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Flavorful Baked Salmon Cakes

Prepared with fresh salmon, sautéed veggies, and flavorful herbs, this salmon cake recipe is quite the catch!

Flavorful Baked Salmon Cakes

Looking to reel in a recipe that is packed with flavor and nutrients proven to support heart and overall health?

Cast right to this baked salmon cakes!

Our salmon cake recipe is a light and zesty prepared with fresh salmon, sauteed veggies, and various herbs. The combination of these ingredients not only leads to immense flavor but heart-healthy nutrients.

The salmon patty mixture is simple to prepare and baked, not fried, which helps save on unwanted calories. Really, this baked salmon cake recipe contains a boatload of flavor and is quite the catch.

With so much flavor awaiting, let's jump into the recipe!

Baked Salmon Cake Recipe

Yield: 6 servings (1 patty per serving)

Nutrition per serving: 160 calories, 5 g fat, 22 g protein, 7 g total carb, 1 g fiber

Prep time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes


• 1 lb fresh salmon
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 2 celery stalks, finely diced
• 1 onion, finely diced
• 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
• 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
• 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

2. Lay salmon fillet skin side down in the center and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through and pink in color. Flake the salmon into large chunks, discarding of any skin and bones. Let cool to room temperature.

3. Add cooked salmon to a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine then chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

4. When ready to bake, heat the oven to 400°F and spray baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.

5. Divide the mixture into 6 even patties and transfer to the baking sheet. Ensure evenly sized patties each time by using an ice cream scoop. Brush the top of each patty with olive oil.

6. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until evenly golden browned. Enjoy warm or read on for more serving suggestions!

Prepping & Serving Ideas

Have canned salmon onhand and crunched for time? Need a gluten-free recipe? Looking for tasty ways to enjoy salmon cakes?

Use these prep and serving ideas to truly customize your salmon cake recipe.

Canned Salmon Cakes

While fresh salmon in these cakes is delectable, you can also use canned salmon. Not only will this swap still taste great, but expedite the preparation process.

To make, simply swap fresh salmon with 14 ounces of canned salmon then continue with the remaining steps. When using canned, just be sure to drain off any excess liquid and remove any bones and skin as needed.

Stovetop Salmon Cakes

Salmon cakes can also be made on the stovetop.

Rather than preheating the oven, simply make salmon mixture detailed in the above recipe then follow these easy steps:

1. Line a plate with a paper towel and heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

2. Add a few salmon patties at a time, cooking about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until golden brown. Add cooked patties to the lined plate.

3. Continue cooking process until the mixture is used then serve.

Gluten-Free Salmon Cakes

Preparing a gluten-free salmon cake is simple with a few different options. These include salmon patties with crackers and breadcrumbs using certified gluten-free products:

1. Use gluten-free Panko bread crumbs prepared with using rice flour and pea protein.

2. Prepare homemade bread crumbs by salvaging unused gluten-free bread and pulsing in a food processor. Lightly toast in the oven and add seasonings as desired.

3. Swap bread crumbs for cracker crumbs, making sure they are guaranteed and marked as gluten-free.

Play with Flavors

Salmon cakes can take on so many delicious flavors, so feel free to experiment with various spices, herbs, sauces, whathaveyou.

Some of our favorite ways to offer a unique flavor to these cakes include:

• Basil
• Hot sauce
• Parmesan cheese
• Parsely
• Worcestershire sauce

Likewise swap out the type of seafood as desired. These may include tuna for tuna cakes and crab for crab cakes.

Serving Ideas

Salmon cakes are enjoyable on their own, though they can be served in so many delicious! Some of our favorite combos include:

• Atop a bed of spinach leaves or other salad greens with a lemon wedge to squeeze for fresh lemon juice.

• Alongside whole grains such as fluffy brown rice.

• Sandwiched between an English muffin or lettuce wrap.

Also enjoy with a sauce of choice as desired, including tartar sauce or cashew cream sauce.