Savory Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Salmon & Eggs

Savory Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Salmon & Eggs (@alyssarimmer)

Weekends are the time when we wake up late, sip our coffee and tea slowly, lounge in our PJs for far too long, and enjoy decadent breakfasts. But when it comes to breakfast, we battle. Not literally, but when it comes to tastes, we’re on opposite sides of the spectrums. Le boyfriend is a savory kind of guy and me? Well you already know this, but I’ll repeat in case you had any doubts, I’m a sweet kind of girl.

So, how do we settle? Chef’s choice, of course!

And you know what that means. Pancakes, waffles and french toast are almost always on the menu.

Savory Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Salmon & Eggs (@alyssarimmer) But yesterday I was feeling extra romantic, and knowing full well that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I created a meal that would satisfy us both. I served up these savory cornmeal cakes, flavored with fresh green onions and smoked paprika. Although they were indeed savory, I added a little stevia powder to give them just hint of sweetness. Then we topped with avocado spread, smoked salmon and soft boiled eggs.

Finished with freshly ground pepper and a few drizzles of hot sauce, I have to say, these savory cornmeal cakes were one of the best breakfasts we’ve had. Ever.

Savory Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Salmon & Eggs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • ¾ cup cornmeal (gluten-free optional)
  • ¾ cup boiling water (more if needed)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons millet flour (brown rice, sorghum, or whole wheat would also work)
  • 2 tablespoons egg whites (about 1 medium egg white)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon smoke paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon stevia powder (optional, to taste)
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 1 avocado, pitted & mashed
  • 4 oz. smoked salmon (I purchase sugar-free)
  • 4 large eggs
  • Garnishes: Salt, fresh peper & hot sauce (optional)


  1. In a large sauce pan, bring ½ inch of water to boil. Once boiling, add your eggs, cover and reduce to a rolling boil. Set time for 6½ minutes.
  2. While the eggs are cooking, combine the cornmeal and boiling water in a small mixing bowl. Mixing thoroughly and let sit, until the water has been absorbed. You want it to be the thickness of polenta. If it’s too thick, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, mixing completely in between each addition, until you have the desired consistency.
  3. Add the millet flour and egg white and mix to combine. Stir in the spices and green onions.
  4. Heat a griddle over medium low heat, grease with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray. Spoon the batter onto the griddle, forming four pancakes. Cook until the edges have started to brown, 3 – 5 minutes. Flip the cakes and cook until done, 2 – 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer the cakes to plates, cover with smashed avocado and top with 1 oz smoked salmon.
  6. When the timer for the eggs has gone off, remove the pan from the heat, and drain the hot water. Run the eggs under cold water for 30 seconds until they are cool to the touch. Peel the eggs and place one on each of the pancakes.
  7. Sprinkle with salt, fresh ground pepper and hot sauce (if using).
  8. Enjoy!
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 The preparation for these eggs might seem strange, but here’s why it works: Foolproof Soft Boiled Eggs from Cook’s Illustrated 

About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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4 Responses to Savory Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Salmon & Eggs

  1. Leanne S says:

    This sounds so good! I’m usually a sweet person as well, but this would be great for brunch. I’m not a fan of hard boiled eggs, so I would probably do a fried egg instead, but the corn cakes especially sound delicious! I love cornbread, so this sounds perfect for breakfast/brunch!

  2. What, no quinoa in this recipe? What gives? :)

    These look kind of like arepas, which I love. Never thought of them as a breakfast food but it makes perfect sense. I do remember my mom making fried polenta for breakfast now and then when I was a kid. Adding millet seems like a great idea, too. All in all…mmmm!
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  3. Terr says:

    It’s funny how people can interpret a recipe. I immediately thought of Johnny Cakes. Matter of fact, here’s a simple recipe equivalent here

    I’d like to try both and this looks like a simple recipe. But as the earlier poster mentioned, the savory version is like an arepa so I’ll try the savory recipe with scrambled eggs and chorizo, a variant of a breakfast arepa recipe I saw Rachael Ray make.
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