Craving for something tasty and savory? This fried salmon patties recipe will satiate your hunger with extra delicious salmon cakes. Within less than 30 minutes, you can have a hearty healthy salmon snack or side dish ready on the plate.
Remember to drizzle these gorgeous golden-brown patties with our luscious mayo-yogurt sauce; you will be amazed after the very first bite.
Are Our Patties Healthy?
Yes, they are relatively healthy.
For fried foods, the main concern has always been the cooking oil. In this recipe, we use canola oil for deep frying the patties.
Canola oil is a popular ingredient used in many deep-fried dishes, thanks to its high smoke point and neutral taste. Moreover, the level of unhealthy saturated fats in it is also one of the lowest of all cooking oils.
As only part of the oil used is actually absorbed into our dish, we were able to keep the total saturated fats at a very lowly 2.5 g and the total calorie count at 251 cal per serving.
Salmon patties are made up of a base (salmon flesh), a binder (eggs), and an extender (cornflakes, breadcrumbs, or crackers). Let’s take a quick look at the ingredients needed for each part:
The base: We use fresh salmon fillets for the best taste and texture. If you have to use canned salmon, then go with high-quality ones.
The binder: We use one medium egg for 4 servings.
The extender: We use plain panko breadcrumbs for this recipe. Other alternatives are cornflakes and crackers. Check out our Salmon Patties With Cornmeal Recipe for another delicious option.
Seasonings: We add pepper, lemon juice, onion, parsley, mayonnaise, scallion, and cajun seasoning to enhance the rich savory taste of the salmon. We also add flour to thicken the mixture, and canola oil is used to deep-fry the patties.
For the sauce, we simply mix Japanese mayonnaise and plain Greek yogurt. This combo produces a slightly sweet and tangy taste with a creamy texture that perfectly complements the buttery flavor of our salmon patties.
How Do You Keep Salmon Patties From Falling Apart?
First, your salmon mixture must be of the right consistency and should not be too dry or watery, else it could fall apart while cooking.
If the mixture feels sloppy, keep your patties in the fridge for at least half an hour before frying. In contrast, if it feels too dry, add a bit more of the egg fluid.
While frying, don’t flip too much. Simply cook each side of the patties until brown, then transfer to a serving plate when done.
More Salmon Patty Ideas
How would you like it if we take the oil out of the frying? Introducing air-fried salmon patties, with less calories and all of the goodness. Or would you prefer some Southern patties? They’re called salmon croquettes, and instead of a salty dip it’s eaten with a tangy vinaigrette dressing along with fresh salad.
Moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, these tasty fried salmon patties will make a delicious savory snack or side dish for your next meal. Drizzle with a luscious creamy mayo-yogurt sauce and you'll be craving for more.
For the salmon: Rinse the salmon fillet with clean water, then pat dry using a paper towel to prevent a mushy texture. Cut the fillet into small pieces about 1 to 2 inches and place into a glass bowl (for microwaving).
Microwave the salmon: Add 10 oz salmon cubes to a bowl, cover with plastic food wrap, then microwave for 5 minutes.
Mash the salmon: Use a fork to mash the salmon until it reaches the same consistency as in the clip.
Mix the salmon with other ingredients: Add to the mashed salmon 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice, 2 oz onion, 1 tbsp parsley, 1 medium egg, 1/4 cup plain panko breadcrumb, 1 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise, 1/4 cup scallion, 1 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning, and 2 tbsp flour. Gently stir to mix.
Shape the patties: Use your hand to form the salmon patties.
Fry the patties: Add 1/2 cup canola oil to a frying pan and let it simmer over medium heat, then place the salmon patties in. Deep fry the patties for a total of 4 minutes, with 2 minutes on each side. When the patties turn golden brown and crispy on both sides, transfer them to a serving plate.
Make the sauce: Add 2 tbsp mayonnaise and 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt to a small bowl, then mix well.
Garnish and serve: Garnish the patties with parsley and drizzle the sauce over before serving.
Only part of the oil will end up in the final product, and we have calculated nutritional values based on that amount. The whole amount is needed for frying, but what actually ends up being consumed is 1 tbsp of canola oil for four servings.
How to Make Fried Salmon Patties
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 251Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Vitamin A 292IU
Vitamin C 5mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Emily Rogers is a California-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in Public Health Dietetics. She has had an eclectic career working as a health educator, nutrition counselor, recipe developer, clinical dietitian and outpatient dietitian. Emily is currently a full-time Public Health Nutritionist with the County of Orange where she teaches Nutrition Education and Community Nutrition courses.