Salmon Corn Cakes Recipe – Leftover Medley



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!


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


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?



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!


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….


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






Finale…Don’t forget the lemon!


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Salmon & Corn Cake Recipe


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.



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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  1. Bridget

    I made these and they turned out great! I halved the salt because of an earlier comment, but besides that made the recipe as is. They were tasty and I ended up with six cakes. Four of the six held together, but two of them crumbled away. Not sure if they crumbled because I’m an amateur or if I needed more breadcrumbs! Served with lemon and a little of a quick sauce I made (mayo, lemon zest, lemon juice, small clove of garlic minced, salt and pepper). Thanks for a great idea on how to use some leftover salmon.

  2. Evelyn Clayman

    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.

  3. gina

    They look fabulous! I’m stumbling!

  4. Hélène

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

  5. We Are Never Full

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

  6. MyKitchenInHalfCups

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

  7. My Sweet & Saucy

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

  8. Chez US

    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!

  9. Becky

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

  10. Renee

    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

  11. Kevin

    Those salmon and corn cakes look and sound so good!

  12. Jen Yu

    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 🙂

  13. Tiina

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


  14. veron

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

  15. dhanggit

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

  16. mikky

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

  17. Julie

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

  18. Rita

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

    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

  19. mikky

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

  20. Cakelaw

    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.

  21. cookinpanda

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

  22. maybelles mom (feeding maybelle)

    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.

  23. CookiePie

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

  24. Marvin

    Those salmon cakes look wonderful! Happy 4th!

  25. Dani

    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:

  26. Rebecca

    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.

  27. Shayne

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

  28. Figs & Cherry

    Holey Moley those cakes look grrrrreat! LOVE fresh corn.

  29. Donald

    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.

  30. HoneyB

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

  31. giz

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

  32. asthmagirl

    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!

  33. jescel

    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.

  34. aforkfulofspaghetti

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

  35. RecipeGirl

    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!

  36. glutenfreeforgood

    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.

  37. lifeinrecipes

    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.

  38. grace

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

  39. matt wright

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

  40. dp

    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 🙂

  41. Wandering Chopsticks

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

  42. Manggy

    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.

  43. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    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.

  44. Ivy

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

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