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How To Make Salmon Patties

Southern Salmon Patties are an inexpensive meal and an easy recipe to make, so would you believe the recipe costs less than five dollars? Plus, it is quick to get on the table. This Deep South salmon patty recipe is made with breadcrumbs and fries up fast. 

Salmon patties

My mom loved salmon patties (also known as a salmon cake recipe) and as a matter of fact, 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 the other night and I got a can of pink salmon from Aldi’s grocery store and got to work. 

Furthermore, 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, which helped make it a very inexpensive meal. 


How to make salmon patties

  • Drain the juice out of the salmon patty can (reserve in case it is needed)
  • Check for bones. But, you can also leave them in, if you’d like. They are soft. 
  • Add onion, breadcrumbs, eggs, lemon, and salt and pepper and mix together.
  • Shape into patties.
  • Fry in vegetable oil for approximately five minutes on each side. 


Recipe and printable instructions listed below.


Onions go great with salmon for many different types of dishes.

Get started with the recipe

Firstly, drain the juice off of the salmon can. I just used my hands and pressed against the salmon in the can as it drained off, so be sure to 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. At this point, it’s going to be rare if you find any hard bones. They’ve been in the can so long that they will be soft–and it’s ok to leave them in. 

A friend of mine said she always picked out the bones and ate them when she was a little girl while her mom was preparing the meal. 

Secondly, 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. 


Eggs, onions, and salmon, and breadcrumbs are an easy family meal.

Thirdly, add the eggs. 


How do you make salmon patties stick together?

  • Drain the liquid off of the can of pink salmon.
  • Add breadcrumbs, panko, or crushed Saltine crackers to the salmon, along with eggs. This will help the salmon patties stick together. 
  • If the patties are too dry, add a little bit of salmon juice back into the mixture. 
  • Shape the Southern Salmon Patties in your hands to fry or bake. 


Breadcrumbs are a great way to hold the salmon patties together. The Southern dish is a favorite in the south.

Fourthly, add the breadcrumbs.

You can use breadcrumbs, crushed Saltine crackers, or panko breadcrumbs. 


Lemon juice helps get rid of some of the fish smell. Salmon patties are great with a side of mayo.

Fifthly, add the lemon juice. 

Lemon juice helps get rid of some of the fish smell and adds a little flavor to the Southern salmon Patties recipe.

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 easy salmon patties are worth it. 


Add salt and pepper to season the salmon patties.

Finally, add the salt and pepper. 

Mix everything together well. I used my hands, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty with this recipe. 

Shape the mixture into patties. 

Note: If they seem too dry, add a little of the salmon juice back into the mixture and reshape. 


This is the best salmon patty recipe. This is an easy salmon patty recipe.

Heat up some vegetable oil in a skillet. 

I filled the skillet up with enough oil that it would cover half of the patties. 

I made my fried 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 and loved it both ways. 

Tip: Add a side of mayo to the Southern Salmon Patties for some extra flavor.


Southern salmon patties are great with mayo. This is the best salmon patty recipe.

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?

  • Once shaped, salmon patties generally take about ten minutes to fry. The patties can be fried for approximately five minutes on each side until the patties are browned.


Southern salmon patties are a great meal. These are the best salmon patties. Southern salmon patties with mayo is a wonderful dinner.

What do you eat with salmon patties?

Add a side of moist Jiffy Cornbread to your table along with the Southern Salmon Patties, as well as some Crock Pot corn on the cob and oven baked potato wedges


How to make salmon patties: prepare the salmon patties and fry in oil.


Yield: 5-8 patties

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

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. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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.

  1. Drain the juice off the can of salmon. (Save in case the juice is needed later)
  2. Check for bones.
  3. Add the chopped onions, eggs, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
  4. Mix together and shape into patties.
  5. Fry in vegetable oil for approximately five minutes on each side, or until each side is browned.
  6. Place on a paper towel to soak up the grease.

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Nutrition Information:


8 patties

Serving Size:

1 patty

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 552mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0.6gSugar: 1gProtein: 14g
Nutrition is approximate.
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Wednesday 8th of August 2018

I basically make salmon patties as your recipe but, with the addition of a bit of baking powder ! I know sounds weird but, makes the patties raise a bit and they are fluffier.

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Hi Betty!

It's always great to hear how others make recipes. Thanks for sharing and I'll have to try that sometime!

Leo Cupp

Monday 6th of August 2018

to take these to the next level add a bit of Tarragon to the mixture

Julie Pollitt

Monday 6th of August 2018

I will have to try that! Sounds good!

Beulah Starr

Monday 6th of August 2018

I make my salmon patties with instant potato flakes instead of bread crumbs, got the recipe off back of Crisco can many years ago, they are really good, plus add about 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed when mixing them.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 6th of August 2018

That sounds really good. I love dill weed! Crisco has so many good recipes!


Monday 6th of August 2018

Growing up my grandparents called these salmon croquettes. My grandfather taught me to eat them with a cap full of vinegar on each one followed up by pouring Brer Rabbit syrup over them. We always had french fries and hot buttered biscuits with it. My grandmother only put crushed saltine crackers, eggs, milk, salt and pepper. I was taught to leaves the bones in and always enjoyed the crunch of them LOL! Just made some the other day, still love them as do my kiddos, even though they prefer ketchup ;)

Julie Pollitt

Monday 6th of August 2018

Ha! My kids prefer ketchup, too!

I think vinegar would taste good on them. We'll have to try it next time. And hot buttered biscuits with salmon patties...oh yum! Bones are good for you, too!

Thanks for sharing!


Monday 6th of August 2018

My grandmother, who lived with us, made Salmon Patties for us kids just exactly like yours but without the Lemon Juice. So Delicious and really fairly healthy in trying to get us kids to eat "Real Food." I now make these for myself but because I'm older with several health issues, I prepare them with a little more of the Salmon Juice from the can. They are a little "wetter" and more difficult to keep them in form. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with Non-Stick Spray. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes on each side. Then put them under Broil for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until "Golden Brown." They are almost as good but without all the oil! I really like yours much, much better!!!!!! Many thanks for your post!

Julie Pollitt

Monday 6th of August 2018

Hi Major! Thanks so much for sharing the way you make your salmon patties. I will have to try it in the oven and with more of the salmon juice. Thanks for sharing your memories, too!