Salmon Patties: Grandma’s Favorite Recipe!

Salmon Patties was a Weekly Recipe for Grandma!

This the very first recipe I asked my Grandma for.

She was a classic, Southern grandma and loved her salmon patties!

She also made a mean salmon stew that I completely copied and still make today.

I don’t think she’d mind…<3

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Since my grandmother was a true home cook, she also served homemade biscuits and salmon gravy.

It was always a welcome meal for this comfort foodie girl.

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All salmon patties recipes are not made equal.

No ma’am.

Some aren’t crunchy enough..

Others are beyond bland.

Spicy salmon patties recipe that families love!

What makes a salmon patty recipe really, really REALLY good?

So glad you asked!

Secrets to Making the BEST Salmon Patties

Be patient.

As with almost any recipe, if you rush through the process, you’re going to end up with an average, or even below average, result.

With this particular recipe, give each patty a sufficient amount of time in the frying pan before flipping and frying the other side.

Fry one patty before frying the entire bunch.

This is my secret to my favorite breakfast sausage patties — which I hope to post later! I always fry up one patty before frying the entire batch.


Because I’m human. I may be chatting with a friend or be thinking about something else and add too much salt, forget to add the lime or even forget the chicken bouillon!

Yikes! That would be VERY bad!

If I fry up one salmon patty first, I can immediately tell if I forgot an ingredient!

Add a few extras.

You want to have the BEST salmon patties, right?

Then you’re going to have to go above and beyond.

That means taking the time to saute an onion or some celery…so you get that extra punch of flavor! And don’t forget the chicken bouillon — it makes a HUGE difference!

More Secrets to Cooking Salmon Patties the BEST Way!

Don’t deep fry the salmon patties.

I know it’s a temptation to pull out your deep fryer or to fry these in four inches of oil. But, you must resist that urge.

Deep frying them rips them of their amazing flavor and tends to soak up too much oil as well.

Just fry in four tablespoons of oil so they cook up perfectly.

Refrigerate the patty mixture.

If you’re not awesome at shaping salmon patties, then place your salmon patty mixture into the refrigerator for one hour before shaping and frying.

I mostly skip this step because I’ve been cooking salmon patties for 15 years.

But if you’re new to this, I would definitely recommend taking the extra precaution!

Instead of using bread crumbs, try making salmon patties with cornmeal.

This just changes up the texture. See which version your family likes best!

And one more hint from my husband’s grandmother? (She makes salmon patties too!)

You can totally make salmon patties using saltine crackers and a 1/4 cup flour as your breading! I know you have crackers in your pantry!

Now that you know the secrets to making the BEST salmon patties, don’t forget to keep your pantry stocked with all the ingredients — just in case the salmon patty craving strikes!

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Grandma's Best Salmon Patties Recipe

Perfectly spiced and fried to perfection, this s a favorite salmon patties recipe everyone loves!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 10 patties


  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 cup diced and sauteed celery
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 6 oz cans skinless boneless pink salmon
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 large onion diced and sautéed


  • Mix all ingredients except panko breadcrumbs in a medium bowl
  • Once thoroughly mixed, fold in bread crumbs.
  • Refrigerate for 15 minutes for easy handling or you can begin shaping into patties for frying. It's up to you!
  • Once mixture has been refrigerated, make patties with your hands.
  • Heat medium-sized skillet to medium heat.
  • Add 4-6 tablespoons of cooking oil to pan.
  • Lightly pan fry several patties at once. About 4 patties at once.
  • Once patties are golden brown, flip to the other side and continue frying until golden brown.
  • Drain salmon patties on paper towels.
  • Repeat for every patty.
  • Serve immediately.

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