Recipe: Protein Packed Salmon Cakes

Easy Salmon Cakes Makes 10 – 12 cakes

Job hunters need protein to keep them going. Unfortunately, protein can be expensive. Job hunters need to watch their pennies, too. Enter canned salmon. It’s a tasty, economical, and sustainable choice for fortifying oneself during the hunt.

¼ cup finely chopped bell pepper
¼ cup finely chopped celery
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon minced lemon rind
¼ cup flat-leaf parsley
½ tsp garlic powder
1 ½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning
½ tbsp hot sauce
2 6oz cans salmon
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs or panko crumbs
1 egg
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350º.

Combine bell pepper, celery, parsley, lemon rind, lemon juice, mayonnaise, Old Bay, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Mix in salmon, egg, and ½ cup breadcrumbs. Ensure that the mixture will stick together when made into a ball. If it is too dry, add more mayo; too wet, more bread crumbs. Roll mixture into balls. Roll balls into remaining breadcrumb. Flatten into cakes about 2 inches in diameter. Spray an 8×8 inch oven-safe pan with cooking spray. Arrange the little cakes in the pan. Bake them for 10 to15 minutes until they begin to brown, then broil for 10 to 15 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Make this recipe even easier: double or triple it and freeze the leftovers. Lay the leftover cakes in a single layer on a large tray or rimmed cookie sheet. Cover, and place in the freezer until the cakes are completely frozen. At that point, store the cakes in a zip-top bag. When your job hunting travails make you peckish, pop a few into a preheated oven or toaster oven on a greased baking sheet for 25 – 30 minutes, or until heated through and crunchy on the outside. During that time, make a salad and a simple side. Enjoy your meal, then get back to the hunt!


Recipe by Elena Sisti, intrepid INALJ contributor. Protein packed for energy for job hunters!

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ.com. INALJ has had over 19.5 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website, KhanMoving.com, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 

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