Easy Spicy Salmon Cakes


Looking to add some interest to an easy dinner recipe? Five-spice may be your new best friend. What is five-spice powder? A mixture of these five spices: cinnamon, clove, fennel, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns. (There are regional recipes in China that include more spices, including white pepper, nutmeg and orange peel.) It adds a distinct warm flavor to these healthy salmon cakes.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 salmon cakes


  • 1 1/2 cups flaked cooked salmon (see Associated Recipes)

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce

  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup canola oil


  1. Combine salmon, eggs, onion, cilantro, chile-garlic sauce, soy sauce and five-spice powder in a large bowl. Fold in breadcrumbs. Form into four 3-inch-wide patties.

  2. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon cakes and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, 4 to 6 minutes total.

Associated Recipes

Miso-Maple Salmon

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

330 Calories
20g Fat
20g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cake
Calories 330
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 16g 33%
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Vitamin A 358IU 7%
Vitamin C 3mg 4%
Folate 23mcg 6%
Sodium 412mg 18%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 23mg 5%
Potassium 276mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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