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Salmon Cakes with Olives, Lemon & Dill

Salmon Cakes with Olives, Lemon & Dill

Studded with briny olives, bright lemon zest and a touch of dill, this healthy, easy salmon cake recipe is perfect for dinner and for freezing. Whether you serve the salmon cakes on a bun like a burger with lettuce and tomato or paired with a mixed green salad, try a dollop of reduced-fat mayo mixed with lemon juice on top.


8 servings, 1 salmon cake each

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


  • 4scallions, quartered
  • 1/2cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 3tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill or thyme
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 1/2pounds wild salmon, skinned and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 4teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided


  1. Place scallions, olives and dill (or thyme) in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in lemon zest, salt and pepper.
  2. Working in 3 or 4 batches, pulse salmon just 2 or 3 times to finely chop, but not puree. Add the chopped salmon to the bowl; gently mix until combined. (Alternatively, finely chop salmon, scallions, olives and herbs by hand before combining with lemon zest, salt and pepper.) Divide the mixture into 8 patties, about 3 inches in diameter and 3/4 inch thick. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes (or up to 2 hours) before cooking.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 salmon cakes and cook until browned on both sides and just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total. Repeat with the remaining oil and salmon cakes.


Prepare through Step 3, cool completely, then wrap airtight and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat at 450°F for 20 minutes or wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 8 servings, 1 salmon cake each)

Calories 214kcal
Carbohydrate Total 2g
Total Sugars 0g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 1g
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2g
Mono Saturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 66mg
Sodium 339mg
Protein 29g
Potassium 551mg
Calcium 66mg
Folate 21mcg
Omega-3 1g
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 1mg
Vitamin B3 10mg

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