Superfood Salmon Cakes

RECIPE BY Emma Teal Laukitis & Claire Neaton, The Salmon Sisters

PHOTOS BY Brian Grobleski & Dawn Huemann

Our friend Jan has worked for many years as a commercial fisheries manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which is partly to say—she knows fish and she knows how to cook them. Jan’s salmon cakes often fuel the women who play on her ice hockey team before tournaments and herself on long open-ocean swims, but yours might be the perfect protein-packed weeknight meal. These salmon cakes are our favorite way to give leftover salmon a second life, or to use the canned salmon in our pantry cupboards. Serve with the spicy dipping sauce for maximum enjoyment.



1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

1 medium yellow onion, diced 

2 (15-ounce) cans wild pink or red salmon, or 4 cups cooked salmon, bones removed

1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs, plus more for dredging

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 large eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Vegetable oil, for frying


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Tiger Sauce or other favorite hot sauce 


1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Sauté the onion until translucent, then transfer to a small plate and set aside to cool. Wipe out the pan to reuse

2. In a large bowl, mix together the salmon, bread crumbs, parsley, salt, pepper, and cooled onion. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, and Worcestershire. Add the dressing to the salmon mixture. Form the mixture into 1/3-cup balls and then flatten into burger-shaped patties. Dredge in bread crumbs.

3. In the large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil. Carefully lower the salmon cakes into the hot oil, frying them until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.

4. Meanwhile, make the spicy dipping sauce by mixing together the mayonnaise and Tiger Sauce in a small bowl. Serve with the salmon cakes.

©2020 by Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton. Excerpted from The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing, and Living in Alaska by permission of Sasquatch Books.

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