Living on the west coast, good salmon is easy to come by. For this recipe, we typically use Pink or Coho fillets as opposed to the more coveted Sockeye. The dill-mustard sauce is an absolute must with this recipe as the two compliment each other perfectly, although we serve the sauce on the side as some of us like to take more than others.
Pan-Fried Salmon Cakes with Dill-Mustard Sauce
1/2 kg poached salmon (boned and flaked)
1/4 c. wild rice, uncooked
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
1 tbsp. capers, finely chopped
1 tbsp. horseradish
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper
3 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. paprika
2 ½ tbsp. grainy mustard
2 ½ tbsp. honey mustard
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
8 tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
Boil the wild rice until cooked. In a large bowl, mix the salmon, wild rice, breadcrumbs, onion, dill, capers, horseradish, and lemon juice. Add and combine the beaten eggs and mayonnaise to bind. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Place flour in a shallow dish and season with salt, pepper and paprika. Using your hands, form the salmon mixture into thick patties. Lightly coat each patty in the seasoned flour and refrigerate for at least half an hour ensuring that they are in a single layer or there is parchment paper between the layers.
To prepare the sauce, whisk together the mustards and incorporate the vinegar and honey. Stir in the dill and refrigerate until the meal is ready to be served.
When ready to cook the salmon cakes, melt some butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add as many patties as will comfortably fit in the pan and sauté, turning once, until golden brown on both sides (approximately 5 minutes on each side). Cooked cakes can be kept warm in the oven on a low temperature until the whole batch is ready to be served. Add more butter to the pan if needed.
Serve the cakes with the sauce. We like to serve them over a simple green salad with a light vinaigrette that does not compete with the dill-mustard sauce.