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 salmon, or fresh salmon.

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

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 salmon 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?

Salmon patties 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.

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Salmon Patties

How to make easy Salmon Patties?

Since we use fresh salmon, the first step would be to bake the salmon 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 salmon with a fork. If it has any bones, remove them.
  • Next, add to the salmon the rest of 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 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 the salmon patties 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 the salmon the rest of 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 into patties.
  • In a skillet, heat some canola or vegetable oil. Place patties in 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.

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Salmon Patties

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, 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.

Salmon Patties Recipe Tips:

  • Fresh salmon 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 salmon is already cooked.
  • When cooking salmon, its better to under cook 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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Salmon Patties

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

Ingredients

  • 1 lb salmon cooked and flaked
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs plain
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper or to taste
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon hot sauce optional
  • zest of one lemon
  • Canola or vegetable oil to cook the patties

Instructions

  1. Place salmon skin-side down in a lightly greased baking sheet, and season with some salt and pepper. Brush with olive oil, and bake it for 10 minutes (uncovered) in the oven at 425˚F.

  2. Once baked, discard the skin, and flake the salmon with a fork. If it has any bones, remove them.
  3. Next, add to the salmon the rest of ingredients, and mix them together using your hands.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop for portioning so each salmon patty is about the same size, and make into patties.
  5. In a skillet, add some canola or vegetable oil, about 1 inch from the surface. Once the oil is sizzling, add the patties to the pan. Cook on each side for about 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown, turning gently.

  6. Drain on paper towels and serve.
Calories: 130, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 218mg, Potassium: 224mg, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 9g, Vitamin A: 2.7%, Vitamin C: 3.5%, Calcium: 2.7%, Iron: 5%

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