Salmon Cakes over Lemon Harissa Pasta

Author Notes: My husband and I really l like the flavor of harissa. I like to have a jar of it on hand in case I want to add extra flavor to vegetables or a something different to my usual meals and snacks. Depending on your preference for spicy, you can add a little less or more of the Harissa when preparing the pasta sauce for this recipe. HealthyTwistKitchen

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min


  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for cooking salmon cakes
  • 3 tablespoons harissa, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, divided
  • 2 (6-7ounce) cans boneless and skinless salmon, drained
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In This Recipe


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook per package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare sauce for pasta by whisking together lemon juice, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons harissa, and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.
  3. Transfer cooked spaghetti to a serving dish and reserve ½ cup of cooking liquid. Add lemon harissa sauce to the pasta and toss to combine. Add reserved pasta cooking liquid as needed if the sauce is too dry. Sprinkle ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese and ¼ cup of green onions over spaghetti.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together salmon, eggs, breadcrumbs, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, pepper, and remaining green onions and harissa. Shape the mixture into 8 patties.
  5. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Place salmon cakes in skillet and cook for about 4 minutes per side until golden brown. Remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
  6. Top spaghetti with salmon cakes. Serve warm.

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