Salmon Fritters

salmon fritter
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings

There are several health benefits to eating salmon, as it is rich in heart-healthy nutrients and other vitamins and minerals. Want a new way to enjoy salmon? Try this recipe for salmon fritters. They are tasty and relatively easy to make -- plus, they offer another way to get salmon into your diet. 

These salmon fritters are fried, which does add some fat content compared to eating grilled salmon. But if you make or eat these in moderation, it is healthier than eating them all the time. 

See the tips below the recipe for ways to keep your fritters lower in fat and healthier.


  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) pink salmon
  • 3 eggs (separated)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Remove the skin and bones from salmon and mash it up. (This recipe uses a canned salmon.)

  2. Beat egg yolks until light and thickened. Next, beat in the flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, and salmon.

  3. Beat egg whites in another bowl until they are stiff. Fold egg whites into the first mixture, combining everything into one.

  4. Drop by tablespoon into hot (about 370 F) fat or oil. Fry salmon fritters until they are nicely browned.

  5. Serve these tasty salmon fritters with tartar sauce, a remoulade sauce or cocktail sauce.

Salmon Fritters Made Healthy

There are a few ways to make the fritters a little more healthy. From choosing a heart-healthy oil so you consume good fats to draining off excess oil, you can make them a tad healthier with a few modifications.

  • Choose a heart-healthy oil such as canola, olive, peanut, or flaxseed oil. You want to check the smoke points so the oil holds up well because you will be frying at a high temperature.

  • Remove crumbs. As you fry the fritters, pieces may come off, burn and taint the flavor of fritters you make later on. Use a slotted spoon to remove debris that comes off during the frying process.

  • Check the temp. Use a frying thermometer to ensure that your oil is at the right temperature. 

  • Make a healthy breading. Choose a batter that uses carbonated beverages or leavenings to discourage too much oil from being absorbed and then use the oil more for heating purposes.

  • Let them sit. Upon frying and removing from the pan, place the fritters on a paper towel. This can help prevent excess oil -- and fat -- from soaking into the fritter. 

More Salmon Recipes

Want to try a few more recipes for salmon? These give you some different alternatives so you can keep the fish a regular staple in your healthy diet.