Salmon cakes, or salmon patties, as my family calls them, are something I grew up eating. It’s also one of the few recipes I actually remember. Growing up we didn’t have a lot of money and salmon, fresh or canned, isn’t the most affordable option. So when we did have salmon cakes, it was a real treat. That being said, we would typically fry them on the stove, but with the invention of the air fryer, I can now share this high protein, tasty, easy to make dish with my own family, and without all the extra oil.
The one thing I always hated, and still do, about making salmon cakes, is picking the bones out of the salmon. We used canned salmon in our recipe and trying to get all the bones out was the worst part of the process. The payoff was well worth it though.
Honestly, and this is pretty embarrassing, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I could buy boneless, skinless canned salmon. I don’t know…maybe since as a kid we only used the bone-in canned salmon, I thought it was the only way to go. But one day I decided to try the recipe with the boneless, skinless one and it has forever changed dinner time. Well, at least as far as salmon cakes go.
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- 3, 5 oz. cans of boneless, skinless salmon (drained and patted dry)
- ½ cup of bread crumbs
- ½ cup of finely diced onion
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup of milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
There’s nothing wrong with adapting a recipe, right? Not only did I switch up the task of picking the bones out of the salmon, but I also decided to try cooking the salmon cakes in our little air fryer. Ya’ll…So. Easy.
- Prepare the air fryer by spraying it with non-stick spray.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients – salmon, bread crumbs, onion, eggs, Worcestershire sauce, milk, salt and pepper. Stir until mixed well.
- Using your hands, form spoonfuls of the mixture into small salmon cakes/patties. Arrange the salmon cakes in the air fryer in a single layer.
- Air fry at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Repeat until all salmon cakes are done. (I have a 3 quart air fryer and it takes me 3 cycles to cook everything.)
- Enjoy hot with your favorite sauce.
As a kid my favorite thing to top my salmon cakes with, was ketchup. I’m seeing that my kids are no different. These salmon cakes are one of the few dishes that my picky eating son will actually eat, dipped in ketchup, of course. I can totally live with that. I’ve been known to still enjoy these with ketchup as well, but I’d also say my taste buds have graduated a little, so sometimes I enjoy my salmon cakes with a tartar sauce or horseradish-based sauce.
How will you garnish and enjoy your salmon cakes?