Thursday, April 14, 2011

Salmon Herb Cakes

Salmon! It's what's for dinner!

I recently found a really good deal on wild-caught salmon from Alaska that was bone and skin free and canned for preservation. I really love salmon, and white fish... even though I am not much of a seafood fan. Yet, with all the recent news about farmed fish, and even more pollution getting into the fresh fish waters... it is a bit disheartening. Well, disheartening for a few reasons. It is sad that we are so careless now days that we allow pollution to disrupt natural habitats and have to create "farmed-fish" unnaturally with chemicals. And then also disturbing because if you are a fish eater it is becoming harder to find wild and healthy fish to eat. So for those reasons I was excited to find some wild canned salmon that had nothing added to it and was ready for eating. The first thing I wanted to make was salmon cakes.... so that is why I am sharing this recipe today.
If you are trying to eat less meat, or at least get more creative with eating healthier meat, then I would suggest trying to add some fresh (or canned) wild salmon to the diet. You hear it all the time about how fish is full of good fats and oils like the Omega 3's and Essential Fatty Acids... and this is very true. It is a great source of these oils to help your brain and other organs run smoothly and stay strong. The best source of these oils is from wild caught fish. Farmed fish are like GMO foods with destructive heavy metals that can spread to your body when consumed. So if you can find fresh/frozen or canned wild caught salmon, then you have found a good source to buy from.
Maybe you are trying to eat less meat this Lenten season, or at least trying to eat only fish on Friday's. This may be a great recipe to try at home and enjoy with a little homemade tartar sauce. What do you say? Let's make some salmon cakes... or burgers if you prefer...
Salmon Herb Cakes Recipe
2 (3 ounce) cans of wild caught fresh salmon (or 6 ounces of precooked fresh salmon meat)
1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup of fresh chopped parsley
1/2 cup of GF bread crumbs, or crushed crackers (use your favorite kind, I used Sami's millet and flax bread, 1 sliced and crumbled it to use).
2 fresh farm eggs
1 ts. of sea salt
1 ts. of black pepper
1 ts. paprika
1 ts. dried minced garlic
1/2 cup of finely chopped celery
1-2 ts. of olive oil to help mix together

Put all of the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then use a spatula or good mixing spoon and mix well all of the ingredients until you get a nice looking salmon mix. Then use your spoon to divide the mix into 4 even sections. Then wash and use your hands to form 4 patties or cakes or burgers, whatever you prefer to call them :) For cooking, heat up a skillet or cast iron pan and make sure it is well oiled with olive oil, ghee or butter to fry in the pan. Cook on each side at medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Turn over with a handy flipper. Then it will be crispy and browned and fully cooked on both sides. Serve on a GF bun, or just on a plate with a side of veggies and potatoes. I served my salmons cakes with green beans and some roasted potatoes. I also made some homemade tartar sauce to serve with the cakes...

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe
1/2 cup fresh mayonnaise
1 freshly squeezed lemon (2 TB or so)
1 TB of dried cilantro
1 ts. of dried minced garlic
salt and pepper to your taste

Put all the above ingredients in a small serving bowl and wisk together for a minute and it is ready to top your cakes and spice up your fish dinner.

I hope you try this wonderful, fabulous healthy salmon dinner and feel satisfied and full of life.

Much love to you today! Hope you are well...



  1. I am so going to make these tasty salmon burgers!! I love home made tartaar sauce too!!!

    MMMMMMMM,..;delectable food! :)

  2. I live in Grand Rapids. Where did you find your good deal on the canned salmon?

  3. I found my wild canned salmon at Costco. 6 cans for $10.89. Bargain. The brand was "Bear and Wolf". I have really liked it so far. And is this anonymous GR reader someone I know?

  4. Made this for dinner last night. My kids ate it up and asked for more! Delicious, quick, kid friendly dinner. Thanks for a great recipe.

  5. Annette- Glad your family loved them. I couldn't agree more! Thanks for the comment!