Delicious Southern Salmon Patties Recipe

Greetings and salutations my dear fellow food enthusiasts! Today, I bring you a tantalizing recipe straight from the heart of Southern cuisine – the Southern Salmon Patties. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to make but packed with soulful flavors, then look no further than this delectable dish.

Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Salmon patties, really?” But trust me when I say that these patties are not like any other. Using canned pink salmon as the main ingredient makes this a budget-friendly meal that still packs a punch in terms of taste.

This recipe has been handed down for generations in my family and it’s a staple at any gathering we have. From backyard barbecues to holiday feasts, these salmon patties are always a crowd-pleaser. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also easy and quick to make. It’s perfect for busy weeknights or if you just want to indulge in some comfort food on a lazy day.

So whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting out in the kitchen, this easy Southern Salmon Patties recipe should be added to your repertoire. Get ready to experience a crispy, flavorful dish that will leave your taste buds wanting more!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Salmon  Patties
Southern Salmon Patties

Now, listen to what I’ve got to say about this recipe. You’ll love this recipe for southern salmon patties because it’s packed with flavor and easy to make. These salmon patties are a soul food delight that will make your taste buds dance with joy!

Who doesn’t love a good fish recipe? And salmon, oh salmon, the king of fish! It’s healthy and delicious, and easily adaptable to pretty much any recipe you throw at it. But have you tried it southern-style? Fried to perfection on a hot skillet or deep-fried for a crispy crunch. You cannot resist!

These pink salmon patties are made with old-fashioned southern techniques that are sure to impress everyone around your table. And more importantly, these easy southern salmon patties hold together perfectly without falling apart when frying – making them perfect for meal prep or feeding a crowd.

Served hot as an appetizer or main dish with a side of greens or coleslaw, you just can’t go wrong with these Southern Salmon Patties. Trust me!

Ingredient List

 Freshly caught salmon, packed with flavor and ready to be turned into delicious patties!
Freshly caught salmon, packed with flavor and ready to be turned into delicious patties!

Now, let’s dive into the ingredients that you will need for this Southern Salmon Patties recipe. Gathering all of your ingredients ahead of time will make your cooking experience smoothly. You will need:

Salmon Patties Ingredients

  • 1 (14.75 oz.) pink salmon, drained and flaked
  • 1/3 cup finely minced onion
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

I have also included some optional ingredients that can be substituted or added for variations on the Taste:

Optional Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

For serving purposes, you’d want to have these last items on hand:

Serving Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil
  • Lemon wedges

Make sure you pick up the freshest ingredients for the best taste. Don’t hesitate to put a personal spin on it by getting creative with your substitutions and additions to find your perfect soul food flavor!

The Recipe How-To

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to dive into how to make these Southern Salmon Patties. Follow along with these easy steps and you’ll have a delicious meal in no time.


  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can pink salmon, drained
  • 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs or cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. First things first: open your can of pink salmon and thoroughly drain it. Add the drained salmon to a mixing bowl and use a fork to flake it apart.
  2. Next, add the finely minced onion, breadcrumbs (or cracker crumbs), cornmeal, flour, mayonnaise, eggs, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper to the bowl with the salmon.
  3. Mix well until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  4. Shape the mixture into patties (about 1/4 cup each).
  5. Place vegetable oil in a pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Once hot (but not smoking), place the salmon patties in the pan.
  7. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
  8. Once done cooking, transfer the patties onto a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any excess oil.
  9. Serve immediately with your choice of sides.

And there you have it – a delicious Southern Salmon Patties Recipe perfect for any night of the week!

Substitutions and Variations

 These southern-style salmon patties are the perfect way to start the day or jazz up a dinner party.
These southern-style salmon patties are the perfect way to start the day or jazz up a dinner party.

Well, well, well, you want to switch things up? Perfect! There’s a whole world of possibilities when it comes to Southern Salmon Patties.

First off, let’s talk about the salmon. While I love using canned pink salmon for this recipe, you can also use fresh salmon burgers or even baked salmon that has been flaked with a fork. Just make sure you remove any bones before mixing it in with the other ingredients.

Now, let’s talk about the breading. If you want to skip the bread crumbs or cornmeal altogether, try using cracker crumbs or panko breadcrumbs for an extra crispy Southern fried texture.

Speaking of frying, if you want to lighten things up a bit you can always use an air fryer instead of deep frying your patties in vegetable oil.

For those who want a little more spice in their life, try adding in some Old Bay or Tony Chachere’s seasoning to really kick up the flavor.

Lastly, if you want to make this recipe a little more soulful, try adding in some finely minced onion and bell pepper to the mixture before forming into patties. Trust me, it’ll take these patties from good ole Southern to downhome Southern real quick.

So go ahead and get creative with your substitutions and variations! The best part about Southern cooking is making it your own.

Serving and Pairing

Now that you’ve cooked up a batch of these delectable Southern salmon patties, it’s time to bring them to the dinner table and fully savor the taste of the South. These salmon patties are incredibly versatile and can be served in a variety of ways depending on your personal preferences.

One traditional Southern way to serve salmon patties is with a hearty helping of grits on the side. The creamy and buttery texture of the grits contrasts perfectly with the crispy exterior and juicy interior of the salmon patty. Add some green beans or collard greens for a complete, soulful meal straight from grandma’s kitchen.

If you’re looking for a lighter option, try serving your salmon patties on top of a bed of fresh greens such as spinach or arugula. Drizzle some lemon juice over the top for a bright and tangy dressing that complements the savory flavors of the fish.

Another option is to serve these patties as sliders, sandwiched between two brioche buns dressed with tartar sauce or aioli. The soft and sweet bun provides an ideal platform for the crispy patty, while the sauce adds an extra layer of flavor.

For a more indulgent option, try pairing your Southern salmon patties with some classic comfort foods like macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. This will guarantee a rich and satisfying meal that will leave everyone at the dinner table feeling completely satisfied.

No matter how you choose to serve your Southern-style salmon patties, make sure to put them front and center on the plate as they are truly a culinary delight that will make any meal memorable.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Cooking up these salmon patties is so easy, you'll be a culinary pro in no time!
Cooking up these salmon patties is so easy, you’ll be a culinary pro in no time!

Now that you have cooked up a batch of these delectable southern salmon patties, you may find yourself with a few leftover. Fear not, for I have some tips on how to store and reheat them so that they maintain their flavorful goodness.

If you would like to make these salmon patties ahead of time, simply prepare the mixture as normal and then shape it into patties. You can then cover the patties with plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for up to 24 hours before cooking.

When it comes time to reheat your leftover salmon patties, there are a few methods that work especially well. You can either reheat them in the oven or on the stovetop. To reheat in the oven, preheat your oven to 350°F, place the patties on a baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes until heated through. If you prefer to reheat on the stovetop, heat up some vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the patties for 2-3 minutes per side until they are hot all the way through.

However, keep in mind that reheating these salmon patties often results in a loss of their crispiness. To counteract this issue, try reheating them using an air fryer instead. This will bring back their crispy exterior while keeping the inside moist and tender.

As for storing any leftover uncooked salmon mixture, be sure to transfer it into an airtight container before placing it in the fridge. This will ensure that it stays fresh and fends off any potentially bad odors from contaminating your mixture.

By following these tips on storing and reheating your southern salmon patties, you’ll be able to enjoy every last bite and savor those crispy edges even after hours since you’ve initially made them!

Tips for Perfect Results

Now listen up y’all, cause I’m about to share with you the secrets to making the perfect Southern Salmon Patties. Pay close attention and follow these tips for a meal that’ll have your taste buds buzzing with joy.

1. Drain your Salmon Thoroughly: When using canned salmon, make sure you drain it thoroughly to remove any excess liquid. This will prevent your patties from becoming too moist and falling apart while frying.

2. Be Mindful of Bones: Before adding the salmon to the mixing bowl, run your fingers through it to check for bones. There’s nothing worse than biting into a patty and getting a hard bone in the middle.

3. Mix It Well: Make sure you mix all the ingredients well together. This includes your salmon, bread crumbs, onion, egg, parsley, lemon juice, and spices. You want every bite to be evenly flavored.

4. Let Your Mixture Rest: If you let your mixture rest for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge before shaping into patties, it will give the ingredients time to meld together, allowing even more flavor to develop.

5. Use Enough Oil: Using enough oil in your frying pan is crucial to achieving crispy Southern Salmon Patties. You don’t want them swimming in oil but you also don’t want them sticking and becoming flat from a lack of oil.

6. Fry It Up: Once you’ve shaped your patties and they are resting in the fridge getting cold, heat up a skillet with vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Press each patty gently into flour/cornmeal mixture then fry until golden brown on each side (about 4-5 minutes per side).

7. Crispy Is Key: Keep an eye on your patties while frying and flip them only once, so they remain crispy on both sides but not dry. Nobody wants a soggy patty.

Follow these tips closely and you will have the crispiest, most flavorful Southern Salmon Patties that will steal the show at any soul food dinner table.

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the details of my Southern Salmon Patties recipe article, go ahead and give it a try. I assure you that you won’t be disappointed by the crispy, savory taste of these salmon patties. It’s an easy southern recipe that can be whipped up from scratch without much hassle.

These patties are perfect for a light lunch or dinner any day of the week. They’re jam-packed with nutritious ingredients like boneless, skinless pink salmon, parsley, onion, and lemon juice. You can even air fry them to create a healthier version of this soul food classic.

Whether you are a fan of deep-fried fish recipes, baked salmon, fresh salmon burgers or just searching for something new to try out in your kitchen; my old fashioned southern salmon patty recipe should definitely be on your “must try” list.

So why not give this recipe a shot and treat yourself and your family with a batch of delicious Southern Salmon Patties tonight? Trust me; you won’t regret it one bit!

Southern Salmon Patties

Southern Salmon Patties Recipe

A taste of salmon with a southern Kick
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern
Servings 4 patties
Calories 580.4 kcal


  • 14 ounces pink salmon (skinless and boneless)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning (Everglades seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon oil (your prefered brand and taste)


  • Mix Salmon, bread crumbs, everglades, parsley, lemon juice, mayo, oil and egg in bowl.
  • Form into patties of desired size.
  • lightly oil or grease pan and fry on medium to desire on each side (4 to 7 min) or you can grill if you prefer.
  • Sprinkle with black pepper if desired and serve with dipping sauce of your choice.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 88gCalories: 580.4kcalCarbohydrates: 28.1gProtein: 48.7gFat: 29.4gSaturated Fat: 5.1gCholesterol: 192.9mgSodium: 922.5mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 3.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, Inexpensive
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