Potato-and-Wild-Salmon Cakes with Ginger and Scallions


“I started making these fish cakes to use up leftover bits of salmon and potato,” says Sera Pelle, who enjoys them for breakfast or dinner. “But my family began to request them so often, I make them from scratch now.”More Salmon Recipes

Potato-and-Wild-Salmon Cakes with Ginger and Scallions
Photo: © Paul Costello
Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
14 cakes


  • 2 pounds medium red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed

  • Sea salt

  • 1 pound skinless wild salmon fillet

  • Safflower or sunflower oil, for greasing and frying

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 1 bunch scallions (about 6 scallions), coarsely chopped

  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon tamari

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs

  • Dill Sauce, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with water. Add a large pinch of sea salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately high heat until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, then peel. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and mash.

  2. Meanwhile, put the salmon on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the salmon is medium-rare inside.

  3. Gently flake the salmon and add it to the potatoes along with the scallions, eggs, garlic, ginger, onion, tamari and sesame oil. Mix well, then fold in the bread crumbs. Season with salt. Form the potato mixture into fourteen 1/2-cup patties.

  4. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1/4 inch of safflower or sunflower oil until shimmering. Working in batches, fry the potato cakes over moderately high heat until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a large baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining potato cakes, adding more oil and adjusting the heat as necessary. Bake the salmon cakes for about 15 minutes, until heated through. Serve with the Dill Sauce.

Make Ahead

The uncooked salmon cakes can be refrigerated overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy, herbal Sauvignon Blanc is an expert pairing for fish—especially when the dish has an herbal component itself, like the creamy dill sauce here. Try one from France.

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