Seafood Cakes with Herb Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 65 min. Bake: 5 min./batch


40 appetizers (1/2 cup sauce)

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
I live near the ocean and have a wide variety of seafood available to experiment with in recipes. This one uses salmon and scallops, but shrimp, crab, lobster or any firm whitefish (such as halibut or even cod) would work equally as well. — Elizabeth Truesdell, Petaluma, California
Seafood Cakes with Herb Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced chives
  • 1 pound bay scallops, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 pound salmon fillet, skin removed and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup butter, cubed
  • Additional finely chopped sweet red and yellow peppers and minced chives


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients; set aside 1/4 cup. Chill remaining sauce until serving.
  2. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, peppers, onion, egg, parsley, chives and the 1/4 cup sauce. Gently fold in scallops and salmon.
  3. With floured hands, shape mixture by 2 tablespoonfuls into 1/2-in.-thick patties. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook seafood cakes in butter in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 400° for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with sauce. Garnish with additional peppers and chives.

Nutrition Facts

1 seafood cake with about 1/2 teaspoon sauce (calculated without garnishes): 88 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.