Salmon Cakes with Creamy Tomato Sauce

If you want to give your heart a break, give those fatty beef burgers a rest and try these thick, juicy salmon “burgers” for a change.

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  • prep 15 min    cook 15 min
  • serves 4
Salmon Cakes with Creamy Tomato Sauce Leave the ketchup in the fridge and slather the salmon patties with a freshly made tomato-garlic sauce.


  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
  • 1 large baking potato 10 ounces), thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14 3/4 ounces) pink salmon, drained
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)

    How to make it  30 minutes

  • 1

    Cook sun-dried tomatoes and 2 garlic cloves in small pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup cooking liquid. Transfer tomatoes and garlic to mini food processor. Add reserved cooking liquid, yogurt, and hot pepper sauce, and puree until smooth.

  • 2

    Meanwhile, cook potato and remaining 2 garlic cloves in medium pot of boiling water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain and transfer to large bowl. With potato masher, mash potato and garlic.

  • 3

    Stir in salmon, 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, dill, capers, and salt. Shape salmon mixture into 8 cakes.

  • 4

    Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dredge salmon cakes in remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Add to skillet and sauté until golden brown and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Serve with tomato sauce.


Why is canned salmon so healthy? For one thing, salmon in general is rich with omega-3 fatty acids highly nutritious oils that help lower blood cholesterol levels. But canned salmon also contains a fair amount of calcium, which helps lower blood pressure. The calcium comes from the salmon bones, which are softened and made edible in the canning process.

Healthy Cooking Tip

Serve with steamed green beans, and rice pudding with dried cherries for dessert.

Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 263
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 41mg
  • Sodium: 863mg
  • Carbs: 29g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g

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