Jan 02, 2024
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Flaky, moist, and full of flavor, these salmon patties (salmon cakes) are the ideal weeknight dinner. Serve them with a side of your favorite vegetables, and dollops of my creamy lemon dill sauce for a wonderfully light and fresh meal.
Simple baked salmon (or air fryer salmon) will always be a staple in my house for an easy and healthy dinner. But one of my all-time favorite recipes from my childhood is salmon patties. They’re similar to tuna patties (it’s just a fish swap), a bit smaller than salmon burgers which means you can serve them up for dinner or appetizers, and a great way to use leftover cooked salmon. Here’s why I love this recipe:
- No breadcrumbs are needed: Instead, I use a small amount of almond flour. It adds a lovely nuttiness, and doesn’t overpower the salmon flavor the way breadcrumbs can often do. If I’m making salmon patties, I surely want them to taste like salmon and not bread!
- It’s elevated with fresh salmon: Although you can swap in canned salmon, I’m using oven-baked salmon for patties that taste incredibly fresh, with a tantalizing, robust flavor.
- Perfect for meal prep: If you want a healthy salmon meal at your fingertips, these salmon patties are perfect! They’re freezer-friendly and easily reheatable.
Salmon Patties Ingredients
- Fresh Salmon: I’m using fresh, wild-caught salmon – and I feel the flavor enhancement is worth the splurge. But I also understand substituting canned salmon if it’s a weeknight and you want a quick, healthy meal to throw together. For more details, I’ve got tips below!
- Vegetables: A simple mix of onion, bell pepper, and garlic add a crunchy bite and fresh flavor.
- Binders: The dry and wet ingredients you’ll need are almond flour, eggs, mayonnaise, and Dijon mustard.
- Fresh Herbs: I love a lot of fresh parsley and dill. They’re the perfect herbaceous pairing with seafood.
- Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce: Although this is optional, I highly recommend it! It’s a great alternative to tartar sauce or garlic aioli. Just stir together mayonnaise, fresh dill, lemon juice and zest, salt, and black pepper.
How To Make Salmon Patties
Bake the salmon. Drizzle oil over your salmon and season generously with salt and black pepper. Then, bake your salmon filet for 10 to 13 minutes at 425°F.
While that’s baking, cook the veggies. Dice an onion and red bell pepper, then sauté both in a little olive oil until translucent and tender. Once the salmon is done baking, pop it back into the refrigerator for about 10 to 15 minutes to let it cool.
Make the patties. Once your salmon, onion, and bell pepper have fully cooled, add them to a bowl with the almond flour, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, eggs, fresh parsley, and fresh dill. Use your hands to mix everything and form little patties about ½-inch thick. Don’t form too big of a patty as they’ll be harder to flip and will break apart.
Cook the patties. Heat the oil in a sauté pan and cook them in batches for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. The outsides should be nicely golden.
Make the lemon dill sauce. Stir together the mayonnaise, chopped dill, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper, to serve alongside the salmon patties. This combo is my favorite for a refreshing, herby pairing!
When I first made this recipe I used king salmon, and oh my word, it was so moist, tender, and buttery smooth. But I’d probably recommend using coho or sockeye salmon for a standard home-cooked dinner. It’s a bit cheaper, but still flavorful, flaky, and packed with tons of healthy Omega-3 benefits.
Yes, you can bake individual filets instead if you have those on hand. But you may need to slightly adjust the cooking time. They’re done when they easily flake with a fork.
If you opt for canned salmon, I recommend looking for wild Alaskan salmon. My favorite brand of canned salmon is Wild Planet and it’s sustainably caught in Alaskan waters. As for how much, there’s one pound of salmon in the recipe (which is 16 ounces), and most cans are 6 ounces, so you’ll need three cans. Note: Canned Salmon can be dryer than using fresh salmon. You may want to double the amount of mayonnaise to 1/4 cup to keep your salmon patties nice and moist.
Yes! Place parchment paper on a baking sheet, or spray it with olive oil. Then bake the patties at 400°F for 10 to 12 minutes on each side, for a total of around 20 minutes.
I love pairing salmon with some sort of vegetable side dish. For a warm side, roasted broccoli, sauteed green beans, or sauteed cabbage taste great. For something refreshing, toss together a quick side salad with your favorite leafy greens, sliced red onions, sliced cucumbers, and a lemon vinaigrette.
- To store for the week: Any leftover patties can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container. Perfect to enjoy throughout the week.
- To freeze for later: I love how freezer-friendly these are, so I always make a second batch. Just make sure to let them cool completely before storing them away in the freezer. Note: Make sure to put parchment paper in between each patty to prevent them from sticking.
- Tips for reheating: Salmon can dry out a bit when reheated. But you can splash a bit of water on the patties or cover with a damp paper towel when reheating in the microwave.
More Salmon Recipes
- Salmon Salad: The next best thing after tuna salad!
- Salmon Tacos: The best combo of grilled salmon, cabbage, and salsa verde.
- Poached Salmon: A simple way to cook salmon infused with a lemony herb poaching liquid.
- Or these other delicious salmon recipes!
I hope you love these salmon patties as much as I do! If you make them, I’d love to hear how they turned out in the comment box below. Your review will help other readers in the community.
- 1 pound fresh salmon
- ⅓ cup olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup almond flour
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ⅓ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
- kosher salt and black pepper
Lemon Dill Mayonnaise (optional)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
- ½ lemon, zested and juiced (about 1 ½ tablespoons juice)
- kosher salt and black pepper
- Bake the salmon. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Drizzle the salmon with a tablespoon of olive oil and generously season with salt and black pepper. Cook for 10 to 13 minutes, or until just cooked through. Then, remove the salmon from the oven and cool completely in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Cook the vegetables. While the salmon is cooling, add one tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan and sauté the onion and bell pepper for 6 to 8 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- Make the patties. Use your hands to flake the cooled salmon (removing the skin) into a large mixing bowl. Add the onion, bell pepper, dill, parsley, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, garlic, almond flour, and eggs. Combine all ingredients with your hands until well-mixed. Then, form the salmon mixture into small patties with your hands and place them to the side. Pro Tip: I like to place the formed patties on a parchment lined baking tray to easily move them to the stove.
- Cook the patties. Heat several tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan on medium heat and cook the salmon patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove the salmon patties to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Make the lemon dill sauce. Add the mayonnaise, chopped dill, lemon zest and juice, salt, and pepper to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Serve. Serve the salmon patties with the lemon dill sauce.
- To bake these in the oven rather than pan fry: spray a baking sheet with oil spray (my favorite is avocado oil) and bake at 400°F for 10 to 12 minutes on each side.
- King Salmon has a high oil content and is naturally a more moist fish. You may only need one beaten egg if using King Salmon.
- Canned Salmon can be dryer than using fresh salmon. You may want to double the amount of mayonnaise, to 1/4 cup, to keep your salmon patties nice and moist.
- I’ve made a large batch of these for meal prep and they’re delicious. They freeze and reheat beautifully.
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Recipe originally posted November 2017, but updated to include new photos and information for your benefit!