Crispy Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Dill Sauce

Crispy Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Dill Sauce

Servings: 4 Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes


For the Salmon Cakes:

  • 1 pound fresh salmon fillet, skinless and boneless
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Lemon-Dill Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Salmon: Place the salmon fillet in a pot of simmering water and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Remove from water and let cool slightly. Use a fork to break the salmon into small flakes.
  2. Make the Salmon Cake Mixture: In a mixing bowl, combine the flaked salmon, breadcrumbs, chopped red bell pepper, chopped green onions, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Mix gently but thoroughly to combine all ingredients.
  3. Add the Egg: Crack the egg into the mixture and mix until everything is well combined. The egg will help bind the mixture together.
  4. Shape the Salmon Cakes: Divide the mixture into 8 portions and shape each portion into a patty about 3/4-inch thick.
  5. Cook the Salmon Cakes: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the salmon cakes and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy. You may need to do this in batches if your skillet is not big enough.
  6. Prepare the Lemon-Dill Sauce: In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, freshly squeezed lemon juice, chopped fresh dill, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.
  7. Serve: Plate the crispy salmon cakes and drizzle each with a spoonful of the lemon-dill sauce. These cakes can be served as an appetizer, main course, or in a bun as a salmon burger.
  8. Garnish and Enjoy: Garnish with additional chopped dill and lemon wedges if desired. Serve the salmon cakes with a side salad, coleslaw, or your favorite vegetables for a complete and delicious meal.

Chef’s Tips:

  • Feel free to customize the seasoning according to your taste preferences.
  • To make the salmon cakes even crispier, you can coat them with a bit of additional breadcrumbs before frying.
  • If you’re short on time, you can use canned salmon instead of fresh salmon. Just make sure to drain it well before using.
  • The lemon-dill sauce adds a refreshing flavor, but you can also try them with tartar sauce or aioli.

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