Salmon Patties: A Delightful Treat


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.


  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, gently combine the salmon, breadcrumbs, Greek yogurt, Dijon, white vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and parsley.
  2. Shape Patties: Scoop the mixture into 1/3 cupfuls and shape into 6 patties that are about a 1/2 inch thick.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve: Top with Greek yogurt, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • 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.

Storage Tips

  • 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.

Serving Suggestions

  • 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.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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