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I love a good crab cake. I’ve eaten them when I’ve gone out on many occasions, and even tried them at home once. But a salmon cake? That’s something I had never tried before. So when I saw this recipe for salmon cakes, I knew I had to give it a try!

First of all, I have never had canned salmon before. I’ve never had an occasion to buy it, so when I went to the store, I didn’t really know what I was looking for. The particular grocery store I was at that day had only 2 brands. Of the brand I chose, there were two different cans, but I couldn’t tell the difference between them besides the color of the label. I blindly chose one of them and went on my way. When I went to make these salmon cakes, I went and opened up the can. I did not expect to find what I found in that can. Instead of beautiful pink salmon, I found a kind of pink fish with skin and other parts of the fish – I don’t really know what parts they were, but it was not very appetizing. I poured the contents of the can into a bowl and dug right in with my hands, separating the fish from “other” parts in the can. This would have not been for the squeamish!!

The rest of the process went smoothly. I have to admit that I didn’t know if I could even eat these cakes after what I went through with the salmon, but I tried to put that at the back of my mind so I could give these an honest review – based on the recipe, not the salmon I had picked out.Thank goodness I decided to try them, because I really liked them. And the mango tartar sauce – that’s what really makes this recipe special. Don’t skip out on it!!

So if anyone has experience with canned salmon, please let me know what to choose next time!

Recipe rating: 4 out of 5

Spicy Salmon and Corn Cakes with Mango Tartar Sauce
The Deen Family Cookbook

Makes 12 2-inch cakes and 1 1/2 cups sauce

Tartar Sauce
1 cup peeled, diced mango (about 1 large mango)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped

pinch of salt


Salmon Cakes
One 14.5-ounce can boneless pink salmon, drained

1 cup panko

2 eggs, slightly beaten

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped red onion

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper – more or less to taste

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cornmeal
vegetable oil, for frying

Make the tartar sauce: mix together all the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Put the salmon in a bowl and break it up with a fork. Add the panko, eggs, parsley, onion, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and mix to combine. Form the mixture into 12 patties and coat them in the cornmeal.

Heat 1/4-inch of oil in the bottom of a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the cakes – 4 to 5 at a time – in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Serve immediately with the tartar sauce.

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17 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Spicy Salmon and Corn Cakes with Mango Tartar Sauce

  1. Jean Bugs says:

    I remember salmon cakes from my childhood…ugh! But these sure don’t look bad. I might just give them a try. But I think I’d get the salmon in the pouch. I absolutely love the tuna in the pouches, so that’s the route I think I’ll take. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. fourkidsmom says:

    I don’t know the brand you used but I have made these for years and ALWAYS use chicken of the sea brand. You never have to pick anything out of it. that is what I used to hate doing so I quit making them until I found this brand.

  3. Angie says:

    I love Salmon Cakes. I use the canned salmon from Costco — I think it is Chicken of the Sea brand.

  4. Patsyk says:

    I can’t remember what brand I bought when I made the last time, but the salmon was more flakey and I didn’t have to go through what you did! They look delicious!

  5. BMK says:

    These look good! I too have made the same mistake of buying the salmon that still has the bones and skin in it. You are better than me, I had to throw the whole can out. Next time make sure your can says boneless and skinless.

  6. Dawn says:

    yeah, I’m not too fond of canned salmon. I have made salmon cakes using fresh salmon. And I love crab cakes….

  7. Michelle @ Find Your Balance says:

    These look terrific! I’ve had similar experiences with canned salmon…I suppose you could buy it fresh and cook instead?

  8. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A wonderful combo! That recipe sure sounds interesting!



  9. Abby says:

    I made salmon cakes for the first time not long ago, too. I was shocked by what was in the can. But these days I remove the skin and leave most of the bones. Calcium. Or something. Right?

  10. Claire says:

    Salmon cakes were one of my favorites as a child…and I have a can in my pantry waiting! The kind I get is just like what you got and that always deters me from making these…I don’t like cleaning it! I must try a different brand…I always get the store brand b/c it’s cheaper!

  11. Maria says:

    I love crab cakes, never tried salmon cakes. Will have to add them to the list!

  12. Paula says:

    Happy First Mother’s Day!

    These cakes sound wonderful. I’ve only had mango once or twice; I’ll need to give it another try. I have easy access to fresh salmon, but grew up with the canned product. I’ll eat both!

  13. Brilynn says:

    I just recently made cod cakes for the first time, they were awesome! I love the sounds of a mango tartar sauce and will definitely give it a try!

  14. Grace says:

    although i’m not too keen on fish patties, the inclusion of corn and that amazing sauce have me thinking that i’d really enjoy these! now, if i can just stand the smell of that salmon long enough to toss them together…

  15. ~ Mon says:

    Yummy! I use Salmon in a bag, like tuna now comes. no bonse or skin.


  16. ♥Rosie♥ says:

    I like salmon fish cakes too. I use a princess make here in the U.K.

    Rosie x

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