Salmon Cakes
Recipe created by Frances Boswell
Servings: Serves 5–8
  • 2 large potatoes (about 1 1/4 pounds), such as Yukon Gold, scrubbed
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 small leek (white part only), split, rinsed, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tins (7.5 ounces each) boneless, skinless Alaskan pink salmon packed in water (low-sodium variety), drained and picked over
  • 1/4 cup canola oil mayonnaise
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sesame seeds or amaranth seeds (or mixture of both)
  • Oil , for frying
  • Leeks vinaigrette , for serving | Get the recipe!
Place potatoes in a medium pot of cold salted water, and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let potatoes simmer until fork tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until tender, about 10 minutes.

Peel potatoes and run them through a potato ricer or masher, which will yield about 2 cups when loosely packed.

Gently combine potatoes, leeks, and salmon in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and work in just enough to attain a well-blended mixture. Divide mixture into 10 to 12 patties (2 1/2 inches in diameter), and set on a small tray. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 200°; place an empty tray inside. Put flour in a shallow bowl, and add a pinch of salt. Stir together eggs and a pinch of salt in another shallow bowl. Arrange seeds in a third shallow bowl; add a pinch of salt. Dredge patties first in flour, then in egg, and finally in seeds.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add about 4 tablespoons oil and let stand until it shimmers—it should not smoke. Arrange 3 or 4 patties in skillet, and cook until dark golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer cooked patties to tray in oven, then repeat process until all patties are cooked. Serve immediately with leeks vinaigrette on the side.