Get Hooked on Flavor: Salmon Patty Cakes with Cajun Mushroom Tartar Sauce

Get Hooked on Flavor: Salmon Patty Cakes with Cajun Mushroom Tartar Sauce

Posted by From Field to Plate | Jeremiah Doughty on Sep 13th 2023

There's something undeniably satisfying about transforming fresh, flavorful ingredients into a delectable dish that leaves you craving for more. So, dear food enthusiast, join us on this delightful journey as @FromFieldtoPlate unveils the coveted secrets behind crafting these mouthwatering salmon patty cakes that offer a delightful union of classic comfort food and fiery, bold flavors!


Salmon Patty Cakes

2-3 cups, cooked salmon

1 sweet onion, minced finely

1 red bell pepper, chopped finely

3 tbsp salted butter, softened

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

½ cup parmesan cheese

2 large eggs

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup parsley, minced

Homemade Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp dill relish

1 tsp dill relish juice (from the jar)

¼ red onion, finely diced

¼ tsp black pepper

½ tsp mustard powder

1 tbsp Cajun Seasoning

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tsp mushroom powder (optional)


1. Begin by flaking the cooked salmon, seasoned with a blend of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Achieve the perfect internal temperature, around 135º-140º, for a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flaked salmon with the finely minced sweet onion and the finely chopped red bell pepper. These ingredients form the base of your patty cakes, offering layers of flavors and textures.

3. Add the softened salted butter, panko, and parmesan cheese to the mix. These elements will contribute to the cake's crispy exterior and savory depth.

4. Incorporate the large eggs and Worcestershire sauce, acting as the binding agents that unify the ingredients into a cohesive mixture.

5. Gently fold in the minced parsley, infusing the mixture with a refreshing herbal note that complements the richness of the salmon.

6. To achieve the ideal texture, pinch the mixture to ensure it holds together. If needed, add more panko to enhance the cakes' structural integrity.

7. Shape the mixture into meatball-sized rounds and press them into patties, creating discs roughly the size of a hockey puck. This step sets the stage for the satisfying sear and crispiness.

8. Heat up a cast-iron skillet or nonstick pan and add a generous drizzle of oil. Place each patty onto the hot skillet, giving them a final gentle press to encourage the development of a delectable crust. Allow them to cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until a beautiful golden-brown exterior emerges. Adjust the heat as needed to prevent burning.

9. While the patties are sizzling to perfection, let's craft the pièce de résistance – the homemade tartar sauce. Combine mayo, dill relish, dill relish juice, finely diced red onion, black pepper, mustard powder, Cajun seasoning, minced garlic, and the optional mushroom powder. Mix these elements thoroughly until they harmonize into a creamy, zesty symphony of flavors. This sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, ready to elevate various dishes with its irresistible charm.

10. Once the salmon patty cakes are adorned with a magnificent crust, carefully transfer them from the skillet. Top each patty with a dollop of the homemade tartar sauce, adding a layer of complexity and tang that perfectly complements the savory depth of the cakes.

11. For an extra touch of elegance, sprinkle finely chopped chives atop the tartar sauce-adorned patty cakes. These vibrant green specks not only enhance the visual appeal but also provide a delicate onion-like flavor that dances harmoniously with the other components.

12. Finally, it's time to indulge in the fruits of your culinary labor. With a fork and knife in hand, delve into the savory symphony that is From Field to Plate's Salmon Patty Cakes with Homemade Tartar Sauce. Each bite is a symphony of textures – the crispy exterior yielding to the succulent, flavorful interior, all harmonizing with the zesty and creamy tartar sauce.

Whether enjoyed as a luxurious appetizer, a delightful lunch, or a show-stopping dinner centerpiece, these salmon patty cakes are sure to tantalize your senses and leave a lasting impression. So gather your ingredients, don your apron, and embark on a culinary journey that will redefine your appreciation for seafood excellence!