Cast-Iron Salmon Cakes Recipe

These cakes make for a perfect appetizer, bursting with a flavor combination of tasty salmon, tangy mayo, and sharp spices like dill and hints of lemon.

November 2016

  • Serve with your own, homemade tartar sauce to really compliment your delicious dish.
    Photo by Keller + Keller Photography
  • “Cast-Iron Cooking: Recipes and Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Cast-Iron Cookware” by Rachael Narins.
    Photo courtesy Storey Publishing

Yield: 4-6 servings, or makes 24 appetizer bites

Cast-iron pans are the most versatile utensil you could have in your kitchen. Good for everything from baking to slow-cooking, ovens to campfires, steaks to desserts, there’s almost no dish you can’t make better with this well-seasoned, non-stick skillet. So how do you keep it cooking to perfection? And with which recipes do you start? In Cast-Iron Cooking (Storey Publishing, 2016), Rachael Narins has the answers. With tips and tricks for caring for your cast-iron, as well as delicious food ideas for every occasion, this cookbook is a must-have for readers looking to get the most out of this ideal pan.

You can purchase this book from the Capper's Farmer store: Cast-Iron Cooking.

Salmon Cakes are a clever way to use leftover salmon from last night’s dinner. You can also poach some fresh fish or use canned. It’s up to you. The Worcestershire sauce adds a bit of umami, the mayo keeps everything moist, and the dill gives it a little perk.


For salmon cakes:

• 2 cups flaked cooked salmon
• 1-2/3 cups panko breadcrumbs (plus more if needed)
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
• 2 teaspoons capers, chopped
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
• Lemon wedges, for serving

For tartar sauce:

• 3/4 cup mayonnaise
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 gherkin pickles, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon capers, finely chopped


1. In a large bowl, combine the salmon and 2/3 cup of the breadcrumbs.

2. Add the egg, mayonnaise, dill, capers, Worcestershire, and salt and pepper to taste, mixing well. Form into patties (4 inches wide for entrees or 1-1/2 inches wide for appetizers).

3. Place the remaining 1 cup breadcrumbs on a wide, shallow plate. Gently coat each salmon patty in the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess. Place the coated patties on a plate while you coat the remaining patties.

4. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add half the salmon cakes in a single layer. Cook 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Transfer the cooked patties to a paper towel–lined plate.

5. To make the tartar sauce, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, pickles, and capers in a large bowl and mix well. If not using immediately, cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

6. Serve the salmon cakes with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.

More from Cast-Iron Cooking:

Tzimmes with Seitan Recipe
Cast-Iron Dutch Baby with Blueberry Sauce Recipe
Recipe for Corn Bread, Two Ways

Excerpted from Cast-Iron Cooking, © by Rachael Narins, photography © by Keller + Keller Photography, used with permission from Storey Publishing. Buy this book from our store: Cast-Iron Cooking.

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