Quinoa Salmon Cakes

These Quinoa Salmon Cakes make a lovely light dinner any night of the week or shape them into mini patties for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

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Quinoa Salmon Cakes

Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 35 mins


  • 1 bag Success® Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 12 oz salmon fillets, cooked and flaked
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups mango salsa


  • Bursting with flavor, these filling Quinoa Salmon Cakes are made with hearty Tri-Color Quinoa which adds a delicious nutty flavor to complement the creamy mayonnaise, aromatic parsley, and rich salmon. Include this appetizing and light meal in your seafood recipe repertoire.

    Step 1

  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Let cool slightly.

    Step 2

  • Mix together quinoa, salmon, mayonnaise, eggs, parsley (if using), and salt.

    Step 3

  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Working in 3 batches, using 1/3-cup measure, scoop salmon mixture into skillet, pressing lightly to form 1/2-inch thick salmon cakes. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown, adding remaining oil as needed.

    Step 4

  • Serve salmon cakes with mango salsa.

    Recipe Tips

    As variations, spice quinoa salmon cakes with 1 tbsp jerk, Cajun or taco seasoning blend.

    To make homemade mango salsa, combine 1 cup diced mango, 1/4 cup diced red bell peppers, 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1/4 cup lime juice and 1/2 tsp salt.

    Use a 3-inch cookie cutter as a mold to make perfect rounds.

Hamburger Patty Alternatives

These mouthwatering pescatarian patties are a great change of pace from traditional hamburgers. Spice up your cakes and check out the various ways to cook and season seafood. Mixed and compact together with quinoa, salmon, mayonnaise, eggs, parsley, they make for an anytime meal that can be enjoyed as a light lunch or dinner, or even a fun snack to top with a store-bought or homemade mango salsa. It all depends on how big or small you want to make form the patties!

If you prefer a Meatless Monday meal option these vegetarian Golden Beet and Rice Burger Sliders may be calling your name. No matter which patty you pick for your next party, just make sure you make enough for everyone: they’re going to go like hotcakes!

If you are looking for a seafood option try our easy shrimp and rice recipes.

Beyond the Bun

These patties don’t have to be served on bread. For a balanced meal, plate your patties alongside a generous portion of vegetables or slice them up and toss them in a salad. For a lighter snack, serve atop a sturdy romaine lettuce leaf for a festive grab-and-go appetizer that can be served alongside other BBQ side dishes, appetizers and desserts!

Get Creative With Quinoa

Quinoa can easily be incorporated into meals — it’s so versatile it can be eaten during any meal, in a snack, or as a dessert. Up your appetizer game with this Creamy Golden Beet Hummus with Toasted Quinoa, another perfect meatless plate for your get-together — you can even serve the dip alongside these salmon patties!

Quinoa can serve as the base of a salad or it can be a topping for your greens: this tempting Easy Green Goddess Summer Quinoa perfectly balances various textures and flavors. From our rich Quinoa Green Bean Casserole to our decadent Cran-Raspberry Quinoa Rice Pudding Trifle, there is no wrong way — or wrong time — to eat quinoa.