For Something a Little Different Try These Easy Fried Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties
Salmon Patties. Photo: Diana Rattray
Ratings (42)
  • Total: 21 mins
  • Prep: 11 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Serves 3 to 4 (3-4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
186 Calories
7g Fat
14g Carbs
16g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

As we know, salmon is very good for you—it is full of omega-3 fatty acids, is high in protein, and provides a full day's requirement of Vitamin D—and is a food we should try to eat more often. A nice change of pace from salmon fillet is a salmon patty, a crispy cake full of flavor. 

There are many recipes for salmon patties (also called cakes or croquettes); this version gets its flavor from diced onion and Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, which also contribute a bit of crunch; an egg helps bind the salmon mixture together. These patties can be served as is with a squeeze of lemon, drizzled with a sauce, or placed atop half of a roll as an open-faced sandwich.


  • 1 (7-ounce) can salmon
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons oil for frying

Steps to Make It

  1. Remove skin and bones from salmon; flake and drain well.

  2. In mixing bowl, combine the salmon with egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and onion.

  3. Make into patties about 2 inches in diameter.

  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the salmon patties for about 8 to 10 minutes, turning once to brown both sides.

  5. Sprinkle the salmon patties lightly with salt before serving.

Tips and Variations

This is a very simple recipe for salmon patties that is perfect on a busy weeknight or when you are due for a big trip to the supermarket. But it is also a great base for adding or changing ingredients to offer a variety of flavors, textures, and colors. You can start simple and replace the seasoned breadcrumbs with garlic- or Parmesan-flavored breadcrumbs if you'd like. Or add a few tablespoons of finely chopped celery to the salmon mixture along with the onion. About 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of dried dill weed and a dash of garlic powder along with the salt and pepper will contribute another layer of flavor to these crispy salmon cakes.

These salmon patties can be served in a variety of ways. Place atop a tossed salad or alongside a scoop of coleslaw for a filling lunch. Or make them part of a hearty meal and serve with scalloped potatoes or macaroni and cheese. English peas make a tasty side dish or serve them with your family's favorite vegetables. 

The crispy exterior is perfect served with lemon wedges or a cooling sauce, like a quick cucumber sauce. To make, combine 1/2 cup of sour cream with 1/2 to 3/4 cup of chopped cucumber, 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill weed, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a dash of onion powder.