Southern Salmon Patties are an inexpensive meal and an easy recipe to make. The canned recipe costs less than five dollars and is quick to get on the table. This Deep South dish is made with breadcrumbs and fries up fast.
My mom loved salmon patties. I remember her cooking them quite a bit as a kid. She’d whip them up lickety-split and have them on the table ready to go.
My husband requested southern salmon patties them the other night and I got a can of pink salmon and got to work.
I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen, so I made this recipe as easy as possible. With the exception of the canned salmon, I had all of the ingredients here at the house.
How to make salmon patties
Recipe and printable instructions listed below.
Drain the juice off the salmon can. I just used my hands and pressed against the salmon in the can as it drained off. Save the juice just in case the patties are a little dry after adding all of the ingredients.
Add the can of pink salmon to a bowl. There shouldn’t be any bones, but I did find a few small ones. I sort of squished the salmon between my fingers to find anything hard and removed it.
Add the chopped onions. I used my chopper for the onions. It’s a quick way to make them nice and small for the recipe.
Add the eggs.
How do you make salmon patties stick together?
Add the breadcrumbs.
You can use breadcrumbs, crushed Saltine crackers, or panko breadcrumbs.
Add the lemon juice.
Lemon juice helps get rid of some of the fish smell and adds a little flavor.
We live near the beach and decided to go for a walk near the marina last night. When we parked and stepped out of the car we were hit with that fish smell. Somehow the beach smells a lot prettier (unless it’s red tide), but the marina, not so much.
We need a big jar of lemon juice to pour in the marina – ha!
The lemon juice won’t totally take away the smell, but it will help. Burning a candle after you eat will help, too. It’s not always easy to get the fish smell out of the kitchen afterward. But, these salmon patties are worth it.
Add the salt and pepper.
Mix everything together well. I used my hands and that gave me a second chance to feel for any bones.
Shape the mixture into patties.
Note: If they seem too dry, add a little of the salmon juice back into the mixture and reshape.
Heat up some vegetable oil in a skillet.
I filled the skillet up with enough oil that it would cover half of the salmon patties.
I made my salmon patties kind of thick. It yielded about six large patties. But, you can certainly make them smaller.
My husband ate two patties and that was plenty. He ate one between two slices of bread and one without.
Tip: Add a side of mayo.
Fry the southern salmon patties until they are browned. Flip them over and fry the other side until they are browned.
How long do salmon patties take to cook?
IngredientsYield: 5-8 patties
- 1 - 14.75 oz. can pink salmon
- 1/2 onion (chopped)
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
Add vegetable oil to a skillet and preheat medium to medium-high. Add enough oil to cover half of the salmon patty.
- Drain the juice off the can of salmon. (Save in case the juice is needed later)
- Check for bones.
- Add the chopped onions, eggs, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
- Mix together and shape into patties.
- Fry in vegetable oil for approximately five minutes on each side, or until each side is browned.
- Place on a paper towel to soak up the grease.
Serving Size:1 patty
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g