Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

Recipe Courtesy of: Chef Gavan Murphy salmon-cakes


  • 1 ½ lbs wild salmon
  • ¼ cup red onion – small dice
  • ¼ cup red pepper – small dice
  • 2 small garlic cloves – minced
  • 2 tbsp capers – chopped
  • 1 tbsp chives – fine chop
  • 2 tbsp whole grain mustard
  • 1 lemon – zested?½ lemon – juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (for sautéing pepper, onion & garlic)
  • olive oil spray
  • salt and pepper



In the past I’ve made these by poaching the salmon first, which needed an egg and breadcrumbs to bind it. I found with this method it bound together perfectly from the mustard and the natural oil of the salmon. Some fishcakes use mayo which is not my thing. I prefer to taste the salmon and not mask it with other overpowering flavors. Preheat oven 400° F(200C).
  1. Begin by preheating medium sauté pan on med-low heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and sauté onions and peppers for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add minced garlic and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes or until the pepper/onion mixture begins to soften.
  4. Meanwhile as veg is sautéing, cut salmon fillets into large chucks and using a food processor, pulse for 20-30 seconds. You want a rough chop consistency not a puree.
  5. Once the pepper/onion mixture is cooked, remove to a plate and let cool for 5 minutes.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, add chopped salmon along with all remaining ingredients.
  7. With clean hands, mix thoroughly.
  8. To Test: Preheat large sauté pan on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  9. Spray pan liberally with olive oil spray and roll enough salmon cake to the size of a golf ball.
  10. Place in hot pan and cook for 2 minutes each side. Taste to adjust seasoning.
  11. Once tested and satisfied, roll each salmon cake to the size of a tennis ball or slightly smaller.
  12. Lay each cake in the hot pan and flatten slightly to about 1 inch thick.
  13. Sear for 1 minute each side or until nicely golden.
3292736223_04cb7b75d4 You can do this ahead if required and finish in oven for 5-6 minutes. Enjoy!
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