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salmon cakes with aioli on speckled plate

Salmon Cakes With Quick Aioli

  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 salmon cakes 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Incredibly good salmon cakes (salmon patties/salmon croquettes) made from fresh salmon fillets, peppers/onions, and much more. Paired with a tasty garlicky lemon aioli that is super easy to make!


  • 12 ounces fresh skinless salmon fillets, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 heaping tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste or minced garlic
  • salt/pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  • optional: more lemons, to squeeze over finished cakes

Quick Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste or minced garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Place chopped salmon into a large bowl and then set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, sauté onions and peppers until onions become translucent and mixture is lightly browned, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for at least 15 minutes. Wipe skillet clean.
  3. Add onion/pepper mixture into same bowl with salmon. Then add in all other ingredients from breadcrumbs to salt/pepper. Stir mixture thoroughly to combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator to let mixture marinate together for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Using an ice cream scooper or large spoon, shape salmon cakes, and set onto a large plate.
  5. In same skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry each salmon cake on both sides, about 2-3 minutes for each side until lightly golden brown.
  6. Serve salmon cakes warm with quick aioli, or as desired. Enjoy!

Quick Aioli

  1. In a small bowl or container: combine all ingredients together and stir very well. Cover bowl/container with lid for ultimate freshness. Aioli will keep in refrigerator for up to one week.

Keywords: salmon, easy, aioli