Cast-Iron Salmon Cakes Recipe

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By Rachael Narins | Nov 3, 2016

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.

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Serve with your own, homemade tartar sauce to really compliment your delicious dish.
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  • 4-6 servings, or makes 24 appetizer bites



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


  • In a large bowl, combine the salmon and 2/3 cup of the breadcrumbs.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve the salmon cakes with lemon wedges and tartar sauce.

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