Potato'n Salmon Cakes

"Quick easy recipe to make after a hard day's work. For the mashed potatoes use plain cooked potatoes mashed with no added ingredients. Just cook extra potatoes the night before and take out what you will need for this recipe. If you want a little spice add 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes I like a bit of Tartar sauce and a green salad along side or a couple of steamed vegetables. Great summer dish. This recipe goes a long way from one small can of salmon. I would like to stress use leftover cooked potatoes not left over mashed potatoes that already have got a lot of extra ingredients in them!"
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Ready In:
6 cakes


  • 1 (213 g) can salmon, skin & bones removed (I prefer sockeye but in this recipe pink is fine too)
  • 1 12 cups left over mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 12 cup flour
  • salt & pepper
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons onions, minced
  • 34 cup fresh breadcrumb (Panko are best)
  • vegetable oil cooking spray, for frypan (or if you wish use butter mixed with oil for really crisp cakes but watch the calories go up)


  • Mix all the ingredients except the bread crumbs, stir well.
  • Form into 6 cakes.
  • Coat with crumbs.
  • Fry until nicely browned on the outside and heated through, apprx 5 minutes each side Serve.

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  1. Snookie
    We made the following adaptions: 2 6 oz. cans of boneless, skinless pink salmon and used leftover garlic mashed potatoes. Also, added juice of 1/2 lime and zest. Served on a bed of baby field greens with cucumber sour cream sauce. Quick, easy and yummy!
  2. Chef Tami 2
    Quick and easy and very delicious. I used instant mashed potatoes and it worked fine. My husband thought they were wonderful, the best salmon cakes ever. I did use a small amount of butter and olive oil to saute them.
  3. Kalice
    These were a hit with my husband, kids and even my 11 month old loved. The only things I did differently was to soften the onions slightly in olive oil, and I used Garlic Salt, in place of salt pepper and parsley. Also I didn't bother with the crumbing, just quickly browned them in olive oil. Lovely, thankyou.
  4. Derf2440
    very nice Bergy!! Scaled it to half but made 4 smaller cakes, enough for the two of us. Instead of frypan I heated veggie spray on a foil lined cookie tray in the oven, put the cakes on the hot tray for about 7/8 minutes at 400 degrees, turned them and put them back for another 7/8 minutes, nice and crisp. Topped with 3 bean hot salsa and served with mixed cauliflower/brocolli and a bit of left over tomato rice reheated. Tasty supper thanks!!
  5. Diane S
    Just like my mother made. Except I bought the packaged salmon (not canned), no need to remove bones and skin. Also, I did not use breadcrumbs. I used flour. Also fried them in very lttle oil. Turned out great. Will definely make this recipe again.


  1. Patrick S.
    I never remove the skin or bones. Both are good for you.
  2. rdsxc
    Use krab instead of salmon, Potatoes O'Brian instead of mashed potatoes, cracker crumbs instead of Panko, and add a little cajun seasoning to kick it up. Incorporate the cracker crumbs right into the mixture instead of rolling the patties in them. Moisten with a little milk if mixture is too dry to make patties.
  3. lmarq
    I like to add a couple of dashes of cayenne pepper and serve these cakes with remoulade sauce....super yummy!
  4. CarolinVA
    I found this recipe very disappointing, but I should have taken a clue from the fact that potatoes are listed first in the name. Based on some of the other reviewer's comments, I used a large can of salmon and a scant 1 cup of left over mashed potatoes. Even having done that, these were really potato cakes with a bit of salmon. If I ever make this again I will omit the potatoes entirely and substitute a very small amount of fine dry breadcrumbs for the flour.
  5. Roo in the Kitchen
    My family loved these, even my choosy 6 year old son. However, I do like more salmon flavour, so next time I'll be adding a large can of salmon instead of a small one. Also, I made the cakes a little smaller so that they could be picked up and dipped with fingers rather than cutting them with utensils, I got about 15 crispy little cakes out of this recipe. Absolutely delicious, this will become a staple in this household :)


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