Cajun Salmon Cakes

June 7, 2024 - Country Cooking

Cajun Salmon Cakes with Jalapeno Mayonnaise make a delicious lunch or light dinner. Nicely spiced and easy to make with canned salmon.

How To Serve Cajun Salmon Cakes

I love to serve these salmon cakes over a bed of mixed greens, but you can turn them into a burger or serve them with a side of Easy Macaroni Salad and Marinated Tomatoes.


Canned or Pouched Salmon– I prefer the salmon in a pouch. It has a fresher flavor and fewer bones and skin pieces than canned salmon.

Panko Crumbs– Plain breadcrumbs, Saltine cracker crumbs, or Ritz cracker crumbs can be used instead.

Egg– acts as a binder.

Mayonnaise– acts as a binder.

Cajun Seasoning

Red Bell Pepper– green bell pepper can be used instead.

Onion– use yellow, white, sweet, or green onion.

Garlic Powder

Black Pepper

Cajun Seasoning

You can use either Cajun Seasoning or Creole Seasoning for this recipe. I especially like Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning (reduced sodium). Be sure to use a cajun seasoning that isn’t too high in sodium or your salmon cakes will be too salty. For extra spice, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Jalapeno Mayonnaise

Jalapeno Mayonnaise is the perfect accompaniment to these salmon cakes and makes them a little spicier. It is best to make it at least a few hours in advance.

Freeze The Patties

Form the salmon cakes and freeze them for 20 to 30 minutes before pan-frying them. This will help keep them from falling apart when they cook.


Leftovers can be stored for 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheated in a microwave, a skillet, or toaster oven.

More Easy Salmon Recipes

Salmon Croquettes with Cilantro Mayonnaise

Honey BBQ Salmon

Firecracker Baked Salmon

Honey Garlic Salmon

Southern Salmon Patties


Cajun Salmon Cakes

Cajun Salmon Cakes with Jalapeno Mayonnaise make a delicious lunch or light dinner. Nicely spiced and easy to make with canned salmon.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Southern
Keyword cajun, Seafood
Prep Time 15 minutes minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes minutes
Freeze 20 minutes minutes
Total Time 41 minutes minutes
Servings 4
Calories 530kcal


15 ounces pouched or canned salmon½ cup Panko crumbs1 large egg¼ cup mayonnaise2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning½ red bell pepper, finely diced cup finely diced onion½ teaspoon garlic powder½ teaspoon pepper1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Jalapeno Mayonnaise

½ cup mayonnaise1 small garlic clove, minced2 tablespoons diced pickled jalapeno peppers1 tablespoon juice from the jar of pickled jalapeno peppers


In a small bowl, mix together the jalapeno mayo ingredients and refrigerate until needed.
In a medium bowl, stir together salmon, Panko crumbs, egg, mayonnaise, Cajun seasoning, bell pepper, onion, garlic powder, and pepper.
Shape into 6 to 8 patties. Freeze for 20 minutes. (This will help keep them from falling part.)
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add salmon patties and cook for about 3 minutes per side or until golden.

Serve with Jalapeno Mayonnaise.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 655mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1182IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

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