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

Salmon Patties, A Childhood Memory

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.

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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, bread crumbs 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


  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can salmon, undrained and flaked
  • 1 slice of bread, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp chopped green onion, including the green parts
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped dill weed, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3 Tbsp minced green bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Several turns of freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil


1 Mix patty ingredients: In a large bowl, gently mix together the salmon, 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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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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  • Keisha

    I grew up eating salmon patties and hadn’t had them in years. I made a batch recently and it brought back images of when I ate them as a child. My grandma always used Ritz crackers rather than bread,bread crumbs or saltine crackers. I used the garlic Ritz and they were even better. Now everyone wants me to make some for them,freeze them and ship them to them.

  • Carla Crissey

    I made these this afternoon (minus the dill) and they were yummy! We are gluten free, so I substituted 4 pieces of Udi’s GF bread (the slices are smaller than regular bread) I found also, by adding a little more (GF) flour and cooking them on a very low flame, they held together better without sticking. The lemon really game them a nice flavor! Thank you for the recipe!

  • Michael Webster

    Made these for my wife she is the salmon lover in the house, she said they were the best salmon patties she had ever ate. So in her words she would highly recommend this recipe.

  • Melody Doll

    Grew up on salmon n patties even if Though we were a family of 8 and I’ve changed the basic recipe we used then that now includes paprika, dill, onions, celery, seasonings to taste, mustard, bread or cornflake crumbs. I read someone tried using cornmeal, might try that. For the bones, we would keep them for the added calcium by crushing them up and mixing in, where you never “taste” them. Love salmon patties and crab cakes too.

  • Cherie Bennett

    Delicious; will definitely make again.

    Made 2 minor changes based on other comments:
    Did not use any salmon liquid. They were a little dry and a couple of them came apart in the skillet. Will use a little of the liquid next time.
    Used only half the salt. It was just right for us.

    We made a little mayo-lemon-dill sauce for the patties. Excellent.


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