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Homemade Salmon Cakes Recipe with Tartar Sauce

Make these Homemade Salmon Cakes Recipe with Tartar Sauce that are perfect to serve up as an appetizer or main meal!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 415kcal


For the Salmon Cakes:

  • 2 pounds of fresh wild caught salmon skin removed
  • 1 seeded and small diced red bell pepper
  • 1 peeled and small diced sweet onion
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
  • Old Bay seasoning to taste
  • 10 ounces of panko crushed butter crackers or 2 cups of bread crumbs
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • oil for cooking
  • watercress and micro greens for garnish

For the tartar sauce

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of small diced pickles
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Salmon Cakes: Place the salmon in a food processor and process on high speed until it becomes a thick paste. Transfer to a large size bowl and mix with peppers, onions, eggs, mayonnaise, parsley, seasoning, lemon juice, and crushed butter crackers or bread crumbs until completely combined.
  • Form 15 salmon cakes using your hands and set aside.
  • Heat up some oil over medium heat and add in the salmon cakes and cook until golden brown and cooked throughout, about 4 minutes per side. Set aside to dry before serving.
  • Tartar Sauce: Mix together all ingredients in a medium size bowl until combined. Chill before serving.
  • To Plate: Place the salmon cakes over a bed of watercress and top off with tartar sauce and micro greens. Serve!



Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg