Salmon Patties 101

Fran Miller


First off, what's up with the spelling of salmon? Why do we need that silent L? That always confused me as a child, but delights me as an adult. I suspect the fish could care less.

I grew up eating salmon patties served with buttered potatoes and salad with homemade viniagrette, all served on the same plate. I still love that taste combination!

This is a basic recipe with some ideas for variations. Mom used cracker crumbs, while I switched to oatmeal, which also sneaks in some fiber. Play around with your spices and make this recipe your own! =^..^=


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4-6 servings, depending on size
5 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


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cooking oil or crisco, if frying
cooking spray, optional
1 can(s)
1/2 c
cracker crumbs, bread crumbs, or uncooked oatmeal
salt and/or pepper, to taste
fresh lemons or lemon juice, optional


chopped onion
finely chopped green pepper
prepared horseradish
parsley, dill, paprika, or other spices
a little
worcestershire sauce or hot sauce

How to Make Salmon Patties 101


  • 1If you're going to fry the salmon patties, put a small amount of cooking oil or Crisco in the bottom of a frying pan & set it on the heat. Healthy types can pan fry using cooking spray or broil in the oven. Whichever you're doing, prep it now.
  • 2Drain liquid from the salmon and put into a medium mixing bowl. Decide about the bones, which are totally edible & a good source of calcium. Toss them or crumble them up? Your call.
  • 3Add the egg and whatever spices or other options you like.
  • 4Toss in the cracker crumbs (or other filling of choice). Mix together well. (OK, I admit that I use my hands to mix this up, but use a spoon, if it makes you happy.)
  • 5Form into 4 to 6 patties and place into your prepared cooking pan. Frying takes 3 or 4 minutes per side, depending on the oil and/or pan temperature. Broiling might take a little less. (CHECK sooner!)
  • 6In our family, we serve salmon patties with (lots of) lemon juice. Feel free to be a rebel and serve them with ketchup, cocktail sauce, and/or tartar sauce, too. =^..^=
  • 7ANOTHER OPTION: Salmon Loaf

    Make the mixture a little stiffer with more filler, then press into a loaf pan (already misted with cooking spray). Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 40-45 minutes. Remove from oven & allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with lemon or check out Direction #6 above.

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About Salmon Patties 101

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #salmon, #loaf

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