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salmon patties

Crispy salmon patties

Turn canned salmon into a delicious main dish that the whole family will love. This recipe includes lots of variations.

Number of servings: 6
Serving size: 1 patty

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1 15-ounce can salmon, drained

1 egg

1 slice whole wheat bread, shredded

3 green onions (with stem), chopped

1 medium garlic clove, minced

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Dash of black pepper

1/2 teaspoon seasoning (salt, paprika, chili powder, celery seed, or dill weed)

2 teaspoons olive or vegetable oil


Time needed: 10 minutes preparation; 15 minutes cook time

  1. Remove any large bones and skin from salmon. Break into chunks with fork.
  2. Break egg into a large bowl. Whisk with fork.
  3. Add salmon, bread, onion, garlic, lemon juice, pepper, and additional seasoning. Mix gently.
  4. Form the mixture into 6 patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet.
  6. Place patties in hot skillet and cook uncovered for 3 minutes. Turn with a spatula and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes to a temperature of 145 degrees F.
  7. Serve.

Nutritional information

Calories 140
Total Fat: 6.4 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 59 mg
Sodium: 375 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 0 g
Dietary Fiber: 1 g
Total Sugar: 1 g
Protein: 17 g

Allergens: Fish, Wheat, Egg

Tips and variations

Makes a great sandwich with whole wheat bread, tomato, lettuce, and onions.

Substitute 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder for the garlic clove, 5-10 crushed saltine crackers for the bread, or 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion for the green onion.

For extra flavor add a dash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper, or sprinkle some Parmesan cheese.

For a quick dill dipping sauce mix 1/2 cup fat free mayo with 1 1/2 teaspoons dill. Add horseradish if desired.


This was adapted from the United States Department of Agriculture's Salmon Patties (FDD) (no date; What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl).

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