Originally Posted: September 28, 2013
Last week, Sophie requested Grandma’s Salmon Cakes and I said “Sure!”, thus volunteering my mom to cook her signature appetizer. She also makes a yummy avocado dip to go with them, so I will be sharing how to make both today.
Let’s start with the herbs. Chop up some parsley, cilantro and scallions. Add those to a big bowl.
Take your salmon fillet, remove the pin bones, and poach it for just a minute in about two inches of boiling water.
You’ll remove the fillet when it just starts to turn color, and the inside is still raw (but if you prefer, cook it longer; just remember you’ll be cooking the fish again once you form the patties).
If you have skin on your fillet, it’s easy just to scrape it off at this point. Or, you could have your fish person remove it for you when you buy it.
Then chop the salmon into small cubes…
…and add it to the bowl with the herbs. To bind everything together, add eggs, mayonnaise, salt/pepper, and dijon mustard.
You’ll also add some Panko breadcrumbs, and mix it all together. The Panko will seem to disappear into the mixture at first.
Sprinkle more breadcrumbs to the bottom of a plate, and use a spoon to scoop up dollops of the salmon mixture and place on top of the breadcrumbs. You can make them any size…I like to make mine like the size of a slider.
Then sprinkle some more breadcrumbs on the top of each dollop, and then use your hands to form them into patties. Transfer the cakes to another plate.
Add oil to a pan and cook the cakes until they are golden brown on each side.
The avocado dip is super easy. Just put an avocado (or two) into a food processor along with garlic, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and salt/pepper. If you have a seasoning mix (like garlic salt with other herbs and spices) you can add a sprinkle of that too. Give it all a whizz (or just mush it in a bowl with a potato masher if your avocados are on the ripe side).
Serve it up all together…
…and enjoy! Mmmm…
Thank you Grandma for teaching Mama how to make your yummy salmon cakes! Grandpa you better grab one before we eat them all!