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Easy Salmon Cakes

  • 30 m
  • 45 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“If you are trying to boost your intake of omega-3s, try this simple favorite. It is a great way to use convenient canned (or leftover) salmon. The tangy dill sauce provides a tart balance. ”

Ingredients

    • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 15 ounces canned salmon, drained, or 1½ cups cooked salmon
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 1¾ cups fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs, (see Tip)
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • Creamy Dill Sauce, (recipe follows)
    • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • 2 Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in parsley; remove from the heat.
  • 3 Place salmon in a medium bowl. Flake apart with a fork; remove any bones and skin. Add egg and mustard; mix well. Add the onion mixture, breadcrumbs and pepper; mix well. Shape the mixture into 8 patties, about 2½ inches wide.
  • 4 Heat remaining 1½ teaspoons oil in the pan over medium heat. Add 4 patties and cook until the undersides are golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a wide spatula, turn them over onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining patties.
  • 5 Bake the salmon cakes until golden on top and heated through, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare Creamy Dill Sauce. Serve salmon cakes with sauce and lemon wedges.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through step 3. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
  • To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice makes about ⅓ cup.
  • Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.
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