These moist, flaky, and simple Salmon Patties are a versatile recipe that can be served as an appetizer or main dish. Budget-friendly and quick-cooking, one bite of this healthy salmon patty recipe will transport you to your favorite coastal city.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Well-Loved Classic: Inspired by old-fashioned salmon patties, this recipe delivers a tender, creamy interior, a lightly crisp exterior, and a touch of spice.
- Exceptionally Versatile: These light and lean salmon patties can be served as a protein for salads, put in meal bowls, or made into sliders.
- Fresh Flavor—Without Fresh Fish:
Using canned salmon, this recipe provides plenty of fresh flavor thanks to punchy lemon juice and an array of spices.
- Canned Salmon: Loaded with healthy fats, Omega-3s, and vitamins, salmon is an excellent protein source.
- Greek Yogurt: Provides a creamy interior texture and a bit of tang, replacing mayonnaise for a healthier option.
- Egg: Binds with the breadcrumbs to give the salmon patties body and structure, preventing them from falling apart.
- Breadcrumbs: An essential ingredient for binding the patties.
- Garlic Powder + Onion Powder: Adds flavor and depth to the patties.
- Cayenne Pepper: Gives the salmon cakes a Southern flair and just the right amount of kick.
- Parsley: Adds freshness and color to the patties.
- Lemon: Brightens and complements the salmon, masking the fact that it’s canned.
- Dijon + White Vinegar: Gives the patties a punch of flavor.
- Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, gently combine the salmon, breadcrumbs, Greek yogurt, Dijon, white vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and parsley.
- Shape Patties: Scoop the mixture into 1/3 cupfuls and shape into 6 patties that are about a 1/2 inch thick.
- Cook Patties: Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Brown the patties on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes total.
- Serve: Top with Greek yogurt, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Enjoy!
- Air Fryer Salmon Patties: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F, spritz the formed patties with oil, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Flip the patties, spray with additional oil, and cook for a few more minutes until brown and crispy.
- Salmon Patties Without Canned Salmon: Cook fresh salmon first, then flake it and add it to the recipe as directed.
- Other Seafood Options: Try this recipe with crab cakes, tuna, or avocado tuna cakes.
- To Store: Uncooked salmon patties can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Cooked salmon patties can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
- To Reheat: Reheat gently in a lightly oiled skillet on the stove, splashing a little water in the skillet with the salmon to lock in moisture.
- To Freeze: Cooked salmon patties can be frozen for up to 3 weeks. Let thaw in the refrigerator, then reheat on the stovetop.
- On a Bun: Add thinly sliced tomatoes, red onions, and a smear of Greek yogurt or tartar sauce. Serve with Sweet Potato Fries.
- On Their Own: Enjoy with a big dollop of Greek yogurt and a squeeze of lemon.
- On a Green Salad: Choose your favorite crisp greens and veggies for a nutrition-packed meal.
Tips and Tricks
- Make Sure to Buy Boneless Salmon: Look for canned salmon labeled boneless to avoid bones.
- Beyond Breadcrumbs: If you don’t have breadcrumbs, you can make your own with extra pieces of day-old bread or swap them for an equal amount of finely ground whole wheat cracker crumbs.
- Make Sure Your Pan Is Hot: Let it preheat completely and the oil heat completely before adding the patties to ensure a nice crisp outside.
- Monitor the Heat: Keep an eye on the patties and turn down the heat if needed to prevent burning.