This is an easy, light and incredibly moist salmon cake recipe served with a spicy soy and tobanjan dipping sauce. 

Salmon cake recipe

Salmon cake recipe served with a spicy soy chili sauce.

Salmon Cake Recipe

This salmon cake recipe is something both my husband and I truly enjoy. What makes this even better is the fact that him liking it at all is a total anomaly. My husband doesn’t usually like salmon, yet considers this salmon cake recipe one of his all-time favorites. And I get where he’s coming from. While I truly love salmon, it is a fish that is on menus everywhere – and is often times underwhelming. His reaction to the first bite of this fluffy and flavorful salmon cake recipe was one of delicious surprise. I think the spicy dipping sauce was a big hit too!


Making this salmon cake recipe is a great way to introduce fish into your diet (also perfect for kids) if you’re not normally a huge fan of it. These ginger flavored salmon cakes have fluffy mashed potatoes, soft onions, spicy jalapeno and ginger, and come with a very hot soy tobanjan (Korean chili paste) dipping sauce. I’m drooling just writing about them! It’s fair to say that this salmon cake recipe is now in heavy rotation in the Pickled Plum kitchen!


Serve this salmon cake recipe as a side or a main with some easy vegetable rice, a ramen noodle coleslaw or a yakisoba spaghetti squash.


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Salmon cake recipe

salmon and scallion fish cakes

This is an easy, light and incredibly moist salmon cake recipe served with a spicy soy and tobanjan dipping sauce.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: main, appetizer, side
  • Cuisine: fish, Japanese


  • 1 medium potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 thumb size ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 pound boneless (skinless salmon)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 3 stalks scallions (finely chopped)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Easy Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons tobanjan
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Add potatoes to a pot filled with water and boil until cooked through (about 7-10 minutes).
  2. Drain, transfer potatoes to a bowl and mash using a potato masher or fork. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  3. In a pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, jalapeno, garlic, onion and ginger. Cook for a few minutes until onions are soft (about 4 minutes). Put in a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Chop salmon into small pieces (like a tartare), add to the bowl with the potatoes (ONLY when potatoes have cooled down, otherwise the heat will cook the salmon). Add cooled onion and jalapeno mixture, egg and bread crumbs and mix well.

Making salmon patties:

  1. Spoon some of the mixture into your hands and shape into patties about the size of your palm.
  2. Heat up the butter, olive oil until it bubbles and add patties (you may need to do this in batches. Do not overcrowd the pan). Cook each side for about 4 minutes, until patties are golden brown.
  3. Sprinkle scallions on top and serve with rice and soy dipping sauce.

Soy Dipping Sauce:

  1. Put all the ingredients for the sauce into a bowl and mix well. Serve.


You can store this salmon cake recipe in the fridge for 2-3 days.

This Salmon Cake Recipe Is:
Low in sodium
Low in sugar
High in manganese


  • Calories: 729
  • Sugar: 4.4
  • Sodium: 316
  • Fat: 37.5
  • Saturated Fat: 13.5
  • Carbohydrates: 39.9
  • Fiber: 5.4
  • Protein: 59.6
  • Cholesterol: 255
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