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Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise

Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise are absolutely amazing, and this is a great dinner when want a new idea for cooking salmon. 

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Asian Flavored Wild Salmon Patties with Ginger, Scallions, and Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise found on KalynsKitchen.com

Last year my brother Dave and his four sons went to Alaska and fished for salmon and halibut. I’ve been the grateful recipient of some of the frozen wild salmon and halibut they had shipped back to Utah, so lately I’ve been looking for some new ideas for cooking both these types of fish.

If you enter “salmon recipes” into the search bar on the blog, you’ll see quite a few recipes for salmon, including Salmon Patties made with canned salmon, but these salmon patties are a completely new way to cook salmon for me. Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise are made with chopped raw salmon, flash frozen so they keep their shape, and then pan-fried in a small amount of olive oil.  The salmon patties are seasoned with Sriracha and plenty of ginger and scallions and served with a delightful sesame-lime mayonnaise that goes perfectly with the salmon.

I found this recipe in Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast, the companion volume to Everyday Food: Great Food Fast. (affiliate links) These two paperback cookbooks from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living are both ones I’ve used over and over for simple but creative recipe ideas. I changed this recipe a little, subbing green onions for shallots and using my beloved Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) instead of red pepper flakes.

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How to Make Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Remove skin from the salmon and finely chop the fish.
  2. Finely mince 1 T green onion and grate 2 T fresh ginger root.
  3. Mix one egg with 1/2 tsp. Sriracha sauce. (I did this to get the spicy flavor well-distributed in the salmon, and it worked well. If you like it spicy, use a bit more Sriracha.)
  4. Mix the minced green onion, grated ginger root, and Sriracha-egg mixture into the chopped salmon. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  5. Put a piece of cling-wrap on a baking sheet, then form the salmon mixture into four patties and put them in the freezer until they are just firm, about 30 minutes.
  6. While the salmon is freezing, stir together light mayo, thinly sliced scallions, lime juice, and sesame oil to make the Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise.
  7. When they feel very firm to the touch, remove the patties from the freezer.
  8. Fry the patties in a tiny bit of olive oil, just 4-6 minutes per side.
  9. Patties are done when they’re nicely browned on both sides.  Serve hot, with the sauce on the side.

Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise on serving plate

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

These Asian Flavored Wild Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise would be delicious with Low-Carb Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw for a low-carb meal!

More Delicious Ways to Cook Salmon:

Foil-Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Roasted Salmon from [No Recipes]
Roasted Salmon with Balsamic Sauce from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise

Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes

Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise are a great dinner to make with fresh salmon!



  • 24 oz. wild salmon, skin removed and finely chopped
  • 1 T finely minced green onion
  • 2 T grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. Sriracha sauce
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 T olive oil (for frying the salmon patties)
  • lime wedges for serving (optional, but good)

Sesame-Mayo Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 2 green onions, very thinly sliced
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Asian sesame seed oil


  1. Remove skin from salmon; then finely chop the salmon and put in a mixing bowl.
  2. Slice green onions, and then finely mince, using a large chef’s knife.
  3. Grate ginger root until you have enough to make 2 T grated ginger.
  4. Beat the egg with a fork; then mix in 1/2  tsp. (or more) Sriracha sauce.
  5. Put minced green onion, grated ginger, and egg-Sriracha mixture in the bowl with the chopped salmon, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and use your hands to combine.
  6. Put a piece of cling wrap over a baking sheet; then form the salmon into four patties and place on cling wrap.
  7. Put patties into the freezer for 20-30 minutes, until they are firm but not frozen through.
  8. While salmon is freezing, whisk together the mayo, sliced scallions, lime juice, and sesame oil to make the Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise.
  9. When salmon patties are firm, heat 2 tsp. oil in large heavy frying pan over medium-high head.
  10. Add salmon patties and cook 4-6 minutes per side, until the patties are browned and cooked through.   (Add more oil to cook the second side if needed.  Cook until done, but don’t overcook.)
  11. Serve hot, with Sesame-Lime mayonnaise on the side and additional lime wedges to squeeze over if desired.


This recipe adapted slightly from Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 534Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 388mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 49g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
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    40 Comments on “Asian Salmon Patties with Sesame-Lime Mayonnaise”

  1. Looks amazing! I'm a huge fan of fresh salmon and now have another great recipe to try with it!.

  2. Salmon Patties are definitely one of my favourite ways with a salmon. So much flavour packed into every bite. Love this Asian twist as well Kalyn.

  3. Jeanette, mine were only slight spicy, but you can definitely add more Sriracha!

    Minda, not sure what caused that? Did you cut the salmon into very small pieces when you chopped it up? Mine did require somewhat careful handling but they stuck together just fine. Lucky you to have all that wild salmon!

    Karina, thanks! This was so delicious and naturally gluten-free too!

  4. I love the flavor combo of ginger and scallion in this pattie. And the sesame-lime mayo sounds so delicious.

  5. I made these and the taste was great and the dipping sauce was divine. However, mine didn't hold together very well even after the 30-min freeze time. I'll try again though. I live in Alaska and have a freezer full of wild salmon!

  6. Yum, these sound amazing Kalyn. I love spicy food, and the colors of this dish are so appetizing!

  7. Joanne, Lydia, and Cara, I know all three of you ladies would love this. I thought it was such a great recipe. (And I love that term "Salmon Snob"!)

  8. These sound fantastic, Kalyn! I'm a total salmon snob so I love that you've gone with wild, and the touch of sesame oil in the mayo sounds delicious.

  9. Salmon and Sriracha? Oh, yes — two of my favorite ingredients, together in a patty. I'm bookmarking.

  10. Oh what I wouldn't give for that much wild salmon…so lucky! I love the idea of salmon patties and the asian flavors at play here sound so vibrant!

  11. Nisrine, and Christine, thanks to both of you! (And your names rhyme, how fun.)

  12. Oh my goodness, Kalyn, these look so delicious! And the sesame-lime mayo sauce must round it out perfectly. This is going on my list of things to make this week!

  13. Amazing salmon patties that I will definitely make!!

    Hope you had a great holiday!

  14. I'm so glad people are liking this. Just to clarify though, this recipe is for raw fresh salmon. I do have a recipe for Salmon Patties made with canned salmon which are also very good if people don't want to buy the fresh wild salmon (which can be rather pricey if you don't have a brother who gives you salmon!)

  15. Oh look at the color on those salmon. I happened get some canned salmon when I was in seattle. It will be perfect for this recipe. Love the sesame lime mayonnaise. Yummy.

  16. Oh my goodness, these look absolutely crave-able. I will definitely be giving them a go.

  17. Yum! These look like a delicious way to eat salmon. I love Asian flavors!

  18. I have been thinking about making salmon patties, but wasn't sure if it would work out without breading. This recipe sounds delicous and would be an excellent low carb dish as well. Thanks.

  19. I love the sound of these! The dipping sauce is a great addition! Definitely have to try these!

  20. Mmmm…Looks yummy and good for you too!