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Appetizer Idea: Israeli-Inspired Spiced Salmon Cakes

Appetizer Idea: Israeli-Inspired Spiced Salmon Cakes

Meal Type


Cooking Time

1 hour


12 servings



  • 1 lb. fresh salmon

  • 1/2 cup minced onion (about 1 medium onion)

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin

  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne

  • Avocado oil (for frying)

  • 1/2 cup tahini sauce for dipping

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Looking for a crave-worthy appetizer to serve during your next get-together? We have the perfect treat: Israeli-inspired Spiced Salmon Cakes.

We're not kidding when we say this recipe tastes as delicious as it sounds. Featuring a base of smoky, toasty pine nuts and complemented by cumin and cayenne, you're guaranteed to impress your dinner guests, one flavorful patty at a time.

And if you're short on time, rest easy knowing you can whip these together in under an hour. Best served hot, pair these patties with sides of fresh hummus and tahini. Oh, and if you're looking for the freshest salmon to use, order our Entertainer box straight to your door. It'll give you enough fish to make at least 12 cakes.

Israeli-Style Spiced Salmon Cakes

Step 1

Heat a large skillet on the stovetop on high. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of avocado oil and coat evenly. Pour all pine nuts into skillet and toast them for up to 10 minutes or until golden and fragrant.

Step 2

Make sure to stir the nuts constantly, as they can burn quickly. Once golden, remove from skillet and place into large bowl. Save for later.

Step 3

Slice the fresh salmon into large pieces and place into food processor. Pulse until the chunks are fully chopped.

Step 4

Put the chopped fish into the mixing bowl with the pine nuts. Add the onion, breadcrumbs, cilantro, egg, salt, cumin, and cayenne. Stir until well blended.

Step 5

Heat skillet again over high heat and pour 3 tablespoons of avocado oil (or enough for frying). Once the oil is hot and sizzling, form small patties from the fish batter (about 2 tablespoons per patty) and place into skillet. It should take about 2-3 minutes per side to fry and crisp.

Step 6

Continue frying in batches of 3-4 patties at a time until batter is finished. Place cooked patties on a paper towel to drain.

Step 7

Serve hot with tahini sauce or hummus.

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