Cilantro Lime Salmon Cakes with Chipotle Mayo

October  4, 2022
2 Ratings
  • Makes 8
Author Notes

Cue sound of music ... Warm crispy salmon, cilantro and lime, chipotle mayonnaise makes these so sublime ... salmon cakes are some of my favorite things ... someone please stop me now!!! Ok on to the point ... these babies are perfect for the summer tangy and very versatile ... you can eat them with salad, put em in a sandwich, make mini ones for apps! Note: I like making things as efficiently as possible so this recipe is written in a way that maximizes time ... all together this should only take you about 35 minutes til you can gobble them up :D —amreen

What You'll Need
  • Salmon Cakes
  • 1 pound skinless salmon filet
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 small red onion - diced
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper diced
  • 1 small bunch cilantro - chopped
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 limes
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 chipotle chile diced or 1 tblsp powder
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a pan with foil and place the salmon on it. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes ... until cooked through. Remove salmon from the oven and put it in the fridge to cool.
  2. While the salmon is in the oven you can make the chipotle mayo. You can use either chipotles in a can (la morena has an adobo sauce and is a cool looking can) or if you can find it 1 tablespoon of chipotle powder (this is ideal but really hard to find and expensive!). Make the sauce simply by measuring out the mayo and adding the chipotle powder or diced chipotle. Refrigerate.
  3. While the salmon is cooling dice the onion and red pepper. Chop the cilantro and beat the egg. Zest one of the limes and juice it along with the other lime. Measure out 1/2 the breadcrumbs (I like panko for an extra crunch).
  4. Once the salmon has cooled for a bit take it out of the fridge and place it in a mixing bowl. Flake it a bit and add the onion, red pepper, cilantro, egg, lime zest, juice, breadcrumbs and mayo. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly ... you should end up with not so moist tuna salad consistency.
  5. Heat some oil in a skillet on medium.
  6. Shape the salmon into rounds and dip in the remaining bread crumbs.
  7. Place the cakes in the skillet and brown them on each side ... should only take 2 minutes a side.
  8. Serve them with the chipotle mayo hot, cold, room temp with or without a salad ... maybe on a sandwich or at a fancy party ... but most importantly ... with love :D

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  • Kate Valleri
    Kate Valleri
  • mlsparks
  • amreen
  • jude
  • testkitchenette
I am one of the rare northern Cali girls who hearts LA. My family hails from India via Kenya and being a good little south asian i spent many of my young years in the kitchen. Surrounded by good food from birth (thanks mom!) i have always loved cooking, eating and learning about food. In recent years i have developed an interest in the history of food and its cultural connection particularly in how imperialism and colonization has had an influence on cuisines of the world. This blog is my way of exploring the amazing web of nourishment that sustains us.

12 Reviews

Kate V. November 7, 2016
These were delicious. My only issue was the cost, about $25 for the three of us. Australian food prices are super high. My husband suggested using canned salmon since his mum always did, so I'll try that to keep the average meal cost down.
Sue March 25, 2015
Has anyone tried making these with canned salmon? I am, tonight!
ann H. January 29, 2015
These were absolutely delicious - followed the recipe as written, undercooking the salmon prior to frying, and enjoyed a very moist fish cake with a great crunch on the outside.
mlsparks July 24, 2014
Made these tonight. Very yummy. The boyfriend loved them too. Compliments all around! YUM!
rpepper September 13, 2013
We loved these. All the proportions are perfect.
amreen January 18, 2013
its 80 degrees here in LA ... salmon cakes are callin ... glad you all liked the recipe!
jas53 January 20, 2011
This was fantastic! A keeper recipe, for sure. Thanks for sharing it!
SoulDogWalker July 8, 2010
These were awesome. I was a bit heavy handed with the chipotle powder. You can see my sauce is orange rather than the first pic where it's a more delicate yellow. Let's just say *whoa* it was hot - and I live in Texas where 'hot' is mild.

Loved it. Husband loved it. :)
jude June 28, 2010
these were very tasty. I needed more breadcrumbs and maybe another egg for them to hold together better,
testkitchenette May 14, 2010
Wow, I'd eat these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
whatsjohneating May 14, 2010
This looks awesome. Can't wait to try it!
lastnightsdinner May 14, 2010
I am such a sucker for salmon cakes - these sound great.