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8 Tasty Takes On Salmon Cakes (The Perfect Weeknight Dinner)

When it’s 5pm and what’s-for-dinner is still anybody’s guess, salmon cakes are standing by for the rescue. Easy, inexpensive, and healthy. They’re kind of a genius move.

And here’s a bonus. Most canned salmon comes from Alaska, which means the fish are wild and high in healthful omega-3 fatty acids. And what’s more, Alaska's salmon population is managed for sustainability by state, local, and federal officials. The Marine Stewardship Council has also issued sustainability certification.

So stash a few cans of salmon in the pantry, America; they'll be ready when you are.

1. Scrumptious Salmon Cakes

5 Stars | Ready in 25 Minutes

A little Old Bay, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon give these cakes a kick in the pants.


Scrumptious Salmon Cakes

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2. Chef John's Salmon Cakes

4.7 Stars | Ready in 55 Minutes (25 for impatient people)

Capers are key here. Ditto saltines. Chef John suggests refrigerating the patties for 30 minutes before cooking. Nice advice for building flavors…if you can wait.


Salmon Cakes

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3. Salmon Cakes III

4.4 Stars | Ready in 20 minutes

These super-simple salmon cakes offer perfect simplicity. They’re also a great starter recipe. Experiment away.


Salmon Cakes III

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4. Asian Salmon Cakes with Creamy Miso and Sake Sauce

4 Stars | Ready in 30 Minutes

The secret is the sauce, which stars miso, garlic, sesame oil, sake, cream, and lime juice.


Asian Salmon Cakes

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5. Moroccan Salmon Cakes with Garlic Mayonnaise

4.3 Stars | Ready in 45 Minutes

A terrific way to use up leftover couscous. Spinach, garlic, and cumin round out the Moroccan flavor profile.


Moroccan Salmon Cakes with Garlic Mayonnaise

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6. Salmon Cakes II

4.5 Stars | Ready in 40 Minutes

Wait, Cheddar cheese and salmon? This top-rated recipe and its reams of rave reviews say YES.


Salmon Cakes

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7. Yummy Lemon Salmon Burgers

4.5 Stars | Ready in 20 Minutes

Put a salmon cake on a bun...and presto chango! it’s a tasty salmon burger. Don't want the bun? Try it on fresh greens with the tasty dressing.


Yummy Lemon Salmon Burgers

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8. Oregon Salmon Patties

4.5 Stars | Ready in 25 Minutes

This unadorned recipe comes from the Oregon coast. They know their salmon in the Pacific Northwest...and it shows.


Oregon Salmon Patties

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9. Alaska Salmon Croquettes

Recommended by Alaskan fishermen | Ready in 21 Minutes

And here's a recipe straight from the source—developed for canned wild Alaskan seafood by the experts at Alaska Seafood.


Alaska Salmon Cakes

Photo by Alaska Seafood


Super-Simple Sauces

These 7 sauces will add another exciting dimension to both basic and tricked-out salmon cakes.


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