Canned Salmon might seem like a random post topic… a couple of years ago I would have thought that was disgusting! Ew! Little did I know that my Mom’s Salmon Cakes were always made from canned salmon. Even Oprah gives props to this canned delight, making a spot for it on her list of “25 Superfoods to Incorporate Into Your Diet NOW”. If Oprah says it’s good, it really must be.
This week, I was inspired by my boyfriend Dave’s trip to see his family in Vancouver, to ask my Mom to make these bad boys. Two summers ago, Dave took me to visit his family in Vancouver, BC. I will have to tell you all about it later (it is the most beautiful city on earth) … but I had to mention to you that we visited a CANNERY! How appropriate that I’m making salmon cakes!
This is the fishing town of Steveston, just outside of Vancouver... where the Cannery is located.
You can walk right up to the boats on the water to buy fresh fish... amazing!
Here I am at the cannery! It is no longer in use, so we got to take a tour.
One of my family’s classic go-to last minute dinners is my Mom’s Salmon Cakes. Whenever we can’t figure out what to eat, it ends up being picked probably one out of three times. They’re so good and so easy to cook. I have watched my Mom make them a million times but have never learned to do them myself. In honor of Dave’s Vancouver family, we decided we had to make it and teach you too!
Ingredients (Mom’s Salmon Cakes):
3 (6oz) Cans of Boneless Skinless Salmon (we get ours from BJ’s)
½ Cup Matzo Meal (Not exact measurement. You can also use breadcrumbs)
This is the type of salmon we buy. We've found this is the best quality out there.
First, put the onion in a food processor and finely chop. Take the cans of salmon, drain, and check for skin or bones (ours didn’t have any but other brands in the past have. Just remove them). Now, put the salmon in the processor and mix with the onions, on pulse. You don’t want to pulverize the salmon, just chop it up a bit and mix it in. Add one egg, and another if you have to.
This is what the salmon mixture should look like after adding the eggs.
Next, with a spoon, mix in the matzo meal or bread crumbs, until it looks like it will hold its form. You can test with the spoon or try to make a patty with it.
...and this is what the mixture will look like after the matzo meal. You can see that it will stick together by pressing the spoon down.
Heat enough canola oil in a large skillet so it covers the bottom. Using your hands, make and flatten six patties out of your salmon mixture. Make sure they are the same size and thickness so they cook evenly.
Carefully, put the patties into the hot oil. Like a good burger, you only want to flip them once if possible. They aren’t that sturdy and you don’t want to mess with them if you don’t have to. We cooked ours for 5 minutes on the first side, flipped them, and cooked the second side for 5-7 minutes. Once they are done, you can place them on a plate with a paper towel to get off any excess grease.
I also had a bag of fresh spinach to use for this meal, so I made a quick side of sautéed spinach and garlic. It was so simple, so yummy, and so healthy!
Ingredients (Fresh Sautéed Spinach)
1 bag Spinach Leaves
½ teaspoon Minced Garlic
Juice from ¼ of a Lemon
Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes
First, I put about a teaspoon or two of Olive Oil in a big sauté pan. I heated the oil with ½ teaspoon of minced garlic. I mixed the garlic around in the oil for about a minute, then added a sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes, Black Pepper, and just a shake of Trader Joe’s Sea Salt.
Spinach always looks huge before you cook it.
I dumped the entire bag of spinach into the pan and stirred constantly for about two minutes until the spinach turned bright green and shrunk to the size of about a cup. I squeezed the juice of about ¼ of a fresh lemon in and stirred it around for a minute.
Stelly-Bear loves to help out in the kitchen!
The finished product. See how much it shrunk??
That’s all! The spinach was done, and amazing. Make sure you eat the salmon cakes with lots and lots of ketchup… it’s surprisingly so good but simple to make. If you like salmon and always wanted to try to make crab cakes, this is a great start! It’s an easy and inexpensive way to try it out. Enjoy!
What an easy meal! Don't forget your ketchup!