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This salmon patties recipe is an inexpensive pantry meal that’s ready in just 30 minutes! They’re ultra crispy on the outside, flaky and moist inside, and flavorful with fresh herbs.

Need more inspiration? Try my Canned Salmon Salad next.

a plate with three salmon patties, a lemon wedge, and dip

Why you’ll love it

Also known as salmon cakes, these patties are one of my favorite things to make with canned salmon. You can make them with cooked fresh salmon, but the real selling point for me is how fast they are to make with canned salmon on busy weeknights!

Since canned salmon is inexpensive and readily available at the grocery store, this recipe is a no-brainer for when you’re craving fish but don’t want to make a special trip to the seafood counter or don’t have access to good-quality fresh seafood. They’re also a great option for kids.

What you’ll need

  • Salmon – canned pink or sockeye is best for flavor and texture
  • Egg – a classic binding agent
  • Mayo – gives these patties moisture and a touch of creaminess
  • Panko breadcrumbs – they’re a fine breadcrumb that helps hold everything together
  • Lemon juice – a pop of brightness that really complements the fish. If you want to make these patties extra lemony, double the lemon juice and/or add in lemon zest.
  • Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard – this combo works together to create an enhanced savory flavor, making these patties stand out. It doesn’t make the patties taste mustard-y.
  • Parsley and dill – fresh herbs are a wonderful way to pack in even more deliciousness
  • Scallions – these mild green onions add freshness
  • Olive oil – for frying up these patties until crispy and golden brown
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How to make salmon patties

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

ingredients in a glass bowl being mixed with a fork for salmon patties

Drain the salmon and flake it with a fork in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients in (minus the olive oil) and mix together gently, taking care to not overwork the mixture.

salmon patties before and after being cooked in a cast iron skillet

Form into six 1/2″ patties. Heat up the oil in your skillet. Working in batches, fry the patties on both sides until golden.

Helpful tips

  • Use either canned pink salmon or sockeye (but sockeye can be hard to find in some places). For ease, aim to buy cans labeled skinless and boneless.
  • But bone-in skin-on is fine too. You may need to mash it together a bit more, but the bones are safe to eat, nutritious, and packed with vitamins and minerals!
  • These patties are best handled with a gentle touch, and I recommend frying them in two batches so that you have plenty of room to flip them in the pan.
  • As the salmon is already cooked, these patties don’t take long at all. 3-4 minutes/side is all they need.

Substitutions and variations

  • You can use cooked fresh salmon (if you have leftovers or simply want to make my Easy Baked Salmon for this recipe) if you prefer it to canned salmon. Simply flake it with a fork and proceed with the recipe as written.
  • You can swap the panko breadcrumbs for regular (I suggest Italian flavored ones) if you wish.
  • If you can’t get fresh dill, either leave it out or swap for 1 teaspoon of dried.
  • Change up the flavor by adding a teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning or Cajun seasoning. You may want to avoid adding extra salt as these seasonings typically contain it already.
  • Craving chicken? Try my Chicken Patties instead!

Leftovers and storage

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheat in a skillet or in the microwave over low heat or in the oven at 350F until warmed through.
  • Salmon patties, once cooked, can be frozen for up to 3 months.

What to serve with salmon patties

close-up of a plate with salmon cakes, dip, and a lemon wedge next to a forkful of salmon patty

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a plate with three salmon patties, a lemon wedge, and dip
4.82 from 27 votes

Salmon Patties

This salmon patties recipe is an inexpensive pantry meal that's ready in just 30 minutes! They're ultra crispy on the outside, flaky and moist inside, and flavorful with fresh herbs.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 patties


  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can salmon see note
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying


  • Drain the salmon and add it to a medium prep bowl. Flake the salmon with a fork. If your salmon isn't boneless/skinless, mash the pieces in or pick those pieces out if you prefer.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except for the olive oil) to the bowl and mix together gently.
  • Form into 6 patties that are about 1/2" thick.
  • Add the olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Let the pan heat up for a few minutes, then fry the patties in two batches for about 3-4 minutes/side or until they're lightly browned on both sides. Add a splash more oil to the pan for the second batch if needed.
  • Serve warm. I love to serve these with tzatziki or remoulade sauce (or any garlicky mayo/aioli will work!) along with lemon wedges.


  • You can use cooked fresh salmon vs. canned salmon if you prefer (just pop a piece in the oven or use up leftover cooked salmon). As far as canned salmon goes, I prefer sockeye salmon as it has better color and flavor, in my opinion, but it can be harder to find. Pink salmon is easily available and will work for this recipe. 


Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 581mg, Potassium: 279mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 195IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 217mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Malarie says:

    5 stars
    This was SO, SO good! Served mine with a homemade ranch dip. I love to eat salmon patties with a hot homemade southern biscuit. I don’t know why. It’s how my family always had them.

    1. Natasha says:

      I love the sound of the ranch and the biscuit!!

  2. Dee says:

    5 stars
    These are so good and easy to make ❤️

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Dee!!

  3. Sally Letchas says:

    5 stars
    These patties were delicious…. even better the second time I made them because this time I had all of the ingredients. Thank you for sharing you salmon patty recipe. I couldn’t find my mom’s recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      You are very welcome, Sally!! 😀

      1. Jackie says:

        4 stars
        These were good but I wouldn’t call them “really easy” to make.

        1. Natasha says:

          Hi Jackie! Anything in particular you found difficult about them?

  4. Cheryl Duke says:

    5 stars
    Melt in your mouth. These were excellent
    And soo easy to make. I used the “Old Bay”
    Little spicy but, we love spicy & always
    A great “KICK”. Tks for the recipe

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much!!

  5. Anita says:

    I can’t wait to try your salmon patties!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Anita! Let me know how you like them. 🙂

  6. Deanna says:

    4 stars
    I don’t drain, I soak a couple slices of the heel off bread slices. Love leftover patties heated in the morning and served with a couple over medium eggs. Yum yum

    1. Natasha says:

      Sounds good to me, Deanna!

  7. Debbie Wagner says:

    5 stars
    These were the excellent!!! I also added a little old Bay and they were so yummy.!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Debbie!! 😀

  8. nita says:

    Love the salmon patties recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks, Nita!

  9. Sara Sutton says:

    Hi Natasha! I will be using frozen salmon that I will bake first. Should I go by weight for how many pieces to prepare?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Sara! I think by weight is probably the best as the size of pieces can vary. A pound or so will work great if they’re portioned out in that size. Let me know how it goes!

  10. Cheryl A Leidich says:

    5 stars
    Excellent flavors, healthy, easy and budget friendly. I pressed some panko crumbs on the patties before cooking them for a crispy coating. Thanks, Natasha

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome, Cheryl!! 😀 So glad they were a hit!

      1. Lindsay says:

        5 stars
        Great recipe! I did half mayo half yogurt and they were so delicious, the kiddos couldn’t get enough of them

        1. Natasha says:

          That’s awesome!! 😀