Chef John's Salmon Cakes


  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can red salmon, skin and bone removed, drained and flaked
  • 2eggs
  • ½lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12saltine crackers
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs, or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Stir salmon, eggs, lemon juice, capers, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl until well-combined.


  • Step 2

    Crush saltine crackers with your hands into the salmon mixture and mix well. Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, 30 minutes to overnight.

  • Step 3

    Dust a plate with half the bread crumbs. Divide salmon mixture into 4 portions and shape into patties; place onto prepared plate and sprinkle remaining bread crumbs atop the salmon patties.

  • Step 4

    Melt butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook patties in hot oil until cooked and heated through, about 5 minutes per side.

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