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Salmon Cake Appetizers

Salmon Cakes are a perfect little appetizer either on their own or in little slider buns with coleslaw and tartar sauce.
You most likely will have everything you need right in your pantry and refrigerator and these take very little time to put together which is a plus when unexpected guests pop in around the holidays.

  • 2 cans wild sockeye salmon (about 2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed, minced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, minced
  • 1 lemon, cut and seeded for squeezing lemon juice over cakes when serving
  • green onions for garnish
  • slider buns (optional)
  • sriracha mayonnaise or tartar sauce (optional with the sliders)
  1. Drain salmon and remove skin and bones.  Break apart salmon and gently mash with a fork.
  2. Combine salmon, Old Bay seasoning, eggs, mayonnaise, panko crumbs, green onions, and green pepper and herbs in a medium bowl.
  3. Use a non-stick skillet if possible since the salmon cakes are fairly delicate.  Heat skillet over medium heat and brush with oil or butter. 
  4. Make patties about 2 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.  Cook on one side a few minutes until browned underneath.  Carefully flip over and continue to cook until browned.
  5. Remove to an oven proof dish and place in an oven at 250 F, continuing to add salmon cakes as they are browned. 
  6. Once you are ready to serve,  garnish with lemons and chopped green onions or place patties in slider buns and top with a 1/2 teaspoon of sriracha mayonnaise. 


  1. I have heard of Old Bay seasoning but I have never seen it in the stores. What would be a substitute for this? Thank you.

    1. Did a google search for Old Bay seasoning....Wal Mart sells it.

    2. Our little town, with our single little store, sometimes has Old Bay sometimes doesn't. I have used seasoned salt to taste when out of "O Bay". Not quite the same but it works.

    3. I have bought it in Safeway in Calgary.

    4. You can google "old bay seasoning" recipe and several come up. That's what I usually do when a recipe calls for a spice mix that I might rarely use.

  2. This is such a great idea to serve as an appetizer or as a slider! I too must look for the Old Bay seasoning - we love salmon patties.

  3. I wondered as well about the Old Bay Seasoning...I'll look in our local Safeway and Walmart stores. One more question - how do you make the sriracha mayo?

    1. For the Sriracha mayo, I just combined mayonnaise with some Sky Valley Sriracha Sauce that I bought at Costco.

  4. Can you make these ahead of time? freeze them and reheat in microwave or oven?

    1. I haven't tried freezing them once they are finished but I did reheat them from the refrigerator and that worked really well. I don't see why it wouldn't work but I would just brown them on each side and then freeze. Don't keep them warm in the oven first as you finish the batch.

  5. We enjoyed these! I did not have the Bay seasoning so I looked it up online to see the ingredients.
    A 1/4 tsp of celery salt and a pinch of paprika, chili and dry mustard work well.


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