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Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties using canned salmon are easy and a healthy dinner staple that you can have on the menu anytime. Ready in less than 30 minutes, this recipe is a keeper and a kid favorite!

Cooked salmon patties on a plate.

If you grew up in the South, chances are you ate salmon patties pretty regularly. Or maybe fish sticks like my kids had once a week! 

You can call them croquettes if it makes you feel better about eating salmon from a can, but the shape is that of a hamburger patty so we always called them patties.

My salmon patties recipe is simple—add an egg, some finely minced onion, a little bread crumbs and that's it.

Tools

All you really need for this recipe is a big ole cast iron skillet. Seriously. You mix everything in a bowl and then fry them in a skillet.

And I like to serve my salmon patties on a fun fish platter like this one because it makes everyone smile!

Ingredients

  • 2 cans pink or red salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion, finely minced 
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 

How to make salmon patties

This recipe is so easy, you'll be making these delicious patties every week!

Step 1. Prepare the salmon.

Drain the canned salmon and pick out the round backbones and larger pieces of skin.

**Cook's Tip: The bones are soft and will incorporate into the fish so don't worry if you miss some. 

Canned salmon in a bowl.

Step 2. Mix ingredients.

Put salmon in a large bowl and add eggs, onion, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper.

Canned salmon with eggs and bread crumbs and onions in a bowl on a blue background.

Step 3. Form patties.

Mix everything together until well blended and form into patties.

**Cook's Tip: I usually get 8 or 9 out of 2 cans of salmon. You don't want to make them too large in diameter or thickness or they won't cook as quickly.

Formed patties on a plate.

Step 4. Fry salmon patties.

I like to lay the patties on a baking sheet or a plate and place it right beside the stove. These salmon patties don't take long to cook, so you'll want to have them ready to go before you start cooking. 

Pour oil into a large cast-iron skillet and heat on medium-high heat.

Place salmon patties in pan and fry about 3 minutes on each side, until well browned and crisp.

Frying salmon patties in a skillet.

Step 7. Drain and serve.

Drain the patties on a paper towel lined plate for a few minutes before serving. I like to add zing with a little red wine vinegar sprinkled on top, but the rest of my family is happy with just ketchup.

Sauce for salmon patties

Lots of people want to know if they should make a sauce for salmon patties. You certainly can, and I would recommend something like Comeback Sauce or a spicy Remoulade.

But honestly, our go-to sauce has always just been Heinz Ketchup. And I like malt vinegar too, although my husband does not.

But really, nothing fancy and no trouble.

No homemade ketchup. Just don't.

Can you freeze salmon patties?

You sure can! It's best to freeze the salmon patties before cooking so you won't lose the crispiness in the freezer.

  • Spread the salmon patties out on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for several hours until the patties are frozen.
  • Wrap the patties in plastic wrap and then place inside a large freezer bag.
  • When ready to use the frozen salmon patties, remove from freezer and allow to thaw then cook as described above.

Serving suggestions

I usually serve my Southern salmon patties with something simple, like my Stovetop Mac and Cheese, or just some Green Beans. And you can never go wrong with Old-Fashioned Fudge Pie for dessert!

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Salmon patties in a skillet frying.

Salmon Patties

Salmon patties are a delicious and economical way to feed your family.
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Course: Fish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make salmon patties, salmon patties, Southern salmon patties
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 137kcal
Author: Lucy Brewer

Ingredients

  • 2 14.75 oz. cans pink or red salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons Canola oil

Instructions

  • Drain salmon and pick out round backbones and larger pieces of skin.
  • Put salmon in a large bowl and add eggs, onion, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper. Mix together until well blended then form into patties. I usually get 8 or 9 out of 2 cans of salmon.
  • Pour oil into skillet and heat on medium-high heat. Place patties in pan and fry about 3 minutes on each side, until well browned and crisp.
  • Drain on paper towel lined plate for a few minutes before serving.

Video

Notes

Expert Tips for Making the Best Salmon Patties

  • Try to pick out the larger round bones and extra skin.
  • The bones are soft so if you miss some don't worry. They will blend in with the fish.
  • Salmon patties should be about three inches in diameter and not too thick to ensure even cooking.
  • Mix and form all patties before heating the oil or beginning the cooking process. 
  • Have your salad or sides ready so that you can serve the salmon patties immediately. 

How to Freeze Salmon Patties

  • Freeze before cooking.
  • Spread the salmon patties out on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for several hours until the salmon patties are frozen. 
  • Wrap the salmon patties in plastic wrap and then place inside a large freezer bag. 
  • When ready to use the frozen salmon patties, remove from freezer and allow to thaw then cook as described above. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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Update Notes: This post was originally published January 25, 2011, and on August 26, 2020, was updated with one or more of the following: step-by-step photos, video, updated recipe, new tips.

This post is part of my favorite Southern Foods at Home collection.

Recipe Rating




June Cross

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

I really enjoyed your salmon cake recipe,the patties stay together, my usual fall apart great recipe !!

Lucy Brewer

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Thank you, June! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! That's one of my family's favorites :)

Theresa

Monday 31st of January 2022

Grew up eating salmon patties! My mom used (as do I now) cornmeal and a little flour instead of bread crumbs but is the same. When we needed a quick supper on Friday night, (Catholic, you know) we would have salmon patties, fried eggs, biscuits and gravy. My favorite “breakfast” ever! Other times we had them with baked beans and cole slaw or salad. You cannot beat it!

Lucy Brewer

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Love it! I will have to try the cornmeal and flour for sure. Thank you!

Emma Ferrell

Sunday 30th of January 2022

I love them but my husband doesn't like the small in the house . I fix them when he is asleep.I place a rug at the bedroom door to keep out the smell of them cooking.I will have my salmon patties .With mashed potatoes a tomato and onion on the side .

Lucy Brewer

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

This is hilarious! Thank you for sharing!

Tracey

Friday 28th of January 2022

I haven't made them yet but I think I will have to add more seasoning. These sound very plain or bland. Then again it may be nice to make them quickly instead of 12 or 13 ingredients.

Lucy Brewer

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

I hope you enjoy! Thanks

James Badboy Baker

Thursday 11th of November 2021

Oh yeah baby... I like mine with gravy and biscuits like we use to have back in the 70s... Mmm mmm lil onion an sop it in some gravy and it's good good ...I mean sliced onion an on a biscuit.. I like mustard,or eat em straight with gravy over em... gonna make me some now...done made me hungry...I make mine big... I'm 6;2 and 325 lbs so I can eat.. Lol... Yummy in my tummy... peace ✌️ Salute...Thank you Jesus and Mother Mary...