How To Make Skillet Fried Salmon Patties (with Canned Salmon)


I grew up eating (and loving) these skillet salmon patties, which are super easy and inexpensive to make and a treat to eat.

Skillet Fried Salmon Patties

How Do You Keep Salmon Patties From Falling Apart?

When making salmon patties, it can be so frustrating to form the patties perfectly only to have them fall apart in the skillet. It is important to have a binder and an extender to keep the patties from falling apart. In this recipe, the egg acts as the binder and the breadcrumbs or saltines act as the extender. 

Canned Salmon Makes Delicious Fish Cakes.

A delicious dinner can sometimes start with a can. In this case, canned salmon is turned into delicious golden, fish cakes that are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids. Fish cakes are sometimes made with cod, but salmon is the best way to sneak healthy fats into kids’ diets. I grew up eating the fish cakes made with this recipe; I LOVED them. My mom would always serve these with boxed Mac & Cheese. 

Are Salmon Patties Healthy? 

From a health standpoint, canned salmon is chock full of Omega-3’s. One 1/4 cup serving (the equivalent of one burger patty) contains 470 mg of EPA and DHA, which is 294% of the Daily Value. These fried treats are a great alternative from baked fillets and a great meal for your kids! Since they are made out of canned salmon, this dish is composed of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and vitamin D. So perfect for your loved ones!

What Are the Advantages of Canned Salmon?

Unlike fresh fish, which has to be prepared within a few days, canned fish can be pulled out at a minute’s notice. It is shelf-stable, so (unopened) cans can be lifesaving for last-minute meals. Although canned fish doesn’t qualify as fine dining, it is a yummy and easy way to feed the family a healthy meal on a dime.

Skillet Fried Salmon Patties

Are Canned Salmon Bones Edible? 

The small, soft bones that are usually present in canned salmon are perfectly edible and provide a rich source of calcium. The canning process makes the bones soft enough to chew and mix well with the meat. My mom always left the bones in the salmon; I do as well. 

What Goes Well with Salmon Patties?

Skillet salmon patties are wonderful served with this baby kale salad, this broccoli-craisin salad, or this wedge salad with buttermilk blue cheese dressing. You can also make salmon fish cake burgers or sliders topped with tartar sauce.

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skillet fried salmon patties

Skillet Fried Salmon Patties

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Yummy skillet fried salmon patties like I used to eat growing up.


  • 1 (14 oz) canned wild salmon, drained
  • 1 egg
  • 4- 5 crushed saltines or 1/2 cup Panko crumbs)
  • 3 green onions or 1/3 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • Dash black pepper
  • 1 TB fresh lemon juice (or 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning)
  • 1/2 tsp. dill weed (optional)
  • 3 TB extra virgin olive oil


  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Open canned salmon; place contents in a medium bowl.
  3. Remove bones from salmon (optional).
  4. Break into chunks with a fork.
  5. Break egg into a small bowl; whisk with garlic, pepper and dill.
  6. Put cracker or panko crumbs, chopped onion and egg mixture in bowl with salmon. Mix with a fork until well combined.
  7. Shape fish mixture into 6 cakes/patties about 1/2-inch thick.
  8. Place patties in the skillet, leaving space between each for easy turning.
  9. Cook on one side for 4 minutes; cook the other side 4 minutes.
  10. Continue cooking and turning if needed until both sides are golden brown & crispy.
  11. Serve with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 194Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 53mgSodium 123mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 13g

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  1. Jamie, Thanks for correcting the Nutrition info! I made these this morning for my supper tonight, but I did do a ‘taste tester’ small one before putting them all back. Like all cooks I did change the recipe up a little to make it mine but the basics are yours. I added a little chopped red and green pepper and a tiny drop of Sriracha for oomph, but that was it.
    They are pretty tasty and I have printed the recipe so I can use it again! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh my goodness, THANK YOU for pointing this out!! That info was not correct! I just used the nutrition calculator and updated the recipe. You will be THRILLED to see how healthy these are. Please LMK if you make them!!!

  3. I was all ready to make these until I saw the Nutritional info. Is that correct? Nearly 1000 calories and sodium out the wazoo for each patty? They looked really good too, darn it.

  4. I usually serve rice with cheese melted over it, as well as lima beans on the side, with fried salmon patties. I don’t know why but I just like that combination!

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