Here’s a tasty, fun and colorful recipe for salmon cakes with a melon salsa that may get some of your most finicky fish eaters on board. What I love about this recipe is its versatility and simplicity. For those who find salmon too strong, you can substitute a milder whitefish such as cod or halibut. You can serve the fish cakes as a main course, or make them smaller and serve as an appetizer. Or you can make them bite size and pass them around as an hors d’oeuvre accompanied with some tartar sauce for dipping. If you buy the fish already grilled or poached, the fish cakes mix up and fry in about half an hour. The melon salsa adds a refreshing and colorful touch, and once all the fruits and vegetables are chopped, the salsa comes together in minutes. Enjoy!
Into a large mixing bowl, flake the salmon into small pieces with a fork or by hand, making sure to remove any bones.
Heat the 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a medium skillet, then add the onions and cook over low heat until softened and translucent, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Add the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and parsley to the onions and cook for one minute until well combined.
Add the onion mixture to the flaked salmon. Then add the fresh whole wheat bread crumbs, mayonnaise, salt and pepper and mix all ingredients together.
Shape the salmon mixture into about 10 to 12 patties. Place dried whole wheat crumbs onto a large plate and coat the salmon cakes on both sides with the dried whole wheat bread crumbs.
Pour enough canola oil to cover the bottom of a large skillet by about 1/8 to ¼ inch. Make sure the oil is hot before you place the salmon cakes in the skillet. To test the oil, sprinkle a few bread crumbs in the skillet—if they sizzle, the oil is hot enough. Fry the salmon cakes until they are golden brown on both sides.
Serve with melon salsa and/or tartar sauce.
In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon and pineapple juices, white wine vinegar and oil, then pour over the first nine ingredients.
With a spatula, fold all ingredients together until well incorporated.
You can serve immediately or refrigerate.