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Best Salmon Patties

This Salmon Patty Recipe makes the Best Salmon Patties.   It’s a simple recipe that uses canned salmon   And the salmon patties are breaded and fried in butter which makes them above delicious.
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Salmon patties are a staple in the South that I grew up in.  My mom would make the best salmons patties and I love them.   I didn’t realize then of the health benefits of fish, that was the last thing on my mind.

Two of these patties contain more calcium than a glass of milk.   And if these salmon patties are served with wild and brown rice and steamed vegetables, it makes them a very healthy meal.    And this salmon patty recipe is a great go-to dinner when you have forgotten to thaw meat out that you have in your freezer.    We try to keep a couple of cans of pink salmon in the pantry for this awesome dish.

How to make The Best Salmon Patties:


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We start this Salmon Patty Recipe by opening a couple of cans of salmon and removing the skin pieces and most of the bones.    I know everyone tells me that the bones are cooked and can be crushed in the patty but I usually pull most of them out.

In a large bowl combine the salmon, eggs, 1 cup of the bread crumbs, onions, celery, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.    Scoop up 1/2 cup of the mixture and form into patties.


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Place each salmon patty on a parchment-lined sheet pan that is sprinkled with breadcrumbs.  Place the patty down and then turn them to coat both sides with the breadcrumbs.   This salmon patty recipe will make  8 patties.


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Heat the butter in a large skillet and fry 4 patties at a time until golden brown.     Serve garnished with lemon slices or wedges and sprinkles parsley or thyme.


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Best Salmon Patties

Canned salmon seasoned and made into patties and fried in butter 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Salmon Patties, Salmon Patty Recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Evelyn



  • Open the cans of salmon and remove the skins and most of the bones and drain off the juice.  
  • In a large bowl combine salmon, eggs, 1 cup of the breadcrumbs, green onions, celery, lemon juice, salt, and pepper
  • Sprinkle 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs onto a parchment lined sheet pan
  • Scoop up 1/2 cup of the fish mixture and form into a patty,  place patty on the pan and turn to coat both sides with breadcrumbs
  • Repeat  until 8 patties are made
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook 4 of the patties in 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil for 8-10 minutes until golden brown, turning once.
  • Serve garnished with lemon wedges and parsley or thyme, optional


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 682mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2.1mg

Recipe Rating

Judith Williams

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Can you freeze these patties?


Wednesday 7th of July 2021

I'm never tried to freeze them. But if you do please let us know how it works for you. Thank you


Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Hello! If using canned salmon without bones and skin, would you use three 5 oz. cans? I made it tonight with just two 5 oz. cans and it was tasty but didn't stick together quite as well as I'd hoped. Thanks for the recipe!


Monday 24th of May 2021

@Evelyn, Thanks so much for the response and information!


Sunday 23rd of May 2021

Yes, I used two 14 oz cans of salmon (without the bones and skins) for this recipe. So sorry yours didn't stick together like it should have.

Carol S.

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Oh! Yum! What a great recipe. Mom always made salmon loaf which we loved. I love everything crispy so I made patties for my family. My recipe is little different but I am making these for supper tonight. Love the idea of the lemon juice in them. I usually squeeze it on when I eat them. Thank you so much for this yummy recipe.


Thursday 15th of April 2021

You are so welcome and thank you for your kind comments. So glad you enjoyed this


Thursday 6th of August 2020

How long and at what temp could these be baked at? Curious to try it that way. These came out super good btw!


Sunday 16th of August 2020

I’ve always baked mine at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes depending on thickness of patty. Can’t wait to try this recipe this week.


Thursday 6th of August 2020

Thanks so much for you kind comment. I've never tried baking them but if you do please let us know.

Connie D

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I made these last night. I grew up eating these and loved my mom’s cooking but she never added a little lemon juice to hers. I loved it with the lemon juice added! Will definitely make these again!


Monday 3rd of August 2020

Oh, that makes my heart happy. I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for the sweet comments