Awhile back I read an interesting book written by Deborah Madison titled: What We Eat When We Eat Alone. In it, she interviews people about what they eat when they cook for themselves. Salmon cakes, similar to these, were one woman’s answer. I was intrigued by the idea even though I’d never cooked with canned salmon. I’m always looking for ways to add more fish to my diet and I liked the idea of being able to pull a can out of my pantry whenever I feel like whipping some of these up. I bought some at Costco and tried it out even though I was a bit scared of it for some reason. I came up with my own breadcrumb free version of them. I vary the vegetables and the fresh herbs and use whatever type of onions I have on hand. I always put the lemon zest in because I really like the flavor with the salmon.
If I have the ingredients on hand, I like to mix up some lemon caper tartar sauce to go on these. Yum.