Bacon-Wrapped Mini Salmon Cakes with Asparagus

Sep 16, 2010 by

Yeah, okay. That’s a really long title. What I wanted to call these things was LITTLE BITES OF AWESOME but, alas, that doesn’t query well in search engines.

I have to give credit where credit is due. This recipe is entirely my original creation. No one else’s. However, it was Dan from At Darwin’s Table who got my wheels a’turning to come up with this.

He commented on my Bacon and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms but said he was going to try a different fish instead of crab. I suggested a few other flaky, light white fishes I thought would work – sole, bassa – and then I mentioned salmon. And then I thought: Bacon + Salmon = HELLSYEAH.

I stock up on frozen wild-caught salmon whenever I see it on sale. So I always have some on hand. And we ALWAYS have bacon; there’s no primal household that doesn’t I’d argue. I checked the fridge for whatever else I could finagle. I saw the bag of leftover raw asparagus from when Mike made these easy peasy appetizers the other day for football:

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus appetizers

I know asparagus and salmon are good together either cooked or raw (sushi), so why not figure out a way and put them all together? And these were born:


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  1. Jackie

    Holy moly ~ those look delicious.

  2. Dan

    Honestly if I could fucking swear I would. This just looks like every dream come true. I wonder if I could bathe in them. YUM! This is going on my to do list, and this recipe will be getting linked!!!!!

  3. Barb

    This may be the most awesome recipe you have ever posted. Definitely plan to make these!

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  5. Kristen

    OK. Yum. Adding to shopping list ingredients for this for the weekend…. :)

  6. Dan

    Hey I just linked this recipe and your crab one on my site.

  7. Food Renegade

    Holy Cow! I will make these tonight. Thank you so much for sharing these in today's Fight Back Friday carnival.

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  8. Anonymous

    I made these… thank you… that is all. :-)

  9. WordVixen

    I just made these tonight and they're really good! I used pistachios, though, because I don't like pine nuts, and I used the yolk as well because pistachios are a little drier than pine nuts, plus I'm too lazy to separate. I also used canned smoked salmon since that's all I had. :-) Love the texture!

  10. Wow! These look awesome! Definitely a great appetizer for the next dinner party!

  11. Lisa

    I can’t wait to try these! We love bacon and salmon at our house and what’s better than combining them? Thanks!

  12. Anonymous

    These look great! I’m thinking about making them for a party. Are they meant to be served hot, or could I make them ahead and serve cold?

  13. Annie

    I’ve made these several times now. So delicious! Last time, feeling a bit lazy, we just chopped up the asparagus and some bacon I’d already cooked and frozen, added them to the salmon mixture, and made into patties. Just as tasty and a little less work.

  14. Courtney Crowley

    I can’t believe how good these were. I adapted the recipe a bit, based on the ingredients I had in the house. I’ve had two cans of salmon that I was really nervous to use, as I’d never used canned salmon before. This was the perfect way to use it up and I was impressed with the flavor profile! I also used coconut flour instead of pine nuts, but I felt that they held together pretty well.

    We actually had enough ingredients to make it for dinner last night and then again for brunch today. It’s my new favorite meal. Thank you so much for such an awesome recipe!


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