Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes

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Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes

Rice cakes and patties are family favorites. They are so versatile and can be eaten hot or cold, at home or on the go. We enjoy them as snacks, appetizers, and entrees. Patties are also good as finger food. They vanish quickly at potlucks and social gatherings.

I am always on the lookout for ideas on how to flavor these little parcels of food. When I spied this recipe on my blogging buddy’s cookbook, which I have a signed copy, I had to give it a try. My talented buddy, Denise, the author of Quickies: Morning, Noon and Night also writes two food blogs, Quickies on the Dinner Table and Bread Expectations. She has been under the radar for a while working on some personal projects but is back with new posts on each of her blogs…YAY! Please do check out her blogs for delicious recipes and stunning photography. Welcome back, Denise!

I made these Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes two days in a row. I adapted the recipe and the first time I did not mash the rice sufficiently and also added a little too much salmon in the mix. While I could form the patties, it fell apart easily. They were still very delicious. You can see a picture of it here at my Facebook Fan Page. While there, please “like” my page.

Not satisfied, I tried it again, carefully reading the ingredient proportions and instructions. I reduced the amount of fish I used the first time by half and gave the rice a good mashing. It was a success! They came out beautifully and to quote Denise, they were “wantonly good”! ;)

Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes

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I used rice cereals instead of breadcrumbs so that the rice cakes remain gluten-free. Please use bread crumbs if you prefer.

Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 12 patties

Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes


  • 2 cups (60g) rice cereals
  • 8 oz (225g) salmon, skin removed
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 cups cooked short grain rice
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoon canola oil


Place rice cereals in food processor and pulse till fine. Remove and set aside.

Bring a cup of water to boil in a shallow pan. Place salmon in the pan with lemon juice and a little salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and allow salmon to cook for 5 minutes. Remove, flake, and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine rice, dill weed, lemon pepper, and salt. Mix and mash well with a potato masher. Stir in flaked salmon until combined.

Shape into 12 thick patties about 2 inches in diameter.

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick pan. Dip rice cakes into egg and roll in rice cereals.

Fry 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Do not over crowd pan. Fry in 2 batches.

Drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.

I like to eat my Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes with a cup of genmaicha (green tea with roasted brown rice).

Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes

Denise eats her rice cakes dipped in wasabi and drinks green tea. ;)

Pan Fried Salmon Rice Cakes

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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44 Responses

  1. Sonia says:

    i like the last photo, look so tempting and good.

  2. Amelia says:

    Nice presentation, I like the tea pot ;)

  3. PolaM says:

    ohh these look awesome! Crab cake never convinced me too much, but this salmon rice cakes on a different league!!

    • Biren says:

      I sledom use crab meat in a can and usually substitute it with a white fish. Salmon also works. These patties are delicious! Hope you will give them a try. :)

  4. I would want these over and over again!

  5. santosh says:

    very interesting recipe we can use leftover rive here
    hi i am following u do u also followed to share the ideas

  6. anncoo says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe. I would love to have this for my afternoon snack :)

  7. Ruby says:

    What a great tribute to a fabulous blogger and lovely lady! Feeling a bit sheepish that I don’t have her book yet. Must. Buy. I’m always in the lookout for things to do with leftover rice and never thought of this. They look wonderful, and I’m with Denise on the wasabi and green tea. ;-)

  8. Chris says:

    These patties look really great. Your photos are well taken too. Thanks for sharing such great snacks.

  9. Adora's Box says:

    A definite change from the potato based fish cakes. This is so nice, Biren. It is a complete meal in itself.

  10. What a delicious side-dish or appetizer. The presentation and overall effect are delightful. Thank you – I’ll be back for more!

  11. Parsley Sage says:

    I can dig ‘wantonly good.’ :) Great rice cakes!

  12. Kay Ecker says:

    I love rice, I love fried, I love your post:-)

  13. Kelly says:

    You did a fabulous job on these, they look so delicious! Great recipe! :)

  14. Jeannie says:

    I love the look of those rice cakes Biren, look utterly delicious! I also love that gorgeous bowl you served the cakes in!

    • Biren says:

      Thanks Jeannie! That was a gift from hubby for my birthday some years back. It is Polish ware and it is gorgeous!

  15. Blackswan says:

    Biren, this is awesome! Did I tell u I’m a sucker for fried food? I could snack on this while watching TV. Hahaha!

    Denise is such a sweetie & I miss her too! Welcome back :)

    Oh, you may wanna go crazy over my Angry Birds Recipe Collection @ Angry Birds Onigiri Lunch Box (Part II)! Have fun :)

  16. What a wonderful idea for salmon! I just printed this recipe. I will try it soon. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog and all the great posts. Will be back soon.

    • Biren says:

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for visiting! Glad to hear you found a recipe you would like to try. Do let me know how it turned out for you. :)

  17. Shu han says:

    Those look delicious! Rice cakes sound like a great idea instead of the usual more western style of fishcakes using potatoes or flour!

  18. These look great…I have never used rice for fish cakes before, but I do love rice :)
    I am glad Denise is back too :)
    Wishing you a lovely weekend

  19. Jill Colonna says:

    Biren, these rice cakes look fabulous. Yet another fantastically tasty recipe! Love the idea of using rice instead so I’ll have to give them a go. Beautiful!

  20. sweetlife says:

    i’m sure these are delish, denise has the best recipes!! thank you for sharing

    have a great weekend!!

  21. These are just splendid Biren and oh so different from the usual versions.

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  22. tigerfish says:

    They look very good! Crisp on the outside. I like the alternative use of rice in the cake, and rice cereals on the outside.

  23. Lyn says:

    Looks so delicious and this is an interesting recipe! :D

  24. So interesting.. I’ve never added rice in fish cakes before, but it sounds good! Bookmarking this recipe… Great post, Biren!

  25. Lea Ann says:

    How timely, I just had a small flavored rice cake that was adorning a delicious salad at a restaurant recently. I was just getting ready to Google some ideas. Thanks Biren for this post.

  26. I love the idea of rice in these fish cakes. We are trying to reduce the gluten we eat in this house, and I love brown rice, so I will try this recipe with brown rice. Do you think that would work?

    • Biren says:

      It should work Kristi. I would use short grain brown rice as it is a little more starchy and sticky. Have fun trying! :)

  27. This will be my family’s favorite for sure. We are “salmon” family. Every one loves it. I never thought of making this way. Thanks for the idea!!

  28. kristy says:

    Biren, I also have this book! Yeah, the recipes are sure awesome.
    Denise….see, everyone loves it!

  29. heehee :D

    Biren – I am speechless. Just thought I’d drop in and check out what you’re up to and what a pleasant surprise I nearly tripped over ;)

    Thank you so much for such a sweet post. You are a wonderful friend! How lovely if we did not live so far apart :( I have been a very very bad blogger *blush* but I’m trying – I think you know how truly busy, in fact, harried I am at the moment. But I do have a post up my sleeve and I hope you will like it :)

    You’re salmon rice cakes look fa-bu-lous!!! Thank you again, I’m more touched than I can say.

    • Biren says:

      You are most welcomed Denise! The family truly enjoyed the salmon cakes and though I made two batches back to back, my boys made short work of it. I had to save a couple for Ro-Ri San’s bento. I do hope I did your recipe justice.

      You must be up to your eyeballs with work but do take some time to smell the roses and have a cup of tea. Hopefully we can enjoy a cup together soon. I can’t wait to see your next post. :)

  30. Sea Cuisine says:

    These sure do look yummy! We bet breaded frozen salmon fillets could be used in this recipe as well. Any suggestions for a dipping sauce? We might try a spicy aioli for a bit of zing.

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  32. Laverne says:

    These look wonderful and I would like to make them, but what is rice cereals? Is this just any regular cereal that is made from rice?

    • Biren says:

      Hi Laverne, thanks for visiting! Yes, any kind of cereal made from rice will do. They usually come as rice pops. Just crush them before using.

  33. Autumn says:

    Hi Biren, this recipe looks and sounds so good. I love salmon and rice both. I am wondering if I sprayed them lightly with butter flavored Pam and baked them (turning once maybe) if they would be as tasty. (Just trying to stay away from fried for a while). As always love your dishes this bowl is beautiful.

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