Salmon Cakes

We combine leftover mashed potatoes and leftover cooked salmon into asian-flavored fried treats. Who knew leftovers could taste so good? We even snuck a few veggies into the kids without them noticing (much!).

Servings and Times

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

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We start by combining the leftover salmon and mashed potatoes in a large bowl. In a large non-stick pan, we heat a teaspoon of oil over medium heat and add the red and green peppers. We sauté for a couple of minutes to soften, and then add the ginger. We cook for another couple of minutes and then spread the cooked vegetables onto a plate and put in the freezer for a quick cool.

Next, we get ready to coat the fish cakes. In a shallow bowl we place a piece of wax paper and add the Panko bread crumbs. In another shallow bowl, we break one egg, add a teaspoon of water, and beat with a fork. We season with some salt and pepper. In the final bowl, we place another piece of wax paper and the flour. We season the flour with a little salt and pepper.

To the large bowl with the potatoes and salmon, we add the remaining egg and the cooled off vegetables. First, we stir with a fork and then mix with our well-washed hands. We form some “crab-cake” size salmon cakes and some small “half-golf-ball size” cakes. As we form each, we dip first in the flour, then the egg, then the bread crumbs. We place on a large dinner plate. If we had more time, we would like to chill these for an hour to set up, but we are hungry!

In our non-stick pan, we heat a couple of tablespoons of the oil to pan-fry the salmon cakes over medium heat. When hot, we gently place a few of the cakes into the pan. We brown on one side for a few minutes, and turn gently. When the cakes are nicely browned on all sides (time depends on shape and size), we place on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt. We repeat with the rest of the cakes, several at a time, adding more oil as necessary.

We could have kept the finished cakes warm in the oven, but we eat them as they are done!

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