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Baked Salmon Cakes Recipe

Baked Salmon Cakes Recipe

Baked in muffin pans and served with sauce on the side, these cute cakes make a fantastic light meal. You can also bake a double batch and freeze some for a quick, healthy supper later in the month. —Nikki Haddad, Germantown, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) salmon, drained, bones and skin removed
  • 1-1/2 cups soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon capers, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • Dash lemon juice


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Place 1/3 cup salmon mixture into eight muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 10-15 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • 2. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients. Serve with salmon. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 266 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 914mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 260683
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"These were pretty good but didn't really turn out like the picture. They came out just a big soggy. It was probably due to the changes I made, so when I remake this I won't change anything and alter my review. We still found it pretty tasty and I'll still make this again. Don't skip the "sauce"... it was delicious on top, even without the capers! The changes I made are below:

- I used two pouches of salmon (5 oz each) instead of the can. I tried my best to drain it, but there was still some juice. Next time I will use regular canned.
- For the soft bread crumbs, I put slices of Italian style bread in a food processor. It was about 2 slices. I would recommend putting the bread crumbs in last. I think they soaked up all the liquid as I was finishing up the steps and that may have caused the sogginess.
- I used yellow onion instead of green
- I omitted cilantro only because I was apparently out.
- The mayo I used was olive oil
- I didn't have capers so I also omitted those in the sauce."

menkens User ID: 5877182 249360
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2016

"I made these as mini-muffins (24) for dinner last night. You don't need to worry about "skin & bones" because they mix-up very easily with a fork -- or use a mixer if you choose! I drained about 90% of the liquid off; but next time will incorporate all. I only had panko bread crumbs so that could be why they turned out a bit dry. Next time I will definitely use all the liquid and probably add a bit of sour cream and some sort of cheese to the mix as others have suggested. They easily came out of the mini-muffin tin after "resting" about 5 minutes & they were cooked for ~15 minutes."

imanimykel User ID: 2547796 248616
Reviewed May. 25, 2016

"Made these for supper last night. I had to improvise because there were no soft bread crumbs or green onions in the house. I used chopped vidalia sweet onions and Italian bread crumbs instead. They were a hit. They are healthy and will be on the menu regularly."

Cargram User ID: 7806240 248017
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"With reference to the last review by apsimon23--I have bought small cans of salmon from Sam's Club and there are absolutely no bones."

apsimon23 User ID: 8242616 248000
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"Against my better judgment, I followed the recipe as is and used the canned salmon. What a pain! I couldn't possibly get all the tiny bones out and my family refused to touch it. If I ever try this again, it will be with the boneless salmon in the pouch. Not much more expensive and a whole lot less work."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 244783
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"I loved the baked method. It's so much easier and healthier than frying, yet the cakes were still perfectly crispy on the outside."

fascinator User ID: 7633968 244421
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"Very good. Used 2 eggs."

KATHY STEPHEN User ID: 5876018 243686
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"Thanks for the info on the egg substitute."

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 243682
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"Can't rate this fairly since I haven't yet tried it. But thanks to lorrettaJ for stating that she used 2 eggs rather than egg substitute; otherwise, I would have passed this recipe by. It's much more helpful - and attractive to try - in my opinion, if contributors would state amounts that are equal to the substitute when they've substituted something. Thanks much, "lorrettaJ"!"

jpsrolls User ID: 7576292 242682
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"This was delicious! My salmon-hater husband loved it. I didn't have fresh red pepper so I substituted jarred roasted red peppers. As many others said, I will double the sauce next time. This one is a keeper!"

Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 235634
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"I left out the celery and capers (didn't have any), but otherwise made the recipe exactly as written. We liked these, and they're certainly diet-friendly if that's a concern for you. I baked them for the full 15 minutes; they were thoroughly cooked and the texture was good (definitely not dry**), but they didn't hold together very well when I removed them from the muffin tin ... maybe they could be baked longer, or maybe they need more egg or more bread ... I'm not exactly sure how to fix that issue, but will experiment. Also, the sauce was pretty skimpy for 4 servings so I doubled the sauce ingredients. **Those who thought the cakes were dry might have used commercially-packaged dry bread crumbs instead of the soft crumbs that are called for. If so, try cutting back the amount next time and see if that helps."

lorrettaJ User ID: 4906447 231379
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2015

"Had excellent results. Based on other reviews re being dry, reduced bread crumbs to 1-1/4 c and added one more Tbsp. of mayo. Used 2 eggs in place of substitute and 2 T parsley for cilantro. Loved sauce but works out to only about 1 tsp. per muffin--I doubled for 4 servings."

soulfoodcook User ID: 3854155 231074
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"I make mine very similar to these with a few changes---I add a small baked potato fluffed up and if I don't have seasoned bread crumbs I add crushed Ritz crackers, small amount of lemon juice, and sauteed onions. Some of reviews said they were dry---I spray my pan with Pam and also spray the patties, bake and then flip and spray again. Everyone loves them. We enjoy eating ours with ketsup spiced with hot sauce and garlic powder."

Susie77 User ID: 98373 230724
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2015

"These were good! I added salt and pepper, and used regular onions since I didn't have green ones on hand. The red pepper added color. I also didn't use cilantro because I hate that stuff. :)"

stanglerhermanson User ID: 6628566 222181
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"Very good recipe.I liked it and will make again."

desmma15 User ID: 3711039 215954
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"I haven't made these yet, but I intend to. Question: why do people put cilantro in EVERYTHING? Just askin'."

jkjarrett13 User ID: 1258784 215739
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Although I tweaked the recipe a bit, it has a great base to get started. First, I used fresh salmon we purchased while in Washington state. Next, I used real eggs, and since I didn't have whole wheat bread crumbs, I just used plain. Also added a couple of dollops of sour cream & about 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese."

JenNic27 User ID: 8061162 187000
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"I love this recipe!!!! I've made it several times. This last time I switched things up a little to try and save money, so I used canned mackerel instead of salmon and it turned out great. I'm a mother of 4, 14yr & 11 old boys and twin 2 yr olds. So saving money is a must. I also bought a bottle of lemon butter dill sauce at Walmart in the seafood isle added a little mayo, heated it up and it was amazing!!! I did have to double the cook time though. Maybe I just packed it in to much but I have found that if you pack the mixture into the cups a bit more they hold shape better. I have a digital meat themometer and the temp reads about 180 and they are cooked just to our liking, crisp on the outside and firm on the inside not dry at all."

jdykw User ID: 871122 145668
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"I've done many recipes from TOH and this is one of the best, thanks Nikki."

jdykw User ID: 871122 168477
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"I've done many recipes from TOH and this is one of the best, thanks."

Kristinkatjoyce User ID: 4061751 211305
Reviewed May. 17, 2014

"Great idea! I doubled the recipe, and made it gluten free by adding about a cup of almond meal and 1/4 cup coconut flour. I also processed the veggies in a food processor, and added mushrooms ( I had a few from the fridge needing a home) and it was great! Thanks!"

nandsl2000 User ID: 2437612 108447
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"It is the best I have ever tasted"

AnnSargusingh User ID: 6467200 102570
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I am a Maritimer and love salmon. These turned out great , fairly easy to make, don't overcook them they will be dry. You can use just about any sauce with this recipe. Will be making these again. They freeze very well if you double the batch."

Carole7117 User ID: 7669562 188198
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"These are delicious"

pearlos User ID: 6873545 169915
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"Everyone enjoyed."

Irish1896 User ID: 7086285 102550
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"I also used 2 eggs when I made these; however, I will cut down on the amount of bread crumbs next time I make them. I found them too dry. Otherwise, they were very good."

Dhawkey User ID: 7134761 102549
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"I did not like this recipe at all. Made according to recipe, threw the leftovers out. Sauce was nice. Recipe was quite involved to make."

robbiejackson User ID: 4907377 108446
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"So good! Hubby and I both loved this. The cakes are so flavorful by themselves, but the sauce really adds a nice flavor with the capers. He kept going back for more. Love that they're baked instead of fried. Next time I'll use my chopper to speed things up. I used 2 eggs instead of substitute. Would be a great appetizer in mini muffin size. Thanks for sharing!"

kredhead User ID: 710648 145667
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"These were moist & delicious, used white bread & real eggs. Run a knife around them and they pop right out of the tin. Would be nice on a brioche bun with accoutrements, also smoked in mini muffin pans for appetizers. Don't forget the sauce, it's nice and the cakes need that creamy, briny, lemony zing. I can see how these would also work with tuna. Couldn't taste the Tabasco & I had doubled it. Needs some hot sauce on the side. I doubled the recipe so we could have leftovers, once the chopping was done it came together quickly."

KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 102543
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I made a double batch today for a light dinner for family and some friends and everyone loved them! I love salmon, and this recipe is so easy to put together. Another plus is that the patties are baked, not fried, which is healthier and simpler. Thank you, Nikki, for a real keeper!"

ruthe65 User ID: 7463560 169913
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I loved this! I doubled the recipe and froze (8) I didn't have red pepper and ground up broccoli, cauliflower & carrot to make a cup full. Used 1 med. regular onion. I used Italian boxed bread crumbs and I only put in a cup. The salmon was moist not runny when I put them in the muffin pan, turned out great! Oh I used 2 eggs instead of egg substitute."

leogking User ID: 5911063 185395
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"salmon is one of my most favorite fish and this is a to go for item again."

naturelovertk User ID: 2495248 169912
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"We were invited to a last minute party yesterday and this recipe happened to pop up on my e-mail. These were excellent! The crowd loved them! I made them in mini muffin pans as an appetizer. I added a pinch of sugar, cubed the bread very small and used our own smoked slalmon. I can't wait to make them for our fellow Alaska fishing friends. Thanks for sharing!"

casbiker User ID: 6794902 185392
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"I have been looking for a salmon cake recipe that is easy, tasty and not fried. This is it!"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 108445
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"I made them just as written except for the hot sauce and capers. They were still very good and I would make again."

thomsmom User ID: 2041371 186999
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"This is almost identical to my own salmon souffle recipe but I newer thought of making it in the individual size and i always just made up some tartar sauce but this sauce sounds great. What I wont do with the recipe is drain and discard the liquid - it is nutrient rich so I will drain it into a measuring cup and then adjust the mayo to be close to 1/4 cup (this also drops the calories a bit) also for the same same nutrition reason i will not bone or skin the salmon. I will just mash the whole piece of salmon and mix it up well. These are just my preferences and no one has in 30 years ever noticed any bone or skin fragments so i will save the work of boning and skinning and continue as always, but everyone is different"

lwysewest User ID: 2911079 127683
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"These were really good. Salmon patties are often heavy, sodden affairs that I feel virtuous for having eaten since salmon is god for you and canned salmon is inexpensive. I loved eating these we had them week before last and are having them again next week. The veggies keeps them light and give great flavor. Do yourself and your family a favor and try these easy and delicious salmon cakes."

lwysewest User ID: 2911079 187930
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"I thought these were terrific! Not the heavy, fish taste I associate with canned salmon patties, probably due to all the finely chopped veggies. The 15 minute bake time worked great for me but I kept the temp at 400 because my oven tends to run hot. I also let them set for about 5 minutes before I removed them from the tin and served them so they could 'set'. Will definitely make again."

shareyoursmile User ID: 7156992 116739
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"Very good!

Omitted the red pepper, increased celery to 1/2 cup, no fresh garlic added, used 1/2 tsp season salt instead, and replaced lemon juice with 1 1/2 tsp of dijon mustard."

griffindhsr User ID: 5224248 118770
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"taste was great and quick to fix"

sky_is_the_limit User ID: 6554525 173632
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I used the recipe to make salmon croquettes in a baked fashion. They were EXCELLENT. I'd never made any before and had planned to bake salmon for dinner, but the store I was in was out of the salmon fillets that I like so I thought: how about some salmon croquettes! So I bought the ingredients I thought would need to go in them, then came home and searched for recipes. I chose this one because of the quick cook time and because it was a "baking" recipe. I doubled this recipe (because my husband eats a lot when he likes something). I didn't remove all of the skin or all of the bones from the canned salmon, just the large pieces of skin and large bones (they were breaking as soon as I mixed them with my hands so it was impossible to remove them all. I actually think the really small bones that remained helped give the croquettes some character because they added a very mild crunch) I used Stove Top stuffing mix (low sodium) i/o bread crumbs, I used 2 eggs and 1/4 cup egg substitute (=1 egg), I left out the celery and the hot pepper sauce, and added sweet vidalia onions (lots of them) and a lot more garlic because we LOVE seasonings! I also added some garlic salt, granulated garlic, paprika, and black pepper. I rolled golf sized balls and patted them flat instead of the muffin pan. I cooked them about 20 minutes which was perfect, because they were definitely still mushy after 15 minutes, and they weren't nearly overcooked when I removed them. Great recipe!"

Jo Eda User ID: 5692198 102539
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2012

"I use tuna in place of salmon"

jenetteroberts User ID: 2024939 103881
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"My husband I loved these. He told me it's a keeper for the recipe box!"

Susan's Kitchen User ID: 5575002 102537
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"These were easy to make. The one thing I did different was to pan fry them in Pam versus baking them and they turned out delicous. I also served them with the sauce which I liked."

Sallyhanbury User ID: 1719999 118768
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2010

"Absolutely! I made it at the last minute and had to make a few substitutions and omissions. I thought for sure it was going to turn out poorly, but it was great!

I/O the can of salmon, I shredded a talapia filet.
I/O green onions, I used 1/4 cup of finely chopped red onions.
Left out the celery.
I/O minced freshed cilantro, I used a tablespoon of dried cilantro."

Donalee2 User ID: 1654265 186996
Reviewed May. 31, 2010

"I made these for lunch today and they were very good. I did cook them a little too long and they were dry. I also was making Low Fat Fetticcuni and I had too many timers on and I didn't catch it. I will make again. I didn't make the sauce because I didn't have time by the time everything else was done."

LegalSec User ID: 548619 211304
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"They were delicious, easy to make and the texture was not mush like the one reviewer said. I baked for 15 minutes. I did not make the sauce, they stand up on their own. I got rave reviews and so convenient baking in muffin tins."

FrauM User ID: 3996670 145666
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"They turned out perfectly. Yum!"

mspbag User ID: 227268 185387
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"I think the first person to rate this might be on target and there is a need to cook longer. I followed the recipe to the letter, and it had the texture of mush. The sauce was good, but this is a first time I've actually tossed anything. The recipe sounded so good, that the end result was a disappointment."

gypsymal User ID: 1286377 173579
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"They were very tasty and I will fix again. However I would cook them a little longer next time."

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