Asian Style Salmon Cakes [recipe]

A great way to use up certain leftovers is to make them into little patties or cakes. For example, leftover BBQ corn, slice kernels off the corn, mix with pancake batter, pretty darn good eaten savory or sweet with maple syrup. Leftover mashed potatoes, add a few more ingredients and herbs such as bacon or bell pepper, bind with egg or breadcrumbs, pan-fried them crispy. When I had some cooked salmon filet leftover from last night, I did the same thing, made them into delicious patties. These little cakes can be enjoyed several ways. I like to eat them with hot rice, with a simple drizzle of soy sauce and a squirt of lemon juice. They are also delicious topped with sauces like nutty miso, creamy goma (sesame), or tangy tonkatsu, and wrapped with lettuce. And what seafood cakes don’t go well with tartar sauce?

Salmon Cakes Asian Style   from Delectable Musings

A few things I did different, I added ~1 tbsp of ponzu sauce (citrus-based sauce) and a splash of soy sauce instead of salt.


  • 12 ounces cooked salmon, drained of any liquid
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 2 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbs ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 tbsp of Ponzu sauce,
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs , lightly beaten


  1. Pre-heat your skillet over a medium-low flame.
  2. Combine the salmon, eggs, scallions, celery, vinegar, lemon juice, ginger, ponzu, soy sauce and pepper well.
  3. Add in the breadcrumbs. You may need to add a little more or less to be able to form a wet patty that holds it shape, but I have found 1/2 cup usually works for me. Mix everything well and then form into 9 patties. (You can also use an ice cream scoop, drop a scoopful in the skillet, gently flatten it with the back of the spatula)
  4. Add a small amount of oil to the warm skillet and cook your patties for 4-5 minutes on each side. Do this gently and take your time. You want the ingredients to cook together without the patty getting too dark.
  5. Serve immediately with a wedge of lemon.

Yield: 9 cakes


4 thoughts on “Asian Style Salmon Cakes [recipe]

  1. Yum! I’ll bet this would work great with the TJ’s “just salmon” that they sell–one less step for me! This is dinner inspiration for sure.

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