PRO meals: salmon cakes

Hi friends! Happy Monday. Anything exciting happening this week? I’m kind of stoked to have a week without official plans. According to our calendar, it’s already Halloween (then the holiday hubbub begins) so it’s refreshing to have a little downtime. We have some fun (and not-so-fun) projects we’ve been working on around the house, and after cleaning the garage, we decided to keep our piano. I suggested painting it. I was hinting that maybe the Pilot would want to do it, but he hinted that I’ll be learning how to use a sander πŸ˜‰

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We got a new rug for the formal living room, and I’d love to paint the piano a cool yet neutral color to match. I was planning on giving it away or selling it since it’s just been sitting in the garage, but it still works great, I can play (even though it’s been a while), and if Liv wants to play later, we’ll have a piano for her to practice. 

I’m not sure what we’re up to today, but the weather’s been gorgeous so I’ll probably see if some friends want to meet up at the splash pad or zoo. I do know what we’re having for lunch, though πŸ˜‰

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I made these salmon cakes as part of the meal prep for this week. Fish in a can has always freaked me out a little, but I got realllyyyy into anchovies when I was pregnant.

Since then, it doesn’t bother me quite as much. It’s not a regular purchase (canned fish from sustainable sources can be wicked expensive and there’s also the whole BPA issue from the can), but it’s a nice way to switch things up every now and again.  

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Salmon and sweet potato are one of my favorite combos for dinner (and lunch, and life), so I combined them into a tasty patty mixture,

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cooled in the fridge a little while

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and then pan-fried until crispy.

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I made a huge batch and froze them so they can quickly be reheated for a protein-packed snack or lunch component.

Here’s the recipe:

Salmon Cakes
Serves 4
A healthy protein-packed meal or snack option, with a slightly sweet twist!
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
6 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
6 min
  1. 2 6-oz cans of salmon (no skin or bones)
  2. 6 oz cooked sweet potato flesh
  3. 1/2 cup almond meal
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
  7. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  10. Juice of 1/2 lemon
  11. 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Form into patties and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set
  3. Cook in a pan or on an electric griddle with a little butter, ghee or coconut oil
  4. Enjoy with your favorite veggies or atop a green salad
  5. Freeze any leftovers for a quick and delicious meal later in the week!
The Fitnessista
Hope you love it! πŸ™‚

Fish fan or not-so-much? Any fave canned BPA-free brands?

Know where I can hire a piano painter in Tucson? Haha.



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  1. I wonder if these would be good with chicken replacing the fish, I’m not a fish fan but think these would be great with chicken!

  2. Yum!! Ill have to give this recipe a whirl! I love salmon and sweet potatoes!

  3. I always love finding new recipes for salmon because grilled salmon all the time can get boring. Sanding a piano? Good luck girl!

  4. Yes to pianos! I love when people have pianos in their house. I grew up with a nice Steinway and Sons piano and can’t wait to take it out of storage (my grandma’s house) to place it in my own when that time come! πŸ™‚

  5. This looks very good and excellent that you can freeze these. I recently made shrimp cakes but baked them in a muffin pan. I agree that fish in a can is a little freaky.

  6. now i finally know what i’m going to do with the can of wild salmon in my cupboard – mmm!

  7. Oh, thank you! A new salmon cake recipe and a boneless canned salmon! I occasionally make salmon cakes with canned salmon, but loathe picking out the bones!!

  8. Elizabeth M. says:

    Hashtag dinner tonight!

  9. Hey Gina! Love your site, as always, but wanted to make a request. You used to post a lot of awesome vegetarian and vegan recipe options, which we’re always so easy to make and delicious. Any plans to post some more? You have such great dinner ideas, but I’ve noticed more meat and fish lately, so I was hoping us veggies can get a little something too. Thanks, you’re the best :).

  10. Those look so good – and fairly easy to make. I think I will be making them soon πŸ™‚

    I love fish – but hubby really only likes fish that is really really really fresh, so it isn’t a common grocery purchase.

  11. I would never think to make ahead something like that, but those look really good. I love salmon, but I’ve never had the kind in a can. You should definitely keep the piano and maybe do a shabby-chic white wash to it. That’s what my piano looks like, so I’m a huge fan haha.

  12. I love no salt-added in water sardines and Sustainable Seas makes great salt-free environmentally friends Tuna!

  13. Meant to leave this comment earlier, but when you mentioned your new running shoe trouble, I immediately wondered if you’d do with with the new Brooks Ravenna 4s.

    I just swapped out my worn out Asics for a pair and they’re perfect for in between feet — needing a little support but dreading a clunky ugly shoe with too much support. Loving them so far!

  14. Meant to leave this comment earlier, but when you mentioned your new running shoe trouble, I immediately wondered if you’d do with with the new Brooks Ravenna 4s.

    I just swapped out my worn out Asics for a pair and they’re perfect for in between feet — needing a little support but dreading a clunky ugly shoe with too much support. Loving them so far!

  15. We have the same piano!!! I would love to see how yours turns out…it might inspire me to do something with ours!

  16. Oh yum i’ll have to try your combination, it is Paleo so that would work out well for me πŸ™‚ How do you like the new ghee from Trader joes?

  17. I really need to cook more salmon. I’m trying to acquire a better taste for fish.

  18. I am a seafood lover in general, so fish cakes are definitely a good friend of mine πŸ˜‰ I’ve never tried making them at home, but I’m definitely going to try this recipe out soon! Thanks for sharing!

  19. I love the yellowfin tuna in a can from Trader Joe’s. It’s packed in evoo and it’s super tasty.

  20. This recipe looks great! My mom made us salmon cakes all the time when I was a kid, but the addition of sweet potato makes them sound even more delicious. I wanted to point out, though, that if you don’t mind a little crunch of the bones (they’re actually pretty soft), they’re totally safe to eat and are a really great source of calcium. Twice as much calcium per gram as milk, actually. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista says:

      that’s good to know! i don’t mind the bones in anchovies, but in salmon it always creeped me out for some reason

  21. Yum! I love a good fish cake. Salmon with sweet potatoes is a pretty awesome combo, I agree!
    Hope you have a nice stretch of downtime this week! πŸ™‚

  22. I get canned salmon once in awhile and make patties to switch things up as well!

  23. salmon and sweet potato is one of my all-time favorite combos, as well πŸ™‚ these look perfect. thanks for the great (and easy) recipe! xo

  24. These look delicious! I LOVE that tjs salmon! I’ve had it every time I’ve visited the west coast and its yet another reason I wish I had a Trader Joes near me πŸ™

  25. Salmon and sweet potato are one of my favorite combos, too. These luck great!

    But I’m confused about your first paragraph… It’s already Halloween? Huh?

  26. I actually love canned fish, esp salmon. Those sound great!

    You should definitely keep the piano for Liv! Even if you just teach her to play chop sticks, she’ll have fun with it. Great “growing up” memories for me!

  27. About how much is 6 oz. cooked sweet tater? πŸ™‚

  28. My hubby and I (well, mostly him) refinished a piano! Take my word for it–pay someone to do it! It was sooo much work sanding it down and refinishing. It looks gorgeous now and I’m so glad we have it. I love that he worked so hard finishing it up for me and it’s a really special piece of furniture now. It was just SO much work and was not enjoyable.

    I rarely play anymore, but it’s do nice to have a piano in your home. I plan on having our kids take piano lessons at least for a little while. It’s a good musical background to have even if they choose not to continue.

  29. Could you use canned sweet potato?

  30. Do you know how many these make??

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