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I really love salmon, it’s definitely one of my favourite things to eat, so it’s pretty surprising that I’ve never tried a salmon cake. I’ve always just been a fan of the classic, baked salmon. The one that melts in your mouth, and is flavored with whatever your mind can imagine. However, I get bored easily, so I’m always trying to find new ways to eat my favourite things.

I was watching The Food Network one morning, and on the show I was watching they were making salmon cakes, they looked so easy, affordable and tasty. Something that could be flavored however you wanted, maybe I would make some spicy salmon cakes packed with hot sauce and hot peppers and chili powder, or I would make savory salmon cakes with bacon and cheese, or maybe I would go with these salmon cakes, a more basic and perfect way to get into salmon cakes. I’ve created a flavor combination that just works, the capers and Dijon add a nice, salty and tangy addition to the sweet and healthy sweet potato, the hot sauce adds a little bit of a kick and the panko creates a nice crunchy crust without frying. These are healthy, easy and delicious, perfect for a weeknight meal.

Yields 8 patties

Baked Salmon Cakes

15 minPrep Time

14 minCook Time

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  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and boiled
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/4 +2/3 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chopped capers
  • 2 6 oz (180g) cans of wild salmon
  • olive oil for pan


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook peeled sweet potato until just fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine green onion, parsley, lemon zest, mayonnaise, egg, 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs, hot sauce, Dijon mustard, paprika, chopped capers and canned salmon in a large bowl.
  4. Once sweet potato is cooked, add to bowl and mash the mixture together.
  5. Form the mixture into 8 patties using your hands, then bread patties in the remaining 2/3 cup of panko.
  6. Place patties on a greased baking sheet. Spray one side of the patties with cooking spray.
  7. Bake for 5-7 minutes in the oven.
  8. Flip patties over and cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. Finally, turn on the broiler and broil patties for 2 minutes - this helps to get them nice and crunchy.

I hope you enjoy these salmon cakes, they are one of my favourite things right now, I served mine with lots of hot sauce and some Spicy Broccoli.

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