How You Can Make Salmon Patties from Scratch Using Canned Salmon

So you’ve gone ahead and purchased canned salmon, deciding that you were going to add this delicious fish to your diet in a way that’s both convenient and economic.

You researched the brands and the different canning methods, you looked through your favorite grocery store until you found what you needed; you bought the canned salmon, took it home and now you’re not sure what to do with it.

Yup, you better believe I’ve been there.

While adding some lime juice and maybe even some mayo and eating it directly from the can is a possibility worth exploring, there are many easy and delicious things you can do, today I’m sharing with you how to make salmon patties from canned salmon.

Let’s get started!


Needed Items

  • 2 Cans of Canned Salmon (Preferably Pink)
  • 2 Small Onions (Red)
  • ​1 Large Sweet Pepper (Red)
  • 2 Eggs
  • ​¼ Cup of All Purpose Flour
  • Seasoning of Choice
  • ​Vegetable Oil
  • ½ Cup of Bread crumbs of your choice. (Plus more bread crumbs to bread the patties)

You’ll also need:

  • Strainer
  • Deep Bowl (Large enough to hold all the ingredients)
  • Frying Pan (Large enough to hold at least 4 patties at the same time, check a list of the best pans for glass top stoves)
  • Paper Towels
  • Cutting Board
  • Small Bowl or Deep Dish
  • Flat Dish

Once you’ve acquired all the necessary bits, cooking salmon patties is a piece of cake and it should take you around 30 minutes, including preparation time.

​How To Make Salmon Patties From Canned Salmon

Salmon Patties


Step 1 – Chop Your Veggies

Finely chop your onions and peppers using a sharp knife and a cutting board to protect your counters. Remember that this will go inside the patty, so the pieces need to be really small.

Step 2 – Prepare The Salmon

Some brands of canned salmon have canned whole pieces of the fish. While this is perfectly good, this also means there’s a chance you’ll find a bone or two so drain your salmon with the help of a strainer and carefully look for bones that need to be removed.

If you’ve purchased a brand of salmon that has no whole bits then simply strain it.

Step 3 – Beat Your Eggs

Break both eggs in a small bowl and beat them thoroughly until both whites and yellows have mixed completely.

Step 4 – Mix Your Ingredients

In your large bowl, mix all your ingredients. Start with the flour and seasonings, mixing them thoroughly before throwing in the eggs, bread crumbs, pepper and onions.

Once the ingredients are completely mixed, toss the salmon in there as well and stir together until the mix becomes solid enough to form patties with your hands.

Step 5 – Make The Patties

Coat the palm of your hands with all-purpose flour to keep the patties from sticking to your skin and grab some of the mix.

Roll the mix into a small ball before flattening it with your hands. You can choose how thick or flat the patties will be during this step.

You should be able to get 8 patties out of this recipe but you can create more or less depending on how thick you want them.

Make The Patties


Step 6 – Bread the Patties

Spread the rest of your bread crumbs on a flat dish and coat all patties on both sides by pressing them against the crumbs.

Step 7 – Heat Up Your Pan

Place your pan over medium flame and wait for it to be hot. You can check if your pan is hot or not by tossing a couple of droplets of water on it.

Once the pan is hot, put oil in it until it completely covers the bottom. There might be some splashing so be careful with that.

Step 8 – Fry The Patties

Once the oil is hot place the patties on the pan.

You can put more than one in the pan if there’s enough space, just leave enough room between them to avoid any sticking.

Let one side brown (about 5 minutes) before flipping the patty and leaving the other side to brown. In total, it should take around 10 minutes for each patty.

Fry The Patties


Step 9 – Remove Excess Oil

Carefully take out each patty from the pan and hold them above them for excess oil to drain. Once that’s done, place them on paper towels and gently pat them dry so the towels absorb all the excess oil.

Step 10 – Serve

Serve while still hot.

Careful when eating them, as the insides will be quite hot even after the outsides have cooled.

While you can eat the salmon patties on their own or with some mayo if you feel like it, I love adding garlic sauce to them.

The recipe is really simple so I’m going to share it with you.

For the sauce

Make The Salmon Patties Sauce

- ¼ cup of mayonnaise, whole or light.

- 2 garlic cloves, shaved and pressed.

- 1 tbsp lemon juice.

- Heavy cream, for texture.

Step 1 – Whisk

Whisk the mayo, the crushed garlic and the lemon juice until perfectly blended.

Step 2 – Add Cream to Taste

The cream is added in order to thicken the sauce so this depends entirely on your preference. Add spoonful and whisk with all the other ingredients, then check for consistency.

Repeat the process until the sauce looks exactly how you want it to look.

Step 3 – Refrigerate for 15 Minutes

Place the sauce in a fridge safe container and cover it with a lid, then place it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

The sauce can stay there for up to a week, just keep in mind that the longer it stays there the milder the flavor will be.

  • Tips:

- Adding a touch of Sriracha or other hot sauces to the cream can give it a slightly spicy flavor.

- If you want more bread crumbs on your patties you can always dip them in egg whites before coating them.

- You can also replace the onions with scallions, to give the patties a stronger flavor.

- If you’re not sure how to serve your patties, you can always add a side salad. As the freshness of the greens will go great with the taste of the salmon.

As you can see, both the patties and the sauce are not only delicious but also ridiculously easy to make. It will take you less than an hour to have an entire meal ready for you and your family even if you make the sauce from scratch.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Did you like this article? Is there something missing? Do you know an easier way of making salmon patties or a better way of making the garlic sauce?

If so, leave a comment! I’d love to hear from your experience.

Thank you for reading!

Emma Claire

I’m Emma, and I’m absolutely in love with food blogs. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of 3 kids, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way.

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