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How to Make Salmon Patties with Canned Salmon

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Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy salmon patties recipe that literally comes together in minutes.  Plus, this recipe makes use of that canned salmon in your pantry that you have been wondering what to do with.  And no matter what you call them….salmon patties or salmon cakes…these are moist, flavorful, and just simply delicious!

A Pantry Staple: Canned Salmon

Canned fish of any kind is great to keep on hand in your pantry for preparing quick weeknight meals.  But canned salmon is probably one of the most versatile canned fish to stock.  You can turn it into a dip, top a salad with it, or create a crowd-pleasing favorite: salmon patties.

Perfect Weeknight Meal

Salmon Patties make a delicious weeknight meal because you can literally mix up the ingredients in minutes, shape the patties, and place them in a frying pan to cook for about 3 minutes on each side.  Then, in the blink of an eye, dinner is ready!

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More Fish Recipes

For more quick and easy recipes for using canned or fresh fish, be sure to check out these videos below:

My salmon patties recipe includes breadcrumbs. You can learn how to make bread crumbs in your kitchen with the following video.

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Canned Salmon Patties

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Enjoy salmon patties with this quick and easy dinner recipe made with a favorite pantry staple, canned salmon.


  • 13-15 ounces Canned salmon
  • 1 cup Bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Green onions, chopped Any type of onion can be used
  • 2 tablespoons Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise Plus one extra tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Fine ground sea salt
  • 2 large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee, olive oil, or other fat suitable for sautéing


  • Open can(s) of salmon and drain liquid if desired.
  • Transfer salmon to a bowl and break into chunks using a fork.
  • Add all the other ingredients to the bowl, reserving 1/3 of the bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise, and mix gently to combine.
  • Shape salmon mixture into 4 patties and rub each patty with a bit of mayonnaise and then coat with remaining 1/3 of bread crumbs.
  • Melt ghee or other cooking fat in a frying pan on medium heat and then place each patty into the frying pan and saute each side for 3 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown. Serve immediately.



Te extend this recipe, you can add the full cup of bread crumbs to the salmon mixture and make 6 patties instead of 4.  If you do this, you will need an additional 1/3 cup of bread crumbs to coat the patties as you would have used the original 1/3 cup to add to the salmon mixture.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Canned Salmon, Salmon, Salmon Cakes, Salmon Patties
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  1. 5 stars
    My family loved this and they hate fish! I had to substitute cornflakes for the bread crumbs because that was what I had on hand. You can never go wrong with one of Mary’s recipes!

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Thanks for your comment and kind words! I’m so glad we’re on this traditional foods journey together! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

  2. 5 stars
    Been wanting a really good canned salmon patty and found you Mary in the search. It’s a great recipe. and so is your site. I made a change in the seasoning because I’m not a Worcestershire fan. I used lemon pepper and capers. Delicious. Husband loved it. Favorite part of recipe was your mayo tip to give it that nice crunch. Definitely 5 super stars here. I’m enjoying exploring your site.

  3. Mary, I made this last night and those salmon patties were the best salmon patties I ever had. My husband asked for seconds. We have 1 patty left and today we will have salmon tacos for lunch. Thank you for your sweetness and gentleness. We need more like you in the world.

    1. Hi Deborah,

      Thanks for your comment. I love how you’re making tacos to enjoy the leftovers! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

  4. 5 stars
    Really good! Wanted something that makes a great meal but doesn’t heat up the house. It’s warm here in South Carolina right now and we don’t like to eat heavy meals that take long cooking times in summer. Now I am not a big fan of Worcestershire sauce so I made a seasoning modification you might like as an option. Lemon pepper 1/2 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon capers. The rest of recipe I kept the same as Mary. I served patties (yes, it does make four hefty size patties just like the video) with air fryer potato and green salad with avocados and strawberries.

  5. 5 stars
    This is my go to salmon patty recipe now we love it. I add in red pepper and use miracle whip.
    Pint size can makes 4 patties. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    1. Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m sure the red pepper gives it a wonderful spice! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

  6. 5 stars
    Another Mary’s Nest hit! Thank you so much for what you do. Our family is benefiting so much from your delicious, healthy, budget friendly recipes. My husband asks me to make these frequently and says they are one of his favorite dishes that I make. He will even add a few cans of salmon to our grocery cart when it’s not on the list and I know this is why! I love having another pantry meal option in my back pocket. Keep up the good work Mary!

    1. Hi Ann Marie,

      Thanks for your kind words. I’m so glad that your family’s enjoying the salmon patties! 🙂

      Love and God bless,

  7. 5 stars
    I made your salmon patty recipe last night and they were wonderful! I have never cared for salmon patties, although I love salmon, because they are so dry. Yours were light and fluffy and moist–just perfect! Thank you. I am enjoying your bread recipes too.

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