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Salmon Cakes with Roasted Red Peppers

A delicious way to turn leftovers into cook-once-eat-twice meals!


  • 7 oz jarred roasted red peppers, Note 1
  • 12 oz leftover cooked salmon, Note 2
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Panko, Japenese bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated (Note 3)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable, or canola oil for frying

For serving:

  • Tartar sauce for serving


  • Chop roasted red peppers into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl, add salmon and flake with a fork.
  • Add chopped roasted red pepper, eggs, panko, cilantro, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Mix well.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. (I use 12-inch nonstick skillet.)
  • Once the skillet is hot, add oil.
  • When the oil is shimmer, scoop ¼ cup of mixture and drop it in the skillet. (TIP: a large cookie scoop, like this one, makes this step super quick and easy!) Lightly flatten it with the back of the scoop. Work in batches, without over-crowing the skillet. I usually fry 4-5 patties at a time.
  • Cook the salmon patties until nicely browned, about 3 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the patties and cook for another 3-4 minutes, or until cooked through. (If the salmon cakes are browning too much, reduce the heat to medium.)
  • Transfer the cooked patties onto a sheet lined with paper towel. Continue with the remaining mixture.
  • Serve immediately with tartar sauce. If not serving right away, keep the salmon cakes warm in oven at 200°F.


Note 1: I used and recommend jarred roasted red pepper. It adds ton of flavor to these cakes.
Note 2: If you don’t have leftover salmon, you can bake a 12oz salmon fillet in the oven at 400°F for 10-15 minutes, or cook it in an Instant Pot.
Note 3: I prefer grated garlic over minced, or pressed, because super fine texture of grated garlic mixes into the mixture better, infusing the entire batter.
This recipe yields about 14 3-inch round salmon cakes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 199kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 129mg, Sodium: 1112mg, Potassium: 562mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 854IU, Vitamin C: 25mg, Calcium: 59mg, Iron: 2mg
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