There are several great foods that I learned to make from my mother-in-law. Red salmon cakes is one of them. My mother-in-law makes very delicious salmon cakes with canned red salmon. Every now and then, I have difficulty finding canned red salmon in a store and the price keeps increasing. The last time I bought a can, it was almost 9 dollars. I’ve already tried pink salmon as a substitute because it’s much cheaper than red salmon. However, the flavor is not quite right. It tells me that you get what you pay for. Anyway, I didn’t give up and I still wanted to find a good replacement. It should be a good price, healthy, and more importantly, tasty. I finally found the answer: Sempio’s canned mackerel. As you know, mackerel is considered as a healthy fish, like salmon. Canned mackerel is about 1/3 the price. Plus, surprisingly, the mackerel cakes had a similar flavor and texture compared to the salmon cakes – closer than pink salmon. So, I’m very excited to share my delicious mackerel cake recipe with you today. All my family enjoyed them. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Try them someday. 🙂
Yield: 6 Cakes
Short Korean Lesson
- SinSaengA (신생아) = Newborn Baby
- MiSukA (미숙아) = Premature Baby
- 1 Canned Mackerel (14 oz)
- ½ Cup Korean Bread Crumbs
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tbsp Dried Parsley
- ½ tsp Lemon Juice
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ⅛ tsp Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Salted Butter
Obtain 1 can of mackerel (14 oz). Drain it. I used Sempio’s canned mackerel for this recipe.
Gently remove bones and skin with a fork. Then gently rinse the mackerel to clean it.
Discard only the skin and bones; keep the dark colored flesh. The dark part is the healthiest part with plenty of omega 3. You will get about 1 generous cup from 1 can.
Put the mackerel in a mixing bowl and tear it apart into little pieces with a fork.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except the butter, into the bowl: ½ cup Korean bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp dried parsley, ½ tsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp black pepper. Mix everything together.
Scoop out about ⅓ cup of mackerel mixture and form it into a round patty shape.
Form the patties by gently rolling, pressing, and patting. You will get about 6 patties with this recipe.
In a heated pan, add 2 Tbsp of salted butter and melt it.
Place the mackerel patties in the pan and fry on one side for 5 minutes on medium-high.
5 minutes later, flip the patties and fry for another 5 minutes on the other side, or until both sides become nicely golden brown.
I served the mackerel cakes with buttered spaghetti, carrot, peas, and apple sauce. Depending on your tastes, serve it with any other sides for your meal. Enjoy!