“Cake, cake, cake, I know you wanna bite this.” And because they’re salmon and mini – hence Mini Salmon Cakes with Citrus Tarragon Tartar Sauce, you can have as many as you want girl.

Mini Salmon Cakes with Citrus Tarragon Tartar Sauce

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins



Salmon Cake

  • 1.5 lbs King Salmon
  • 5 tbsp Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp minced shallot
  • 2 tbsp minced poblano pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Avocado oil for frying

Citrus Tarragon Tartar Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp grated shallot
  • 3 tbsp chopped tarragon
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice


Add mayonnaise, orange zest, tarragon, lemon zest, shallot, Dijon, lemon juice, and orange juice to a small mixing bowl and whisk until combined.  Refrigerate until ready for use.

Remove skin from salmon and pulse in food processor for 30-60 seconds until similar to the consistency of ground meat. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add mayonnaise, parsley, salt, lemon zest, orange zest, shallot, poblano pepper, and Panko. Fold until thoroughly mixed and form into bite sized cakes- sprinkle with additional salt.   Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Heat large cast iron  pan to medium with a 1 tbsp avocado oil and fry in batches until golden brown on each side and thoroughly cooked (3-4 minutes on each side depending on thickness). Transfer cooked cakes to a sheet pan in oven while continuing to fry. Serve warm with a dollop of citrus tarragon tartar sauce and garnish with additional tarragon and zest.   Enjoy!


Recipe Notes


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3825kcal Calories from fat 2875
% Daily Value
Total Fat 319g 491%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 1762mg 73%
Carbohydrate 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 9g
Protein 214g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g