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Salmon Patties

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Salmon Patties are a delicious recipe made with canned pink salmon plus a few other simple ingredients. They are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Flavorful and easy to make!

salmon patties in large white bowl with striped napkin and fork

Growing up having salmon patties for breakfast was perfectly normal. Especially on the weekend paired with some fried apples, scrambled eggs, and homemade biscuits. It was definitely one of my favorites. They are so filling, comforting, and delicious.

The salmon patties are also known as easy salmon croquettes and they are simple to make and require canned salmon. If you are not familiar with canned salmon, then you should easily be able to find it in the same aisle/section with tuna and sardines in the grocery store.

What ingredients for this old fashioned salmon patties recipe?

ingredients for salmon patties

  1. Canned pink salmon
  2. Onion
  3. Parsley
  4. Black pepper
  5. Salt
  6. Lemon juice
  7. Egg
  8. Plain bread crumbs

Do you have to take the bones out of canned salmon?

No, that is not necessary. Add the canned salmon into the mixing bowl first and use a fork to mash the salmon and the bones into small pieces.

How to Make Southern Salmon Patties:

Drain the can of pink salmon and in a small bowl. Mash and stir the salmon with a fork into small pieces.

canned salmon in a mixing bowl with fork

Mix in the chopped onion, parsley, salt, ground black pepper, and lemon juice. Stir until combined.

chopped onion and lemon juice added to salmon patty mixture

Mix in large egg until completely the mixture had been completely combined and sticky.

hand adding egg to white mixing bowl with salmon patty mixture with fork salmon patty mixture in a white mixing bowl with fork Stir in the plain bread crumbs.

bread crumbs added to white mixing bowl

Form salmon patties into round circles of your desired size and add to pre-heated lightly oiled skillet.

Oil added to a cast iron skillet four salmon patties in a cast iron skillet

Once the patties have browned on one side in about 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the salmon patties over onto the other side once and continue cooking.

four salmon patties cooking in a cast iron skillet

Serve immediately while still warm and store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

close up side view salmon patties in white bowl

How do you keep my salmon patties from falling apart?

Before cooking the patties if you find that the mixture is not sticking together to form the salmon patties, it is due to the mixture being too dry. This process is similar to making meatloaf and you may need to add in an additional amount of lemon juice. Be sure to add in a little at a time until the mixture binds together to form the patties. You may also add in half of the bread crumbs at a time and if you find that you can use less, that is perfectly fine.

Tips to make the best easy salmon patties:

  • If the mixture is too wet add additional bread crumbs a little at a time.
  • If the mixture is too dry add a small amount of additional lemon juice.
  • Press the mixture together to form the salmon patty to your desired size. The thicker the patty the more time it may need to cook.
  • You may need to add a small amount of additional vegetable oil into the skillet while cooking the patties.
  • Serve with a dollop of fruit preserves for a sweet and savory combination.
close up side view batch of cooked salmon patties in a white bowl

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties are a delicious recipe made with canned pink salmon plus a few other simple ingredients. They are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Flavorful and easy to make!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon patties
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 99kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 14 3/4 ounce can pink salmon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh or dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large  egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, or any you prefer

Instructions

  • Drain the can of pink salmon and in small bowl mash and stir salmon with a fork into small pieces.
  • Add in chopped onion, parsley, salt, ground black pepper, and lemon juice. Stir until fully combined.
  • Stir in large egg until completely mixed and the mixture is sticky.
  • Add in bread crumbs and stir to combine.
  • Form the salmon patties into round circles of your desired size. Add the oil into a large skillet. Heat over medium-high heat. Once the oil is warmed, add the salmon patties.
  • Cook on one side 3 to 5 minutes until browned, depending on how thick the patties are. Flip the salmon patties and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully remove from the pan and serve warm.

Notes

Tips to make the best easy salmon patties:

  • If the mixture is too wet add additional bread crumbs a little at a time.
  • If the mixture is too dry add a small amount of additional lemon juice.
  • Press the mixture together to form the salmon patty to your desired size. The thicker the patty the more time it may need to cook.
  • You may need to add a small amount of additional vegetable oil into the skillet while cooking the patties.
  • Serve with a dollop of fruit preserves for a sweet and savory combination. 

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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single salmon patty on white plate topped with preserves and a fork on the side

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