Zesty Salmon Patties with Chive and Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Salmon cakes are a delightful dish that brings together the rich flavors of salmon with the comforting taste of mashed potatoes. Perfect as an appetizer or a main course, these cakes are easy to make and incredibly satisfying. Paired with a tangy and refreshing chive and garlic sauce, this recipe is sure to become a favorite. Let’s dive into the steps to create these scrumptious salmon cakes!


For the Salmon Cakes:

  • 4-5 potatoes (equivalent to 3 cups mashed potatoes)
  • 450g (2 cups) canned or fresh salmon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons parsley or dill, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Chive and Garlic Sauce (optional):

  • 125ml (1/2 cup) Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Mashed Potatoes:
    • If you don’t already have mashed potatoes, peel and boil 4-5 potatoes until tender. Mash them until smooth and measure out 3 cups.
  2. Combine the Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, salmon, egg, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour. Add the chopped parsley or dill, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything until well combined.
  3. Form the Cakes:
    • Shape the mixture into patties, about the size of a hamburger. Dust each patty lightly with flour to help them hold their shape during cooking.
  4. Cook the Salmon Cakes:
    • Heat up the olive oil in a sizable skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, place the salmon cakes in the pan. Cook them for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown and are thoroughly heated. Avoid overcrowding the skillet; cook in batches if needed.
  5. Prepare the Chive and Garlic Sauce (Optional):
    • In a small bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, chopped chives, pressed garlic, and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  6. Serve:
    • Serve the salmon cakes warm, accompanied by a dollop of the chive and garlic sauce on the side. If desired, garnish with extra parsley or dill.


These Salmon Cakes with Chive and Garlic Sauce are a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed in many ways. The combination of tender salmon and creamy mashed potatoes makes for a satisfying meal, while the fresh herbs and lemon add a burst of flavor. The optional chive and garlic sauce provides a tangy, refreshing contrast that enhances the overall dish. Perfect for any occasion, these salmon cakes are sure to impress family and friends alike. Enjoy this tasty and nutritious recipe!