Feelin’ Crabby

May 15, 2011

At times when I don’t eat very well [such as too much sweets, not enough nutritious food], I really do feel pretty bad. My energy is low, I’m crabby, I have trouble focusing. It always leaves me wondering how many people in this country feel badly all.the.time because they eat mostly processed, sugary-type foods. Hopefully I’ll feel back to my normal self tomorrow.

Tonight’s dinner was a great one to get super nutrients pumping back in my bloodstream –


Featuring “crab” cakes made from canned salmon [=poor woman’s crab], broiled Maryland-style.


I used a recipe I found online for Maryland crab cakes and came up with this great recipe featuring wild salmon

I used Whole Foods brand, which does have skin and bones, but they are perfectly safe to eat! I didn’t detect any of them in the finished cakes. It’s like eating sardines – just mash away before you look at it.


I made a dry mix using oat bran instead of bread crumbs, plus an eggy + mayo + mustard mix


And assembled them into 6 patties


They went into the broiler on low for 20 minutes and came out perfectly brown!


Maryland Salmon Cakes

Serves 2 plus leftovers


  • 14 oz can wild salmon
  • 2 tbsp oat bran [or dry bread crumbs]
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard (or 1 tsp of the real stuff)
  • 1 dash hot sauce


  • Preheat LOW broiler. If your oven only has high, consider baking at 450* and then high broiling for last few minutes.
  • Mix dry ingredients through Old Bay
  • Mix wet ingredients through hot sauce.
  • Add salmon to dry, mix well.
  • Add wet to salmon mixture.
  • Form into 6 cakes.
  • Spray cookie sheet with canola oil mist and low broil for 20 minutes.

We made a little aioli with mayo, mustard and smoked paprika to go on top.


On the side we had sautéed broccoli tossed in the Pestos with Panache Prosciutto & Smoked Almond – totally delicious!! Pestos coming to OpenSky soon!


And for the whole grain component, High Five with butter


‘Twas a delicious simple dinner!


Hoping to start a new book tonight – perhaps The Postmistress?


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1 Allie May 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm

When I was in college I used to make an even poorer woman’s crabcake…tuna cakes! It was really cheap and I always thought they tasted similar to crabcakes. Looks delicious to me :)


2 Clare May 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

That’s a calcium super-meal! yum!


3 Baking 'n' Books May 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm

What was the last book like after?

Do you ever get crabby?! I can’t see you being anything but bright and go go go!


4 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

mmm that looks like a dinner I am going to HAVE to recreate at home!

Looks super delish<–I've been afraid of fish in a can….


5 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Such a great idea to make crab cakes with salmon, so much more affordable! :)

As a Maryland native who loves crab but is on a budget, I need to make these! Good luck with all of your to-do’s for the coming week! So excited to see everything come to fruition! :)


6 melissa May 15, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I’m with you, Kath! I just got back from vacation where I allowed too many beers and fried foods I normally don’t eat. I’m definitely ready to get back to my regular eating.

I always wonder how people eat like that all the time because it certainly doesn’t leave me feeling good. I really think most people DON’T know how much better they can feel eating fresh organic living food… it’s mind blowing how people go on with their lives thinking “This is good as I’m going to feel.” Sad really.

Love you and your blog! Can’t wait to really see the bakery in action! :)


7 Abby May 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I totally agree with the feeling crappy! I went home for my birthday yesterday and some graduation celebrations. Way too many sweets and drinks consumed! Blah! :(


8 Dishes of Mrs. Fish May 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Love the idea of the salmon cakes! What a fabulous looking dinner!


9 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I agree with you — when I eat too many sweets my energy just drops and I feel so tired :(


10 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I could not agree more with this! We do salmon patties a lot here too. Oh and Trader Joe’s has some good canned crab too for patties. I hope you get some good rest tonight!


11 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Great point made about eating crappily (is that a word?) for a couple of days. Whenever I do that, I can’t WAIT to get back to eating normally.


12 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic May 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I never heard of using canned salmon instead of crab. That’s a good idea. Did you get the 365 salmon from Whole Foods? That’s the only place I’ve seen that brand.


13 KathEats May 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm



14 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic May 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Okay, I just looked at the post again and realized you said that it was Whole Foods brand in the post! It’s getting late – I think this is a sign it’s time for me to go to bed. :-)


15 Stephanie @cookinfanatic May 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I just spent the weekend at Virginia Tech celebrating my little sister’s graduation so I definitely know what you mean about too many drinks & not enough good-for-you food… as much fun as it was I couldn’t wait to get home and whip up a healthy meal to detox!!

My mom makes the best salmon cakes out of that canned salmon from Whole Foods, she adds diced onion & bell pepper, parsley and panko, they are so good!


16 Jess. May 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Yum! I love love love love love crabcakes (seriously that much). These look like a yummy and affordable alternative. I’m just going to have to get over my fear of canned salmon first lol…


17 Erin May 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I love salmon cakes. My grandma made some once and sent them home with my mom and me for our family to have for dinner. She and I ate them all in the car on the way home and saved none for my dad or brother!

Your mention of prosciutto reminded me…. The cheese and jam sandwiches freaked me out at first. And then the idea grew on me. I had a prosciutto, rasp jam, and smoked Gouda sandwich last week and it was delicious!


18 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Salmon cakes, crab cakes, they’re all good! I developed a shellfish allergy in my early 20s out of no where so salmon is actually a much safer bet for me than crab.

And in many food circles they would say that bones, or tiny amounts, are actually good for us. Like our grandmother’s boiled chickens for hours and hours and hours and the broth that results, i.e bone broth, is full of calcium and all kinds of other trace elements/things that are good for us. To each her own on this school of thought, but have read about it quite a bit.

Your recipe looks awesome, Kath :)


19 Gina @Runningtothekitchen May 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I hate that gross feeling after eating poorly. good idea with the salmon cakes, might have to try that!


20 Gena May 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I wonder that all the time myself–do all SAD eaters feel poorly, or do they simply become immune?


21 sarah (the SHU box) May 16, 2011 at 4:38 am

Gena, from my medical experiences I think that many of them DO feel bad all the time; they just don’t realize that their diet may be part of the reason! Many are also inactive too, which really compounds the issue.

But, hopefully we can keep spreading the word about how much food/health contributes to well being!

and Kath, we are so making this recipe . . . it is exactly the type of thing Josh luuuuvs.


22 KathEats May 16, 2011 at 8:09 am
23 Becky May 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I have to tell everyone that, after the dinner party my husband and I threw last night, complete with wine and treats, (albeit a healthful dinner of grilled organic chicken, mushrooms, orzo, red peppers, pesto sauce, asparagus, and organic greens salad), it DID take it’s “toll” on me. Have to say that Shaklee Herb-Lax and Alfalfa “does the trick” to QUICKLY “detox”. Gets the body back to a more alkaline state and “speeds up” the transit time to remove what you don’t want in you for too long, in a very gentle way (if you know what I mean.) Try it, you just may like it! Works every time.


24 Katherine May 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Random question, have you ever been vegan?


25 KathEats May 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Nope. Nor vegetarian. But I eat vegan + veg meals all the time. [Well probably not vegan all the time, but some of the time]


26 Katherine May 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Nice :)


27 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I hate when I get that way, too. Bad food = Feeling bad.

Your dinner looks great. I make a similar salmon cake with crisp brown rice cereal. Yum.


28 Jenn Radtke May 15, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I TOTALLY know how you feel about not eating so well – I have a tough time when traveling and visiting family who don’t cook like I do. I tried to introduce Kale to my family a while back – they weren’t so into it. =( Hope that meal is making you feel betta!


29 Lauren May 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Awesome recipe, I love fish cakes. I actually kind of prefer salmon cakes to crab so that’s good for the wallet! I’m craving salmon cakes now…


30 Namaste Gurl May 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Your dinner looks restaurant- worthy, as always :)
Have a good evening!


31 Evan May 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I feel the same way today, Kath! But the gift of listening to your body means that getting back on track is easy and enjoyable. From the looks of dinner, you’re already on your way there.

Asian salmon cakes are really fantastic too…Thai bird chilies, fish sauce, fresh ginger & garlic, diced pepper, scallion, a little mayo and you’re set. I like to serve it over watercress with homemade miso dressing. Good stuff! :)


32 Ashley May 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Those salmon cakes look like biscuits!! :) I totally know what you mean about feeling bad when eating sugary/processed foods. Sometimes Chris and I talk about how we have SO much more energy than we did a few years ago, and seriously feel so much healthier. It’s pretty amazing!!


33 lynn @ the actor's diet May 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

loooove old bay seasoning. why don’t i buy some?!?


34 staceyhealthylife May 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I agree about so many people feeling crappy all the time for eating so much junk and processed food. I was commenting to someone the other day how so many people live everyday tired. Their tired because they don’t get any exercise, proper nutrition, and enough sleep. I’s so glad I don’t live that way. Everyday I feel good, nice and healthy, and full of energy.


35 Lesley Lifting Life May 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm



36 Molly @ RDexposed May 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I’ll take poor woman’s crab any day! YUM


37 lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) May 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I agree, I feel so… blah when I eat ‘bad/junk’ for a couple says in a row! My whole body gets ‘off’ track!


38 Carrie @ Nutrition By Carrie May 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Yum, salmon cakes!

I know exactly what you mean about feeling crappy. When I eat more sweets, more greasy food or less veg than usual (like when visiting family for the holidays), I feel so bleh, and wonder what it’s like for people who think ketchup is a vegetable. It can’t feel good…but if you don’t know any better, how do you know that you feel like crap? Sometimes I want to yell from the rooftops, “There is a way to eat that will make you feel so much better..and yes it is delicious!”


39 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Ugh – I’m in the same boat with the weekend over-indulgence. It was a fantastic weekend, but I’m dreading the Monday drag. We need to start a support/recovery club! :)


40 Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I don’t feel so great either after eating too many sweets, but I just can’t seem to stay away! I just love dessert so much :)


41 Hannah May 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Oh gosh, I actually have everything for this in my cupboard, thanks to a blogger swap that my mum did that saw her get Old Bay from America!


42 saikhan May 15, 2011 at 11:13 pm

hello Keaty. I am from sending Mongolia. Do you know about Mongolia. I think you are amazing woman. I want to read your all older posts.


43 KathEats May 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

Wow – all the way from Mongolia! Welcome and thanks!


44 Khushboo May 15, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Nothing like a little crab to get rid of that crabby feeling – love how similar our humor is!


45 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I know the feeling well! It’s the same feeling I get when I come back from vacation. Too much sugar!


46 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I love how easy these are. I could even use tuna – the REALLY poor girl’s crab lol!


47 michelle May 16, 2011 at 12:23 am

These sound delicious!


48 Lorin May 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

my problem when i eat too many sweets is that I tend to just throw everything out the window. I think, oh i’ve had 3 cookies might as well have 1 more. Definitely trying to crack down on it, but once I get a high blood sugar, it kinda gets out of control.


49 Laura May 16, 2011 at 1:13 am

What is Old Bay seasoning? Fairly sure we don’t have it in NZ – do you know what might be a reasonable substitute? :)


50 KathEats May 16, 2011 at 8:08 am


You could use cajun seasoning or even just some red pepper or cayenne


51 Tracy May 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

I’m thinking curry powder might taste pretty awesome, too!


52 Vicki May 16, 2011 at 4:46 am

Oooo, they look great! I’ve been looking for a recipe to use up our canned salmon, so this is ideal.

Though, you should only call flavoured mayonaise ‘aioli’ if it has garlic in, it translates as ‘garlic oil.’ :)


53 Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 16, 2011 at 5:30 am

I hate the way I feel after eating too many desserts… but while I am eating them that doesn’t really seem to register!


54 Christine @ Burning It Off May 16, 2011 at 5:45 am

I HATED The Postmistress. The synopsis and all of the reviews made it sound so promising but it was honestly one of the worst books I’ve read in a long time. If you do read it, I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on it.


55 KathEats May 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

Oh no!!! That’s like me and The Thornbirds. HATED it!!! I decided to start another book, but I do intend to read The PM so I’ll let you know when I do!


56 Beth May 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

I liked the Postmistress, so I’ll be interested to hear too!


57 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 16, 2011 at 6:12 am

I feel the same way when I eat unbalanced for too long. Makes me feel really yucky and long for simple, healthful foods in abundance.

Those crab (salmon) cakes look so good! I love canned salmon, but have never had it with bones + skin. I’m sure mashing helps the texture a bunch. I’ll have to try sometime!


58 Tara May 16, 2011 at 6:24 am

We call those salmon croquettes :) In fact, I’ve been meaning to make some, so thanks for the reminder!


59 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

Yum I love fish cakes! My dad actually made some for a family dinner last week, but he fried them in WAY too much butter. I like your idea to bake them instead!


60 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East May 16, 2011 at 7:23 am

Im definately making these soon! I LOVE crab cakes but dont get the chance to make them often because of the price. YUM!


61 kim May 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

I feel your pain! We had guests on Saturday and I indulged in too many treats and things that stray away from my usual clean eating. My pants are feeling a little snug this morning and I’ve already scheduled a lunch time workout. Whew.


62 Riss May 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

Mmmm this recipe looks wonderful. I’ve been looking for a healthy crab cake recipe! And I completely agree… junk food makes me feel like junk! It’s amazing how addictive it is though! After you’ve over-indulged for a few days, you start craving it! Despite all the “yuck” feelings.


63 Beth May 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’ve never thought of adding crab cake seasoning to salmon cakes–what a great idea!


64 r8chel May 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

When I was growing up, my sisters and I liked the salmon bones so much that Mom would remove them from the can and divide them into three equal portions… and we ate them plain! I don’t think I would do that now. :)


65 Jess (Sweet Potato) May 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Crab cakes are one of my favorites! I’m sure I would love Salmon cakes as well! Definitely will try these out!


66 Lisa May 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

That looks delicious. I love salmon or crab cakes. It’s been ages since I’ve made either. I used to add shredded zucchini to mine. YUM


67 Nathalie May 17, 2011 at 8:46 am

Hi Kath, I made these for my bf yesterday and he really, reaaallly enjoyed them!He had 3 for lunch and the remaining 3 cold for supper (he said they are great cold with a bit of mustard!) Thanks for such a simple, quick, quite frugal yet really tasty recipe! Will definitely be making them again!
I made a few subs, tarragon instead of dill (didn’t have any), cajun spice instead of the Bay spice thingy (which we probably don’t even have in the UK) and a dash of Worchestersauce instead of Hot Sauce (’cause I still haven’t looked up the definition of ‘hot sauce’…I assume it’s like tabasco or something? I’ll google now.). Straying from you original did not seem to do any harm 😉 Thanks again!


68 LauraJayne May 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I always feel crappy when I haven’t been eating well – it negatively affects every part of my life, even how I sleep!

Do you have any recommendations to start feeling better sooner – other than just getting back on track from an eating/sleeping/exercising standpoint? Any foods that help?


69 KathEats May 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Just real food!! Fruit is particularly appealing to me – like oranges.

Exercise and a workout also really help. I love coconut water if you’re feeling dehydrated too..


70 Leila from Cali May 24, 2011 at 11:02 am

I tried this last night and it was AMAZING! So filling and delicious. I didn’t have oat bran and the only bread crumbs I had were seasoned (with awful things like HFCS?) so I just put some oatmeal in the coffee grinder for one pulse. Also, since I’m out here in LA, I turned the oven onto 350 instead for twenty minutes and on the broiler setting for an additional 8. They came out perfect.

Love your blog! Thanks for all your tips.



71 Michelle R February 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Found a 14 oz can of salmon in the cabinet the other day and immediately searched your website for this salmon cakes recipe. Made them tonight. SO good! Thanks for the awesome idea!! :)


72 Audrey Adams January 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I just found this wonderful recipe and I was wondering if there was something else I could use other than oat bran? Maybe flax seed? Or ground up oats?


73 KathEats January 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Ground oats would be perfect – or just bread crumbs!


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