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Scrumptious Salmon Sliders with Caper Aioli Sauce

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This salmon sliders recipe is a deliciously tasty dinner that has all of the flavors you want in a flavorful meal – sweet, salty, acidic, and rich. Combine them all in one sandwich and each bite is perfection! I love this for a quick dinner as the meal can really be served all on its own (we’ve got your nutrition bases covered – vegetable, protein, carb, and flavor!) or serve it with your favorite simple side. Don’t skip the sauce for salmon sliders as it’s loaded with flavor and totally elevates the sandwich. It’s made in a similar style to my meatball sliders, buffalo chicken sliders, and chicken Parm sliders, but with a lighter flavor profile.

If you love salmon as much as we do, be sure to try my panko salmon, Asian salmon stir fry, salmon Caesar salad, mango salsa salmon or teriyaki glazed salmon next time.

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

What You’ll Love About Salmon Sliders

  • Delicious flavors
  • Different textures for the perfect bite
  • Full meal with protein, veggies, carbs, and flavor!
  • Made with basic ingredients
  • Just 15 minutes prep time
  • Just 10 minutes cook time
Salmon slider with coleslaw on top

Ingredients

These sliders come together with three components – the cabbage slaw, salmon sliders sauce, and the salmon! This list may look long, but a lot of these are pantry staples that you probably already have. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vinegar – I’ve used a basic white vinegar, but you could also use a white balsamic vinegar or even an apple cider vinegar.
  • Oil – You’ll need an olive oil for the slaw and a vegetable oil like avocado for cooking the salmon.
  • Seasonings – Sugar, celery salt, dried dill, and sea salt
  • Green cabbage – I prefer to cut my own so I can get it super thin, but you can absolutely use a pre-shredded coleslaw mix. Look for angel hair if you can find it.
  • Green onions – Green onions have a nice mild flavor, but you could also use thinly sliced yellow or sweet onions. You could also sub a little onion powder if you prefer.
  • Mayonnaise – Use full fat for best flavor (IMO!) or your favorite type.
  • Lemon – Use fresh lemon for best flavor, or sub in lemon pepper seasoning for a quick shortcut.
  • Capers – The capers add a great salty and briny flavor to the aioli.
  • Salmon – Look for salmon fillets that are about 4-6 ounces. You can use whatever type of salmon you prefer – farmed or wild caught. You could also use small salmon patties or salmon burgers if you prefer.
  • Hawaiian rolls – We love the sweet flavor of Hawaiian rolls, but you can also use other small slider buns.
Ingredients to make salmon sliders recipe

How to Make Salmon Sliders

Let’s make these salmon sliders with aioli sauce!

  • Make slaw. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, sugar, and celery salt. Add in cabbage and green onions and toss together until combined. Chill in refrigerator if desired.
Coleslaw ingredients in bowl for salmon sliders
  • Mix aioli. In a small or medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, capers, dried dill, and black pepper to taste. Set aside.
Aioli sauce for salmon sliders in bowl
  • Cook salmon. Heat oil in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Season salmon with salt and place into hot pan, skin-side up. Cook until cooked through and flaky.
Salmon cooking in skillet

TIP: If you prefer to bake or broil salmon, place salmon on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake or broil until cooked through and flaky. (I usually bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes, but it will depend on salmon size.)

  • Assemble sliders. Gently cut fish into small chunks about the size of a bun. Spread bun with aioli mixture. Top with a piece of fish and a heap of coleslaw and place top buns on top.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make these grilled salmon sliders?

Yes, you can really prepare the salmon any way you like for these sliders. For grilled salmon sliders, simply grill the salmon as desired and prepare the slaw and aioli the same way.

Storage Instructions

Store the components separately in an airtight container for up to one day. The slaw is best same day, but aioli will last a day or two.

How to reheat

Reheat salmon in a hot skillet just until warmed through, or even serve leftovers chilled or at room temperature. Be careful to not overcook the salmon.

How to Serve Easy Salmon Sliders to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

I would recommend serving this meal family style or deconstructed to let everyone make their own slider – or version of. My kids opted to have a bun with butter and salmon and slaw on the side. Which is different than what the adults had but totally fine.

All of my articles on feeding kids can be found here and if you want a FULL list of all of the videos I have with hacks, tips, scripts, and ideas for feeding kids, check out my instagram or tiktok page.

Two salmon sliders on a plate

What to Serve with Salmon Sliders

I designed this to really be a full meal in one with protein, carbs, and veggies, but you can also add a simple side if you like:

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Scrumptious Salmon Sliders with Caper Aioli Sauce

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This salmon sliders recipe is a weeknight dinner win! It’s loaded with flavor, covers all of your nutrition bases and comes together in 30 min.


Ingredients

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  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. celery salt
  • 6 cups shredded green cabbage (about 1/2 head)
  • 2 thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1/41/2 lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp. capers
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. salmon (cut into 4 filets)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 12 oz.Hawaiian rolls (or about 810 slider buns)

Instructions

  1. Make slaw. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, sugar, and celery salt. Add in cabbage and green onions and toss together. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.
  2. Mix aioli. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, capers, and dried dill. Set aside.
  3. Cook salmon. Heat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season salmon with salt and place into hot pan, skin-side up. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, flip over, and cook another 4-5 minutes, until cooked through and flaky. (Salmon should be cooked to 120 degrees F.)
  4. Assemble sliders. Gently cut fish into small chunks (about the size of a bun). Spread bun with a layer of aioli. Top with a piece of fish and a heap of coleslaw. 

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