Sometimes, you just don’t give a damn.
Take last night; I wasn’t up to cooking dinner – nor was I craving takeout. And even though we had just completed a full run of grocery shopping, there was “nothing to eat” (of course). To top it all off, I had a million things to do, and absolutely no motivation to begin. Yup, it was one of those nights.
Thankfully, inspiration struck as I opened the pantry and spotted a tin of Sockeye Salmon. If this isn’t a staple in your home, you are denying yourself a quick, 10-minute meal on Sunday evenings when you just don’t care. Because in less time than it takes to root around for the takeout menus, you can create a hot, flavourful meal your whole family will love. (Alas, my two little guys were full to the brim from eating barbecued corn on the cob – and who could blame them? – hence, it was only a table for two last night.)
So, I grabbed a few items from the pantry and fridge, and 10 minutes later – voila! Easy Salmon Cakes, à la Lena.
1 large can Sockeye Salmon, drained and broken into small chunks
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp seafood seasoning, or to taste
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
oil, for pan frying
In a large bowl, mix salmon, mayonnaise, green onion, egg, Italian breadcrumbs, seafood seasoning and lemon juice. If mixture is too wet, continue to add Italian breadcrumbs slowly. Form two patties; slightly flatten tops and roll in Panko breadcrumbs.
Heat oil in large pan on medium heat. Fry salmon cakes until just browned, about 8-10 minutes, turning once.
We cheated and made a risotto from a box mix (I recommend PC Splendido) as a side – hey, remember, this was an I-don’t-give-a-damn night. Surprisingly, it was quite delicious, and a great accompaniment to the Salmon Cakes. My recipe serves 2, but can easily be doubled for a family of four.
Now THAT’S easy peasy! Make it tonight!
Probably the best salmon cakes I’ve ever had, and we have been to San Fran. Amazing flavor!
So happy you loved them!
Ooooooo… sounds yummy and I have everything except green onions on hand… might take a crack at these for dinner tomorrow (already have something out for tonight). This recipe is going in my recipe box for sure !
That’s awesome! Please do let me know what you think if you try them!
Yyyuuumm! These would be great on a warm summer evening with a quinoa salad! Thanks for the recipe!
Oooh, that does sound divine! You’re welcome Anne!
Thanks for sharing Lena! I was looking for a recipe like this last week! Will try this week for sure!!!
Excellent! Let me know what you think Marisa!
Im not a big fan of salmon but I have PC Panko crumbs on hand and a can of crabmeat! Bet crabcakes would go great with the PC Moroccan Spice Couscous! *drool*
Mmmm… now you’ve inspired me!
Chandra Christine O'Connor
nice easy recipe to whip up like tonight i feel lazy lol
It’s perfect for those lazy evenings!
These look delicious and you are right…I have all of the ingredients except for the fish of course but that is just a quick trip to the fish department. I stopped using mayo and use yoghurt instead…I think that substitution would work well with this recipe. Thank you for the recipe :)
Thanks for the substitution tip – I’ll have to try that next time myself!
I’ve never tried making salmon cakes but I have all the ingredients on hand so for sure I’ll try it one of these days. Thanks for sharing Lena.
You’re welcome Marissa – please do!
I am not a fan of fish but I know my friend would love this recipe so I will be sending her the link!
That’s awesome – thanks so much for sharing!
The Salmon cakes look lovely, so I PInned – my kids don;t like salmon, so I will tell them it is crab!!
:) The thing I love about these salmon cakes is that they don’t taste too fishy!
Looks so good, I should not look at food posts when I am so hungry I find it very hard not to lick the screen
Hahaha you’re too funny Debbie!
I love that you used canned salmon for this. I LOVE salmon, but I hate cooking it because the smell just seems to permeate everything. This looks delicious!
I can definitely agree with you there. I always have a tin or two of canned salmon on hand because I love it in sandwiches!
Shared this recipe with my friend and she made them last night for dinner. I tasted a small bite and they were actually pretty good (this coming from someone who really does not like any fish!)
Success! Thanks for sharing your feedback Judy!
This sounds simple but tasty. I like the idea of the panko crumbs – love panko crumbs :)!
Me too! They lend such a wonderful crispiness and crunch to this meal!
I really hate that I can’t eat fish. This looks so good. I can make it for everyone else and stand off to the side and drool while they eat it, lol.
Oh, that sucks, but I get it. Sorry you won’t be able to enjoy them!
oh man that looks so good but the problem is that i hate canned salmon. would this work well with canned tuna?
You could certainly try it with tuna Sarah – please let me know what you think!
I have tuna, so I may just swap the fish type!
Please let me know if you do! Enjoy!
My salmon cakes never look like that… I need to try your recipe!
Please do! Super easy and fool proof. Plus, I love the crunch from the panko bread crumbs!
Thanks Mr. Disco!
I’m going to have to try your recipe, I love salmon cakes, but I don’t know what I do wrong they fall apart on me all the time, yours look so perfect, so I am stealing your recipe lol
Please steal away! They never fall apart on me, so there’s something right about the ratio :)
I’ve been looking for a salmon cake recipe. Thanks.
sounds easy and looks delicious. I’m gonna go digging and see if we have some salmon in the pantry ;)
Debbie White Beattie
I’ve never seen a recipe like this but it sounds delicious