Canned Salmon Patties Recipe

Canned salmon patties are patties or cakes made from salmon and other ingredients that are pan-fried or baked till golden brown and crispy.

Many cultures serve Salmon Patties as a major dish or as sandwiches, salads, or wraps. Canned salmon patties usually contain salmon, breadcrumbs or other binders, eggs, herbs, spices, and onions. To customize patties to individual tastes, add vegetables, cheese, or sauces.

How to Make Canned Salmon Patties

I adore this recipe’s versatility. These salmon patties are my go-to for hosting, meal preparation, or a quick and fulfilling meal. They also require few ingredients and little preparation. These patties even won even seafood skeptics!

Last weekend, I hosted a summer BBQ party, and these patties were a huge hit among my guests. They couldn’t get enough of the crispy exterior and moist, flavorful interior. Even my friend who claims to not like fish couldn’t resist these patties!

These salmon patties changed my weekly meal prep. I shaped and refrigerated patties for weeknight cooking. They were great for a quick lunch or dinner, and I felt comfortable about eating canned salmon.

Canned salmon patties are delicious, flexible, and easy to create. I’ll walk you through making these patties, answer some common queries, and offer some ideas and tweaks to customize the recipe.

Salmon Patties Ingredients You’ll Need

To make these scrumptious Canned Salmon Patties, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 can of salmon (14-16 ounces): Look for canned salmon that’s boneless and skinless for ease of use. You can use pink or red salmon, depending on your preference and availability.
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs: Choose plain breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs for a crispy texture. You can use regular or gluten-free breadcrumbs, depending on your dietary needs.
  • 2 large eggs: Eggs act as a binder and help hold the patties together. You’ll need two large eggs to ensure the patties have the right consistency.
  • 1/4 cup diced onion: Finely chop a small onion to add flavor and texture to the patties. You can use yellow, white, or red onion, depending on your preference.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley: Fresh parsley adds a burst of flavor and freshness to the patties. You can use other herbs such as dill, cilantro, or chives, depending on your taste preferences.
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard: Dijon mustard adds a tangy kick and helps enhance the overall flavor of the patties. You can use other types of mustard as a substitute, but Dijon mustard is recommended for the best results.
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder: Garlic powder adds a hint of savory flavor to the patties. You can use fresh minced garlic as a substitute if you prefer a stronger garlic taste.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper: These basic seasonings help to enhance the flavors of the patties. You can adjust the amount of salt and pepper to suit your taste preferences.
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (for frying) or cooking spray (for baking): You’ll need oil or cooking spray to cook the patties. Vegetable oil is recommended for pan-frying while cooking spray is ideal for baking.

Step by Step instructions to Make Salmon Patties

Step 1: Prepare the Salmon

The first step in making Canned Salmon Patties is to prepare the salmon. Start by draining the canned salmon and removing any excess liquid.

Then, transfer the salmon to a large mixing bowl and use a fork to flake the salmon into small pieces. Be sure to remove any bones or skin that may be present in the canned salmon.

Flaking the salmon ensures that it’s evenly distributed in the past mixture and helps to create a desirable texture in the patties.

Step 2: Add the Ingredients

Once you have prepared the salmon, it’s time to add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl.

Add the breadcrumbs, diced onion, chopped fresh parsley, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper to the bowl with the salmon.

These ingredients will add flavor, texture, and moisture to the patties, creating a delicious and well-balanced dish.

Step 3: Mix Well

Using a spatula or your hands, gently mix all the ingredients in the bowl until well combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in dense patties.

The mixture should hold together when pressed, but still, be slightly loose. If the mixture seems too dry, you can add a little more Dijon mustard or a splash of water to moisten it.

Conversely, if it’s too wet, you can add a bit more breadcrumbs to absorb the excess moisture.

Step 4: Shape into Patties

Once the mixture is well-mixed, it’s time to shape it into patties. Take about 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time and form it into a round patty, approximately 3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick.

You can adjust the size of the patties according to your preference. Repeat the process with the remaining mixture, forming 6-8 patties in total.

Place the patties on a plate or a tray, and if possible, refrigerate them for about 30 minutes to help them firm up before cooking.

Step 5: Choose Your Cooking Method

You have two options for cooking your canned salmon patties – pan-frying or baking. Pan-frying will give you a crispy exterior and a moist interior, while baking is a healthier option that requires less oil. Choose the method that best suits your taste preferences and dietary needs.

  • Pan-Frying Method:

To pan-fry the patties, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan, about 1/4 inch deep.

Once the oil is hot, carefully add the patties to the pan, leaving some space between them. Cook the patties for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and crispy.

pan frying Salmon Patties
pan frying Salmon Patties

Use a spatula to flip the patties gently, being careful not to break them. Once cooked, transfer the patties to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess oil.

  • Baking Method:

To bake the patties, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the patties on the prepared baking sheet and lightly coat them with cooking spray.

Bake the patties in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, flipping them halfway through, until they are golden brown and cooked through.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy!

Once your canned salmon patties are cooked to perfection, it’s time to serve and enjoy them!

You can serve them as a main course with your favorite side dishes, such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a simple salad.

They also make great sandwiches or wraps when placed on a bun or wrapped in lettuce with some fresh veggies and a dollop of tartar sauce or mayo.

Garnish with some extra fresh parsley or a squeeze of lemon juice for added freshness.

Variations to Customize Your Canned Salmon Patties

Asian-inspired Salmon Patties

Add soy sauce, sesame oil, minced ginger, garlic, and green onions for an Asian flavour. Panko breadcrumbs with sesame seeds add crispness to the burgers.

Mediterranean Salmon Patties

Add chopped kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, and fresh herbs like parsley, dill, and oregano for a Mediterranean flavour. Serve the patties with Greek salad and tzatziki sauce for a Mediterranean dinner.

Spicy Cajun Salmon Patties

Add diced bell peppers, jalapenos, and Cajun seasoning for a kick. Southern-style burgers with remoulade sauce and cabbage.

Lemon Dill Salmon Patties

Add freshly grated lemon zest and chopped fresh dill for a zesty kick. For a light supper, serve the patties with roasted veggies and lemon-dill aioli.

Southwest Salmon Patties

Add cumin, paprika, chili powder, diced red onions, canned black beans, corn, and chopped cilantro for a southwestern flavor. Serve the patties with avocado salsa and chipotle mayo for a flavorful feast.

Greek-inspired Salmon Patties

Add crumbled feta cheese, chopped kalamata olives, and minced garlic for a Mediterranean flavor. Serve the patties with Greek salad and creamy tzatziki sauce for a healthy and delicious supper.

Cheesy Salmon Patties

Add shredded cheddar or parmesan cheese for added enjoyment. Melted cheese will make the patties savory and gooey. Serve with creamy macaroni and cheese or cheesy spinach dip for a delicious supper.

Serving Homemade Salmon Patties

I like to serve these tasty Patties on a bed of crisp lettuce. I adore the contrast between the warm, crispy patties and the chilly, crunchy greens. I put lettuce on a platter and add patties. I then drizzle tart lemon-dill aioli over the patties, which brightens the salmon’s rich, savory flavor.

Serving salmon patties as sliders is another favorite. I form the ingredients into little patties and cook them till golden brown. I then put them in mini burger buns and add lettuce, tomatoes, and chipotle mayo for a spicy bite. These sliders are ideal for a casual gathering or a party snack, and my guests love them.

I serve salmon patties with steamed vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes for a heartier supper. Steamed veggies and creamy potatoes balance the salmon patties’ richness. To add color and taste, I top the patties with chopped fresh herbs like dill or parsley.

I sometimes serve salmon patties over mixed grains like quinoa, brown rice, or couscous for a lighter meal. I mix the grains with lemon juice, olive oil, and chopped fresh herbs before adding the patties. This is a hearty, nutritious meal for lunch or dinner and meal prep.

If I’m hosting a brunch or breakfast, I prefer to serve salmon patties with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. The salmon is complemented by the acidic and silky hollandaise sauce and the creamy yolk from the poached eggs. I put the patties on a platter, top them with poached eggs, then sprinkle hollandaise sauce on top. It’s a luxurious and wonderful way to start the day!

Finally, for a quick and easy meal, I occasionally offer salmon patties in a wrap or sandwich. I put a cooked patty in a tortilla or between slices of bread and add lettuce, tomatoes, and tartar sauce or aioli. It’s perfect for a picnic or a quick lunch.

Storing and Reheating Salmon Patties

Store salmon patties at room temperature after cooking. Then seal them in an airtight container or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 3-4 days. Uncooked salmon patties can be refrigerated for 24 hours before cooking.

Reheating leftover salmon patties:

Oven: Preheat to 350°F (175°C). Place leftover salmon patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10–12 minutes, flipping halfway, until cooked and crispy.

Stovetop: Heat a non-stick skillet with butter or oil over medium heat. Heat the leftover salmon patties in the skillet for 3–4 minutes per side until golden brown.

Air fryer: Preheat to 350°F (175°C). Put the leftover salmon patties in the air fryer basket and cook for 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway, until heated through and crispy.

Note: The exact time needed for reheating may vary depending on the thickness of your patties and the cooking equipment you’re using, so be sure to keep an eye on them to avoid overcooking.

Can I use fresh salmon instead of canned salmon?

Yes, you can use fresh salmon instead of canned salmon to make salmon patties. Simply cook the fresh salmon fillets, remove the skin and bones, and flake the salmon into small pieces. You may need to adjust the seasoning and binding ingredients accordingly.

Salmon Patties Recipe

Canned Salmon Patties Recipe

Craving seafood? Make my delicious canned salmon patties. These patties are made with flaky fish, breadcrumbs, eggs, and seasonings. Pan-fry or bake them till crispy and juicy.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 232 kcal


  • 1 can of salmon 14-16 ounces
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil for frying or cooking spray (for baking)


  • Prepare the salmon: Drain the canned salmon and flake it into small pieces in a mixing bowl, removing any bones or skin.
  • Add the ingredients: Add breadcrumbs, diced onion, chopped parsley, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper to the bowl with the salmon.
  • Mix well: Gently mix all the ingredients until well combined, being careful not to overmix.
  • Shape into patties: Take about 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time and form it into round patties, approximately 3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. Place the patties on a plate or tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes if possible.
  • Choose your cooking method: Pan-frying or baking. For pan-frying, heat a skillet with vegetable oil and cook the patties for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy. For baking, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C), place patties on a lined baking sheet, coat with cooking spray, and bake for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Serve and enjoy: Serve the patties as a main course with side dishes, in sandwiches or wraps, and garnish with fresh parsley or a squeeze of lemon juice.
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