Pesto Salmon Cakes

We are still working our way through all the sauces I made and froze last summer.  I am always amazed at how much pesto there is in the freezer; I think it multiplies when I am not looking!

So, tonight it was time to use some pesto to make really yummy salmon cakes.  Of course, at his request, I made salmon sticks for Cam.

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The funniest part of dinner was when Cam, who was no where near the kitchen when I cooked, bit into a salmon stick, smiled and asked, “is there pesto in here?”  Not a bad palate for a 3 year old!  Even better that he was bappy that there was pesto in it.  It shouldn;t be a surprise, since pesto is his preferred pasta sauce (see Cammy’s Pesto).

Anyway, back to the salmon cakes… the pesto provides both flavor and moisture to the mixture.  Tonight I added lime zest as well, I usually use lemon zest- both work really well.  For our sandwiches, I made a pesto-mayonnaise (a mixture of about 1 Tbsp pesto with 1/3 cup mayonnaise) and topped it with organic marinated tomatoes.

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Pesto Salmon Cakes

1 pound canned red salmon – wild caught

1 cup panko

1/4 cup pesto, from the garden

1 egg, from Farmer Kim

1 tsp lemon or lime zest

2 Tbsp olive oil


Flake the salmon and mix with panko.

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Add the pesto and mix thoroughly.

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Lightly beat the egg and add it and the zest to the mixture and form into patties (or sticks).

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Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Cook salmon, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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Serve with pesto mayonnaise and whatever other condiments you choose. Enjoy!

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Serves 4.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Annmarie Johnson says:

    Just finished lovely dinner! Had pesto to use up (which I love) and canned salmon….have been looking at salmon cake recipes but never made one. Was surprised to find salmon pesto cake recipes and picked yours because it had few ingredients. Delicious! 12 year old girl tried them, too, who had never had salmon before. She also likes them!


    1. Thank you so much for letting me know. Surprisingly, it is a very kid-friendly recipe; my 4 year-old also likes them.


  2. I am from Alaska so I have eaten a lot of salmon and salmon patties, which my mother made with leftover baked salmon. I now live in Los Angeles so it’s hard to buy fresh wild salmon. Do not buy Atlantic salmon because it’s loaded with toxins. My daughter was in Seattle over the weekend and she had salmon with pesto and said it was delicious. A friend of mine in Fairbanks mailed me some salmon he canned so I’m trying your recipe tonight with his canned salmon. We are all looking forward to tonight’s salmon patties with pesto! I’ll post another comment after dinner tonight.

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    1. I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!


Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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