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Salmon Quinoa Cakes with Avocado Corn Salsa

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Easy Salmon Cakes using quinoa as the binder for a protein packed patty. Serve it with a fresh avocado corn salsa for a light and fresh summer meal.

Up close view of avocado, corn, and tomato salsa on top of salmon cake.

Salmon patties are an elevated way to use leftover salmon and they are also one of my favorite lunch meals.

What Kind of Salmon to Use?

Fresh vs Cooked?

For these types of patties I prefer to use salmon that is already cooked. Another quick option is canned Salmon.

I tested this recipe with raw salmon and used a food processor to break it down, but once they were cooked, I felt the texture wasn’t as light.

Two pieces of cooked salmon filets on a white plate.

With cooked salmon, the texture is flakier and more moist.

I would recommend having baked salmon with a side of quinoa and corn for one meal, then use leftovers the next day to make the salmon cakes and corn salsa.

How to Make the Salmon Quinoa Cakes

Make sure both the salmon and quinoa are both cooked and slightly cool.

Since we are adding an egg, we don’t want the ingredients to be too warm. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until incorporated and form into patties. You can make smaller ones for cakes, or large patties to fit a burger bun.

Overhead view of salmon patties on a white plate with cilantro and lime garnish.

Cook the patties on a medium hot skillet with some oil for about 4 minutes on each side or until a nice crust forms. Carefully flip the patties so they don’t fall apart.

These Salmon Quinoa Cakes taste best served right away, however I have kept leftovers and reheated on a skillet. I would keep them refrigerated for a max of 2 days.

How to Make the Avocado Corn Salsa

I feel like this salsa is Summer on a plate! Sweet Summer corn, sweet cherry tomatoes, and ripe Avocado.

For even more flavor grill corn on the cob first, then shave it into a bowl for the salsa.

Horizontal view of 2 salmon cakes on a white plate with avocado corn salsa on top.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and taste for seasoning. Since the salsa has avocado, it will only last 1 day. It will still taste ok after a day, but the avocado may brown.

Serve the Salmon Quinoa cakes with the avocado corn salsa as pictured or add a bed of mixed greens or rice. These also go great on a burger bun too.

Two salmon patties topped with avocado corn salsa.

Salmon Quinoa Cakes with Avocado Corn Salsa

Flavorful salmon quinoa cakes packed with protein and topped with a fresh avocado corn salsa.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • Frying Pan


Salmon Quinoa Cakes:

Avocado Corn Salsa:

  • 1 Avocado Ripe and Diced into small pieces
  • 1 ear Corn Cooked and kernels shaved
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • Pickled Jalapenos Chopped (As many you can handle)
  • 1 Tbsp Cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 Lime squeezed
  • 1/4 tsp Salt


  • On a lined baking sheet place salmon pieces skin side down. Season salmon with salt and pepper, a little oil, and bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes or until salmon is cooked. Try not to overcook the salmon, check it at 8 minutes and use a food thermometer. Allow salmon to cool and break it up into a bowl.
  • Cook 1/2 cup of dried quinoa according to package or use 1 cup of pre-cooked quinoa.
  • Combine all ingredients for salmon quinoa cakes and form into 4 even size patties or larger ones for burgers. In a non stick skillet over medium high heat, add oil. Fry salmon patties on each side for about 4 minutes or until a nice crust forms.
  • For the salsa, combine all ingredients and taste for seasoning.
  • Serve salmon cakes with the salsa on top or have some mixed greens on the bottom.


Canned Pink Salmon or Tuna works well with the recipe as well. Just be sure to drain well.
Cooked Salmon Cakes will last in the fridge for 2 days. Reheat in a skillet with a little oil.
Avocado corn salsa is best eaten the same day.
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Serving: 1gCalories: 576kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 32gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 648mgPotassium: 1212mgFiber: 8gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 522IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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