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Crunchy Salmon Cakes with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Whether you start with fresh salmon or use leftover cooked salmon, you can serve these cakes with sauce as a main dish, as appetizers, or on top of a green salad. —Cindy Fan, Alhambra, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds salmon fillet
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs, divided
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh dill
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon capers, drained and chopped


  • Place salmon on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until fish flakes easily with a fork, 14-17 minutes. Cool slightly; remove skin, if necessary. Transfer salmon to a shallow dish and cover; refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Stir in parsley.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup bread crumbs, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, remaining pepper and the onion mixture; if desired, add pepper sauce. Flake salmon; add to bread crumb mixture, mixing lightly. Shape into eight 2-1/2-in. patties.
  • Place egg whites and remaining bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip salmon patties in egg whites, then roll in crumbs to coat. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Spritz tops with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 425° until golden brown, 14-17 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix sauce ingredients; serve with salmon cakes.
Nutrition Facts
2 salmon cakes with 1 tablespoon sauce: 422 calories, 25g fat (4g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 541mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.
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  • Paula
    Jan 20, 2021

    LOVE THIS RECIPE! Sometimes I add water chestnuts and serve it with Cole slaw. So easy and good!

  • jennifer1973
    Feb 24, 2017

    Hello Simplefoods, you can make this with can salmon. I would just look at the ounces of salmon needed. One and a quarter pound is twenty ounces. I am not sure what size can salmon comes in, but you probably need at least two cans unless it is the smaller cans like tuna then you probably need at least three. Hope this helps, salmon patties are delicious!

  • SimpleFoods
    Feb 12, 2016

    Can't rate this properly as I haven't made it yet - need to know: has anybody made this with canned salmon? Fresh salmon is horribly expensive here and will sub, but am not sure how much. Any suggestions? I really want to try this - sounds delicious.

  • jtermont
    Aug 2, 2014

    This was a great recipe for salmon cakes. It stayed together well, and that is usually the hard part for me when it comes to salmon or crab cakes. I will make these again, maybe add some more herbs to the mix.

  • SMH372
    Jan 12, 2014

    The salmon cakes and sauce are both amazing. I got tons of compliments when I cooked them for friends. Also, very easy to make.

  • ekprice
    May 2, 2013

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  • rhall
    Feb 12, 2013

    I made this recipe just like it said. Also made the sauce and both were excellent.

  • coloradohamberlin
    Jan 1, 2013

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    Dec 27, 2012

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  • abdorsey
    Oct 21, 2012

    My entire family loved these salmon cakes. I didn't make the sauce though instead served with tartar sauce.