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How to Make Easy Salmon Patties: A Low-Budget, Healthy Seafood Dinner

Updated on March 27, 2017
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Salmon Patties and Baked French Fries

Crunchy salmon patties and crispy baked fries make for a tasty and nutritious meal for the family.
Crunchy salmon patties and crispy baked fries make for a tasty and nutritious meal for the family. | Source

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Salmon Patties are Tasty, Affordable, and Nutritious

Imagine preparing a meal for your family where you strike a balance between taste, affordability, and nutrition: Salmon Patties, seasoned just right with herbs and ingredients, are easy to make and will help you meet your goal. It is also a no added salt recipe.

Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, salmon patties will quench your children's taste buds while meeting your need to provide a nutritious and affordable meal:

  • Tasty - Canned salmon is usually the product used to make tasty salmon patties, or as they are also called, salmon cakes or croquettes. The preferred choice, Alaskan wild caught pink salmon, is packed in a can and is often used for salads, sandwiches, and casseroles. It is a surprisingly tasty alternative to canned tuna.
  • Affordable - A can of this delicious fish can range in retail price from $3.00 to almost $8.00, depending on the brand, the store, and the type of salmon. The most popular types are red sockeye, coho, and pink (see table below). At a fraction of the price of a fresh fillet, it's an ideal way to feed a large family or guests without spending a fortune.
  • Nutritious - Canned salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein and essential amino acids, low in fat and cholesterol, an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, niacin, and selenium, as well as Vitamins D, B12, and B6.

Healthy Dinner on a Budget for the Family

Feeding your family tasty, nutritious meals within a budget is not always easy.

Buying fast foods like burgers, tacos, fried chicken, and pizzas makes your life easier but those expenses can really add up.

Fast foods, eaten on a regular basis, can also increase the amount of salt, cholesterol, and fat your family is ingesting. We are all too familiar with the numerous reports in the media of increased childhood obesity and diabetes due to poor diet and nutrition.

Necessary Utensils

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Large Heavy Skillet
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Cooking Sheet and Paper Towels
  • Waxed Paper
  • Two Spatulas

Ingredients

  • 1 Canned Alaskan Wild Caught Pink Salmon
  • 1/3 cup Unseasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Crushed Rosemary Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Spike Salt-free Natural Seasonings
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 cup Vidalia Sweet Onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Green Pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 wedge of Fresh Lemon, squeezed juice and grated zest
  • 3 tablespoons Water
  • Cooking Spray
  • Canola Oil

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 10 - 1/2 cup patties

Salmon Mixture Preparation

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Canned salmon is broken apart and lightly smashed with a fork.Salmon bones are removed.
Canned salmon is broken apart and lightly smashed with a fork.
Canned salmon is broken apart and lightly smashed with a fork. | Source
Salmon bones are removed.
Salmon bones are removed. | Source

Canned Salmon (Without Ingredients)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/4 cup
Calories 80
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 12 g24%
Cholesterol 50 mg17%
Sodium 270 mg11%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Directions

  1. Drain can of salmon, place in mixing bowl, and break apart with a fork. Although the bones are full of nutrients, I like to remove them with a fork and discard. Continue to flake and break up salmon with fork.
  2. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over salmon. Add crushed rosemary, Spike Natural Seasonings, and black pepper, shaking evenly over salmon and bread crumbs. Crack the egg in the center of mixture. Add Worcestershire sauce, sweet onions, green peppers, lemon juice, lemon zest, and water.
  3. Starting from the center, blending the egg first, move outward, stirring lightly with fork, but thoroughly blending all ingredients well. Do not smash salmon. Let the mixture set for five minutes.
  4. Prepare skillet by coating first with cooking spray to decrease sticking of salmon patties. Cover the skillet with an 1/8 inch of canola oil (about one cup). On stove top, use low heat to warm oil until salmon patties are ready to fry. Spread paper towels onto cookie sheet to drain cooked salmon patties.
  5. Using a fork, pick up about a 1/2 cup of salmon mixture to form each patty in one hand. Use the fork to shape patties gently, but firmly. Place formed patties onto waxed paper.
  6. Turn flame on high to heat oil until slight smoke forms to get oil hot. Place salmon patties in skillet, cooking 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
  7. Use two spatulas to turn patties gingerly as they will be soft and prone to break. Turn flame to medium for second side of patties to brown. Carefully remove from hot skillet and place cooked patties onto cookie sheet covered with paper towels.
  8. Serve with baked fries and tossed green salad with tomatoes. Add your favorite sauce or tartar.

Blended Ingredients

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Salmon mixture is blended well with all ingredients.Salmon mixture is blended and ready to be formed into patties.
Salmon mixture is blended well with all ingredients.
Salmon mixture is blended well with all ingredients. | Source
Salmon mixture is blended and ready to be formed into patties.
Salmon mixture is blended and ready to be formed into patties. | Source

Forming the Patties

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Scooping up mixture to form salmon patty is easy.Forming salmon patty is done with palm and fork.Formed salmon patties are 2 to 3 inches in diameter.Salmon patties are placed on waxed paper ready to fry.
Scooping up mixture to form salmon patty is easy.
Scooping up mixture to form salmon patty is easy. | Source
Forming salmon patty is done with palm and fork.
Forming salmon patty is done with palm and fork. | Source
Formed salmon patties are 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
Formed salmon patties are 2 to 3 inches in diameter. | Source
Salmon patties are placed on waxed paper ready to fry.
Salmon patties are placed on waxed paper ready to fry. | Source

Frying the Patties

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Patties browning in hot skillet.Patties frying in canola oil.
Patties browning in hot skillet.
Patties browning in hot skillet. | Source
Patties frying in canola oil.
Patties frying in canola oil. | Source

Nutritious Serving Suggestion

Serving suggestion for a healthy, balanced seafood meal includes a tossed salad and will appeal to all of your family members, including the children.
Serving suggestion for a healthy, balanced seafood meal includes a tossed salad and will appeal to all of your family members, including the children. | Source

Salmon Patties as a Meal

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Most Popular Wild Caught Canned Salmon Types

Type of Salmon
Description
Brands
Pricing
Red Sockeye
dark reddish-orange color, rich flavor; firm texture; more popular, better taste
Wild Planet, Raincoast Trading, Wild Catch, Roland
most expensive
 
high in oil content, calcium, and minerals; higher in quality, usually sustainable
Bumble Bee Red, Trader Joe's Red, Wild Red
$6 to $8 per can retail
 
highest in Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coho
medium red color, less firm
Crown Prince Smoked Alaskan
similar to sockeye prices
 
milder flavor than sockeye
Princes
 
 
 
 
 
Pink
pale pink in color, delicate flavor; low in oil content, fine flake
Bumble Bee Pink, Chicken of the Sea, Safeway Pink
least expensive and affordable
 
most widely available compared to others
Trader Joe's Pink, Great Value (Walmart)
$3 to $5 per can retail
 
 
Kirkland (COSTCO), Icy Point Pink
 
Types of canned salmons, descriptions, brands and pricing are listed.

Entertaining Video on Canning Salmon

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Salmon is a staple here in the northwest. We'll be giving your recipe a try for sure. Thank you!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're quite welcome, thanks for reading it. I hope it turns out well.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I never thought of this.thank you

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a great article! Even if you just provided the recipe, it would be useful. But you added in a section on the popular brands, a useful video, the nutrition info for canned salmon, and many great photos to show the process. I am a visual person, so I enjoyed it.

      I haven't bought salmon in a while, but we used to get the Sockeye Salmon quite often. It is very healthy! The next time we buy some, I will whip out this recipe. I have made tuna patties before, and they were tasty, so I'm sure these will be great!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, Jan, and have a fantastic weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Delicious mouth watering patties in just 25 minutes. Amazing recipe. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, Matt.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Very generous comments, Kathryn, glad you enjoyed it. I always feel compelled to give more than just the recipe in my recipe hubs. It just kept growing and growing and growing. :-) Thank you for stopping by.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks so much, Vacation Trip. You're welcome. They really are good. I appreciate your vote.

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Love this recipe Janshares, we get so much salmon here that I like to use fresh cooked instead of canned, but also do my own pressure canning. Mi love fish cakes, and your recipe looks great!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Vickiw! Thanks for reading and liking it. Good to see you, always. That's great that you do your own canning. I didn't know it was done until I did my research for this hub, hence, the video on canning.

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      Rosetta 3 years ago

      For this non-cook, salmon cakes is indeed a favorite and I will try this recipe w/buttermilk cornbread regardless how hot it is outside. Thanks J.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      That sounds good, Rosetta. Thank you for stopping by to comment.

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Informative article plus a delicious product to go with it. These protein packed patties would satisfy the hungriest of children and leave mum and dad with extra cash in their pocket. Must be a good thing!

      Voptes and a share.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      @janshares Ive never had salmon patties before but it sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I have eaten salmon allmy life and my husband is really good at cooking salmon. Your recipe sounds very good and we'll give it a try. Thanks.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I appreciate that, Pamela99. Hope it turns out well. Thanks for your visit.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi torrilynn. They are really good. Thanks for coming by to read it and for the vote.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You are right, chef-de-jour, that is my hope. Thanks for stopping by to read it. I'm grateful to you for the vote and for the share.

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      what a fantastic recipe! I've never thought of using canned salmon for patties! Definitely need to give this one a try! Voted up and useful and thanks for the comments on my hubs #happy2years

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're quite welcome, BWD316. I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by, reading, and voting.

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      OMGirdle 3 years ago from United States

      I will definitely try this recipe. My daughter turned me onto salmon patties. The first time I made them I think I cooked them too long. I don't like onions so I am assuming I could use onion powder instead. My buds are watering :) Thumb up!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      That sounds great, OMGirdle, yes onion powder. I'm so glad you like this recipe. They are amazing. They should be really moist on the inside and crispy on the outside so watch the heat. I hope they turn out well. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Looks so tasty will have to try this recipe and what an easy one and with beneficial ingredients, the herbs must give it a lovely flavor.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Yes, DDE, they are very tasty. Let me know how they turn out. Thanks for reading and liking this recipe hub.

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      LB 3 years ago

      Thanks Janis- great summer meal for a picnic!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Great idea, LB! Thanks for your visit, please come again.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Salmon is my favorite food. I've stayed away from canned until now. After reading your tasty recipe I'm ready to dive in! It sounds so delicious. Voted up and pinned to my board ' healthy food' and sharing. ~ Hugs, Audrey

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      ladyjane1 3 years ago from Texas

      This sounds so good, I think I will bookmark this page and save it for next weekend. You did a really good job describing and explaining your recipe. Thanks I'm hungry now lol. Cheers.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I make salmon patties some times, but you have given me new ideas for some of the ingredients. Thanks!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Wonderful, rebeccamealey. Thank you for stopping by and reading this recipe. I hope you enjoy it.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha, thanks for that, ladyjane1. Thanks for the visit, enjoy your salmon patties!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hugs back to you, vocalcoach. I'm so grateful for your visit and for your generous sharing of this hub.

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      Angela Kane 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I like salmon, but I have never made patties out of them. I think it is a good idea and I will try the recipe above very soon. Thanks for the information.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, Angela. Thanks for the visit. I hope they come out to your liking.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      I grew up on these fish cakes! My mom taught me how to make these when I was a little girl and to this day, they are one of my favorite dinners. I love to make a double batch and then snack on cold ones from the fridge the following day. This is also one of my comfort foods :) Great job.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Heather, for your comments. Glad to know you relate good memories of comfort food to this hub. I appreciate that.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      I love salmon patties. They are a great alternative to beef burgers. Since the canned salmon is usually wild, it is healthier that farmed salmon which may contain all sorts of contaminants.

      My recipe is similar to yours. Lately, I've started to add a little hot sauce. It gives it kick of flavor. Great to see your recipe.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Glad you liked it, will try to add hot sauce. Sounds like the perfect touch. Thank you for stopping by, Cyndi10.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I'm usually not much for recipe articles, since I don't cook. But you've reminded me of the salmon croquettes my mom used to make. It's been a long time since I've had any. So, I printed this out for my wife to take a look at. Thanks!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha ha, you have me chuckling, RonElFran. I appreciate that. They are really tasty. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I always try to add a little more content to make my recipe articles more purposeful. Thanks for stopping by.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      This will surely add excitement in our table. I will certainly try this....

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Glad to hear it, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your family enjoys it. I'm especially glad to hear from you being that you're from the Philippines. I hope all is well with you and family.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the sound of these salmon patties! The combination of salmon, rosemary, spices and a crunchy texture is very appealing. Thank you for the recipe. I'll try it very soon.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, AliciaC! I hope they turn out well. I'm sure they will when you put your twist on them. :-) I'm so glad you stopped by.

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      This looks delicious I will pass it down to my wife lol :) great hub

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, pmarinov, sweet of you. I hope she makes them for you. I appreciate you stopping by to read it.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This looks so delicious and easy to make. I love salmon patties and have been getting the frozen kind from Costco. Your recipe looks much more appetizing and fresh. Thanks for sharing your secrets and your recipe. Those pictures are mouth watering. Sharing this on my favorite recipes board at Pinterest.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Aw, Peg, thanks. I appreciate that very much. I actually love the salmon burgers from Costco. Thanks for the visit, grateful for the Pinterest share.

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      trusouldj 2 years ago from Indiana

      Yummy.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      They really are yummy, trusouldj. Thanks for taking the time to read my recipe hubs.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 22 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      These salmon patties look really yummy, Ms. Janis! And so are the baked fries! Hope they're suitable for someone like me. My doctor advised me to go on a low-cholesterol diet.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 22 months ago from Washington, DC

      They are yummy, Charito1962 and very healthy. They should very good for your cholesterol, not too much fat. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jeannie 9 months ago

      This was delicious and recipe is extremely helpful. Thank you for a easy quick dinner....

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      Janis Leslie Evans 9 months ago from Washington, DC

      You're very welcome, Jeannie. I'm so pleased you liked it. Thank you so much for your visit.

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