Salmon Patties

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 8 reviews

Appetizers Fish and Seafood Main Dishes One Pan Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Salmon Patties are delicious and flavorful, made with cooked salmon, panko bread crumbs, and spiked with fresh green onions, lemon, and paprika. The patties are tender on the inside, and perfectly crispy on the outside. They can be used as an appetizer or as a main dish. 

We have already shared the recipe for our popular Shrimp Cakes. In this version, we decided to mix things up with salmon, which resulted in an even bigger hit with our family and guests. If you are a huge salmon fan like us, this recipe should be at the top of your list. Also, the nice part about this recipe is that you can use leftover salmon, canned, or fresh salmon.

Easy Homemade Salmon Patties Recipe

Salmon Patties (aka salmon cakes) are an easy way to make dinner, and will quickly become your favorite recipe to make. We make them few times a month, as they are healthy, tasty, and ready in less than 30 minutes. Every time we have our friends over, the most requested dish on the menu are these patties. We make them so often, that we always have some extra salmon in the freezer. In case we have spontaneous guests over, we better be prepared for their favorite dish!

Another reason to love them is that they can be very versatile. You can mix them with your favorite ingredients, or veggies, so the mix and match possibilities are endless. If you are a cheese lover, you can add some cheese into the mix. Also, if you enjoy a spicier kick, just add some jalapeño.

Serve them with your favorite dip, tartar sauce or just enjoy them as is. Whichever mix you prefer, they are guaranteed to be a huge hit. The patties always come out juicy, tender and very flavorful!

How long do salmon patties take to cook?

They are the perfect dish to cook when you have limited time. Once you have all the ingredients ready, they cook in about 10 minutes (5 minutes on each side). In a skillet, with some canola or vegetable oil, fry the patties for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until they have a nice golden color.

Once cooked, remove them from the skillet and place on a paper towel covered tray to rest for few minutes and absorb the oils. Serve with your favorite dip, tartar sauce or just enjoy them as is! They are also great served with buns, hamburger style.

How to make the best Salmon Patties?

Since we use fresh salmon, the first step would be to bake it prior to making the patties.

  • Place salmon skin-side down in a baking dish, and season with some salt and pepper. Brush with olive oil, and bake it for 10 minutes (uncovered) in the oven at 425˚F.
  • Once baked, discard the skin, and flake the fish with a fork. If it has any bones, remove them.
  • Next, add to it the rest of the ingredients, and mix them together using your hands.
  • Use an ice cream scoop for portioning, so each salmon patty is about the same size, and make it into patties.
  • In a skillet, heat some canola or vegetable oil. Place patties in the pan. Brown on each side for about 4-5 minutes, turning gently.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve.

Can I bake salmon cakes instead?

Absolutely. If you prefer baking the patties rather than frying, by all means, do so. Follow the same steps above prior to placing the patties into the skillet. Instead, preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and bake them for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven.

Turning them over after about 5 minutes of baking will ensure even and uniform baking.

Can I use canned salmon to make Salmon Patties?

Using canned salmon is a great alternative. It will also save you some time.

  • Drain and reserve liquid from canned salmon.
  • Next, add to it the rest of the ingredients, and mix them together using your hands.
  • Use an ice cream scoop for portioning so each patty is about the same size.
  • In a skillet, heat some canola or vegetable oil. Place patties in the pan. Brown on each side for about 4-5 minutes, turning gently.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve.

Can I use tuna instead of salmon?

While tuna might be a great substitution for this recipe, I would not recommend using it for this recipe. Tuna tends to have a stronger flavor, and also is leaner, which usually does not mesh well with other ingredients in this recipe.

What to serve with Salmon Patties?

The patties are great to serve with your favorite dip or tartar sauce. They will also go well with roasted potatoes, oven roasted bok choy, brussel sprouts, or corn casserole.

How long will the Salmon Patties last?

To better preserve them, it is best to refrigerate them after cooking. Use an airtight container and store them in the fridge for 2-3 days. To reheat, add a teaspoon of oil to your skillet and heat over medium-low for about 3 minutes on each side. Also, you could microwave them before serving.

Recipe Tips:

  • Fresh fish is best, but it can be substituted with leftover cooked salmon or canned salmon.
  • To save money, you can buy frozen salmon and defrost it. Read the labels carefully and choose wild-caught, raw salmon. Many times the fish is already cooked.
  • When cooking it, it’s better to undercook than overcook. I like to start checking a thicker piece like this after 15 minutes.
  • If you don’t like mayonnaise, you can try using full-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Green onion can be replaced with fresh dill, or you can use your favorite fresh herbs for the mix. Chives, basil, parsley, cilantro are great alternatives.
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5 from 8 reviews

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties are delicious and flavorful, made with cooked salmon, panko bread crumbs, and spiked with fresh green onions, lemon and paprika.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 40 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 130 Carbohydrates: 6 Protein: 9 Fat: 7 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 50 Sodium: 218 Potassium: 224 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 0 Vitamin A: 135 Vitamin C: 2.9 Calcium: 27 Iron: 0.9
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Amber Myers

Yum, I can see my family enjoying these. I'll have to make them for dinner one night. I'll show this to my mom too--she loves salmon.



My friend just bought a huge salmon from Costco I think she would love to make something like this. I will definitely be sharing this with her.



My family’s favorite meal is salmon patties and rice. Now I am going to have add this to the meal planning 


Terri Beavers

I make salmon patties one to two times a week (because the salmon helps with my chronic pain). I've never tried to make them like this though but I can't wait to try your recipe. I bet it would be great with the hot sauce.



I haven't had salmon patties before, but they look good! I think my husband would really like these.



My family would love these. I love making salmon patties paired with grits. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try. 



My son loves salmon patties. My mom used to make them all the time for him. Making them always reminds me of her.



These salmon patties look so good! I feel like I make the same meals a lot and this is one I have not made before, so I know it would be great to try something new for dinner. Thanks for the idea!



I love salmon patties. But I never made one. I always cook the store bought ones. I would love to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


Melissa Dixon

Wow this sounds amazing. I have never had them before but salmon patties sound perfect for me.


Laura Dove

Oh these sound delicious! I am only eating chicken and fish for the next few months due to food intolerances and looking for more fish dishes. YUM!


Farrah Less

This is so mouthwatering recipe I like salmon. We eat it at least once a week most of the time either I bake or grilled it with veggies, I would love to try this recipe this could be my favorite menu.


Terri Steffes

My husband grew up Catholic and his mom used to make salmon patties for Lent. He adores them. I need to surprise him with these goodies.


Cherri Megasko

Both my parents cooked, and one of my dad's signature dishes was his salmon patties. I have to say though, yours are much prettier and they look delicious!



This Salmon patties looks delicious, it is really hard to make Salmon tasty dish. I love this recipe. I am going to give it try.



how many servings does this make?


about 15 patties



Looking forward to trying this recipe for salmon cakes.  I make them a little different so this will be a change.



Thank you for this recipe!  I have made these three times now and we’re having them again tonight.  Delicious!  I was in search for a salmon patty recipe that doesn’t use canned salmon. I haven’t added the ginger yet because I never have it on hand and I only add a little bit of Tabasco.  I have never commented on a Pinterest recipe and I cook a lot.


I am so happy that you loved them!



Hi there! I would like to try these Salmon Patties! They look yummy! I have a small question though... can I freeze them? I would like to make a batch for my daughter and freeze them (Obviously I buy fresh salmon).. Do you think I can do that? Thanks x


Hi, yes!! They freeze very, very well!



The picture shows celery. It is not listed in the ingredients. Is that an omission?



Thank you for this recipe.....I made this tonight and we absolutely love it!! My husband doesn't like Salmon, but, he said he could eat this all the time....Thank you, great recipe!!



I thought at first that was a piece of celery too, but it’s actually scallion.


liz rollison

how many cans of salmon would you use for the salmon patties, doesn't state.


Because the salmon is not canned, it is fresh, and it says 1 lb. You can use the same amount of canned.



Can these be baked instead of fried? Thank you.


yes, they can!



Hello, I'm going to make these tonight. I wanted to know if I can bake them instead of frying them. Please let me know. :)


Yes, you totally can!


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