Spicy Salmon Cornmeal Cakes

Today’s recipe came to me in a flash of inspiration while I was sitting in class. Since we haven’t been grocery shopping in forever, I took some salmon out of the freezer over the weekend to let it thaw in the fridge. While I was thinking about what I wanted to make with them- I wasn’t in the mood for just a plain ol’ piece of salmon- I remembered these Salmon Cakes I made waaaaay back when I first started this blog.

I decided that I would take that idea and build on it. For some reason, cornmeal sounded more appealing than breadcrumbs this time. I also wanted to kick them up a notch by making them a little spicier. Finally, I wondered if I could use greek yogurt to help them stick together instead of using an egg. After a brief google search, I came upon this recipe and decided that yogurt would be an acceptable substitute.

And off I went! I chose to use salmon fillets but you could easily use canned salmon in this recipe or crab meat if you’re lucky enough to have some on hand :)

When I got home from school, I heated up a large pan and cooked the salmon. Since I wasn’t trying to keep the fillets intact, I was able to remove the thinner ends when they were done cooking and let the thicker parts keep cooking. Once it was all cooked, I flaked all of the pieces apart with a fork.

I put the salmon in a bowl and let it cool down a bit while I chopped the veggies- green pepper, red onion and some garlic.

I added these to the bowl, along with some Old Bay seasoning, lots of black pepper and some Sriracha sauce.

After I mixed everything together, I added the last two ingredients- Chobani and cornmeal:

Mix it all up and then form the cakes with your hands. I made 9 medium sized cakes. Then, I put them in the freezer while I went to workout. I’ve found this helps them stick together better while cooking. When I got home, I seared them in a hot pan to get a nice brown crust, and then finished them in the oven.

The result? Delicious! Another 10/10 on the hubby scale. They were just spicy enough but not too hot to handle and they stuck together really well, even with no egg.


Spicy Salmon Cornmeal Cakes

1 lb salmon fillets
1/3 c green pepper, minced
1/3 c red onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
2 tsp Sriracha sauce
black pepper, to taste
1/3 c cornmeal
1/3 c non-fat Chobani Greek yogurt

1. Cook salmon in a hot skillet and flake apart with a fork.
2. Add salmon to a large bowl, along with green pepper, onion, garlic and seasonings. Stir to combine.
3. Add cornmeal and yogurt and mix well.
4. Form into patties and place in freezer for 30 min to 1 hr.
5. Sear patties in a hot skillet until golden brown.
6. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.


See how easy I made it for you guys? All you need is a 1/3 c measuring cup and a teaspoon!

Spicy Salmon Cornmeal Cakes

So tell me, are you a fan of salmon cakes or crab cakes? Do you have a favorite place to order them?


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Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. I’ll have to try this out for the next house party!

  2. Although I’m not a “fish eater” I do love crabcakes! There’s a hole in the wall bar near my house that has the best crab cake sandwich. I definitely want to try to make them on my own!
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  3. Gotta love the power of Greek yogurt! It really is a miracle ingredient.
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  4. i love ANY kind of seafood! :) i’ve only had crabcakes in a restaurant once that i can remember though – momo’s in st. louis for my birthday this year! mmm, so good!
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  5. Nicole Jackson says:

    So, I have a bunch of left over smoked salmon that I do not want to go bad because well, it is delicious. Do you think this recipe could work with that? It would probably be a little drier…maybe…any suggestions?

    • hmm!! i don’t have much experience with smoked salmon but i would think it’d be fine. you might need to all more yogurt, or even an egg to help it stick together and stay moist. you could also use paprika in place of the old bay if you wanted to compliment the smokey taste more. i say give it a try! let me know how it turns out :)

  6. How fabulous! And I was actually planning on making over my crab cakes with some extra kick next week! Great minds think alike 😉 Love the addition of cornmeal and chobani- just fabulous
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  7. I love that purple flower- I’m just a-waitin’ for springtime :)
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  8. If I made more than we can eat. Would you suggest to freeze the patties uncook or cook them then freeze? Thank you!
    Janet recently posted..Yogurt

    • Hi Janet- Since the salmon is already cooked when you form it into patties, I would just freeze the extra patties and then when you want to cook them, put them in the pan for a little bit and then finish warming them up in the oven!

  9. This looks wonderful…………..looking forward to giving it a try. Thanks!


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