Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Mom’s Classic Salmon Cakes with Coleslaw


















When we were little, my Mom used to make the best meals on the little money we had.  My Dad had moved to Heaven and she was trying to raise two kids and work late at night to bring in the money.   We didn’t have much but we had a Mom that knew how to cook on a budget. We loved when she made Salmon cakes, which was often.  They were delicious and good for us.  I mean where else could you feed your family a full course meal for about $4?  I still make her recipe today and it brings back so many good memories.  I have included both our recipes…. Her recipe is classic and mine is a little more modern.  Both are so good.

Mom’s Classic Salmon Cakes with Coleslaw

1 (14.75-ounce) can Red or Pink salmon, drained

2 large eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons sliced finely diced sweet onion 

1 sleeve crushed Saltine Crackers

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

¾ cup cooking oil

Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Using your hands mix the ingredients together and shape into patties.  Place the patties in the hot oil and brown on each side.  Turn the heat down and continue cooking on low for about 20 minutes turning often. Let cook until the patties are crispy and brown. Serve with coleslaw or a garden salad.













My Updated Recipe For Salmon Cakes


2 fillets canned salmon, flaked

2 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons green onions or sweet onion, diced

1 cup Panko bread crumbs, divided

1 Tablespoon oil

2 Tablespoons butter

½ teaspoon each salt and pepper 

Old Bay Seasoning to taste

Today when I make my Salmon Cakes, I buy a small fillet about 6 ounces and do a quick fry until it’s cooked through. I salt and pepper it and add some Old Bay Seasoning.














I remove it from the pan and break it up into small chunks and let it cool.














I use Panko breadcrumbs in the filling and also as a dredge for extra crispy.  

In a medium bowl, I combine the fried salmon, eggs, onion, and 1/2 cup of the Panko breadcrumbs.  The mixture is wet but will still hold together.  I form the mixture into patties. Then I dust them in the other half of the panko breadcrumbs.  













I set my heat to medium high and I add butter and oil to my skillet.  Once the butter has melted, I lay the patties in the hot oil to fry for about 5 minutes per side.   













Once they have browned nicely on each side until they are golden and crispy.












Remove from skillet and place on paper towel.  Serve with a side of coleslaw.  YUM.













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