These Skillet Fried Salmon Patties are golden brown and crispy on the outside with a flaked salmon center, mixed with creamy mayonnaise (or sour cream), lemon juice, garlic, diced red onion, and bell pepper.
These moist and flavorful fish cakes are loved by all ages and make an ideal snack with your favorite dipping sauce, or as a light lunch served with a green salad and fries.
My few comments on the ingredients + don't forget to read the Tips section!
The full recipe and ingredients can be found in the recipe card below this post.
- Salmon - For this salmon patty recipe I’ve used trimmed, skinless salmon but you can also use packaged or canned salmon instead. If using these, make sure that the meat is well drained before combining it with the other ingredients. Same cooking instructions can be easily applied to tuna or crab cake recipes too.
- Breadcrumbs - Make your own breadcrumbs or use your favorite packaged ones. For a more crunchy exterior, try Panko breadcrumbs instead. Since I’ve added my own seasoning to this recipe, I didn’t feel it necessary to purchase seasoned breadcrumbs but you could as a way to adapt the recipe for extra flavor.
- Eggs - These help bind the salmon cake mixture to keep the cooked cakes from falling apart. Medium or large eggs.
- Vegetables - Diced red onion, diced bell pepper (either red or tricolor), and garlic are included in the salmon cake mixture to add delicious crunchy texture and flavor.
- Sour cream or Mayonnaise - Both of these options add tangy flavor and moisture to the salmon cakes. We love using a slightly healthier option such as Vegan Mayonnaise.
- Lemon juice - A touch of citrus is the perfect addition when it comes to fish and seafood. For the best taste, use the juice from a fresh lemon, not bottled lemon juice. Lime or orange
This is an easy recipe for making both thick and thinner salmon patties to enjoy with your favorite garnishes or to serve inside burger buns. All these are delicious.
Prep. Dice the salmon fillets or fillet into small pieces (skin removed). Set aside.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, add olive or avocado oil. Saute diced onion and bell peppers.
In a large mixing bowl make patty mixture adding salmon, bell peppers, onion, and the rest of ingredients. Season generously with salt and black pepper.
Form the mixture into 12 balls and flatten slightly. These patties are relatively medium sized, not as big as you'd serve in a burger.
Place patties in the same pan and cook over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Transfer the patties onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil from cooking.
Serve hot with chopped parsley, sliced green onions, lemon wedges or lemon zest and your choice of dipping sauce and garnishes.
We like mashed potatoes.
Baked Salmon Patties - Oven instructions.
You can also bake this patties in oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
For oven, follow the recipe instructions as they are but instead of skillet, transfer shaped patties onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Don't press down, leave them as they are shaped into balls and spray lightly with cooking oil.
Bake for 10-12 minutes and then flip. Spray with oil again. And bake for another 5 minutes or until patties have a golden brown exterior.
Nonstick skillet - fish cakes tend to stick to the pan very easily and a good nonstick pan would be essential.
- This is a very simple recipe and it's a perfect way to use up that leftover salmon you have. Any leftover baked, grilled, or steamed salmon from last night's dinner is the best base for many recipes. There are so many things you can make with it - patties, salmon croquettes, served in a salad, buddha bowls, or in an omelet.
- Place your pan-fried salmon cakes on a paper towel for a minute or so that any excess oil is soaked up prior to serving.
- I recommend using an oil with a neutral taste and a high smoke point when pan-frying these salmon cakes. Something like vegetable oil or canola oil works really well. High-quality olive oil is perfectly fine here too.
- You can add a kick of heat to these salmon cakes by including some cayenne pepper or red chili flakes in the salmon cake mixture.
- It’s normal for the salmon cakes to lose some moisture once cooked, stored, and then reheated. And also important not to overcook the patties.
- Fresh herbs for patties. Anything such as finely diced parsley, green onion or scallion slices, cilantro, and basil is great here. Herbs add more flavor and freshness to the dish. For my son, I like to add just a little (a pinch) parsley but for the rest of the family, I usually add a lot more parsley or cilantro.
- Try this recipe for making delicious salmon burgers. Make a larger patty (cooking time will need to be adjusted in this case) to serve between scrumptious toasted burger buns and toppings. Fresh and healthy burgers as they come.
For a quick lunch, serve these patties between gluten-free (if using) buns, with more toppings of veg like tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. And cheeeese.
I like to toast the buns on the grill or oven adding a slice or two of melty cheese like Cheddar, Gouda or Colby jack cheeses.
Freezing And Storing Instructions
Store cooked but cooled salmon fish cakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
To freeze, do the same and freeze for up to 2-3 months. But, for best and more fresh results freeze uncooked patties instead (just cook how much you'll eat in one go).
Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the pan over medium heat with a little butter and cooking oil. Or alternatively, oven at about 350 F works well for reheating these patties. Usually, in a preheated oven it shouldn't take more than 10-12 minutes to reheat those.
It’s certainly a good way to use up any leftover salmon, I do recommend taking the extra time to cook fresh salmon specifically for making these salmon cakes - it will seriously elevate the flavor and texture.
This recipe calls for the use of breadcrumbs as a way to hold the salmon cake mixture together so that the pan-fried cakes don’t fall apart. You can use gluten-free breadcrumbs in this recipe to make it safe for anyone with gluten sensitivities.
Absolutely! Frying salmon cakes in the air fryer reduces the amount of oil you need to use which is always the healthier option. Simply brush the air fryer basket lightly with oil and add the salmon cakes, evenly spread out on the basket so that sufficient air circulation crisps the outer edges. Cook the salmon cakes for 8 minutes at 400F, flipping them halfway through.
Yes! I love these salmon cakes for so many reasons but you can use this recipe with a different type of fish. Traditionally, fish cakes are made with salted fish so feel free to use cod, haddock, or even pollock.
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Skillet Fried Salmon Patties
- 1 lbs salmon (trimmed, skinless)
- ½ cup gluten-free bread crumbs (or regular, panko works too)
- ½ cup red onion (finely diced)
- 2 tablespoon sour cream or mayonnaise (we like to use vegan mayonnaise (healthier))
- 2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoon parsley (finely chopped)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch black pepepr
- ½ cup bell pepper (red or tricolor, diced small)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 medium garlic clove ( or substitute with garlic powder about 1-2 teaspoons)
- 2 tablespoon cooking oil
- Dice the salmon fillets or fillet into small pieces (skin removed). Set aside.
- In a large skillet, over medium heat, add olive or avocado oil. Saute diced onion and bell peppers.
- In a large mixing bowl make patty mixture adding salmon, bell peppers, onion, and the rest of ingredients. Season generously with salt and black pepper.
- Form the mixture into 12 balls and flatten slightly. These patties are relatively medium sized, not as big as you'd serve in a burger.
- Place patties in the same pan and cook over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer the patties onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil from cooking.
- Serve hot with chopped parsley, sliced green onions, lemon wedges or lemon zest and your choice of dipping sauce and garnishes. We like mashed potatoes.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)