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Old Bay Salmon Cakes

by Aggies Kitchen on October 3, 2012

Every time I make salmon cakes I ask myself why I don’t make them more often. Every single time.

I didn’t grow up eating salmon cakes, as a matter of fact I remember exactly the first time I made them for my husband (at the time fiance) and me. It was early in our relationship, and I remember how much I was enjoying cooking for someone other than myself. At the time I found a recipe on the side of some canned salmon, or maybe it was the Old Bay seasoning can.

My husband always says that salmon cakes remind him of his mom, she made them often for dinner while he was growing up. I love when food sparks memories of loved ones like that. I made these over the weekend and shared them with my in laws. I kind of threw this recipe together (making sure to use Old Bay – a Goodman family favorite), so I’m not sure how close to the original recipe for salmon patties my mother-in-law always used but I’m happy to report that everyone approved. :)

These made for great leftovers for lunch the next day.

Old Bay Salmon Cakes

Yield: 6-8 patties

An inexpensive and easy recipe that will be on your table in just minutes. Serve with crackers and a squeeze of lemon alongside a green salad for a light and refreshing meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 6oz cans wild salmon
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup panko
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • light olive oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, gently combine all ingredients until mixed well. Form into 6-8 small patties.
  2. Heat a non stick pan over medium heat. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil in pan and spread around. Gently place each patty into hot pan and cook on first side for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully flip, and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until second side is browned.
  3. Once cooked, set aside and sprinkle coarse salt over salmon cakes. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.
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leslie October 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Ohhhhh, I have never made salmon cakes!!! these sound fab Aggie!

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Cassie October 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I adore salmon cakes. These look perfect Aggie!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Oh my, I LOVE seafood cakes!!

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Mal @ The Chic Geek October 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

yum! These sound amazing!

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Kristen October 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I want these for dinner right now. I love salmon cakes!

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Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run October 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Oh my goodness, these look delicious!!!! I may just have to make these this week/weekend!!!

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Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run October 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

By the way, Old Bay? I grew up on the Eastern Shore of VA, and it’s a STAPLE there. ;)

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JulieD October 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm

These look so yummy, Aggie!!! I wish I was your neighbor, seriously! :)

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Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I grew up eating “fish cakes” made with white fish and served on hot dog rolls. I think it was a regional thing (Philadelphia). These sound really good though and I am a sucker for anything with Old Bay!

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen October 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Aggie,

Oh wow…hadn’t thought of these in forever. We called them Salmon Patties where I grew up in NC. A dear old friend (a friend’s grandmother) used to make them for us. They were GOOD!!

Thanks for the reminder, Aggie!!

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Amy (Savory Moments) October 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Mmmm… these look so golden and delicious! I haven’t had one since I was a kid, so I think it’s time to give them another try!

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Heather @ Heather's Dish October 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

You had me at old bay – that stuff is incredible!!!

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marla October 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

These salmon cakes sound great + I would make plenty for leftovers too!

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Jen @ Savory Simple October 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

I love salmon cakes! This recipe looks wonderful.

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Minnie(@thelady8home) October 4, 2012 at 11:03 am

Salmon cakes, they are sounding so delicious. Looks so so so yummy.

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Bree October 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Looks like what I want for lunch right now-yum!

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Maya @ Mayaskitchen.ca October 4, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Looking great! I can literally taste it through the screen…I wish!! :)
I make something similar sometimes, but from tuna cans :) the kids love it as lunch for school the day after :)
A+ :)

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Tracey @ cookingwithloveblog October 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love salmon cakes! The addition of the Old Bay sounds so good. Can’t wait to try this! :)

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking October 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I love salmon cakes and so does hubby and just like you I ask myself why I don’t make them more often.
thanks for the reminder and the delicious recipe

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Melanie @ Nutritious Eats October 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

They really are good and I say the same thing every time I make them (which is like once a year)! It’s a great way to get salmon into the diet.

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wendy October 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I make these often. Don’t use mayonnaise though and I use crumbled saltines instead of Panko. Also finely dice celery and white onion and put that in. I also add dill weed to flavor. Salmon patties are great – and my grandchildren love them.

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patsy October 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I grew up eating those as well… and made them for my family awhile ago. Now, I’m thinking I need to bring them back since everyone loved them and they were so tasty! I’m going to try adding Old Bay Seasoning to them, too!

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Sandi October 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I made these this week and my husband, son and I all liked then a lot. They are easy to make and quick for a day that we all come home later then usual for dinner

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Jo November 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Do you drain the water off of the salmon? What kind of green pepper? Hot, mild, or bell?

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Aggies Kitchen November 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm

my cans of salmon had very little water, so I did not need to drain. If it was watery like tuna, then yes I would. And I used a green bell pepper…but a red bell pepper would be fine, or you could always change it up and add a little heat with a jalapeno or cubanelle or poblano.

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JenObie November 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Wow! Your salmon cakes are downright gorgeous! (great photography too) I’m liking the idea of using panko. My mom always used crushed saltines (in the days before panko), thus I robotically have done the same. So again, you’ve given me a simple change I want to try. That’s why I love to read recipes, even for so-called “familiar dishes.” A substitution for the “common” and/or adding a new ingredient to put a spin on the familiar.

I’ve been experimenting with fish sauce after discovering the nuances it gives to curry. I want to try an Asian flavor salmon cake — your recipe would be a great takeoff place for that as well.

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Porky January 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Haven’t had these in a long time. Here we normally used saltine crackers crushed, but thinking of crushing some Ritz as that is what we have on hand and it is snowing outside.. Has anyone tried this?? Everything is better when it sits on a Ritz??? OR not???

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Aggies Kitchen January 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Sure! I would think any cracker would make a great breadcrumb substitute in this recipe, sounds great!

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Linda April 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I made these last night and I gotta say they were the best I ever made (and I’ve made a lot of salmon cakes).

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Beth Zilkie May 23, 2013 at 12:02 am

WwI live in Canada and have never heard of Old Bay Seasoning, can you tell me what is in it so I can look for something comparable here.

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Aggies Kitchen May 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

Hi! I have used Emerils Essence before in lots of recipes and think it’s very comparable – I actually found a recipe for it and it sounds like it was suggested as a sub for old bay too! Hope this helps!
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090101202637AA1sqmu

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George Michael June 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Beth, In Western Canada you can find Old Bay at Superstore (Loblaws) and Sobeys.

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Rosemary June 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I made 1/2 recipe and used 170 grams drained canned sockeye salmon. I thought the mixture was too dry and had difficulty forming the cakes. Can someone please tell me what the equivalent of a 6 oz can of salmon is in grams. Does 6 oz refer to the weight of the can plus the undrained salmon? In Ontario where I live, both the net weight and the drained weight is listed – in grams. So I may have used too much drained salmon for half the recipe.

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Aggies Kitchen June 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Sorry these turned out too dry for you. If you make again I would suggest using less panko or breadcrumbs, or adding a little more mayo. According to a few places I googled, 170 grams = 6 oz. The can states Net Wt. 6oz.

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Kim June 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

Made these last night. Delicious! The Old Bay was perfect with the salmon. I added some basil and thyme from my garden as well. Topped them with a greek yogurt/basil/red wine vinegar concoction. Will definitely make them again. This is a great recipe to experiment with ingredients.

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Monique September 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Looks divine! I’ve only ever made salmon cakes with potatoes instead of bread crumbs. I usually follow Jamie Oliver’s recipe. But this look A LOT easier. Thanks!

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Angie November 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

I love salmon cakes, I grew up eating them too like your husband did. My mom used to make them with a basic white sauce, with a little lemon in it. All I know is that they were delicious, but I think my mom made them because they were easy to make, nutritious and economical! I’ve even seen Paula Deen make them as well, and I thought it was so funny because her comment was also about feeding her family on a tight budget and she said “this and a nickel’s worth of grits, and you’ve got dinner on the table!” that’s pretty much how it went around our house too, so I totally related. My mom’s were pretty simple, I can’t wait to try your version with the Old Bay. Thanks!

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Michelle February 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I made these for dinner tonight and we really liked them. I’ve made other recipes for these but these were so easy and good! One can add any spices, etc, to change the flavor, if desired. I think I might make them again with some homemade tartar sauce, or make mini ones to serve with toasted Hawaiian rolls for a salmon patty slider!

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Aggies Kitchen February 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm

what an awesome idea to serve as sliders! Thanks so much for the feedback, glad you enjoyed them!

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Kiki Brown February 26, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Wonderful recipe! I dreamt of my grandma the other week and have been craving her salmon cakes since. I mentioned it to my husband who was excited about having a childhood treat himself. I had a fillet so I poached and flaked that rather than using canned salmon. They came out perfect. My 18 mo did not appreciate the add-ins. She’s a purist so next time I’ll just give her a regular piece cooked the way she likes it. However, my husband and 3 yo LOVED these! Thanks!

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Aggies Kitchen March 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Thank you Kiki and thank you for stopping by! I would love to make salmon cakes with fresh salmon, I need to try that some time. And yay that your husband and 3yo loved them, that’s success :)

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