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Great-Grandmother Sistrunk’s Salmon Patties Recipe

This recipe comes from my Great-Grandmother Sistrunk's recipe book. I appreciate that her recipes were passed down to me.

Great-Grandmother Sistrunk’s salmon patties

Great-Grandmother Sistrunk’s salmon patties

My great-grandmother, Dora Rebecca Sistrunk, lived on land that had a fishing camp on the Suwannee River. My great-grandpa, William Owen Sistrunk, built his family home close to the river because he was an avid fisherman.

My great-grandpa loved to smoke fish for his family and friends. He built a large icehouse and a huge smoker on the river. His favorite fish were largemouth bass and salmon. My great-grandmother loved smoked and fried mullet. She must have passed that love on to me, because I love those foods, too.

This is one of her recipes that uses one of her sweetheart’s favorite fish, salmon. My great-grandpa said they started canning salmon in 1864 to save his papa from having them specially delivered for him.

My grandma gave me her mother’s recipe for salmon patties. She also told me all about her wonderful time growing up on the river.

This is one of my favorite recipes from my great-grandmother, and I hope you will enjoy this recipe, too.

Dora Rebecca Krimminger Sistrunk

Dora Rebecca Krimminger Sistrunk

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

18 min

38 min

4 to 5 patties


  • 2 cups salmon, drained and flaked
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 cup finely ground cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Using your hands, shape the mixture into four or five patties.
  2. Roll each patty in the cracker crumbs.
  3. In a skillet with about 1/8 cup of hot fat, brown each patty on both sides. It takes about 2-4 minutes on each side to be done. It depends on how thick or thin you make your patties.

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