I spotted this recipe for salmon cakes with lemon dill dijon mayonnaise sauce on Bon Appetit and thought it sounded delicious. But way too complicated. With too many steps and pots to clean. So I came up with an easier version that requires far less effort. Still tastes great though.
I’ve used canned salmon (so you don’t have to cook it separately) and store bought mayonnaise, gussied up to taste brighter and fresher. And, of course, made the entire recipe smaller, so it makes four cakes instead of 12.
I also swapped the scallions for onions (because that’s what I had), and dried dill instead of fresh (didn’t want to buy a whole bunch for one recipe). And, then used lemon juice instead of zest (zest would be fine too).
Dijonnaise Salmon Cakes
- 3 heaping T mayo
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- Generous pinch dried dill
- Two squeezes lemon juice (about 1/4 tsp)
- Drizzle olive oil (about 1/4 tsp)
- 1 small potato, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1/4 pound canned salmon (about 1/3 of the can)
- Olive oil for cooking (about 2 T)
- Salt to taste (divided)
- 1 medium egg (or just the yolk from a large one)
- 2/3 tsp dried dill
- 1 T plus 1 tsp chopped scallions or onions
- 2/3 tsp lemon juice
- Ground black pepper or red pepper flakes to taste
- Mix the mayo ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Place the potato chunks in a one quart saucepan, fill with water, add salt to taste, and bring to a boil. This should take about ten minutes. Let the potatoes cook another ten minutes or so, until tender. Drain, mash them up, and set aside in a bowl.
- Add the salmon, egg, dill, onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to the potatoes.
- Then add half the mayo mixture.
- Stir that all together with a large spoon. Use the same spoon to scoop out cakes onto a plate. Cover the plate and let chill for an hour or so (this will help them stick together).
- Form the cakes into four patties about half an inch thick.
- Heat the oil in a medium skillet, on medium-low flame. Cook the salmon, about 5 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Serve with the remaining dijon mayo sauce.
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