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SALMON PATTIES

Salmon Patties

My twins love these salmon patties.  I have to fix them whenever they come to visit me. I have made them for years and my family won’t eat them any other way.

1 (15 ounce) can salmon, undrained
1 egg
1 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed
3/4 cup cooking oil (I use canola oil) for cooking
 
Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Using your hands mix the ingredients together and shape into patties.  Place the patties in the hot oil and brown on each side.  Turn the heat down and continue cooking on low for about 20 minutes turning often. Let cook until the patties are brown and crusty.
 
Note:  You can add onion, green pepper and some people roll theirs in cornmeal but the only way my family likes them is the recipe posted above.
 
 
These patties are great leftover and made into a sandwich with ketchup or serve them with my Country Fried Potatoes.  Enjoy!
 
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70 Responses

  1. We made ours w corn flakes instead of saltines. Love them!

  2. I’m a good deal older than most of you and this, with the addition if a little onion, was my mom’s recipe. It was ‘broke’ food in our house. You know, the cheap thing to fix for dinner just before payday. Ours was served with fried potatoes and canned peas. I loved this meal and every time I fix it I think of my mom. I miss her everyday.

    Thanks for the post. I’ll be making salmon patties again soon.

  3. That is just how I make them except l add onion. And flour them.

    • Do you remove the dark skin and bones? Salmon in a can reminds me of a snake so I have to remove the skin.

      • Bones? No. “Skin”? Not sure I remember seeing any. Gray fat, i break a large chunk and distribute in into the mix.

  4. Good cold the next morning for breakfast or anytime.

  5. Does anyone have a recipe for codfish cakes? My mom used to make them & I loved them! I never did get her recipe. Thanks

    • I don’t use recipes, per se, but what I learned from my mother is to use salt cod, soaked over night in fresh water, then rinsed a couple of times. (I put it on to soak before going to bed then replace the water and let it soak all day, then rinse a time or two as I prep it.

      I break the fish up into flakes and rinse on last time them combine with eqaul volume of mashed potatoes (reserved left-overs or made new and cooled enough to handle).

      Form into patties, salt and pepper to taste, and place carefully in pretty-hot (not smoking) oil (I use olive) or bacon fat. Cook undisturbed until browned, flip, brown again, and serve.

    • I would use cod in place of salmon in this recipe to make the codfish cakes. Unless there is something special required. See how that goes.

  6. I use oatmeal instead of crackers same taste as crackers.

  7. I just had salmon patties last night for dinner! I mix in a little more to mine, seasoned salt, black pepper, a little red pepper, a little garlic powder, lemon juice and a little ketchup and yellow mustard. They were great. Served them with hashbrowns and baked beans. Glad to see all these people still enjoying them too!

  8. I make them the same way but add a little onion, serve with soup beans, fried potatoes and cornbread…..

  9. This is exactly how I make them as well! Also an substitute canned tuna if you don’t have salmon on hand and they are just as good. I love your web site !

  10. COSTCO has a canned salmon that is really good quality. No bones or skin in it. I live in the northwest so when family gives me fresh salmon I bake it and use the leftover for salmon patties

  11. Like I make them except usually the filler is day old bread soaked in a little milk and the juice from the salmon. I have used saltines and it turns out almost the same. We like Stewed tomatoes over rice and collard greens with ours. They are also good with grits!

  12. Grew up on this recipe. When grocery money was tight we used the cans of mackerel instead. Add home made biscuits, pork n beans or, in the summer home grown boiled little potatoes, big slices of tomatoes, and green onions.

  13. I have always made them exactly the same way! And we are even worse as we have to have peas and mashed potatoes with them. Creamed peas preferably! Yum!

  14. Good evening, I made your salmon recipe last night and it was very good. I love salmon and biscuits with a touch of mustard, yummy! Thank you for another way of fixin’ these yummy creations!

  15. I love my Southern cooking, and love to find one of my family’s recipes on here!!! Been making these just like my Mama did when I was growing up, for oh about 50 years!!! And yes, they make a terrific sandwich the next day!!!

  16. This is the exact way I make Salmon Patties my mother did as well as her mother,we think they are the best!

  17. I just found your sight and love it,I am a true southern girl and love southern cooking. I now live In calif but still love that good old southern cooking

  18. I like them as you posted, I serve them with Roulade sauce.

  19. Salmon patties are a great thing to serve I make corn fritters with mine and fried potatoes, some times bake beans with extra brown sugar in them. I also have mixed a can of mackerel and salmon togeather. for a filler. also make good ole mac and cheese for a side dish.i live here in the cold country ( MICHIGAN ). TEMP RIGHT NOW IS -4.

  20. Thank you for this recipe! Years ago I attempted to make salmon patties, I didn’t realize there were bones and skin in the can… I’m a country girl and it shouldn’t have grossed me out, but it did. I grew up on salmon patties and never knew I was eating the skin and bones too. I started using tuna… It was good but not like I remember as a kid. Then I ran across this recipe a few months ago… I’m so glad I did! I gave salmon another chance and discovered cans of boneless, skinless salmon….. I’m in heaven! This recipe is so easy and soooo delicious!! I now make salmon patties often. I’ve just talked myself into making them for diner tomorrow…. ;)
    Try adding green onions to the mix… It’s yummy!! ;)

    I’ve tried many of your recipes and have loved each one!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Happy New Year!!

  21. Back when canned salmon was cheap, this was ‘broke food’ in our household often served just before payday. It was served with mashed potatoes, peas and salad. It was then and is now one of my favorite meals. With the addition of a little finely chopped onion, this is the recipe that my mom used.

  22. My grandma made the best salmon patties ever, but unfortunately I don’t know what all she put in them. I make mine the same way as your recipe except I add a little onion, lemon juice, and dill. I love your site…I am a southern girl all the way and the recipes on your site are what I grew up on. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us.

  23. Nothing better than these with some Mac & cheese .

  24. Made them this way for years. So good.

  25. Mama also added a spoon of yellow mustard.

  26. Yes..this is good..I also like to add bell peppers and a tabledpoon of mayo…ummm too yummy

  27. Hi…. Kentuckian here…live 60 miles east of Lexington….Love Love salmon patties, onions egg crackers….I buy the red salmon, so much better taste

  28. Yes my Mother made both Salmon patties and Loaf. She made a dill sauce for patties and served creamed peas with the loaf. Yummy good!

  29. and by the way I forgot to say I love your site, it is food and ingredients and terms I grew up on !!!

  30. My mama made salmon patties all the time …we loved them …seems just like your recipe !!!

  31. Gonna try these soon I love Salmon Patties

  32. My Grandmother and my Mother always used tuna instead of salmon–but they always referred to them as “salmon patties. They added finely chopped onion, egg and a little flour to the fish mixture then made a pattie and rolled it lightly in flour before cooking it in a skillet with a little oil. So good with fresh garden crowder peas and fresh tomatoes!

  33. In high school, my best friends mom would makes these for us all the time! Several years have passed now and forgot about them until now! I made these tonight and my husband has requested to have these on our weekly menu! So delicious and just they way I remember them!

  34. Yes, I remember when they was called croquettes

  35. This is the way my Mom always made them! No one else I know makes them this way. Glad to see I’m not alone!

  36. We use rolled oats instead of cracker crumbs.

  37. I add onions and a little bell pepper finely chopped! :) yummmmmm

  38. This is my recipe almost to a ‘t’, except I also add a lil lemon pepper. :)

  39. tuna works, you can also use half tuna and half salmon. instead of crackers we have always used hushpuppy mix :) nothin better than salmon patties, pintos beans and fried cornbread!

  40. Love salmon patties they are delish all different ways, I like to add finely chopped onion and bell pepper a little salt pepper and creole seasoning

  41. ON A COLD WINTER’S NIGHT WE ALWAYS LIKED TO HAVE THEM WITH SYRUP AND BISCUITS. SOOOO GOOD!!!!!

  42. I drain the salmon, remove bones, and use fat free crackers. I also add a small chopped onion.

  43. Thanks! I’ll give that a try. I keep thinking she added diced pickles or relish as well.

  44. I never pick through the salmon. It’s all digestible and can’t hurt you. Actually, I do sometimes pick the dark part and nibble on it while making the cakes.

  45. my mother in law when she was alive would can carp and make patties that taste just like salmon patties and I my self have used can tuna in place of salmon and made tuna patties

  46. Debbie, this was one of my boys favorite meals. Salmon patties (w/onion), cold pork and beans, stewed potatoes and hot biscuits. Still one of my favorites.

  47. I put finely minced onion and bell pepper in mine…..and a little creole seasoning or old bay. Yummy!

  48. I have made these for years and both my children and Husband Love them, I add fresh parsley,diced scallions and a little Mrs. Dash serve it up with fresh slaw and fried green beans…..DELICIOUS :-)

  49. Just discovered your site today and I have already spent a couple hours on it! I am a true southern gal from Memphis but home is now Paducah, KY. Anyway, is there a trick to picking out the bones in the Salmon? I made s. patties once in my life years ago and swore I would never do it again if I had to pick those bones out! :-)

    • Hi Crystal and welcome to the site. I used to pick them out, too. I read somewhere that they are full of calcium and really good for you. I don’t pick them out any more and you cannot tell they are there when you add the crackers and egg. I have never had anyone say anything about them being in the salmon. Hope you enjoy the recipes and thank you for being a part of the site. Have a great day.

      • I do not remove the bones (my favorite part of the salmon patty) or the skin. Just dump it all in a bowl and break it up, being careful NOT to crush the bones.
        Question? Do all of you heat your pork and beans or eat cold right out of the can? Just curious. My mother always served hers cold as do I, but my mother-in-law always heated hers. My family prefers cold.

  50. this is exactly how I make mine. Sometimes, I’ll add a can of tuna fish to make it go a little farther.

  51. we love salmon patties and this is how I make mine. I serve macaroni and tomatoes with mine. Oh so good!!!!!

  52. I put chopped onions in mine !

  53. To get my son to eat salmon patties. I call them CRABBY PATTIES. (Sponge Bob food). I also like to add some Cajon seasoning to mine, just to spice things up a little.

  54. I first learned to make salmon patties this way when I worked for my uncle in a local restaurant in Mayfield, KY and this is exactly how they made them! They served them with some sweet pepper relish on the side and they always ran out early in the evening. These are some of my kids favorite things to eat and I try to make them when they come for a visit now… The menu usually consists of fried taters and homemade biscuits and gravy to go with them! Reading this brought back wonderful memories of my uncle and of my kids when they were little! I love your site!!

    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. My kids love these salmon patties, too. You menu sounds a lot like mine. From one Ky. girl to another, I am so happy to have you here and hope you drop by often. So nice to meet another Kentuckian always.

  55. Just the way my mom taught me to make them and one of my three sons still loves for me to make them for him. I like hominy and pork-n-beans with mine when there hot. Ohhh but later cold and with a sweet pickle. LOL

  56. I love, love, love these!! I wish I had some right now!

    Love you Mom!

    Leigh

  57. I haven’t made salmon patties in years, Judy, but I think I might try your recipe today. Your patties look exactly like the ones my Daddy used to make. He didn’t cook much, but he had a couple of “specialties.” And salmon patties were one of those. They were really, really good. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

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