Check out the post, In Defense of Cilantro, that accompanies this recipe to learn about the chemistry behind cilantro’s flavor.

Cilantro and lime make for a perfect combination in these salmon cakes. I used canned salmon here, but if you have left-over cooked salmon go ahead and use that instead. I originally made these salmon cakes as a light summer meal, but they’re delicious any time of year.

What you need for the cilantro-lime tartar sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • Juice from 1/4 to 1/2 of a lime
  • fistful of fresh cilantro, diced

What you need for the salmon cakes:

  • 1 can of boneless, skinless salmon (or 5 oz. fresh, cooked salmon)
  • finely diced bell pepper
  • 1 diced green onion stalk
  • fistful of fresh cilantro, diced
  • Juice from 1/4 to 1/2 of a lime
  • 1/4 of a tube of Ritz crackers (crushed)
  • 1 egg
  • dash of salt
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil (for frying)

Makes 5-6 salmon cakes.

What to do:

For the cilantro-lime tartar sauce:

Combine and mix the sour cream, mayonnaise and lime juice in a small bowl. Use your own discretion when adding the lime juice as the amount of juice can vary depending on the size and juiciness of your lime. The idea is to have plenty of lime juice but not so much that the sauce becomes watery.  Mix in the fresh cilantro and set the sauce aside.

For the salmon cakes:

Mix: In a large bowl combine and mix the salmon, the finely diced bell pepper, the green onion, the cilantro, the lime juice, the crushed Ritz crackers (put the crackers in a zip-lock bag and crush them into crumbs), the egg, the salt, and the crushed red pepper.

Cook: Heat the olive oil in a frying pan at medium-high heat. Form patties from the salmon mixture and fry them in the oil until they’re golden brown on each side (about 3-5 minutes per side).

Serve: Top the salmon cakes with a spoonful of the cilantro lime sauce and serve them hot over rice with a wedge of lime.

  One Response to “Recipe: Cilantro-Lime Salmon Cakes”

  1. Just downloaded the salmon cake recipe. I’m going to make them for Roy for dinner. Love the photo of my dish:-)

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