Easy Fried Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

Diana Rattray

  • Total: 21 mins
  • Prep: 11 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
186 Calories
7g Fat
14g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 440mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 16g
Calcium 50mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

As we know, salmon is a healthy choice—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.

This is a very simple recipe for salmon patties that is perfect on a busy weeknight or when your pantry is wanting and you are due for a big trip to the supermarket.


  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • Replace the seasoned breadcrumbs with garlic- or Parmesan-flavored breadcrumbs.
  • Add a few tablespoons of finely chopped celery to the salmon mixture along with the onion.
  • Add approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of dried dill weed and a dash of garlic powder along with the salt and pepper to contribute another layer of flavor to these crispy salmon cakes.