This recipe for salmon patties or salmon croquettes is made with fresh, not canned, salmon which gives them an excellent fresh-fish flavor.
The patties can be pan-fried or, for a lower-calorie dish, browned in a nonstick pan on the stovetop and then finished in the oven.
As many Catholics can attest, salmon patties were a go-to meal on meatless Fridays. Now, because of its positive health benefits, working salmon into one's meals several times a week is a good way to go.
This treatment of using fresh salmon makes it all grown up and perfect as an appetizer or main dish.
- 1 pound salmon (boneless, skinless fillet)
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (dry, white)
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup onion (finely grated)
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose)
- 2 large eggs (beaten)
- 1 cup breadcrumbs (dry, white or panko crumbs)
- Optional: 3 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
Prepare the Patties
- Remove any pin bones and the dark gray bloodline from the salmon fillet. Chop into 1/4-inch pieces. Don't use a food processor to do this because the pieces will be too fine and the salmon will become pasty. Set chopped salmon aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix chopped salmon with 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, mayonnaise or creamy garlic dressing, onion, parsley, salt, and lemon juice.
- Scoop 1/4-cup portions and form into 3/4-inch-thick patties. Place on a parchment-lined pan and freeze for 15 minutes so they are easier to handle.
- Dredge patties in all-purpose flour, then dip in beaten eggs and then in breadcrumbs or panko crumbs. Let dry 10 minutes before frying.
If You Pan Fry the Salmon Patties
- If you decide to fry your patties in oil, pour about 1 inch of neutral oil into a heavy-bottomed or cast-iron skillet and heat over medium-high about 3 minutes.
- Place patties, dry side down, into the skillet and cook until medium golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip patties and fry another 2 minutes or until the second side is medium golden brown.
- Drain patties on paper towels. Serve hot with tartar sauce or creamy garlic dressing.
If You Finish Cooking the Salmon Patties in the Oven
- If desired, the patties can be briefly browned on both sides in a nonstick skillet that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
- If your nonstick skillet is ovenproof, you can leave the patties in the pan and finish cooking them in a 350 F oven for 10 minutes. If the skillet is not ovenproof, transfer the browned patties to a baking pan and bake as above.
- Drain patties on paper towels.
Serve the Patties
- Serve hot with tartar sauce or creamy garlic dressing, a side salad, or green vegetable.