Salmon Corn Cakes Recipe – Leftover Medley

by on July 4, 2008

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The smell of BBQ and fireworks are in the air! We, as well as many of you, are planning on lighting up the grill for the BBQ festivities, something we really look forward to. During the warm summer months, our smoker gets plenty of mesquite action, but there’s always a special feeling in the air on the 4th. Lighting up the BBQ is like lighting the candles on America’s birthday cake. We’re giving America a serious celebration today with plenty of grilling action , accompanied friends, family and neighbors. From the looks on our menu, there’s plenty to celebrate for today and tomorrow. The amount of leftovers are going to be huge! But we do love our left overs!

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Oh to the glory of leftovers. Nothing inspires creativity & experimentation than having something in the fridge you just hate to have go to waste. Leftover BBQ, wrap ‘em up into a fresh springroll. Leftover bread, can anyone say “Bread pudding!” Extra cooked veggies, layer them into an Italian sformato di verdura (vegetable mold). Sitting in our fridge was some tantalizing BBQ’d salmon and corn that were left over from a class we taught Saturday. Two days out, we knew that the salmon need to be eaten now, or be delegated “dog’s meal.” Being that the little one, Sierra, was awfully bratty on our recent roadtrip (video coming soon!), we decided they weren’t worthy. After all, she did go potty in the middle of the road right as a tour bus was approaching. There’s nothing like having to play traffic cop to guide a loaded tour bus around where your dog just unloaded.

Grilled Salmon with Italian Parsley & Lemon Butter

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So what culinary idea popped into our heads so utilize this last bit of ocean wonder? Salmon cakes! Basically we created a salmon version of crab cakes to which we added the leftover corn for a bit of refreshing pop, some shallots, fresh parsley, fresh bread crumbs from the leftover stale bread. The fridge and kitchen are now cleaned up and we’ve created something tasty to send down the gullet. Nothing went to waste and the pups were denied any unworthy tasty treats in their next meal. Ha ha ha ha. You all know they really are too spoiled. We have to be mean every once in a while to keep them in check and appreciative of the good life they have. To compliment the salmon cakes we shook up a couple of Sidecars with some of the lemons that Roxanne from the “Culinary Cocktail Hour” show gave us. They were home grown by her and, we must say, make a damn good Sidecar. Nothing compares to home grown lemons.

Saturday’s BBQ & Grilling Class:

Todd heating up the mesquite lump charcoal. I don’t know about you ladies, but I (Diane) think any man behind the BBQ is uber sexy! Do ya agree?

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The outdoor class set up: Lots of garden herbs, peppers and nectarines for the grill. For dessert: Grilled honey/basalmic glazed nectarines and fresh whipped creme. Totally summer!

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From the garden: lots of fresh herbs for the buttered grilled corn. Can you guess what herb flower this is? Answer at the bottom of the post….

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Left overs from the class: Salmon, corn and Italian Parsley

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Beginning…

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Middle…

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Finale…Don’t forget the lemon!

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Salmon & Corn Cake Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb Cooked Salmon
1/2 c Cooked Fresh Corn
1/4 c Shallots, diced medium
3 T Italian Parsley, finely chopped
1 Egg, beaten
3 T unsalted Butter, melted
1 T Fresh Ginger, grated
1 t Paprika
1 t Soy Sauce
1 t Sea Salt
1/2 c Fresh Bread Crumbs
oil for frying
lemon wedges

 

1. Combine everything except bread crumbs. Add 1/4 c of bread crumbs and reserve the rest. Gently mix together so that salmon breaks up a bit, but still has decent chunks.

2. Form mix into patties, pressing together firmly. If needed add a little more bread crumbs to help everything stay together.

3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Gently dredge patties in remaining bread crumbs, then place into skillet. Cook each side until it is golden brown, (about 3 minutes each side) (Turning these can be a delicate operation. It helps to use two spatulas at the same time to prevent the cakes from breaking apart.)

4. Drain on paper towels, squeeze some lemon over, and enjoy.

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Since we are on the topic of leftover uses, what are everyone’s favorite dishes for using up leftovers? We all need a little inspiration on how to use up those day old tasties, especially after today’s July 4th cooking fest!

Herb flower answer: Oregano flowers!

More appetizers that you might enjoy:

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ivy July 4, 2008 at 7:35 am

Happy 4th to all of you in the States. Lovely use of your leftovers.

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2 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 4, 2008 at 8:07 am

Great use of leftovers! We’re a week away from the start of corn season, so I’ll get to try this recipe soon. Whenever I do grill salmon, I grill a lot, because I love the leftovers in spinach salad — with nectarines, too.

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3 Manggy July 4, 2008 at 8:25 am

Oh gosh, yumburgers. I love fish cakes (hee hee) and corn is a wonderful addition to them! Great recipe! I guessed parsley because I was looking at the wrong leaves. D’oh! Ha ha ha.

I dunno about the barbecue comment. No woman has ever jumped on me because I grilled something, lol.

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4 Wandering Chopsticks July 4, 2008 at 8:52 am

Whaaa! You’re throwing a party with salmon and corn cakes and you didn’t invite me? Sniffle. :(

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5 dp July 4, 2008 at 9:01 am

Those salmon corn cakes look amazing! I was planning to serve grilled salmon, but maybe I’ll save it just to make these cakes. The guest can eat hot dogs :-)

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6 matt wright July 4, 2008 at 11:24 am

ohhh, these look great guys! and a cooking class. I swear you must have cloned yourselves.. god knows where you find the time!

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7 grace July 4, 2008 at 12:04 pm

i love corn. i’ll eat corn any way i can get it, even if it means eating salmon. :) you folks are amazing.

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8 lifeinrecipes July 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Mmmmm I can just taste those luscious little cakes with the sweet corn crunch.

I love how you two always appear to be having the best time together.

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9 glutenfreeforgood July 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm

I hope you two don’t become so famous that you forget about your ranch in Colorado! Remember? As for the leftovers, I’ve been busy dehydrating any extras I can find (bison, salmon, chicken & quinoa noodle soup, green chile, rice and beans). I’ve also been dehydrating half my weekly CSA delivery (spinach, kale, onions, herbs). I have a backpacking trip planned soon and I like eating good food while out on the trail. None of that packaged stuff for me. :-)
Have a happy and safe 4th of July.
P.S. I LOVE your blog. Even if I don’t leave a post, I’m constantly lurking around here. Hiding in the garden, stealing recipes, sniffing the grill.

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10 RecipeGirl July 5, 2008 at 9:36 pm

Happy 4th weekend to you :)

We actually had salmon for dinner tonight. I like to use up my salmon leftovers in a green salad the following day. I’ve never tried salmon cakes, but you’ve made them look quite yummy!

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11 aforkfulofspaghetti July 6, 2008 at 5:24 am

Those salmon and corn cakes look summery-licious! They also remind me that I don’t think to use corn often enough…

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12 jescel July 6, 2008 at 12:03 pm

I’m so thankful I came across your blog.. I got leftover salmon in my fridge and now I know what to do… thanks! Great pics, by the way.

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13 asthmagirl July 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Those look amazing! AMAZING! Two of my favorite foods in the whole world… I was just up in Canada eating my favorite salmon cakes in the whole world and thinking they could not be improved upon, but now I see that they can! Thanks!

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14 giz July 6, 2008 at 12:07 pm

You obviouslsy recovered from the last party. You guys are glutons for punishment.

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15 HoneyB July 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm

These salmon corn cakes look absolutely delicious. Hope you had a great 4th of July!

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16 Donald July 6, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Those are some good looking cakes! No cans here, not’uh.

Is Todd wearing an apron at the grill??? I never thought of that. You should see my shirts. They have recipes of their own.

Leftover chicken, chicken pasta salad
Leftover brisket, sammmmmmmiches!
Leftover grilled fish, um…well fish cakes
Leftover grilled corn, black bean and corn salad
Leftover burgers, McKinnley and Callie (the pooches)
Leftover grilled tuna, THE BEST tuna salad evar!
Leftover ribs, what leftover ribs?
Leftover butt (not mine!!!), sliders!
Leftover grilled eggplant, mousaka (adds a lil sumtin, sumtin)
Leftover grilled tomatoes, panzanella
…. I could go on and on, but you guys do just fine!

Have a great holiday.

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17 Figs & Cherry July 6, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Holey Moley those cakes look grrrrreat! LOVE fresh corn.

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18 Shayne July 6, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I am often (as in 2+ times a week) making stir fries and pasta dishes from leftovers.

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19 Rebecca July 6, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Oh my goodness. You used three of my irresistable words; “corn”, “fish”, “cakes”. I loooooove seafood “cakes”. Crab cakes, fish cakes (cod, hake, salmon, halibut, etc…), and corn. I’ll be making these soon. The bad news is only 3 of the 5 sons will eat anything with recognizable vegetables in it. The good news is that I’ll be “obliged” to eat the salmon and corn cakes that the two sons who refuse to eat “vegetawbles” don’t eat.

And regarding leftovers… We’re going to start a “leftovers” event over at Foodie With Family. Second Tuesday of every month (get it? 2uesday?) Be there or be square.

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20 Dani July 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Good ideas for the cookbook! We’ll live vicariously through you today. It’s 100 degrees in the shade and way too hot to BBQ. Even though I was really wanting to try Bittman’s watermelon steaks. Here – go see what I set up to help with the book tour:
http://quickest.blogbooktourguide.ever.com

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21 Marvin July 6, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Those salmon cakes look wonderful! Happy 4th!

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22 CookiePie July 6, 2008 at 12:22 pm

WOW – those look great! And that’s from leftovers??? Yum yum!

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23 maybelles mom (feeding maybelle) July 6, 2008 at 12:31 pm

wow it looks amazing; i am really starting to believe that you two live in an alternate universe where everything is perfect. As for left overs, as everyone said, salads, pastas, soups and cutlets are the usual to reuse them. though they are best late at night when watching a great movie.

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24 cookinpanda July 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I love making cakes or patties from leftovers. It’s such a great way to incorporate them into something new and exciting.

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25 Cakelaw July 6, 2008 at 7:47 pm

These salmon and corn cakes look delicious! A fab light meal, with the added bonus of using up leftovers. I am jealous of your beautiful weather – we are firmly in grey, cold and miserable territory at present.

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26 mikky July 6, 2008 at 11:57 pm

looking at your salmon and corn cakes makes me want to run in the kitchen and start trying to copy them… thanks for sharing…

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27 Rita July 6, 2008 at 11:59 pm

hoho, i heart corn cakes…and here’s the indonesian version:

http://mochachocolatarita.blogspot.com/2008/02/shocking-corn-fritters-bakwan-jagung.html

hmmm favorite leftovers: i hardly have any leftover…as we never had enough of watever’s on the table. it’s either our food is too yummy or we are just too greedy (i think it’s the latter) LOLLL

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28 Julie July 7, 2008 at 12:15 am

Wow amazing! I’m shocked that you even had leftovers of that beautiful looking piece of salmon. I hope Sierra learned her lesson!:)

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29 mikky July 7, 2008 at 12:44 am

hello white on rice couple… thanks for stopping by my finds… HK$800 is around US$ 104-105 :)

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30 dhanggit July 7, 2008 at 1:29 am

hi guys, you really never run out of delicious ideas ..how i wish we were neighbors hehehe..your photos are fantastic as always!!

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31 veron July 7, 2008 at 10:10 am

these look delicious! Sounds like you all had fun on the 4th!

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32 Tiina July 7, 2008 at 12:42 pm

That is a gorgeous picture of a grilled salmon! And the salmon & corn cakes look really yummy!

Greetings,
Tiina

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33 Jen Yu July 7, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Ooooh oooh ooh! Grilled salmon looks amazing and then you went and made it into salmon and corn cakes?! I am in heaven. I’ll have an extra dollop of the creamy stuff on the side too ;) I love how you both cook. Todd is a total hottie doin’ his grillin’ action. Hoo baby! ;) How come we aren’t seeing more pics of Diane? And where are the pups?! Hope you all had a terrific fourth. You’re the perfect people to bbq partay with in my book :)

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34 Kevin July 7, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Those salmon and corn cakes look and sound so good!

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35 Renee July 8, 2008 at 12:29 am

OMG! Those look FABULOUS!!! (I didn’t even realize they were from you two when I clicked them through FG, either – should have known! *grin*) You guys need to write a book – and I want the first, hot-off-the-press, autographed copy!! *smile* Your food always ROCKS – and seriously makes me wish we lived closer, and could take classes from you!!!

Happy (late) 4th of July to both of you! R & B

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36 Becky July 8, 2008 at 8:09 am

these salmon and corn cakes look phenomenal! my tummy is grumbling. posts and photos are great as always! =)

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37 Chez US July 8, 2008 at 9:06 am

Outrageous! These are definitely NOT the salmon cakes my mom use to make when I was a kid – horror story memory there. I will have to add this to our must try recipes. Your photos are great, I can taste them from here.

Happy belated 4th to you both!

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38 My Sweet & Saucy July 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm

These look AMAZING! I love salmon cakes and the addition of corn sounds fantastic!

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39 MyKitchenInHalfCups July 8, 2008 at 12:56 pm

That salmon looks incredible but then you got salmon cakes from it as well . . . Wow, let’s hear it for leftovers!!

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40 We Are Never Full July 11, 2008 at 11:20 am

these look awesome. i may steal this recipe to make at some point this week. gorge – just gorge!

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41 Hélène July 12, 2008 at 11:20 am

I wish I was attending this class. Nice setup. I’ll have to try this recipe.

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42 gina March 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

They look fabulous! I’m stumbling!

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43 Evelyn Clayman July 8, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I made these tonight and they were so easy to make and were delicious! The only thing I will change the next time is less salt.

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