Salmon Patties {Salmon Cakes}

June 12, 2019

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Salmon Patties – perfectly crisp on the outside and deliciously tender and flaky on the inside! Made with fresh salmon instead of canned and full of flavor. A hearty salmon dinner that’s sure to impress!

Eight crispy salmon patties on a white serving platter. One is broken in half to show interior.

The Best Salmon Patties – AKA Salmon Cakes

Who can resist a freshly pan fried salmon patty? Perfectly golden brown and brimming with fresh flavor!

These aren’t as easy as some versions you may find with canned salmon but I’m telling you it is well worth the extra step of chopping up and using fresh salmon! There’s just no comparison.

These are perfectly seasoned with fresh herbs, lemon zest and dijon and they have just enough fat to keep them tender. And the panko bread crumbs, mayonnaise and egg yolks help hold it all together.

Then that final breading adds a tempting crunch, and frying in olive oil adds more flavor (plus it’s a healthier option).

If you love salmon be sure to try this recipe, it does not disappoint!

Two salmon patties on a white serving plate with a side of salad.

What Ingredients go into Salmon Patties?

  • Skinless salmon
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Fresh parsley
  • Green onions
  • Garlic
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Old bay seasoning
  • Egg yolk
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Ingredients needed to make salmon patties including mayonnaise, dijon mustard, panko, olive oil, green onions, parsley, salmon, lemon, egg yolk, garlic, old bay seasoning, salt and pepper.

How do You Make Salmon Patties?

  • Using a sharp knife coarsely chop salmon to a sausage like texture (approx. 1/4-inch pieces). This can also be done in a 3 batches in quick bursts in a food processor.

Finely diced salmon on a cutting board.

  • Mix seasoning and binding ingredients: in a large mixing bowl stir together 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs, parsley, green onions, garlic, mayonnaise, lemon zest, dijon mustard, old bay seasoning, egg yolk, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

Showing how to make salmon patties, mixing bread crumbs, herbs, seasoning and mayonnaise in a glass mixing bowl.

  • Mix in fresh salmon: add salmon then toss well to evenly coat with mixture.

Showing what finished salmon patty mixture should look like.

  • Divide mixture: scoop mixture 1/3 cup at a time creating 8 equal portions.

Salmon patty mixture divided into eight equal portions.

  • Coat in bread crumbs: pour remaining 3/4 cup panko into a shallow dish.
  • Press and shape portions into 3-inch patties.
  • Coat both sides of salmon patties in bread crumbs (lightly press to help it stick).

Salmon patty dredged in panko in a small rectangular glass dish.

How do You Cook Salmon Patties?

  • Preheat oil in pan: pour 3 Tbsp olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet.
  • Fry each patty until golden brown: add four salmon patties (if needed carefully tilt pan for oil to run under salmon if it isn’t already).
  • Let fry until golden brown on bottom, about 2 minutes.
  • Carefully flip and continue to cook until second side is golden brown and patties are just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.
  • Repeat: transfer to paper towels to soak up excess oil then repeat process with remaining four salmon patties.

Salmon patties frying in oil in a skillet.

Why Use Fresh Salmon Instead of Canned or Leftover?

  • In my humble opinion I say why would we cook salmon twice? If you use canned or pre-cooked salmon then you’ll end up with overcooked salmon that’s not as tender and flaky. This method gives the perfect end result.
  • Update: I’ve had several readers mention they used canned salmon and it worked out well, so just use what you prefer :).

What Sauce Should I Serve On Them?

These are so good they really don’t need anything extra but if you prefer you can try them with one of these:

  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Dill sauce
  • Tzatziki or other Greek yogurt sauce
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Mustard sauce (mix 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup mayo, 1 Tbsp lemon, 1 1/2 Tbsp dijon and 2 tsp fresh dill)
  • Tartar Sauce
  • Remoulade sauce
  • Mashed or sliced avocado

Overhead image of eight salmon cakes on a serving platter.

What Sides to Serve with Salmon Patties?

More Salmon Favorites to Try:

Salmon Patties

5 from 13 votes

Perfectly crisp on the outside and deliciously tender and flaky on the inside! Made with fresh salmon instead of canned and full of flavor. A tempting salmon dinner that's sure to impress!

Plan on 1 - 2 patties per person depending on how much people love salmon, nutrition estimate is per patty.

Servings: 8 patties
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs skinless salmon
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs, divided
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 green onions, chopped (1/3 cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (1 tsp)
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Using a sharp knife coarsely chop salmon to a sausage like texture (approx. 1/4-inch pieces). This can also be done in a 3 batches in quick bursts in a food processor.

  2. In a large mixing bowl stir together 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs, parsley, green onions, garlic, mayonnaise, lemon zest, dijon mustard, old bay seasoning, egg yolk, 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) and 1/4 tsp pepper.

  3. Add salmon then toss well to evenly coat with mixture. Scoop mixture 1/3 cup at a time creating 8 equal portions.

  4. Pour remaining 3/4 cup panko into a shallow dish. Press and shape portions into 3-inch patties.

  5. Pour 3 Tbsp oil into a large non-stick skillet. Add four salmon patties (if needed carefully tilt pan for oil to run under salmon if it isn't already). Let fry until golden brown on bottom, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip and continue to cook until second side is golden brown and patties are just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.

  6. Let drain on paper towels then repeat with repeat process with remaining four salmon patties. Serve warm with lemon wedges for spritzing over.

Recipe Notes

  • Update: I've had several readers mention that canned salmon worked well for them so just use whichever you prefer. Thanks for the feedback!
  • Recipe inspired by ATK
Nutrition Facts
Salmon Patties
Amount Per Serving
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 365mg10%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salmon Patties
Author: Jaclyn

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38 Comments

  • fred

    Hi, I am making the patties now. I choose to click on and increase to 12 patties. I was following the instructions but I thought the mixture was too wet. When I rechecked the recipe I noticed that the ingredient portions had increased but instructions which I was following had not changed with regard to the amount of breadcrumbs. The portions also remained at 8.
    Please take this comment as a heads up and not a complaint.
    I am looking forward to eating them!.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m sorry, what method are you using to multiply the recipe?

  • Tara Perez

    If I could give it more stars I would!! My step daughter was so mad I was making fish for dinner and said she would not eat it. Guess who REQUESTED that I make this again lol. I have not made a single recipe of yours that I did not absolutely love!! You have made me love the art of cooking and my husband is no longer afraid of eating what I cook lol. I have meant to leave a review for quite awhile but I am just now getting around to it. Thank you so much for sharing your skills and recipes. YOU are AMAZING!!!! The first recipe I made was your Lemon Chicken Picatta and it is a favorite around here! Anytime I want to make something I check your site for the recipe!! It has not failed me yet!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks for the kind words Tara! I’m so glad to know you’ve been enjoying my recipes!

  • JeanneL

    Question: I have some leftover cooked fresh salmon. I am assuming I can use this instead of raw fresh salmon seeing that others used canned salmon.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I haven’t tested that but I’m assuming if canned cooked salmon works then yes leftover cooked salmon should work fine too.

      • Jeanne Lawson

        They came out great with the leftover salmon. Next time I will try with fresh salmon to see the difference. I made a mayonnaise based sauce with lime juice and Asian garlic chili sauce. Perfect.

  • Karen

    I forgot to say that I used starkist salmon in the pink packets. They turned out great

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve updated to include the use of canned salmon as well :).

  • Karen

    I made these awesome salmon patties for dinner tonight. Oh my goodness, they are crispy and so moist and the taste is out of this world! Mmmmmm I didn’t have enough salmon so they had to be handled with care until you cooked them but they turned out great. My hubby said I’ve been eating salmon patties all my life and I’ve never had any like this. We will definitely make this again.

  • Reyna R.

    I didn’t know what to make for dinner but had some salmon fillets in the freezer. I looked through your salmon recipes and picked this one. Luckily I had all the ingredients except the fresh parsley so I used dried parsley instead. The patties were so flavorful! I paired it with steamed rice and stir fry vegetables (also from the freezer) :) Yummy!!