Easy Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties

There’s always canned salmon in my pantry for a quick and healthy meal. Salmon protects your heart and promotes beautiful skin and hair. The bones in canned salmon are soft and mash-able so leave them in to add calcium but I remove most of the skin. Any toxins in fish are stored in the skin. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 4

Salmon Patties


  • one 7.5 ounce can red salmon, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fresh whole wheat bread crumbs (not dried)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  1. Place drained salmon in a bowl and mash with a fork.
  2. Mix with onion, red pepper, parsley, egg, and crumbs.
  3. Shape gently into four patties.
  4. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and cook patties for about 5 minutes until browned and cooked through, turning once.

Note: Make fresh bread crumbs by processing a slice of whole wheat bread, crust removed, in a food processor.

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Salmon Patties: How-To Video

245 Comments on "Salmon Patties"

  1. Diane Johnson McCarter

    I thought I recognized that voice, that smile…and I wasn’t wrong. I came for the cinnamon rolls…you had some great little tricks…I don’t do the dental floss my bakers knife gets the job done!

  2. Betty

    Your salmon patty recipe was very easy & tasty. Even my picky husband ate them and loved them

  3. Adrienne Snowden

    This is the single best recipe for salmon I have ever eaten let alone made 10 star recipe here! I’ve made it like 5 times!
    The only reason I don’t eat it more is because my husband is not fond of seafood.

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. cindy

    Tried the salmon patties .I have never been a fish lover but these are delicious . This is my go to for a heart healthy meal . Cant wait for more recipes .

  5. Nanmama

    How can I Air Fry these? Also, If I want to use Pork rinds instead of bread how much would I use? These look absolutely Fabulous!

    • Sandy H

      Hey Nanmama, Did you try these in the air fryer?

  6. Debbie

    What kind of frying pan is the one pictured in your recipe for salmon patties? Thank you!

  7. Jo S

    Love this recipe! Every time I make it I get raves. I used sourdough bread crumbs this time. Fabulous!

  8. GPPD

    Great tasting, healthy recipe. Thanks.

  9. Lanii B

    I am so glad to have found someone who makes Salmon Patties..You also make all my favorite dishes.Salmon patties is one of them.I will make tomorrow .Thanks for the recipes!

  10. Lara

    Jenny you’re better than any chef and cook I’ve seen on the cooking channel. You’re the queen of them all! 😘😘

    • Ranch Girl

      Instead of going to a cookbook for a meal idea I always check her site for the perfect meal.

  11. Leah

    Jenny you’re better than any chef and cook I’ve seen on the cooking channel. You’re the queen of them all! 😘😘

  12. Rosie

    WOW!!!!!! xoxoxox

  13. Detlef

    Thanks Patty,

    Since my wife off-loaded all the family cooking tasks to me, I have been searching for a quick and not fall apart salmon patty recipe. This one sounds great and I love the bread chopping tip! I think my kids and wife will love it.


  14. Ejole

    Can I use already cooked salmon & also fresh salmon? Thanks.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Canned salmon is already cooked so you must use cooked salmon for this recipe.

  15. Marion

    My Mom often used leftover mashed potatoes instead of the bread crumbs

  16. GLORIA

    I love your recipes and videos! You explain things so clearly and are always so cheerful. So many videos on YouTube don’t offer the full printed recipe. This can be so frustrating. Thanks for all you do.

  17. Sandy

    I use cracker crumbs also. My grandmother made these often and I loved to go to her house when she did.


      Sandy, I use crackers when i make salmon patties. In fact, I was thinking about making them today.

  18. Karen

    I ate 2 last night for dinner. Chopped the other 2 over a salad today for lunch. These are even fab, cold on a salad!

  19. Karen

    I made the Salmon Patties tonight…absolutely DeLISH! I’m a Weight Watcher lifestyle and these fit into my plan deliciously!

  20. Elaine

    I made these 3 different ways … Salmon, tuna & crab. DELICIOUS each way!!

  21. Dorrie

    This cook is very simple, her cooking techniques are easy – even young adolescents can follow!

    I admire anyone not afraid to share their skills with others; thank you.

    Ms. Hernandez

    • Gertie

      I don’t think people are afraid to share their comments; just think they are selfish! And… I probably would be one of those people because I don’t like people copying from me in any shape, form or fashion unless I’m being paid. That’s how unique anything I make would be!!!

      • Jojo

        And feeling as you do about sharing, I’m sure you pay everyone including Jenny, if you use their recipes. Only fair.

      • Barbara P

        I happen to believe, IT IS A COMPLIMENT if your recipe is asked for. Why wouldn’t anyone not want to share a great recipe or idea with others? I guess you are very insecure .

  22. Pam

    These salmon Patties were delicious, just like Grandma’s.
    I made the topping of yogurt, bread and butter pickles and horseradish with a little garlic salt Wonderful!!
    Thanks Jenny!!

  23. Norma A Mergner

    I make them with mashed potatoes.

    • Ranch Girl

      I tried instant potatoes and they tuned out well

  24. Zaima

    Wow! Only four steps.

  25. Zaima

    Wow! Only four steps. Amazing! Keep it up!

  26. Lady Lynne

    ThankU for a most delicious, easy and attractive way to prepare a tasty, healthy meal. Your video was perfect!!
    I’ll check your other recipes for sure!!

  27. ellenor

    i forgot in previous comment to tell i made a black bean salad ad cucumber salad with the salmon cakes. the colors were gorgeous together and it
    tasted fantastic

  28. ellenor

    i made these salmon cakes with fresh salmon and mashed it. it was delicious

  29. Sally

    I am on a diet and cannot eat bread. In the salmon patty recipe, does anyone know what I can substitute for the bread crumbs?


      I use mashed up cracklins for all bread crumbs. I’m on a Keto Diet.

    • Red

      I use oatmeal either whole or ground in mini blender
      My husband it diabetic

    • Lisa

      I keep broken wild rice in my home. It cooks up faster than whole wild rice and I love the texture. It is finer. I wonder if you could use that. I don’t know if you should just throw it into the mixture as is first or cook it first. I think I would try cooking the rice first or cooking it until almost done before adding to the mixture.

      • Susan g

        My mom made these with rice all the time. I like the texture of the rice over the bread crumbs.

    • Linda Norton

      I use Panko crumbs

      • Leslie

        I was going to ask about using panko bread crumbs. Do you mix them in or do you pat them on the outside of patty?

      • Ranch Girl

        Italian panko cumbs mostly I did tried instant potatoes and they were good
        I use Old bay seasoning

    • Eleanor.

      You can use crushed up crackers or mashed potatoes hope this helps.
      Eleanor I am on my husband fb page lol.

  30. Maria D'Angelo

    These salmon patties are absolutely awesome and they are the quickest and easiest thing to make! Thanks Jenny!

    • Ranch Girl

      Love them dill dip and a side with a baked sweet potato butter and maple syrup

  31. wendy

    Fantastic! Made these last night because of “stay at home” order and trying to use only/mostly pantry items. I didn’t have red pepper, so used minced celery and added cajun spices (onion and garlic powders, thyme, cayenne and smoked paprika). Didn’t need any toppings, and were crispy on the outside and just moist enough on the inside. I used a tall can of wild salmon so doubled the bread and egg. Made the mix in advance and fried them up at last minute. Served with coleslaw. Will make again, even after the quarantine is lifted! Thanks, Jenny!

  32. Dorinda

    I make these often and follow Jenny’s recipe exactly except that instead of bread crumbs I use 4-5 large wheat crackers which I always keep in the pantry and just crumble into the mix. More flavor. Sometimes I add a can of tuna to the mix to make more and we eat them again the next day for lunch! I also top them with a sauce of plain yogurt, chopped bread butter pickles and horse radish. YUM!

  33. Julie

    Tried this for first time tonight and had to leave a comment. We loved it, was very simple to make and 4 children ages 6~10 also gobbled them up and commented how “pretty” it was. (Also served with applesauce). Thanks, Jen keep up the good work and your Sam and Patty joke was devine! 🙂

  34. Nancy Helton

    My mom always breaded her patties with bread crumbs or cornmeal before frying…try it sometime. Good recipe. Thanks.

  35. Foodie

    I loved this recipe….thank you, but I switched it up a bit.
    Cooked some frozen basa fillets with a splash of white wine, lemon juice & old bay seasoning, then mixed it up with bread crumbs, pepper, parsley, garlic, dehydrated onions and some parmesan cheese. Pan fried….It was delicious!!! Great comfort food.

  36. SarahS

    Omg! Just made these for lunch and they were delicious. I added a little diced celery and some fresh ground lemon pepper seasoning then served on a bed of jalapeño ranch dressing with some crackers. Wish I had taken a photo but they were too good to wait for that… yum!

  37. Aimee

    These are delicious Jenny! It was my first time ever making salmon patties. I laugh because I once bought an expensive can of salmon, opened it up and it freaked out because it had bones and skin. I tossed it because it looked horrible! I thought it was an mistake. Now, thanks to you I know. For this recipe I actually some frozen salmon filets I had in my freezer. I didn’t want to waste them but I didn’t care for the brand to eat them plain. So I cook them in the pressure cooker and then made the patties. Loved how simple and clean the ingredients are. I served mine with a dill pickle dipping sauce and a side of roasted asparagus. The best! I will definitely make them again. Thank you.

  38. Barbara Bonaparte

    Loved your recipe for salmon cakes !

  39. Camille Ortiz

    Made dutch baby pancake with peaches and salmon patties. Was a hit. Just found you after so many years. Its your voice that got me again, before i realized why i knew you. Such a pleasure to see you again.

  40. Barbara

    These are delicious and oh so easy. I also make something similar using canned tuna instead of salmon. The recipe is very forgiving. Like others, I use whatever fresh veggies I have available — minced onion, minced celery, minced carrot, any color bell pepper,

    Sometimes I make a Tziki-type sauce to put on top: No measuring — mix together sour cream OR plain, non-fat yogurt, finely chopped, peeled cucumber, and a large sprinkling of dried dill. Fresh dill is wonderful in this also. Mix together and put a dollop on top of each patty. This sauce is good on any baked or broiled fish.

  41. Misty

    These are really good. We have enjoyed them so much. Thanks loads. We have tried so many of your recipes and now make them over and over. Thanks again.

  42. Linda Funo

    Hi Jenny, I want to make this recipe of your salmon patty, however, my husband is allergic to eggs, what can I substitute for the egg

    • Pat

      You can sub either yogurt or sour cream for the egg

      • Beth

        Another option for an egg replacement is flax seed mixed with water. It becomes a gel texture so it binds nicely. Check Google for measurements. ?

    • Ann McKenna

      Mixing 1 teaspoon (7 grams) of baking soda with 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of vinegar can replace one egg in most recipes.

  43. Brooke

    Jenny CAN COOK fer sure!!!
    These salmon patties were WONderful…THANK YOU SO MUCH…?

  44. Bernadette A Jelinek

    My mom used to cook this for our family when I was home, I’ve cooked this for my family and now my boys cook for their families. I also have used canned Mackeral. It is a lot cheaper than Salman and doesn’t have such a fish scent. I prefer the RED SALMON which is a treat

  45. Lesley

    Encouraged by everyone’s comments, I attempted the salmon burgers tonight. However, I couldn’t get them to stay in patty form (second egg needed perhaps?) so I ended up just scrambling them in the pan, the way I do with hamburger meat when I’m too lazy to make actual burgers, & ate the concoction with a spritz of a lemon wedge. It was ok….not the best.

    • Gmaluvs2cook

      Wonder if Yu possibly used the large can of salmon instead of the 7oz can as recipe states, just noticed this myself ??‍♀️

  46. Liz Mc

    I just made these today for the first time and they were delicious! I froze some of the patties for future use. I love that they are so easy to make, inexpensive and so healthy! I love this website. Thank so much Jenny for sharing your recipes with us. I have made a number of the recipes offered on this site and none of them have been disappointing. Finally, a cooking site that doesn’t make me work like a Michelin chef. Great home cooking loaded with common sense. Can’t thank you enough! 🙂



  48. Dawn

    Just made the patties — sort of. I don’t know what it is about the impulse to change recipes. I thought I was the only one, but am discovering it’s not so.

    I didn’t have the red pepper, so I used celery. Didn’t have whole wheat bread, so used Panko.

    Added a small clove of garlic. Life is not life without garlic!

    They held together just fine.

    Tastes good, though I think I can improve on it.

    I LOVE how easy and quick these are to make. I also love that you can vary them, according to what you have on hand.

    What a great recipe to work with or work off of.

    • Gloria

      I used Old Bay in this receipt and it was wonderful.

      • ArizonaBil

        Gloria, I make mine almost the same as yours, using celery, onion with Pano or store-bought bread crumbs. A little garlic, and salt and pepper. Served with lemon wedges.

      • Heidi E

        How much Old Bay did you use?

    • Gmaluvs2cook

      I use garlic in just about everything
      except fruit and sweets! A little goes a long way, sure enhances the flavors… I’ve started using lemon pepper on my meats and vegetables… It has alot of garlic in it, never new that, used to think it only contained lemon and pepper… Learn something new everyday ??‍♀️

  49. mickey ferris

    I followed the recipe except I did not have fresh parsley so left it out and I added a Tablespoon of grated and minced carrot because I had it and I sprinkled some Montreal Steak Seasoning on the salmon. I used 2 eggs and a cup of fresh soft bread crumbs because I had a 14.5 oz can of salmon, however I did use 1/4 cup minced onion and 1/4 cup red bell pepper minced and cooked until they were soft.

    I cooked the patties in butter and they were the best we have ever had.

  50. Mickey Ferris

    To have red bell pepper on hand I clean and seed the pepper, make thin “sticks” and mince the pepper. I lay them on foil or wax paper and freeze then put in a zip-loc bag so I always have bell pepper when I need it and it cuts down on waste. I also cook my onion and pepper (and garlic) enough to soften for salmon patties.

    Your recipes are easy to follow and very good!!!

    • Gerta

      I like to saute the vegs too, to soften and maximize flavor. I forgott myself and used breadcrumbs by mistake- They were good but would have held together better with fresh. My bad.

  51. Amanda k

    Hi Jenny im so hlad i found your program n Classes. I enjoy everyone. I love your kitchen. I do enjoy your sense of humor.
    Pot pie ?? Awesome funny.
    I am enjoying the polish dishes..
    Looking forward to next class
    Love n peace
    Amanda k Sollid

  52. Lynn

    Does anyone have the problem with them falling apart? I do treat them like they were newborn babies. But they are delicious, so it’s a trade off.

  53. Deloris

    These folks make me laugh? They say “made this recipe only I added this and that and a little of this and left out the yada yada “
    And they haven’t made your recipe at all! haha!!! Try the recipe guys ?

    • Lisa

      OMG I know. People are hilarious. They dont follow the recipe at all then criticize it.

  54. Claudine

    Thank you so much ! You are the best

    • Linda Sue

      Thank you for your lessons making salomn turned out great along we itug h seasoned greanbeans

  55. Beepis

    These peppers, not bell peppers, but hot peppers? Stupid stupid question I know, but I’m new at cooking. And I don’t care if I am pushing 70. Sorry. Not sorry. Thanks.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Sorry, not sorry – LOL!! ? This is not a stupid question, in fact I should have made the recipe clear, which I just did. It’s red bell pepper, the sweet kind, like green bell peppers, only red. You’re new at cooking at 70? That’s wonderful!!

      • Texas Animal Lover

        Not ever too late to learn to cook. I am happy you are learning. I love to cook and bake. . . then give to my friends. Cooking is a great way for me to stay busy. I started learning to cook when I was 10 years old. I learned from the best- – my 2 grandmas and mom. My 11-year-old granddaughter has started to learn now. I love helping her with her journey. So proud of her!! I will be 72 on Feb. 27th!! All praise and glory be to God for being with me thru the years.

    • Linda Sue

      No mam your not stupid you have a valid question in a spoken way

  56. Judy R

    I’m making out my grocery list as I find your interesting recipes. My mother, about 50 years ago, made salmon croquettes and had a white sauce on top. Are you familiar with that?
    Thanks for you good common sense recipes.

    • David Thomas

      I remember my mother making these but I don’t remember the recipe. I do know that the ‘bread crumbs’ were crushed saltine crackers and the white sauce was the Argo Cornstarch White Sauce recipe.I would like to find this recipe also. I am finding that my childhood memory of tastes are different from my adult tastes of the same recipe. 😉

      • Donna rodman

        That’s my moms recipe too. I totally forgot until you mentioned it. I don’t have the recipe either. If you find it please share.

      • Misty

        Don’t know if this might be the one you are talking about.

        Old Easy Salmon Croquettes – Plain – Not Fancy

        1 sleeve Saltine crackers crushed
        2 eggs
        1 can salmon – 14.75 ounce
        x small onion diced

        Classic White Sauce

        A classic sauce. Use as is or add cheese, vegetables, dried beef, chicken, etc.
        Quick Facts
        Prep Time: 5 minutes
        Cook Time: 5 minutes
        Yield: 1 cup

        1 tablespoon Argo® Corn Starch
        1 cup milk
        2 tablespoons butter OR margarine
        1/4 teaspoon salt
        1/8 teaspoon pepper


        Stove Top: Combine corn starch and milk in a small saucepan; stir until smooth. Add butter, salt and pepper. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
        Microwave: Combine corn starch and milk in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl; stir until smooth. Microwave on HIGH (100%) for 2 minutes; remove and stir. Microwave 1 to 2 minutes more, or until mixture thickens and boils for 1 minute. Remove from microwave. Stir in butter, salt and pepper.
        Makes a delicious, creamy sauce for vegetables, casseroles, chicken or seafood.

        • clara morey

          I make my Salmon Patties somewhat like yours but never added the red pepper but will make that change. i make the white sauce like yours only i add green peas either frozen and thawed or steamed. Serve it over the patties. It makes a nice flavor and looks pretty.

      • Thomas Spears

        The Argo white sauce recipe most likely can still be found outside of the Argo cornstarch box.

      • Judy

        Loretta Lynn made a ‘Shrimp Croquette’ recipe years ago w/ a white creamy sauce on top. You can find it online.

    • Judy

      Loretta Lynn has a recipe online I found 30 yrs ago for I think shrimp croquettes. I would follow that & sub the salmon. Good luck!

  57. Fred T

    Everything you make is appealing to the eye and I can almost smell what you make.

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    I really enjoy your cooking videos and especially your sense of humor. I would to subscribe to your channel but do not see any way to do it. Keep up the good work. You are a beautiful lady.

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  59. crystal terry

    Love you Jenny!!!!!!!!! Your recipes are amaze!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Pandora 153

    This comment is late.
    Salmon patties , the whole bread can be used. The whole Salmon
    Can be used ,because the process that the salmon and canning goes
    Thru kills the toxins.

  61. Nance Roy

    Awesome recipe

  62. Joe G

    Jenny I love watching your videos…you put me in a good mood. You sure are one upbeat, sweet lady!

  63. RJ

    I was just wondering for how many days salmon patties (using egg) leftovers can be refrigerated. Thank you.

  64. Lisa H

    Hi Jenny, Love your channel – especially the Polish food. We’ve made so many of your recipes! I’m sure you’ve heard this over and over, but the salmon patties is an OUTSTANDING recipe. Beats my grandmother’s hands-down. I sometimes add a bit of jalapeño for heat; other than that; it’s perfection as-is. We make extra to have cold the next day. YUM and THANKS.

  65. Olivia47

    Just made these salmon patties tonight. My husband and I thought they were delicious!! Thank you Jenny for sharing this recipe with us. Although I didn’t have any red pepper to put into the salmon, they still turned out so very good. I’ll make these again! Again, thank you Jenny.

  66. Paul

    OUTSTANDING recipe! I just made the Salmon Patties recipe for lunch, They were so good, I ate all four patties. Since my wife won’t touch anything with onions, they were all mine. I made these several months ago, but without the parsley and with green peppers. They were just OK, but following the instructions, season with fresh lemon and Himalayan Salt they are gourmet..

    Thank you Jenny.

    • Lynelle

      Like you, I made the salmon patties without parsley and with green peppers! I agree they were easy to make and tasty and yet still could use something more. I’m eager to try with ? and Himalayan salt as you suggested! Sounds incredible! Thanks so much!

  67. Karissima

    I love it!!! Your video was very entertaining and kept me tuned in to the very end! ?? I love the “Sam&Patty’s” conversation, so so cuute!!! LOL. Oook, on the serious note, I’m definitely making these for lunch my husband and I’s meal prep menu. A good friend gave me 10 cans of salmon she wasn’t using so Salmon Patties and a side of veggies + b.rice or some sort of whole wheat grain will be pur lunch for next week! ?? Thanks again for the recipe. ❤❤❤

  68. Terry

    Finally found the small can of Salmon, these were delicious, very easy to cook on stove, I froze 2, hubs does not eat salmon, they froze very well, love your recipes, thanks so much? a rose for you!,

  69. Laura

    I love your recipe here so simple and inexpensive. I think I would add Italian seasoning and garlic powder for more flavor though. I like your idea of fresh bread crumbs too, more healthy that way.

  70. Carol S

    I watched the video and noticed you used a store brand bread. I have your whole wheat bread recipe can I use this bread. I usually make 2 loafs and freeze it since I live alone and only need 1/4 loaf a week. Also, is there a reason why you don’t dry the bread by toasting before adding it?

    Thank you. I love your way of explaining the recipes and have recommended them to others.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Of course you can use my wheat bread for this. I used store bought because many people don’t make their own bread and they’ll know what to look for. Fresh bread crumbs provide more moisture than dried and are better for this recipe.

      • kman18

        ” Fresh bread crumbs provide more moisture than dried and are better for this recipe.”

        Hello, I love your videos and many of your recipes.
        I tried this with dried ground breadcrumbs (had no fresh bread in the house), otherwise followed it exactly, and I felt they came out almost too moist. I liked the creamy texture inside but still they seemed a bit wet (and I drained the canned salmon well).

        My usual recipe calls for a mixture of 60-40 mix of breadcrumbs and mashed potato flakes…

        Maybe I’ll try in-between next time.

        Keep up the great work (and great sense of humor!)

  71. Tasha

    Jenny- Thank you for this delicious recipe! I am just starting to change my diet and came across this recipe this morning. I made these for dinner tonight and they were FABULOUS and very flavorful. Can’t wait to try the whole wheat bread and healthier cinnamon rolls.

  72. JJ

    I’ve made these many times. My kids Love them. My picky husband loves them. One of my girls eats them, after we have had dinner, cooked, but refrigerated and cold, like cookies. I have never thought they were bland. 1/4 cup onions and red pepper—bland?

  73. MiMi

    I used your recipe except I doubled the ingredients and used Panko bread crumbs instead of bread and I used 3 eggs and added some red pepper flakes
    ( been adding RPF to a LOT of recipe’s lately ) anyway although they were OK, they still were BLAND, just seemed to be missing something. Anyone have any ideas what I could add ?? Maybe some garlic ??

    • Regi

      I added dried dill weed.

    • TC


      I used this recipe as well, but I added sea salt, black pepper, old bay, cajun seasoning and garlic. It came out delicious with the additional seasonings.

      • kman18

        Old Bay is great, so is lemon pepper, and if you can take the heat, a little sriracha.

  74. Judy

    This is the recipe for salmon patties that my grandmother gave me. But when I made them for our family, my son didn’t like them. He said they were too bland. Is there a seasoning that I can add to make them less bland?

  75. San

    For a carb free diet, could an oatmeal product be substituted for the bread?

  76. Polish chick.

    My gram made these very often.. No meat Fridays. None the less she made a topping of creamed peas and carrots. They were awesome. For better flavor, instead of bread crumbs, try ritz crackers. Butter makes all the difference.

    • Grammy D

      I add 2 eggs, no onion or garlic, just a little salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, a Tabl of dill pickle juice, some basil and crushed soda crackers. I then fry in real butter until outside is crispy crunchie. To me, these are perfect! I take all grey blood and skins off also. Mix it into dogs food. Not his favorite but will eat it.

  77. Roberta Atwood

    first time ever making salmon patties. They were excellent. The only thing that I did differently was to use Italian bread crumbs. I’ll be making this again.

  78. Nancy G

    You are an absolute joy to watch & listen to. I’ve made these and added lots of fresh dill….WONDERFUL !!!!!! Having a can of GOOD salmon in the cupboard & this recipe is a lifesaver for a fast meal. Tonight I’m making DOUBLE the recipe…they were THAT good. Thanks SO much.

  79. Zenobia

    Love your love your recipes and your sense of humor, thanks.

  80. BECKY

    I grew up on the North Carolina coast when shrimp were a glut on the market….. many, many years ago. There were definitely shrimp patties, in season. Chop the shrimp in a processor in one long 5-7 seconds grind at most. You want some chunkiness. This gives you nice chunks and small pieces in the patties. You can use any recipe for patties.
    Your recipe for salmon patties would be great with shrimp.

    • Polish chick.

      I would think the basic recipe would be fabulous with crab also. Just adjust the seasonings with a sea food seasoning. Making me fat just thinking about them.

  81. june

    Just made the salmon patties – sooooo good! will never make them any other way.

    Also, tried your chicken meatballs – got great reviews. One thing I have learned from your videos is that I always overcooked my food – your recipe called for cooking the meatballs for 20 minutes – I always cooked them for one hour! so glad I now have you as a tutor!!

    One question I have – if you use fresh herbs such as parsley, what is the best way to save what is not used for another time?

    • Patricia

      I grow parsley and basil. For flat-leaf parsley, trim the bottom stems a little, to make them somewhat the same length; then stand them in a cool glass of water; they are pretty on a windowsill, and just use as needed. Many herbs can be saved this way. Change the water every few days, to keep it fresh. Curly parsley usually does not have long enough stems, but I prefer flat-leaf anyway.

  82. Kathy

    Dear Jenny,
    Thank you for the delicious recipe! I would like to make a larger quantity & freeze to serve for a cold lunch. Can I leave overnight in the fridge & in the morning leave out till lunch, to eat cold? Or do you have reheat after freezing please?

    • Jenny

      Once they are cooked, I see no reason why you can’t eat them cold.

      • Glenna

        Oh YES, I second this. DO try them cold- I love them cold for breakfast the next day- and almost better, really, than served hot!

    • Polish chick.

      They make a perfect addition to a salad.

  83. Rena

    Miss Jenny ,
    I just wanted to take a moment to say…how pleasant it was seeing you again. So glad I came across you on Pinterest . Thank you for the recipe.

  84. Julia Lindsay

    Dear Jenny, These salmon patties are outstandingly delicious. I just made them for lunch for my husband, George, and me and, of course, for our four kids: pekingnese, poodle, schnauzer and yorkie. Bookmarked your recipe. G & I came to your show in Chicago and loved you. So glad to find your website. Yay!

    • Monika

      Please no onion for your four legged family members.

  85. BestMomEver

    These are so delicious!!!

  86. Beth

    These are so good Jenny! I made a light cream sauce and added a few frozen peas AND I grew up with mother putting a slice of toast (I used your homemade bread, has to be toasted)on each plate; with the salmon patty, and cream sauce/peas on top. Do I dare say; mashed potato also..ha! Thanks again for the lighter side. I can still enjoy the good stuff.

    • Patti

      That’s a great way to serve the salmon patties. My kind of dish.

    • Barbo

      I love the way Beth makes it.
      Will try it tomorrow

  87. Jo Stenger

    Love this recipe. So easy, so flavorful! Love your website.

  88. Sandy

    I never drain the juice off the canned salmon. It gives it much more flavor to keep it in

  89. Nols Cooper

    Jenny you are awesome! I loved the vid on salmon patties! I laughed till I cried. Every time from now on I will tell the the joke of Sam and Pattie, love it! Thanks for being you!

    • Brian B (UK)

      I agree Jenny YOU are fantastic, always a bit of naughty fun. I have not stopped cooking for weeks (I am retired) and my wife leaves it to me and likes the things you make me do. Love the videos you make it so easy for us, we love you Jenny. XXXX

  90. Sue Ames

    This recipe reads like what my mother used to make us as a child. I love Salmon Patties and need to make it for myself. I am on WW and this one looks good.

  91. Nancy

    I love shrimp! Could I substitute cooked, chopped shrimp? What changes would you suggest, if any, to compliment the flavor difference?

    • Jenny

      I’m sorry I can’t say – I have never used shrimp.

    • Kel

      To substitute shrimp I recommend a garlic and olive oil flavor perhaps with a touch of basil or my favorite is to barely process the shrimp with dried tomatoes (in oil), horseradish and lemon with egg and bread crumbs. We’ve also just mixed shrimp, capers, salt and pepper, egg and whole wheat cracker crumbs. Delish!

  92. araucano

    I love your website,your salmon patties seem easy and tasty many
    thanks.I’ll be back………keep up the good work,araucano.

  93. Iryna Wilson

    Perfect recipe….I love these cold right from the fridge. Even better the next day but for leftovers I have to use 3 cans of salmon.

    I even made them tiny for appetizers with a dollop of horseradish sauce on top and a sprig of dill. Thank you.

    • Barbara

      What a perfect appetizer a tinier version makes.

  94. Carolyn

    Looks good, I might try it

  95. France V.

    I love your videos Jenny but for your salmon patties, my opinion would be that i prefer the onion and bell pepper to be cooked before adding them raw in the salmon.
    That way, you’re not biting into something hard or not cooked, you know what i mean ???
    I will try it but with my version, wich is cooked onion and red bell pepper.

  96. Farida Rohoman

    Love your recipes, these salmon cakes are the best I am Guyanese and we make these with dhal and rice or as a sandwich. We like food a bit spicy so we add hot peppers. We also use cooked mashed potatoes in stead of bread crumbs.
    Thanks for the simple recipes.

  97. Kathy Kelley

    Your cooking is so easy and good. I’m 65 and totally disabled. Even your bread is so easy. No running here and there. I have all my stuff under my bar so I’m always ready. Oh, and I started collecting all those colorful spatulas also.

  98. Bk

    What kind of red peppers in the salmon cakes?

  99. L.A. Lisa

    Loved this recipe! Reminds me of my grandmother’s. Fresh bread crumbs are the tasty secret weapon to perfect patties. My husband can’t get enough of them.

  100. Gwyn

    Very good, I didn’t have wheat bread so used Panko bread crumbs!!

  101. Eve

    I love this recipe. I reduced the bread crumbs and added milled faxed seed and grinder dome almonds in my spice mill. Incredible again. Thanks so much.

  102. Garnet Barkley

    I grew up eating salmon patties (I’m 73) and my mother always used saltines, so I Always did too. I’m going to try the breadcrumbs and the Panko crumbs, maybe in combination, the next time I make them. Guess I will leave out the pepper though as my husband dislikes peppers. May chop up a few pimentos though…..he never sees it as pepper. Lol

  103. Stu

    This was the first recipe I saw you make on youtube and the bread trick REALLY makes a difference. These were delicious! And you are too funny! Love the color and the zing!

  104. Karine

    Oh wow! Just perfect. The whole family loved it! And with young kids, it is not always the case! Thank you!!

  105. Amanda (food Tech student)

    hey I’m wondering if you would know what your ingredients are in Mills/Grams because I live in Australia and I can’t use USA measurements

  106. betty boop

    Thanks for this web site !

  107. Pam

    These are as tasty as they are beautiful. The only extra things I added were some seasonings — a dash or two of hot sauce, some Bays seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Didn’t have bread, so used some panko and crushed oyster crackers I had. Delicious. Thank you!

  108. BeccaS

    Hi Jenny,

    I just love this recipe! So simple and so delicious. I made one small change. I added some Old Bay Seasoning to the mix before cooking it.

    I’m new to your site and so glad I found it. Can’t wait to try some other recipes, especially the granola bars. Thanks so much.

  109. Renee

    I made these for the first time ever just a couple minutes ago. Easy to follow recipe, mine did not come out as pretty but tasted delicious! Maybe my second try will produce picture worthy patties lol.

  110. Debbie Richard


    I made the salmon patties today and they were delicious! They turned out pretty like yours with the red and green flecks of color throughout.

    I made a couple small adjustments based on what I had on hand: I crushed some Ritz Crackers in the chopper for filler (as I didn’t have the wheat bread). I had a jar of roasted red peppers, so chopped some of those since I didn’t have the fresh red pepper.

    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  111. Jules

    Dear Jenny,

    I am anxious to try this recipe. Would using gluten-free WHITE bread work? I do not eat wheat.

    • Jenny

      The bread is essentially filler so I think your bread will work.

      • Jules

        I tried the Salmon Patties, however, I only used 1/8 c. red peppers. They were AWESOME!!!!!

      • Dawn Morgan

        Jenny, I always used dry bread crumbs but anxious to try soft fresh bread. I suspect the difference is that the fresh bread will hold together better than the bread crumbs, which have a tendency to crumble a little when forming and frying. Or is it the taste?

  112. Elayne

    I have been making fish cakes for years and I’ve just tried this recipe….. Amazing. I replaced the parsley with a good handful of fresh spinach. I also used a Nutribullet to whizz up/blend the onion, spinach and breadcrumbs. I can definitely recommend grating or blending the onion. What a difference it makes to the taste. Thank you so much. X (ps I omitted the peppers because I really don’t like the taste and threw in a few dried chilli flakes instead.)

  113. Letychicche

    there is a lot of passion in what you do and your recipes are true and original. Many times I find recipes that are copies of other recipes.
    Good !!!!!
    Ciao da Letychicche

  114. raneem

    Can I use canned tuna instead of canned salmon?
    And what would you serve these with?

  115. Carmen

    We made these today to have with eggs Benedict. What a delicious and easy recipe! Thank you.

  116. Deborah Sanford

    These salmon patties were so good. I left out bell pepper cause my husband don’t like them. They were really good.

  117. Jan

    can these be eaten with whole wheat burger patties?

    • Jenny

      If you mean hamburger buns I think you could. These patties are smaller than hamburger buns so you might want to make the patties flatter and wider. If I were doing it I would only make two salmon patties from this recipe. That way they would be the right size for the buns and would give you two substantial salmon burgers.

  118. Lisa

    Hi Jenny

    Can you please tell me if you use fresh or dried parsley?

    • Jenny


      • Lisa

        Thanks Jenny… Do you ever use ezekial sprouted grain bread usually found in the freezer section of stores in addition to wheat bread for bread crumbs

        • Jenny

          I think crumbs made with Ezekial bread would not be very soft and the salmon patties might be a little more chewy.

  119. Lei

    great salmon cake recipe!
    Thank you!

  120. Cristina

    Can I used salmon that’s not canned?

  121. tricia

    what do you mean by fresh bread crumbs? aren’t they the same with the ones that are store bought? thanks in advance!

    • Jenny

      You can’t buy fresh breadcrumbs – they have to be made fresh at home because they are soft and moist. Fresh crumbs are essentially just fresh bread in very small pieces. You can take a slice of bread and either process it in a food processor or you can cut it into tiny pieces with a sharp serrated knife. Look at the picture of my breadcrumbs recipe to see the difference: https://www.jennycancook.com/recipes/homemade-bread-crumbs/

  122. Kim Evans

    Made these today for my mom’s lunch. They turned out great–one could really taste the salmon come through. I served them with some sautéed squash and onion rings, and cinnamon cooked apples. She loved the meal and it was healthy. Thankyou for sharing Jenny

  123. Marla

    Deeeeeee-licious! Mine fell apart, tho. Any ideas to stop that? (Probably user error!)

    • Jenny

      Some possible reasons for your patties to fall apart: 1) Salmon not drained well enough. 2) Egg was too small. (I use large eggs) 3) You used dried bread crumbs. They should be “fresh” bread crumbs and that could be my fault for not being clear. I have clarified the recipe to say “fresh, not dried” bread crumbs. Fresh crumbs have more moisture so I hope you’ll try again and let me know how they turn out.

  124. Lynda

    Do you have the nutrtional information for these yummy salmon patties?

    • Jenny

      I’m sorry, I don’t. I’m just sharing what I cook at home.

    • sylvie

      Lynda, you can get the nutritional information by going to a website that you can log food to get your daily calorie intake. When I make something, I add the full ingredients to the recipe, and then figure out how many servings I have and divide by that.

      You can use SparkPeople, or MyFitnessPal, for examples!

  125. kings lynn

    Wow, that looks really good. I think I would eat it. Not so sure about the toddler he is so picky lately but that looks really good.

  126. Tanya

    I have just discovered your web page 🙂 I am loving going through all your recipes, these patties are on the menu for tomorrow night’s dinner! I made your Easiest Lemon Brownie today and Oh wow, it is amazing, light and delicious and not really that bad for you! I’ve just started meal planning so will be scouring your page for recipes I can try out! Loving that they are health conscious! Thanks again!

  127. Joann Richardson

    When you drain the salmon does it have little bones or anything that has to be picked thru.

    • Jenny

      The bones in canned salmon are soft and mash-able so leave them in to add calcium.

  128. Kat Kiser

    These are fantastic!! I just made this recipe for the 5th time tonight in the past 2 months. My husband says they are the best salmon patties he’s ever had and my 19 month old daughter asks for more when she’s done…which is pretty amazing. Thank you so much for sharing! This recipe will be one of those that gets passed down to my children when they’re old enough to cook! 🙂

  129. Donnalee

    Jenny – Thank you. My daughter brought me a jar of her awesome canned salmon when she moved down from Alaska. Her husband caught it himself! (I’m not much of a salmon eater despite being from Seattle!) I’m going to make him a surprise dinner with this recipe. I’m sure he’ll love it.

    • Jenny

      When I vacationed in Alaska, I caught some salmon and had it canned, which was very exciting, so I know your son-in-law will be thrilled with your surprise dinner.

  130. Sue

    This is exactly what I was looking for, a quick recipe for patties using can salmon. This will be tonight’s dinner. Thank you.

  131. Andrea

    I’m going to make these tonight! I’m going to grate the onion as suggested above, and I’m going to add a little garlic powder and parmesan cheese to the bread crumb mixture!!! Thanks for this!!

  132. Gwen

    I grew up on these in England. My Nanna made them with mashed potatoes and finely chopped onion then rolled them in a light dusting of flour before she fried them. They were wonderful. I make them sometimes.

    • Edwei

      This is how Mum always made her Salmon Patties, with (firm) mashed potato, chopped onions-either spring onions or regular ones-and a dusting of flour before frying. We’re in Sydney, Australia, so I guess this is a recipe she inherited from her English forebears via her Aussie Mum or English Dad. I have loved them forever-they really are delicious.

  133. my mom

    My mom in Washington state asked me this evening if I knew bout doin’this here w/the salmon patties and I wasn’t sure. So,I did what every girl knows what to do – ask directions!!! And I found Jenny cooks!!!! Ad the answer!!!so, thank you,Jenny!!!

  134. Tabitha

    I am allergic to yeast and corn so we have discovered Rice Krispies as a binder instead of bread or cracker crumbs. They really create an amazing texture for anything you normally use bread crumbs for.

  135. Victoria

    How high do you turn on the stove?

    • Jenny

      Oops, I should have said that in the recipe. It should be about medium heat because they are fat patties and have to brown on the outside but cook on the inside too. (I have fixed the recipe so thanks for your question!)

  136. Paola Mirella

    I write from Italy … yam yam … have just discovered your spot – great lady you are thanks for sharing your knowledge. Will treasure your recipes.

    Question – we have great FRESH salmon here. Can I use that and if test, how ?

    Ciao and best wishes,
    P M

    • Jenny

      To use fresh salmon with my recipe, it needs to be cooked first, then cooled and flaked. Try to use about the same amount of salmon as the can which would be 213 grams or just under one cup. Ciao back to you!

  137. Christina Waugh

    As a child these were a regular staple in our family of six. Mom always served them with tomato soup and we would dunk bites or just put bites in the soup and then eat. Mom also used saltines in her mixture instead of bread crumbs.

    • Victoria

      These were a regular at our home too. Mom also used Saltines. Delicious.

  138. John Knechel

    We have been making these for many years, except we use crushed saltine crackers instead of bread crumbs. This gives them a different taste and texture.

  139. Dorna .griffin

    Hi jenny when I make the salmon patties I use large can salmon& 2lg. Mashed potatoes. They have more body. Have a great day.

  140. Diane Raschal

    My Grandma was from Louisiana and made the best salmon patties. Although she gave me the list of ingredients (because she never wrote down recipes) mine were never as good as hers. After years of trying to replicate hers I finally asked her exactly how she made them. I was doing everything she did EXCEPT she grated her onion. It made all the difference. Grating the onion helps to keep the patties intact and is easier than getting that fine dice fine enough. Try grating your veggies and see if you like the texture better. Love the way you cook Jennie. Thanks!

    • Jenny

      Thanks for the helpful tip. I will try it next time.

  141. Jessica

    Can you also bake these?

    • Jenny

      Yes, you can bake these. I would try a 400 degree oven on a greased baking sheet for 10-15 minutes, turning once. I’ve never done it but that’s my best guess on time & temp.

  142. Bob

    My Mom used to make these and I haven’t had them now for 30+ years. It is below zero, so I won’t be going out and I don’t have all the ingredients, so I will be substituting celery for the peppers, chives will be substituted for the parsley and regular bread crumbs will be used in place of the wheat crumbs (it is either that or sawdust). I am sure it will be great!!!

  143. Paula

    Hi, this looks great, is it possible to freeze uncooked once prepared? Regards Paula

    • Jenny

      Hmmm, I’m not a freezer expert but that does not sound good to me. It seems you would lose some moisture and texture. However, I might cook them first, then freeze. If you do either one, please let me know – it would be good information to share. Hey… I’m making salmon patties tonight and I’ll freeze two (one uncooked and one cooked) and report on those when I take them out.

      • Jana Baur

        How did it come out? the cooked vs uncooked freezing?

        • Jenny

          I experimented by freezing both cooked and uncooked salmon patties and I would definitely cook them first and then freeze. If you cook them first and then freeze, all you have to do is thaw and warm them again, which you can do quickly in a pan or a microwave. When you freeze them uncooked, you first have to thaw them, which takes time, but freezing made them kind of soggy and they did not hold their shape very well so they were harder to cook. That’s why I say to cook first, then freeze.

          • Dawn

            Thank you for sharing your experimentation! I love freezer meal planning and this is exactly what I needed to know!

          • Jason

            Thanks for reporting your freezing results. I was wondering which way is best and you answered my question.

  144. Nicole

    looks good. instead of salmon can one use tuna? we do not have canned salmon in switzerland 🙂

    by the way, the recipes look great and easy to make. thanks.

    • Jenny

      I think they would be just as good with tuna, only not as colorful. 🙂

    • Brandi

      I make tuna patties all the time. Pretty much the same way except I’m not a huge fan of peppers. I also salt and pepper my mix before making the patties. Growing up in the south (US) we always breaded the patties with corn meal for extra crunch.

      • betty boop

        Have been making salmon patties since I was 12 yrs old.
        I’m 66 now.
        Always with corn meal a little flour,onion.eggs and canned salmon with juice,salt and pepper.
        Hot oiled pan & don’t turn till browned on bottom,they won’t break apart that easy.
        But I am going to try Jenny’s way too !
        Now I know I can freeze them too !
        Love this web site.

  145. janet torres

    i have made these many times over the years, also can bake in a loaf pan in the oven . fast and easy with instant mashed potatoes and peas or corn . can have dinner on table in about 15 to 30 min .i use those panko crumbs italian style .

    • Lola j

      I always used cracker crumbs. Ritz crackers adds another flavor.

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