Crispy Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise

Decided to try my hand at something different the other night while cooking a meal for me and my boyfriend. He gots to have his meat and I gots to have my healthiness. Usually this means salmon. I am not a big seafood person at all, but I absolutely love salmon: in my sushi, broiled, baked, panfried, seared, and now….”caked.”

I found this recipe in one of my Costco cookbooks (yes, that’s right Costco has cookbooks). This one is called Cooking in Style: The Costco Way. 

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/4 C finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 C finely chopped celery
  • 3/4 C crushed saltine crackers (about 20), divided
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2   7oz. cans of salmon, drained and flaked
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise

  • 6 Tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Prepare lemon-caper mayonnaise: combine all ingredients, cover and chill.
  2. For salmon cakes: heat 1 Tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery, saute for 4 mins until tender.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine onion mixture, 1/2 cup crackers, mustard, black pepper, salmon, and egg. 
  4. Divide salmon mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each one into a 1/2-inch thick patty. Coat each patty with 1 Tablespoon crackers. Cover and chill for 20 mins. 
  5. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add patties and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned. 
  6. Serve the salmon cakes with Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise. Makes 4 servings. 

Served on a bed of rice and sauteed zucchini

If you have never used canned salmon before, believe me it’s not pretty, it looks like they just stuffed a whole salmon in a can and watch out for bones! But if you want to create an inexpensive meal, canned is one way to go. The saltine cracker coating gives it a wonderful crunch.

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