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Two fried salmon patties on a white plate with leafy greens, tartar sauce and a lemon wedge

Salmon Patties

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 5 patties 1x


Using mostly pantry and refrigerator staple ingredients, these flavorful salmon patties are a quick, budget-friendly dinner in under 20 minutes!


  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can salmon, drained
  • 15 saltine crackers, crushed (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 21/2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Place salmon in a large bowl and pick out any bones and discard*. Flake salmon with a fork.
  2. Add crushed crackers, egg, garlic, lemon juice, onion, green pepper, Old Bay Seasoning, salt and pepper.  Mix ingredients with your hands or a large spoon. Form into 5 patties (1/2 cup of salmon mixture for each patty).
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add patties and cook until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.


  • *If you choose to include the bones, mash them with a fork into the mixture.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, spray a skillet with cooking spray and reheat on the stove top over medium heat (on both sides) until heated through.
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: salmon cakes, salmon patties with crackers