Delicious Salmon Patties Recipe – Easy and Healthy

Welcome to my kitchen! I am excited to share with you my Southern Style Salmon Patties recipe. As a chef who specializes in Southern cuisine, I can confirm that this recipe is the perfect addition to any soul food gathering or weeknight dinner menu.

Growing up in the South, salmon patties were a staple dish in my family’s home. It was a dish that we enjoyed on many occasions with different variations and seasonings. Making salmon patties was an event that brought everyone together for some quality time in the kitchen.

This recipe has been passed down from generation to generation in my family, and it has become a fan favorite among friends, too. The combination of pink salmon, flour, and cornmeal seasoned with Worcestershire sauce and seasoned salt makes these patties irresistible. The patties are cooked until crispy golden brown on the outside while remaining juicy and flavorful on the inside.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it’s also budget-friendly as canned pink salmon works perfectly. And for those who prefer a healthier option, fresh baked or grilled salmon can also work well as a replacement.

I believe that food brings people together, and I hope this Southern-style Salmon Patties recipe becomes a new classic for you and your loved ones. Get ready to enjoy crispy, delicious Salmon Patties that’ll have you coming back for more. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Style Salmon Patties
Southern Style Salmon Patties

As a chef specializing in Southern-style cuisine, I am proud to present to you my Southern Style Salmon Patties recipe. I can assure you that this will be the best salmon patties recipe you can find. Why? Because the combination of ingredients in this recipe makes it unique and delicious.

Firstly, its unique flavor comes from pink salmon. Not only does it bring a rich and luscious taste to the patties, but it is also easy to find in your local supermarket. The canned pink salmon is affordable and very convenient. The bones are removed, so you don’t have to worry about spending time removing them.

Secondly, I add onion, yellow cornmeal, flour, mayonnaise, egg and Worcestershire sauce to perfectly blend into the salmon patty mix. The result is a flavorful mixture that enhances the salmon’s natural flavors without taking over.

Thirdly, my Southern-style salmon patties are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. To achieve this perfect texture, we fry them with an old-fashioned cornmeal coating ensuring they’re golden brown and crispy all over. With a bit of Old Bay seasoning added to the mix, you’ll get an irresistible fish cake that will make your mouth water.

Lastly, these southern style salmon patties offer a healthier alternative to deep-fried dishes. Not only are they quick and easy to make but they are also versatile; suitable for serving cold as well as hot for dinner or lunch. You could even bake them in just 20 minutes if you want to avoid frying altogether.

These elements combined make for a fantastic meal option embedded in soulful tradition with every bite.

In summary, my Southern style salmon patties recipe is unique not only because of its flavor profile but also because it embodies the essence of soul food cooking through simplicity and using quality ingredients that speak for themselves.

Ingredient List

 Juicy salmon meat mixed with flavorful seasonings and spices.
Juicy salmon meat mixed with flavorful seasonings and spices.

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these crispy Southern-style salmon patties:

  • 14.75-ounce can of pink salmon, bones removed
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup of yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Ingredients:
– Old Bay seasoning
– Lemon juice

These ingredients will make four large or six medium patties. You can easily double the recipe if you want to serve more people or have leftovers.

The Recipe How-To

 Crispy golden crust with a moist interior.
Crispy golden crust with a moist interior.

Now, the time has come to unveil my Southern-Style Salmon Patties Recipe. This recipe is easy to make but delivers big in flavor and heartiness.


  • 14.75 ounce Pink Salmon
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour (use cornmeal flour for extra crunch!)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Open the canned salmon and drain it thoroughly.
  2. In a mixing bowl, fork together salmon, onion, egg, flour, cornmeal, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, until all ingredients have been fully combined.
  3. Heat a skillet or frying pan with oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Using your hands or an ice cream scoop form patty-shaped portions of the mixture (about 3 tablespoons worth), and flatten them down slightly before gently placing them into the hot oil.
  5. Cook each patty for around 3 minutes or until they turn golden brown and crispy on the exterior side, then flip them over carefully using a spatula and cook for another minute on the other side.
  6. Once done moving them to a paper towel-lined plate to help remove excess oil.

And that’s it! You are now one step closer towards becoming a true Southern food aficionado with your very own batch of deliciously crispy Southern-Style Salmon Patties. Enjoy them on their own or as part of a larger meal!

Substitutions and Variations

 Deliciously satisfying salmon patties that are perfect for any meal!
Deliciously satisfying salmon patties that are perfect for any meal!

Y’all, I know that sometimes we don’t have all the ingredients that we need, or we just want to switch things up a bit. That’s why I’ve got some substitutions and variations for you to try!

Firstly, let’s talk about the salmon itself. While I love me some canned pink salmon, you could definitely use other types of fish for this recipe as well. Fresh salmon burgers or baked salmon that has been flaked would work great in these patties.

If you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you could swap out the flour for cornmeal or bread crumbs. And if you’re trying to cut back on calories or simply prefer a different texture, using an air fryer instead of frying these bad boys can give you that same crispy southern taste with less oil.

Now, let’s talk seasonings. While I think Old Bay is a staple in any southern-style kitchen, you could also add in some Cajun seasoning or cayenne pepper if you want to add some extra heat.

For those who are allergic to eggs or trying to go vegan, you can replace the egg with a flax egg or chickpea liquid (also known as aquafaba). And if you don’t have Worcestershire sauce on hand, try using soy sauce or balsamic vinegar instead for a similar tangy taste.

So whether you’re looking for a soul food twist on this recipe or simply trying to work with what’s already in your pantry, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that will still result in delicious southern salmon patties. Just remember to always adjust seasonings and cook time accordingly!

Serving and Pairing

 A perfectly seared salmon patty on a bed of fresh greens and veggies.
A perfectly seared salmon patty on a bed of fresh greens and veggies.

Now that your crispy Southern fried salmon patties are ready, it’s time to serve them with some delicious sides. The classic Southern accompaniments that go well with salmon patties include black-eyed peas, mac and cheese, collard greens, and cornbread. You could also try serving them with a side salad of mixed greens tossed in vinaigrette or a tangy coleslaw.

To complete your soulful meal, pair your crispy salmon patties with a glass of cold sweet tea – the perfect refreshing drink to balance the spiciness and saltiness of the dish. You could also try pairing it with a light-bodied red wine like a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais.

If you’re looking for a lighter option, serve your salmon patties on top of a bed of arugula or mixed greens lightly dressed in lemon juice and olive oil. This adds a fresh and zesty touch to your savoury dish.

For an extra burst of flavour, add some hot sauce or tartar sauce to the side as a dipping sauce. It adds an exciting kick to each bite!

However you choose to serve and enjoy these easy Southern-style salmon patties, it’s sure to be a hit amongst family and friends.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A close-up of the juicy and tender salmon meat falling apart in the patty.
A close-up of the juicy and tender salmon meat falling apart in the patty.

Being able to make your salmon patties ahead of time can be a real lifesaver, especially if you have a busy week ahead. These southern-style salmon patties can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator without losing their flavor or texture.

To make-ahead: After the patties have been formed, simply cover them with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to cook, allow the patties to come to room temperature before frying.

Storing: Leftover salmon patties can be wrapped individually in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They can also be stored in freezer-safe containers and frozen for up to 2 months.

Reheating: Salmon patties can be reheated in the oven or microwave. To reheat in the oven, preheat it to 350°F and place the patties on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. To reheat in the microwave, place one or two patties on a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 30-45 seconds or until heated through.

Just remember that overcooking any fish can dry it out, so when reheating your salmon patties, only cook them until they are heated through so that they retain their juicy flavor.

As always, I hope these tips bring you both adventure and nourishment while preparing this soulful recipe!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Pair with your favorite dipping sauce to amplify the flavor.
Pair with your favorite dipping sauce to amplify the flavor.

Now that you have all the ingredients and steps to make the perfect Southern Style Salmon Patties, here are some tips to ensure that your end product looks as great as it tastes.

1. Drain Thoroughly

Before you start mixing the salmon with other ingredients, make sure that it is properly drained. You can use a paper towel to pat dry the salmon or place it in a colander and let it sit for a few minutes to drain any excess water.

2. Use Fresh Ingredients

Fresh ingredients are essential in achieving the best flavor possible. Try to get the freshest salmon available and avoid using canned salmon if possible. Moreover, use fresh onions and avoid powder substitutes for optimal results.

3. Get the Right Texture

To achieve optimal texture, be careful not to overmix the salmon patties. Only mix until all ingredients are incorporated thoroughly and not more than that.

4. Preheat Your Pan

Preheat your pan before adding your patties. Hot oil will give a way better browning experience than an oily and cool pan giving you crispy southern fried patties.

5. Don’t Flip Too Early

Regardless of how it seems like they are sticking, resist the urge to flip the patties for at least 3-4 minutes as they cook. Flipping too early will break them apart resulting in crumbly and easily broken patties.

6. Serve Hot!

To fully appreciate Southern-style food, it must be served hot! Let them cool down for at least 5 minutes after cooking then serve with aioli sauce or lemon wedges on top for extra flavor.

By following these tips, you’ll have perfectly golden brown and delicious Southern-Style Salmon Patties every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Southern Style Salmon Patties recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves soul food or wants to indulge in some delicious Southern cuisine. With its simple ingredient list and straightforward instructions, it’s the perfect recipe for anyone looking for an easy and tasty meal.

Whether you’re using canned pink salmon or fresh, boneless skinless salmon fillets, this recipe can be easily adapted to suit your tastes and whatever ingredients you have on hand. You can even experiment with different seasonings and flavorings to create your own unique twist on these classic patties.

So what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen, gather the ingredients, and get ready to make some golden brown, crispy Southern Salmon Patties that are sure to delight your taste buds. Whether you’re making them ahead of time for an upcoming potluck or serving them for a family dinner, don’t hesitate to try out this amazing recipe – you won’t regret it!

Southern Style Salmon Patties

Southern Style Salmon Patties Recipe

a delicious salmon patty recipe, with a distinctly Southern twist. My mom made these when I was young, and now I make them for my family.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern American
Calories 177.8 kcal


  • 1 lb salmon, boned and drained (reserve liquid)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 -3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 -3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 piece whole wheat bread or 1 piece white bread, crumbled


  • mix all ingredients, salt and pepper to taste. If patties seem too dry and have trouble sticking together, add in some of the reserved juice.
  • Form into patties and fry in butter or olive oil over medium heat. Brown on one side, then flip and brown on other side.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 89gCalories: 177.8kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 24.9gFat: 5.3gSaturated Fat: 1.1gCholesterol: 111.8mgSodium: 94.8mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy
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