Salmon Patties with Mustard Caper Sauce

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These baked salmon patties are a breeze to make and packed with flavor. The tangy caper sauce with fresh herbs takes them over the top. Serve them as an appetizer or main course—either way, you’re bound to love them!

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A few weeks ago, I ended up with several cans of salmon thanks to an Instacart mix-up. At first, I wondered what on earth I was going to do with it all. Then I remembered this baked salmon cake recipe that I used to make all the time.

They’re incredibly simple to make, but and they’re just as good for an easy weeknight dinner as they are for a special occasion (New Year’s Eve, anyone?)

I love the flavor that capers bring to this dish. They’re salty and tangy at the same time, perfect for cutting through the richness of fish. Along with fresh chives and dill, the capers really give these patties their distinctive flavor.

I hadn’t made these canned salmon cakes in well over a decade, but they were every bit as good as I remembered them being and I’m so glad that I rediscovered them!

If you love my baked crab cakes, you’ll definitely want to give these salmon cakes a try!

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Ingredients needed to make this baked salmon patty recipe

To make these salmon cakes, you’ll need some simple ingredients:

  • Canned pink salmon (or 2 cups of leftover salmon that’s been cooked and flaked)
  • Eggs
  • Dijon mustard
  • Green onions
  • Panko breadcrumbs

You’ll also need the following ingredients to make the sauce for them. Don’t be tempted to skip it. It packs a super flavorful punch!

  • Apple cider vinegar (If you have it, tarragon vinegar is also lovely in this!)
  • Olive oil
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Capers
  • Salt and Pepper
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salmon patties formed on baking sheet
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lemon caper sauce in bowl being whisked together

How do I make salmon patties with canned salmon?

Step 1 – Mix the salmon and seasonings

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, mustard, and green onions. Stir in the breadcrumbs until fully incorporated.

Next, add the salmon and mash gently until everything is incorporated.

Depending on the brand of salmon you buy, you might see some skin or even bones in the can. Don’t worry about them — they’re very soft and will mash easily with your fork. They’re a great source of calcium and you won’t even notice them. Promise.

Step 2 – Chill

Refrigerate the salmon mixture for 30 minutes to help it firm up. This will make it easier to form into patties and will help prevent it from falling apart as it cooks.

Step 3 – Form the salmon patties

Divide the salmon mixture into 4 equal portions. You could also form these into 2 larger salmon burgers!

Handy tip

I like to use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to ensure each patty is the same size, then gently shape each portion into a patty. Dampening your hands will help keep the salmon from sticking to them as you do this!

Step 4 – Bake

Bake for 15-18 minutes at 450°F. The patties are done when the tops of the patties are golden brown and slightly crisp. 

Step 5 – Make the Mustard Caper Sauce

Finally, mix up a delicious sauce for salmon patties by combining the vinegar, mustard, oil, chives, dill, and capers in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. It should be bright and tangy.

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FAQs

What about keto salmon patties?

These are so easy to make keto or low carb! Just swap in your favorite low carb cracker crumbs in place of the panko bread crumbs. Pork panko also works really well.

How do you keep salmon patties from falling apart?

Often homemade salmon patties fall apart because they have too much liquid in them. This is why it’s important to drain your salmon if using canned salmon. Adding breadcrumbs will help absorb moisture. Another tip from keeping your salmon patties together is to put them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so they can chill and the breadcrumbs can absorb more moisture.

Can I fry salmon patties?

Sure! I don’t always feel like turning the oven on either. You can fry these easy salmon patties over medium-high heat in a little olive oil or avocado oil for 3-4 minutes on each side.

What are capers?

Capers are the unopened flower buds of a Mediterranean plant that’s related to parsley. The edible buds are usually pickled in a brine consisting of salt and vinegar, giving them a bright, tangy flavor, similar to an olive. Fresh capers can sometimes be found in specialty markets (and are absolutely delicious) but for this recipe, I use jarred capers that can be found near the olives in almost any grocery store.

What should I serve with Salmon Patties?

I usually serve these with a leafy green salad, but they’re also great with rice, roasted vegetables, or french fries for a healthy meal.

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Here are some more salmon dinner recipes you’ll love:

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Salmon Patties with Mustard Caper Sauce

Entertain guests with these delicious Salmon Patties with Mustard Caper Sauce. They are so easy to make, crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. The Mustard Caper Sauce finishes these Salmon Patties to perfection!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caper sauce, fish cakes, patties, salmon, salmon cakes, seafood cakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 51 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 119kcal

Ingredients

  • For the salmon patties:
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg white beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 can pink salmon, drained 14.74 ounces
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 Tablespoon capers, drained
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, mustard, and green onions. Stir in the breadcrumbs until fully incorporated. Add the salmon and mash gently.
  • Refrigerate the salmon mixture for 30 minutes to help it firm up.
  • Preheat your oven to 450°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Divide the salmon mixture into 4 equal portions. Use damp hands to form each portion into a patty.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the tops of the patties are golden brown and slightly crisp.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: Combine the vinegar, mustard, oil, chives, dill, and capers in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the salmon patties drizzled with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Salmon Patties with Mustard Caper Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 335mg15%
Potassium 212mg6%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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By on December 21st, 2021

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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