Deliciously Crispy Southern Salmon Patties Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen, where I specialize in soulful southern-style cuisine. Today, I want to introduce you to a recipe that’s been passed down through generations of my family: Southern Salmon Patties. This dish is packed with flavor and history, just like the south itself.

If you’ve never had salmon patties before, you’re in for a treat. These easy southern salmon patties are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, with just the right amount of seasoning to give them a burst of deliciousness.

As someone who is passionate about good food and culture, I’m excited to share this recipe with you. Not only is it a staple of southern cuisine, but it’s also incredibly versatile. Whether you want to serve it as an entree or as an appetizer at your next gathering, these patties are sure to impress.

So let’s get started on making some unforgettable southern salmon patties together. From preparing the ingredients to serving up the finished product, we’ll cover every detail so that you can create a perfect plate of old-fashioned southern goodness.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Salmon Patties
Southern Salmon Patties

When it comes to soul food, nothing quite compares to the classic taste of Southern salmon patties. This savory dish instantly transports me back to warm summer days spent with family and friends, enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting out, this recipe is easy to follow and makes for a hearty meal that everyone will enjoy.

One of the best things about this Southern salmon patties recipe is its versatility. You can serve it as the main course, pair it with your favorite sides, or even use it as a tasty filling for sandwiches or burgers. With its crispy exterior and juicy interior, these patties are perfect for any occasion – from dinner parties to picnics in the park.

Using fresh ingredients like green onions and fresh pepper, as well as boneless skinless pink salmon adds depth of flavor that elevates this dish above others. And with the option to substitute canned salmon if necessary, you can easily whip up a batch of these delicious patties at a moment’s notice.

So why will you love this recipe? It’s simple yet satisfying, perfect for any skill level in the kitchen, and full of Southern charm. Plus, it’s a healthier alternative to traditional fried catfish so you can indulge without feeling guilty. So gather your loved ones around the table and savor every bite of these mouth-watering Southern salmon patties – I know you’ll love them just as much as I do.

Ingredient List

“Flaky and flavorful! These Southern Salmon Patties are a must-try!”

Let’s start with the Ingredient List! For this southern salmon patties recipe, we will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 (14.75 ounce) pink salmon
  • 1/3 cup finely minced green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s seasoning
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Make sure to use boneless, skinless salmon for this easy southern recipe. Open the salmon can and drain thoroughly. You may want to press it down with a fork to release all the liquid. Then, add the finely minced green onions, cornmeal, flour, mayonnaise, egg, and seasonings (fresh pepper, Tony Chachere’s seasoning, and Old Bay).Lastly, mix well everything together with a spoon or by using your hands.

For a special twist, instead of canned salmon you can make salmon patties from fresh salmon burgers or leftovers from baked or grilled salmon. If you opt for fresh fish, then you will need to remove the skin and grill or bake it until cooked through. Once it is cool enough to handle, flake the fish into pieces and replace the canned salmon in the recipe with it.

If you do not have some of these ingredients in your pantry, don’t worry! I’ll show you some substitutions and variations on section (5).

The Recipe How-To

“Nothing beats a classic Southern recipe like these delicious Salmon Patties.”

Now that you have all your ingredients, let’s get started on making the Southern Salmon Patties. This recipe is straightforward and easy to follow. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time!

Step 1: Prepare the salmon

Start by opening a can of pink salmon and draining it thoroughly. Once that’s done, add 1/4 cup of finely minced green onions, 1/4 teaspoon of fresh pepper and mix well.

Step 2: Add the Patties Ingredients

In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup cornmeal, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise. Crack in 2 large eggs and stir together with a fork.

Next, add the salmon mixture along with 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s seasoning to the large bowl. Mix everything together until you get an even mixture.

Step 3: Forming the patties

Using your hands, form six patties out of the mixture. Make sure each one is about 2 inches in diameter so it cooks evenly.

Step 4: Fry the Patties

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Heat about a half-inch of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully place each patty into the hot oil and let it cook for about 5 minutes on each side until they become crispy.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to fry them, you can bake them at 375°F for about 20-25 minutes or use an air fryer at 375°F for about 15-20 minutes.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!

Once you’ve fried or baked the patties until cooked through and golden brown, serve them hot with some lemon wedges on top. These patties go perfectly with some fresh steamed veggies like asparagus or some crispy southern-style fries.

And there you have it, Southern Salmon Patties that are both crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside, and perfect for any meal – lunch, dinner or breakfast!

Substitutions and Variations

“Get ready for a tasty twist on traditional salmon with this flavorful recipe!”

When it comes to cooking, there’s always room for experimentation! If you’re feeling adventurous, here are some substitutions and variations you can try out in your Southern Salmon Patties recipe.

– Swap out pink salmon for fresh salmon burgers: While canned salmon is a great option for convenience and affordability, using fresh salmon burgers can add a more gourmet touch to your patties. Make sure to remove any bones before mixing it in with the other ingredients.

– Try baking instead of frying: While Southern fried food is undeniably delicious, it’s not always the healthiest option. If you want a healthier alternative, try baking your patties in the oven at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

– Replace cornmeal with bread crumbs: If you don’t have cornmeal on hand, you can also use finely crushed crackers or bread crumbs. This will give your patties a slightly different texture and flavor, but still delicious nonetheless.

– Add some heat with spices: If you love a bit of spice in your food, try adding some cayenne pepper or chili powder to the mix. Be careful not to overdo it – start with a small amount and adjust according to taste.

– Make it gluten-free: If you need to avoid gluten in your diet, you can replace the flour and cornmeal with gluten-free alternatives like almond flour or chickpea flour. Make sure to use gluten-free breadcrumbs as well if you decide to use them.

Whatever substitutions or variations you choose to make, just remember to keep an eye on the consistency of the mixture so that it still forms patties that hold their shape when cooking. And most importantly, have fun with it!

Serving and Pairing

“Feast your eyes (and taste buds) on these Southern-style salmon patties.”

Southern salmon patties are a versatile dish that can be served in many ways. You can enjoy them on their own with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or pair them with other savory dishes for a hearty meal. Here are some serving and pairing suggestions:

– Serve the salmon patties on a bed of greens or alongside a fresh salad for a light and healthy lunch.

– Pair them with Southern-style sides like creamy coleslaw, crispy fried okra, or fluffy cornbread for a soulful Southern supper.

– Create a sandwich with the salmon patties by adding lettuce and tomato to a soft bun or crusty bread. You can also stack them up high and top with bacon, cheese, or avocado slices for extra flavor and texture.

– For a more decadent option, serve the salmon patties with homemade tartar sauce, remoulade, or aioli. These flavorful sauces will enhance the natural sweetness of the salmon and add richness to the dish.

– If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing the salmon patties with other seafood dishes like fried catfish, shrimp scampi, or seared scallops. This will create a seafood feast that’s perfect for sharing with family and friends.

No matter what you choose to serve with your Southern salmon patties, make sure to garnish them with some fresh green onions and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper for an extra punch of flavor. Delicious!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Take your taste buds on a trip down South with these salmon patties that pack a punch.”

As a busy chef, I understand the value of being able to prepare meals ahead of time. The good news is that this Southern Salmon Patties Recipe is no exception! You can easily make these patties ahead of time and store them for later.

First, let the patties cool down to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container or a zip-top bag. They will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

To reheat the patties, you could use several methods such as baking, air-frying or deep-frying. My personal favorite method is to heat up a skillet over medium-high heat with some vegetable oil then fry the refrigerated patties until they are crispy and heated through.

Alternatively, if you’re watching your calorie intake or prefer baked salmon patties – preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) then bake refrigerated salmon patties on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray for about 12 minutes.

For future use, feel free to freeze them instead! Once you have shaped the uncooked patties, arrange them on a flat baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until frozen solid. Transfer them into freezer-safe bags labeled with the name and date cooked. Whenever you crave some Southern-style comfort food, take out a few patties from the freezer and fry them up – straight from frozen!

Remember that reheating already cooked fish has its challenges. Overcooking can result in dry and rubbery salmon instead of crispy southern salmon. Make sure that you don’t leave the skillet unattended while frying so that you can monitor their cooking progress closely.

No matter which reheating method you choose, these Southern Salmon Patties will still retain their delicious taste, crispiness and juiciness – it’s like eating them fresh!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Southern cuisine meets seafood in this scrumptious salmon patty recipe.”

Cooking Southern-style salmon patties requires some skill and precise techniques, whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook. These tips will help you achieve perfect results every time.

1. Drain the Salmon Thoroughly

One of the most important steps in making delicious salmon patties is to ensure that the salmon is well-drained. To do this, open the canned salmon and drain out all of the juice. This will prevent the patties from being too moist and falling apart while cooking.

2. Mix Ingredients Well

When mixing your ingredients together, make sure that everything is well-combined to create a uniform consistency. This will also help ensure that your patties cook evenly. Use your hands or a fork to mix all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.

3. Keep Patties Cold

Handle the mixture gently when forming into patties to avoid overworking it, which can lead to tough and dry patties. Make sure to refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes before cooking to keep them from falling apart in the heat of the pan.

4. Use High Heat

To get crispy southern fried salmon patties, it’s essential to fry them on high heat oil for about three minutes per side. To achieve enough crispiness, allow the oil temperature to reach 375°F before adding the patties to avoid sogginess.

5. Avoid Overcooking

Salmon gets chewy if it’s overcooked, and you won’t love that! Cook them for only two minutes on each side if they are thin, and three minutes if they are thick.

6. Use Substitutions with Care

While substitutions can be made based on your preferences or dietary restrictions, be careful not to make too many substitutions that would alter the classic taste of southern salmon patties. Consider using a substitution guide or consulting with an expert chef to ensure proper results.

7. Reheat with Care

If you have leftovers, make sure to store them in the refrigerator and use them within 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat your patties in the oven at 350°F or air fryer to prevent sogginess.

By following these essential tips, you can master the art of making Southern-style salmon patties at home with ease. Get creative and incorporate this versatile dish into your next soul food menu, fish recipes, or weeknight dinner routine!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this easy southern salmon patties recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves seafood and classic southern cuisine. The combination of savory ingredients and crispy texture delivers a truly soulful flavor that will have you coming back for more. Whether you’re planning a weekend brunch with friends or just craving something delicious for dinner, this recipe is perfect for any occasion.

From the fresh green onions to the flavorful seasoning, every ingredient in this recipe has been carefully selected to ensure a great taste. Additionally, the versatility of this recipe allows you to customize it based on your preference, so feel free to mix and match ingredients to make it your own.

Incorporate these salmon patties into your weekly meal rotation as a healthy source of protein or serve them up as an appetizer at your next party. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy them, be prepared to receive praise from everyone who tries them!

It’s worth noting that while fried salmon patties are undeniably delicious, they can be high in calories if consumed in excess. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to modify the recipe for a healthier twist. To do so, consider air-frying or baking the patties instead of deep frying them.

Don’t let their simplicity fool you – these southern salmon patties can hold their own among other popular fish recipes like crispy fried catfish or fresh salmon burgers. So why not give them a try? Just add some cornmeal and green onions to your pink salmon, mix well and start cooking your way towards some old fashioned southern goodness!

Southern Salmon Patties

Southern Salmon Patties Recipe

Southern Style Salmon Fried Salmon Patties
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern American
Calories 216.1 kcal


  • 1 (14 3/4 ounce) can salmon
  • 10 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 dash fresh pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced very thin
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  • Drain salmon, remove big bones. In separate bowl add the eggs (beat lightly,) the crushed saltines, and the green onions, mix lightly.
  • Add the drained salmon, mix well, breaking up big chunks. Form into 6 patties (may add some more crushed saltines to the outside of each patty, pressing in.).
  • Fry in hot oil on medium heat for 6 or 7 minutes on first side (until lightly browned) and gently flip to other side. Cook for 5 to 6 more minutes, remove from pan and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 107gCalories: 216.1kcalCarbohydrates: 4.4gProtein: 17gFat: 14.2gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 132.9mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.3g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy
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