Southern Fried Salmon Patties

"Salmon patties are quick and easy. I got this recipe from my son's babysitter many years ago. My son is now 20 and we still eat these at least a few times a month. These are very moist when done."
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  • Open salmon and drain thoroughly. Place drained salmon in mixing bowl and flake evenly with a fork.
  • Add onion, corn meal, flour, mayonnaise, and egg. Stir until well blended.
  • Shape the mixture into patties about the size of an average burger or less.
  • Cook in oil in skillet over medium heat until browned on each side. Turn once while frying.
  • Note: The mayonnaise helps the patties hold their shape and keeps them from being too dry.

Questions & Replies

  1. How can I print this recipe.
  2. I don't have any flour but have corn meal, How much should I use for 1 can of salmon?
  3. How much oil do I use?
  4. I don't have any cornmeal, what could I substitute, instead???
  5. Can i use crushed cheese-it cracker instead of cornmeal?


  1. The best Salmon Patty EVER! I will use this recipe from now on when making these...scouts honor! Easy to prepare, moist and delish. I only added some Dijon mustard, personal preference. Served with Orzo with Parmesan and Basil #79431 they went well together. Thank you for sharing!
  2. The hubby loved these! I used 2 small cans of (boneless, skinless) tuna, poured off the juice and added the ingredients as listed. Such a simple recipe, but oh so good! No need to change a thing. If you feel the need to spice it up...add a dash of hot sauce. Actually, you can add anything you want, but as I say..."If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
  3. I used Zatarain's shrimp/crab boil pepper liquid, and masa harina as a finer grained substitute for the corn meal, and a couple of dashes of McCormick's Lemon Pepper. Even my non-fish fan sweetie wants this in regular rotation at home. The only change I would make is that I will likely use 2 tsp. of Zatarain's Shrimp boil instead of 1 Tblsp. It had just a little more heat than my Sweetie cares for.
  4. These were delicious! I didn't have cornmeal so I used bread crumbs instead, next time I might use panko bread crumbs. I also threw in some Old Bay seasoning as well as some lemon juice. They were deliciously moist and tasted fantastic!
  5. These are the best salmon croquettes I have made yet. I added red pepper flakes and omitted the flour only because I was out.
    • Review photo by Jennifer H.


  1. I added Old Bay Seasoning inside the mixture, as well as outside the patties. It gave it a great flavor punch and a nice slightly blackened vibe. Dope recipe!!
    • Review photo by Mark P.
  2. I loved this recipe. It was my first time ever eating or making salmon patties and I do not regret it. I chose to use fresh salmon instead of it being in a can and I also used onion powder instead of actual onions. I added cheynne pepper, salt and pepper, minced garlic, onion powder, miracle whip and for a sauce I chose cocktail sauce ! It was delicious and different.
  3. I made these this afternoon. I used cracker crumbs instead of bread crumbs and cooked on parchment paper after lightly spraying with cooking spray. paired with a simple shrimp salad with green onions and steamed peas. I really enjoyed it!
  4. I tried your recipe but used soda cracker crumbs instead of corn meal and they were great
  5. This is a simple and quick recipe to make. My Mom used to make these when I was a little girl and for me it is a delicious comfort food. I followed the recipe here, only substituting dried, minced onions for the diced onion and then I coated the patties with plain panko crumbs for an outter crunch. I think next time I may add another can of salmon or reduce the flour and cornmeal a bit, as it felt like there was just a bit too much "filler". Thanks for sharing this Dari!


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