Mouthwatering Salmon Patties Recipe for Seafood Lovers

Dear friends and fellow food enthusiasts,

Are you looking for a delicious and easy recipe that will impress your guests at your next dinner party? Look no further than my Salmon Patties recipe – a tried-and-true classic that never fails to please.

This recipe has been passed down through generations, refined over time with the help of culinary experts like Heloise of the “Hints from Heloise” column. Every ingredient has been carefully chosen to create a savory and satisfying dish that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

Whether you are a seasoned chef or just starting out in the kitchen, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a quick and simple meal that doesn’t sacrifice flavor. With only a handful of ingredients, you can whip up these salmon patties in no time and have your guests begging for seconds.

So why settle for boring and bland dishes at your next get-together when you can impress your guests with these delectable salmon patties? Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Salmon Patties (Hints from Heloise)
Salmon Patties (Hints from Heloise)

Salmon patties are the ultimate comfort food – crisp on the outside, moist and flaky on the inside! But what makes this recipe truly special is the Hints from Heloise who adds some secret ingredients to really bring out the flavor in these patties.

Firstly, there’s the Pampered Chef garlic press which makes sure that every bit of garlic flavor is perfectly distributed in each patty. Secondly, she uses salmonettes which are smaller than regular canned salmon and already broken up, making it easier to create perfect little salmon cakes. Lastly, a pinch of baking powder is added to prevent the patties from becoming too dense.

And most importantly, you don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to make these delicious salmon patties like a pro! With just a handful of pantry staples and less than half an hour of your time, you can whip up the perfect salmon patty that will rival any restaurant.

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a quick yet satisfying meal that’s also healthy since it’s loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. And once you’ve mastered this recipe, you can experiment with different substitutions and variations such as adding bread crumbs for extra texture or using fresh salmon instead of canned.

So whether you’re a seafood lover or just looking to add some variety to your dinner rotation, give these salmon patties a try and see why they deserve a spot on your menu!

Ingredient List

 These salmon patties are the real catch of the day!
These salmon patties are the real catch of the day!

Let’s start with the ingredients you need. This recipe calls for salmon as the star ingredient. You can use salmon fillets or canned salmon, depending on your preference. Other ingredients include flour, baking powder, and egg. You will also need some oil for frying the patties to perfection. Here’s a complete list of ingredients you need to gather:

  • 1 can (14 ounces) of salmon, drained and flaked
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for frying

These ingredients are enough to make six large patties or eight small ones. If you’re serving a large group, you might want to double the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 When these patties hit your plate, your taste buds will be swimming with joy!
When these patties hit your plate, your taste buds will be swimming with joy!

Now, it’s time for the main event – making these delicious salmon patties. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced home cook, because this recipe is quite simple.


  • 1 can (14 oz) of salmon, drained and flaked
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp of black pepper
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl, break the salmon into small flakes using a fork.
  2. Add the flour little by little, mixing it well each time before adding more.
  3. Add the beaten egg, pepper, and salt to the salmon-flour mixture.
  4. Mix everything together until it forms a thick batter.
  5. Put some oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Using your hands, shape the salmon mixture into little balls that are about two tablespoons large.
  7. Flatten each ball slightly to create a small patty-shaped disc.
  8. Carefully place each patty in the pan and fry them until golden brown on both sides.
  9. Once done, place the patties on a paper towel to drain any excess oil.

Voila! Your incredible salmon patties are ready to enjoy!

Pro tip: For an extra flavour boost, try adding some lemon juice or breadcrumbs to the mixture. The lemon juice adds a tangy freshness while breadcrumbs make sure that your patties won’t fall apart and stick together properly.

And there you have it – an easy-to-follow recipe that will turn you into a pro patty-maker in no time!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get hooked on these delicious salmon patties that are perfect for any occasion!
Get hooked on these delicious salmon patties that are perfect for any occasion!

I’m not one to stick to the same old routine, so I figured I’d share some fun substitutions and variations that you can try with my salmon patty recipe. Here are some ideas to switch it up:

– Bread crumbs: If you don’t have bread crumbs or want a different texture, you can try using panko or crushed crackers instead.

– Lemon juice: A traditional ingredient in patties, you can also try switching it up with lime juice or adding some zest for extra flavor.

– Herbs: While the recipe calls for egg and pepper, you could infuse the paties with unique flavors by adding herbs like dill, parsley, or even cilantro.

– Cheese: For an added depth of flavor and gooiness, sprinkle a little Parmesan or cheddar cheese onto the mixed ingredients before forming them into patties.

– Grilled Salmon Patties: Embrace a bit of summer with grilled salmon patties instead of the usual frying method – this may require binding agents like bread crumbs

There are many possibilities to tailor this salmon patty recipe according to your liking! Mix and match until you find your perfect combination. No matter what style you go for, always remember my dear Heloise’s wise words “Keep it simple and delicious!”

Serving and Pairing

 These patties are easy to make and taste fin-tastic!
These patties are easy to make and taste fin-tastic!

When serving salmon patties, you can get creative with the sides! If you’re going for a classic and comforting feel, whip up some mashed potatoes and gravy, and serve the patties on top. Or, try a side salad or steamed veggies for a healthier option.

If you want to add a little zest, make a homemade tartar sauce – just combine mayonnaise, diced pickles, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Squeeze a little extra lemon on top of the salmon patties for added flavor.

For pairing options, white wines such as Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio work well with the flavors of salmon. If you prefer beer or cocktails, try an IPA or light beer. A simple martini with lemon or cucumber makes for a refreshing drink to pair with your meal.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair your salmon patties, they are sure to be a hit at any party or family gathering. So go ahead and experiment with different methods – who knows? You might just come up with your own signature dish!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Trust me, these salmon patties will make you feel like a gourmet chef!
Trust me, these salmon patties will make you feel like a gourmet chef!

As someone who loves to entertain, I know that advanced preparation is key to a successful event. Thankfully, these salmon patties are perfect for making ahead of time. Once cooked, simply store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating is a breeze when it comes time to serve your guests. You can either pop them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds or heat them up on a dry skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until they are warmed through.

If you find yourself with leftovers after your party, I highly recommend using them as a protein-packed addition to your salads or as a filling for sandwiches. To ensure freshness and avoid freezer burn, wrap each patty individually with wax paper and store them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. They should keep well for up to 3 months.

To reheat from frozen, simply defrost overnight in the refrigerator and follow the same instructions for reheating fresh patties. Avoid refreezing any leftover patties to maintain their original texture and flavor.

So go ahead and make these patties in advance without any worries – your party will be a hit (and you’ll have fewer things to worry about on the day)!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect balance of tender and crispy makes these patties a crowd-pleaser!
The perfect balance of tender and crispy makes these patties a crowd-pleaser!

If you want to make perfect salmon patties, follow these tips that I’ve learned after making them many times. Firstly, consider using Panko breadcrumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs. Panko crumbs are larger and crunchier than the regular ones, which will ensure that your patties do not fall apart while frying.

Another tip for perfect salmon patties is to use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of the bottled one. Lemon juice adds a tangy taste, which complements the flavor of the salmon well. Use the juice from the same lemon that you used to make your egg mixture for optimal results.

When it comes to frying your patties, use a non-stick pan or skillet and coat it with oil before placing your patties. Pampered Chef garlic press is very handy here as you don’t want burnt pieces of garlic turning black and sticking on to the surface of your pan.

A common mistake to avoid is adding too much flour into the mixture, which can result in dry and crumbly patties. Instead, add flour little by little until you get the desired consistency. Over-mixing can be another downfall for your salmon patties; mix ingredients just enough to bind together.

If using canned salmon, make sure to drain all liquid from salmon; allowing any excess liquid in will create difficulty in achieving proper texture and consistency.

Lastly, let your salmon patties fry long enough so that they form a crispy and brown exterior but do not overcook them. Flip them once and cook both sides until they have a golden brown color- around 3-5 minutes per side depending on the size of patties.

By following these tips, you are sure to impress your guests with perfectly cooked delicious salmon patties every time!


Now that we know how to prepare delicious salmon patties from Heloise’s recipe, let’s dive into some frequently asked questions (FAQ) that can help you further. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice cook, these answers will make your preparation process an enjoyable experience. So, let’s jump right in!

How do you keep salmon patties from falling apart?

Creating a perfectly formed and cohesive salmon patty requires the addition of certain ingredients to the salmon mixture. The most effective way to achieve this is by adding breadcrumbs, panko, or crushed saltine crackers, along with eggs to the mixture. Doing this will ensure that the salmon patties stick together more easily, giving them the perfect texture. If the mixture seems dry, add a bit of salmon juice to increase the moisture content of the mixture for better results.

Why do my salmon burgers fall apart?

When creating salmon patties, it’s important to be careful as the mixture can become too damp and lacking in breadcrumbs to form into cohesive patties. This issue could be due to the excess of eggs or wet ingredients like sauce or lemon juice. In case the mixture appears too watery, one may utilize more breadcrumbs to balance out the consistency.

What is the difference between salmon patties and salmon croquettes?

When it comes to seafood, one dish that often comes to mind is the flavorful salmon croquette. These delectable patties are typically made by grinding or pounding salmon into a paste, adding a mix of egg, bread crumbs, and seasonings, then frying them up to crispy perfection. It’s important to note that a salmon patty is not the same as a croquette, as the former is simply cooked salmon that is then molded into a patty shape.

How do you get the fishy taste out of salmon patties?

One handy trick to make your fish taste better is to soak it in milk for 20 minutes before cooking. While this may seem odd, it actually works wonders to eliminate any fishy odors and improve the overall taste. The milk protein bonds with the fish oils and takes away any overpowering flavors, leaving behind a pleasant and more subdued taste. Give it a try and see the difference for yourself!

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the information and instructions to make delicious salmon patties, it’s time to get cooking! With a little bit of practice and experimentation, you can create your own unique twist on this classic recipe. Whether you prefer to bake them in the oven or fry them up on the stove, crispy and flavorful salmon cakes are guaranteed to be a hit at your next party. So don’t be afraid to try out different variations and don’t hesitate to mix it up with the ingredients. Making these patties is satisfying to the soul, It’s a great way to bring people together, creating conversation and memories around food. Give into your cravings and create some southern-fried or oven-baked salmon cakes for your next gathering – I truly believe that they will be enjoyed by everyone. Bon appétit!

Salmon Patties (Hints from Heloise)

Salmon Patties (Hints from Heloise) Recipe

My mom made these for me when I was a little girl. To this day, I still have to eat them with spinach and crackers. Delicious dipped in yellow mustard, too.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 190.9 kcal


  • 1 (14 ounce) can salmon
  • 1/4 cup salmon liquid, from the salmon
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • oil (for frying)


  • Half fill a deep fryer or skillet with oil. Preheat while you are mixing the salmonettes. Drain all but 1/4 cup liquid off the canned salmon and set it aside. Put the salmon in a mixing bowl and break it apart with a fork until you have no big flakes. Add the flour and egg. Blend with a spoon until all of the flour is mixed in, don't overmix.
  • Add the baking powder to the liquid that was set aside and beat with a fork or whisk until frothy. Immediately pour this into the salmon mixture and stir until well blended. It is important not to let the baking powder and liquid mixture sit after mixing. Pour it immediately.
  • Drop the mixture by spoonfuls (small bite sized balls are the best) into the hot oil. They will brown very quickly-about 5-7 minutes. Lift them out with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 128gCalories: 190.9kcalCarbohydrates: 12.3gProtein: 23gFat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 104.4mgSodium: 175mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1g
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