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After making the salmon cakes, we firm them up for 5 minutes in the freezer before cooking so they don't fall apart when they hit the hot oil. You can also make these salmon cakes with canned salmon to make them pantry- and budget-friendly.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, June 2020


Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Coarsely chop salmon and place half in a food processor. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon mustard. Process, scraping down the sides as necessary, until smooth. Add the remaining salmon, bell pepper, shallot and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and pulse until the mixture is combined but still chunky.

  • Transfer the salmon mixture to a medium bowl. Add breadcrumbs and stir until combined. Form the salmon into 4 patties, about 4 inches wide each, and place on a plate. Freeze for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk crème fraîche (or sour cream), buttermilk, dill and 1/4 teaspoon salt with the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon mustard and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Set aside 1/4 cup of the dressing for drizzling.

  • Heat oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon cakes and cook, flipping once, until well browned and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean plate and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  • Add arugula and radishes to the dressing in the large bowl. Toss to coat. Serve the salmon cakes on top of the salad, drizzled with the reserved 1/4 cup dressing.


Tip: Although it directly translates to "fresh cream," crème fraîche is actually a French fermented cream, making it thick and sour. While similar to sour cream, it is richer and less tangy. Use leftovers to make creamy sauces or to top fresh fruit.

Nutrition Facts

1 salmon patty & 1 1/2 cups salad
424 calories; protein 29.6g; carbohydrates 13.9g; dietary fiber 1.6g; sugars 4.1g; fat 26.7g; saturated fat 9.4g; cholesterol 97.3mg; vitamin a iu 966.1IU; vitamin c 47.4mg; folate 79.6mcg; calcium 162.6mg; iron 1.8mg; magnesium 62.5mg; potassium 922.9mg; sodium 494.2mg.