Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mediterranean Salmon Cakes with Cucumber Sauce

Mediterranean Salmon Cakes with Cucumber Sauce
Adapted from Cooking Light, May 1999

2/3 cup diced cucumber
2/3 cup plain, fat-free yogurt
1/4 tsp dried dill
1 tsp canned minced garlic

Salmon Cakes
1 14.75 oz can red salmon, drained
1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
1 cup breadcrumbs (I used Progresso)
1/4 cup sliced olives
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 TBS lime juice
1 tsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt
2 large egg whites
1 TBS canola oil, divided

To prepare sauce, combine cucumber, yogurt, dill, and garlic in a small bowl.

To prepare salmon cakes, remove bones and skin from salmon. Place chickpeas in a medium bowl; partially mash chickpeas with a fork. Stir in salmon, breadcrumbs, and olives. Combine parsley and next 5 ingredients in a small bowl; stir into salmon mixture. Divide mixture in 12 equal portions, shaping each into a 3/4-inch thick patty.

Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 6 patties; cook 4 minutes. Carefully turn patties over, and cook 4 minutes or until golden. Repeat procedure with 1 1/2 tsp oil and remaining patties. Serve with sauce.

Yields 6 servings.

The sauce for these salmon cakes is so good and fresh tasting. This is probably a better summer meal, but we loved it anyway. I love crabcakes and usually make them if I'm making any kind of seafood cake, but this was a great change.


  1. we arent big salmon think anything else would work?

  2. I think you could definitely substitute crab meat or canned tuna. I've never had a tuna cake, but I'm sure it would be good. Also, if it makes a difference the salmon taste was not overpowering in this recipe, especially once you put the cucumber sauce on top.

  3. Elizabeth, thank you for this recipe!!! I made it tonight for dinner, DH and I LOVED it a lot! The only thing I added was onions and I used fresh salmon which I cooked until it was semi-ready. Awesome idea about the sauce! Thanks again, Veronika and Chris :)

  4. I am psyched to try this recipe out!