She used the canned salmon but since my favorite fish is fresh salmon I love the idea of using it to make these delicious cakes. And with remoulade of course! Can’t wait to try this!

    7. Fish cakes are wonderful, and salmon ones might be the best. So much flavor! And I love remoulade sauce — great idea to use it with salmon cakes. Thanks!

    8. Salmon patties/cakes were something I had as a kid, but haven’t made since I grew up (when did that happen???) I love the idea of using fresh salmon!

    9. really I love salmon one of my favorites fish!! xoxo

    10. I just finished breakfast but you’re making me hungry for lunch! These salmon cakes sound wonderful!

    11. I am not sure I ever had salmon patties but why not, they look delicious. And love the idea of remoulade. I associate remoulade with celeriac salad only because that was the recipe where I discovered this sauce.

    12. Whenever I buy salmon I buy enough to make salmon cakes the next day. I like the addition of capers and mustard in your recipe .

    13. I like to eat fresh salmon with wasabi but never cooked it with something. This looks really delicious and perfect for the breakfast. It seems like I have to try to see how the salmon would be xD

    14. These sound soooo yummy!! I have never had salmon cakes but I am sure I would love them, adding them to the list!!

    15. Anything tastes great with remoulade sauce! And I have no doubt the salmon cakes taste great on their own! I actually do love fishcakes!

    16. Yum, these salmon cakes sound wonderful. Perfect for days when you want a break from meat.

    17. My 16 year old self would have probably wrinkled my nose at the idea of salmon patties for dinner too, haha but now that I’m a full-fledged grown-up it sounds delicious! Especially with that remoulade!!

    18. I have to give these a try, they look so tasty. I make fish cakes and I make salmon, salmon cakes is the next obvious step 🙂

    19. I’m super impressed you’re managing to cook given your current circumstances! Like your Bill, I know my Drew would love these. He’s a huge fan of salmon. I’m not sure if you have Thai restaurants near where you live but they are everywhere here and on the menu there are always fish cakes that look a lot like these but of course are full of traditional Thai ingredients like chilli, chilli and more chilli xx

    20. I love salmon patty’s but don’t make them enough. Yours look wonderful and sure to be a hit with my family. Sometimes a burger is all you need, even if it’s a fish burger.

    21. There is never a dull dinner moment in your house! I’ve never made remoulade before and I’m anxious to try it. The Mr. is going to love these!

    22. Great way to get kids to eat fish! Disguised under a delicious layer of remoulade. Your description of shape options made us chuckle. Thanks for your humor Liz! Pinning!

    23. Both love fish ourselves, but the remoulade made this a MUST-HAVE for Panos lol:)
      Pinned and definitely trying this.
      Thanx so much for sharing it Liz!

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