Salmon Patties

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How to make salmon patties with cooked salmon, bread, green onion, dill, bell pepper, egg, lemon, and paprika. These easy salmon cakes make a perfect midweek meal.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Easy Salmon Patties

Raising six kids on a teacher’s salary, my parents were always cooking on a budget. Being Catholic, with the requirement back then of meatless Fridays, Lent or not, this meant that we ate a lot of tuna macaroni salad and fried fish.

My mother often made tuna patties for us, and less frequently, because they were more expensive, salmon patties..

For several years, my father and I tried to talk my mother into making these salmon cakes again for us. For some unfathomable reason, she refused, even going as far as to claim that she never made salmon cakes in the first place.

After a while, we gave up. And my father set about to make these salmon patties himself, with his own spur-of-the-moment recipe.

Salmon Patties or Salmon Cakes on a Plate

How to Make Salmon Patties

Salmon patties, or salmon cakes, are wonderfully easy to make. You make salmon patties with just a base of cooked salmon, shredded bread, breadcrumbs or even saltines, chopped onion, and egg to bind it all into patties, and then these salmon cakes are quickly fried.

In this easy salmon patties recipe, my father dresses up the salmon cakes with garlic, dill, bell pepper, and paprika. I’ve added some lemon zest and lemon juice. You could also add parsley, Old Bay seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, or cilantro. Feel free to improvise and make these salmon cakes your own!

Salmon Patties Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

If the mixture is too wet to form patties, add a little more shredded bread (not the crusts) to the mixture. If too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water.


  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can salmon, drained of all but 2 tablespoons of the liquid in the can, flaked
  • 1 slice of bread (tough crusts removed), shredded (1 cup, 50 g)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onion, including the green parts (about 2 scallions)
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3 tablespoons minced green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Several turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


1 Mix patty ingredients: In a large bowl, gently mix together the salmon (including 2 tablespoons of the liquid in the can), bread, green onion, garlic, dill, bell pepper, flour, egg, paprika, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

2 Form into 8 patties, each about 1/2 inch thick.

3 Brown in skillet: Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Cook the patties until nicely browned on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.

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Salmon Patties or Salmon Cakes ready to serve

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Meka

    These are great! Reminds me of crab cakes, they are excellent, I got my 3 kids to eat them and that’s a plus!


  2. Kristen

    Elise, we are Traditional Catholics and attend the Latin rite. We still eat fish every Friday and add Wednesday in Lent. I have been reading your blog for years and truly I can say it has been a huge influence on my learning to cook! I send so many friends to your blog as it is such a well organized and reliable cooking resource. Keep up the good work and we love these patties!


  3. [email protected]

    Delicious! Used 2/3 C Panko crumbs. Made into 6 patties. Will definitely make again!! Thank you for an easy, tasty and healthy recipe!


  4. Robert

    First of all your recipe is awesome, it took me back to my childhood days. I just have never figured out why people try the recipe, maybe tweak a few things, then go on to describe how theirs are better. Some people seem they pretty much tweaked the WHOLE ingredients list. Then why post? Start your own recipe site and tell everybody about it.


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  5. Gayla Smith

    How do you make the sauce everyone is talking about? I’m going to try these soon.

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