Salmon Cakes

Salmon CakesServe salmon cakes on top of a lightly dressed mesclun or baby spinach salad.

Sprinkle fresh chopped chives and enjoy as an alfresco lunch or the start to an elegant meal. Fish lovers will be hooked on this tasty preparation. A great way to use up leftover white wine and extra fresh herbs, these cakes also freeze beautifully.

Serves 4-6

Salmon Cakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 large cakes or 8 mini appetizer cakes

Serving Size: 2 cakes

Salmon Cakes


  • 1 12-ounce fresh wild salmon filet, skin on
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup of juice)
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, white and green tops, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white or black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jar of reduced-fat tartar sauce (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, (optional)
  • 1 lemon, quartered (optional)


  • To poach the salmon, pour the wine into a large stockpot. Add the peppercorns, bay leaf, and juice. Add enough water to the wine mixture to completely cover the salmon filet. Bring the wine mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the salmon. Allow to rest covered, 10-12 minutes, until the salmon filet is no longer translucent in the center and the skin softens.
  • In a large bowl, combine mayo, scallions, parsley, mustard, and one cup of the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper. Remove the skin from the salmon and flake it into the bowl. Gently fold all the ingredients together with a spatula until the mixture comes together in a sticky but firm mass.
  • Shape the salmon mixture into 8 patties. Place remaining breadcrumbs on a plate or piece of wax paper. Coat the patties in breadcrumbs and place on another piece of wax paper. If not using immediately, the patties can be chilled up to 5 hours.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Cook patties on both sides until golden brown about 5-6 minutes total. Decrease the heat if the breadcrumb coating begins to brown too quickly. Sprinkle with chives and serve warm with tartar sauce or lemon wedges.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (Serving size: 2 cakes): 447 calories, 22 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 28g fat (4 g saturated), 1 mg cholesterol, 1g fiber, 632 mg sodium

Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 12

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