Salmon Patties – Quick and Healthy

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Salmon patties are healthy, inexpensive and a quick dinner to make.  I like to serve them with mac & cheese that’s kind of runny so I can dip the salmon patties in the cheese sauce. You all know my love for cheese, so this is probably no surprise.  My kids like to have ketchup with their salmon patties.

This recipe is adapted from Whole Foods for the Whole Family.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 can salmon
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • oil for browning

Pour the salmon into a mixing bowl, along with the liquid in the can.  Use a fork or pastry blender to mash the salmon and bones.  Stir in all the other ingredients.  If the mixture seems to wet, work in a bit more flour.  Shape into 8 patties.  Fry in oil in a skillet over medium heat, about 7-8 minutes on each side.

Serves 6-8 people.

On a side note – do you consider a meal of fish to be meatless?



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  1. Great recipe—thanks. I’m going to try this soon. Fish is not a meatless meal. It’s the best kind of protein, and if it weren’t so dang expensive, we would eat it 4-5 times a week. We’re off all but organic beef, and we’re heading that direction with chicken too. One by one the people in my family (5 kids, all over the age of 17) are all developing nasty reactions to the hormones used in meat. Symptoms are just like those of food poisoning. It’s been crazy to watch for the last few years.

  2. We haven’t had salmon patties in a long time. I think I’ll add this to next week’s menu.

    I don’t know if fish=meatless. I do know that we don’t eat much fish because the cook (that would be me) cannot seem to learn how to make it well. I can do salmon patties, though. I’ve never tried them with ww flour, though. I’m going to try it your way. Do you think I could bake instead of frying them?

    • I don’t see why you couldn’t bake them. They might not brown as much. If you try it, let me know how it works.

      • I like to lightly brown my salmon patties and then bake them on rack. This method gets rid of most of the oil.

      • Jeffrey A Wells says:

        Try broiling,on a rack of course.Spent most of my life on the gulf coast,and salmon was not very economical for most of the year.Would like to know if there is any way to impart a smoked kind of flavor to canned salmon.When in season I loved to smoke the fillet’s of this piscatorial delight,and the leftovers tended to reheat well in a microwave.Eat well,y’all.

  3. Hmm. I htink of salmon as meat because it’s a protein.

    I can’t have the flour in the recipe, anything to replace it that you can think of? I would love to make these for us. Thanks!

    • marisa, you might try substituting Panko for the flour. They texture would be a little different, but I think it would work. Or maybe rice flour?

    • Janet (Alaskan mom) says:

      I use bread crumbs or crushed saltines in my salmon patties. (I use fresh salmon I caught and canned yum yum)
      Also if you let kids dip in ranch…they will LOVE you! 😉
      Oh and it is meat. Pretty sure any animal you eat is “meat”. lol
      And protein doesnt just come from meat. There are plenty of protein filled plants,legumes. 🙂
      PS If you add dill to your salmon patties, try a couple cans of green beans w/ a lil butter and dill. AWESOME together! 🙂

    • I ve never used flour. Recipe I use, drain salmon( I usually use can top to press out all) add 1egg beaten , 1 tsp yellow mustard, 1/4 grated onion, s&p. Mix lightly, make into sz patties you’d like. Crush 1 sleeve of crackers in shallow dish, press each patty into crackers on each side. Heat enough oil in deep skillet to cover bottom of patties til brown flip, brown other side. Drain on paper towels. .. These are great hot or slightly cooled. Some eat w/ketchup

    • Jeffrey A Wells says:

      Do you have a partial bag of stale chips?Put them in a colander,rinse thoroughly,and spread on a baking sheet.Let dry.When totally dry,pulverize the hell out of them.Add your preferred seasonings.With a combination of this and any italian breadcrumbs etc.,you can make a breading that unique to you.

  4. These look great! So glad that I found your blog!

  5. Curious…how in the world do you get 8 patties out of one can and one can really serves 6-8 people for you? We are a family of 4 (granted 2 teens) but I use at the least 2 cans! 🙂

    Not meatless.

    • Tracy, the patties I make are a bit smaller than the palm of my hand. We tend to only eat one of them each. But this is why I’m always hesitant to put serving sizes. Every family is different. If it’s something that my boys really like (like meatloaf) they will go through a lot. Something like salmon patties, which they like, but isn’t a favorite will go further. Plus we eat it with mac & cheese, so that’s filling. I can see how you could use 2 cans for a family though.

  6. Instead of flour and corn meal I use left over mashed potatoes. Makes the patties moist and uses leftovers.

  7. Jenna J says:

    I have a can of salmon in my cupboard that I’m deathly afraid to open (uh, never used it before!) Is there really bones in it? And did you really say just to mash the bones with the meat?! Eeek! I’m willing to try it, I was *THIS* close to donating the canned salmon because I’m so scared. I am really excited to use it in this recipe – cheap and easy! I like!

    • Jenna, the bones are tiny and the mash right into the salmon. It is kind of weird, if you think about it, so don’t think about it 🙂 Once it’s done and cooked, you never know and you get all that nutrition packed in. Let me know how you like it!

  8. Janet (Alaskan mom) says:

    And it kinda blows my mind people eat pink salmon. We wont even feed it to dogs! 😉 Sorry but Alaskans are a bit spoiled!

  9. Could you bake these?

  10. Is there a way to make this using fresh or frozen salmon? Just mash it up?? THanks!

  11. Treecie Boix says:

    Fish is considered a meatless meal for purposes of not eating meat on Fridays (like if you’re Catholic). Hence, the Friday fish fry.

  12. Try smashed cornflakes instead of flour — delicious, or bake using Parmesan cheese instead of flour breading

  13. Salmon patties can be both fried or baked, they both are great. Sometimes I even fry them in just a little oil to brown them, then transfer to the oven to finish off. My wife does not like fish, but she will eat the salmon patties.

  14. NIA Rasool says:

    I will try this recipe my husband is a vegetarian and i’m slowly winging myself there. So I am cooking all the things he likes and enjoying them as well I love to eat them but this will be my second time making them so wish me luck and fish is not meat sorry ladies…

  15. I am from the south and let me tell you we love salmon patties they are great on biscuits with a little mustard and I have a vegetarian son and if I tried to feed him these he would definitely go hungry or fix himself a veggie burger because fish is just as much a meat as a cow

    • I agree Shannon. I too am from the and a dinner with salmon patties is definitely NOT considered meatless. I like to make mine with onion, garlic and a little Old Bay seasoning. Happy eating!

  16. This recipe is rather blah. I have made salmon patties for years. Add chopped onions, green pepper, egg, garlic pepper, bread crumbs, a pinch of dill . Fry in butter til med. browned each side. Serve with piquant sauce.

  17. I’d like to know If I can use fresh salmon filets and just chop them up to a fine flaking instead of canned salmon. The canned always seems so fishy and I hate the bones…Any reply would be appreciated.

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