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Salmon Patties with Cilantro Stem Aioli

Makes 9, 2-3 “ cakes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salads, Snack
Cuisine: California
Keyword: easy salmon recipe
Servings: 3
Calories: 485kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin - A Good Carrot


  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1 small stalk celery or 1 red bell pepper
  • 12-15 oz. cooked salmon or high-quality wild-caught canned salmon, drained*
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon brown rice flour**
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste***
  • Freshly ground black pepper, 5 grinds
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, for frying

Cilantro Stem Aioli

  • 1 bunch cilantro stems
  • 1 lime for zest
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup prepared mayo
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


  • Finely mince 2 Tablespoons each of shallot and celery or bell pepper. Heat a saute pan over medium heat, and add olive oil. Add shallot and celery and sweat until soft, do not brown. Empty into large bowl and let cool slightly. 
  • Add flaked salmon, egg, chili powder, cumin, ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves, brown rice flour, and salt and pepper. Mix together, breaking up salmon into small pieces, until all ingredients are combined.
  • With your hands form patties that are 2-3” across. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a clean saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Cook salmon cakes until brown on each side, 3-4 minutes per side. Serve with cilantro stem aioli.

Cilantro Stem Aioli

  • Roughly chop cilantro stems. Zest lime. Blend cilantro and lime zest with the rest of the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust for salt.


*To cook salmon, bake at 425°F for 12 minutes.
**might need to add more flour than recipe calls for if using canned salmon
***be careful with salt amounts if salmon is already seasoned


Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 808mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 8.6mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1.9mg