High Five Recipes: Lunchtime Salmon Patties

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As I’ve been developing this idea for High Five Recipes…I am AMAZED at how many yummy dishes you can make with five ingredients or less. Cooking healthy food really, really is simple. I have a big (and ever growing) list of recipes to share with you ranging from main dishes to side dishes to desserts and snacks…all that only require FIVE or less high quality ingredients!!

I mentioned here that we’re trying to add more fish to our diets. A friend of mine told me about how she makes Salmon Patties and what an EASY lunch they are. Ooh, she was right.

These Salmon Patties are SO easy and super delicious. I used Rubinstein’s Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon. It was the best quality I could find for the best price, usually around $4.00 per can. (This is a very inexpensive dish to make!)

Not only are these a perfect lunch idea…it’s a great “rescue me” dinner too if you’re on the run in the evening since you don’t have to plan ahead to thaw meat for this dish!

Lunchtime Salmon PattiesYum

14 oz can salmon
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 t. lemon juice
oil for cooking (I use palm shortening or coconut oil)

In a bowl, mix together salmon, egg, bread crumbs and lemon juice. (You can mix the bones from the salmon in if you’d like…they cook right in and are good for you. However, I get a little wigged out about them and take out the biggest ones.)

Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet. Spoon tablespoon sized balls of the salmon mixture into the oil, flatten and cook for about five minutes, turning once. The salmon patties should be golden brown.


If you’re not a big fan of fish…I encourage you to give this simple recipe a try. I think you’ll probably be surprised!!   And…this is one of those recipes that not only takes five ingredients…it only takes about five minutes to prepare. Yay!

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  1. Pam says

    Since we have a peanut allergy in our house, I’d choose the ranch potato wedges! They sound very yummy!


  2. Elizabeth says

    Great recipe. I actually have a can of salmon from Trader Joes that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I will try this recipe this week. And I vote for the potato wedges next as well.

    Great series. Very helpful.



  3. says

    I make something like this. We call them salmon burgers. Mine has more ingredients to season them and we eat them on buns like burgers


  4. says


    Your salmon patties look so delicious! My husband and I love salmon in all forms but for some reason I seldom think to make the patties. We add a little diced green onion and mayo to ours.

    Take Care,



  5. says

    This definitely looks better than my father-in-law’s infamous tuna patties. Maybe I’ll get brave enough to try it. I dislike fish, usually, and the tuna patty thing made it worse, lol. But I tend to like your recipes!

    Please do the ranch potato wedges next. !!! I’m drooling just at the name of them right now!


  6. says

    This is sooo easy! I want more fish in our diet as well, so we’ll be trying this soon.

    Okay, a difficult choice, but I’m voting for Ranch Potato Wedges! As long as you post Peanut Butter Honey Fudge next. :)


  7. alyssa says

    We love salmon patties! I always put the bones in. I crush them between my fingers and mix it all up! That way there’s no weird, crunchy bones, but we get all the wonderful calcium! :)

    The fudge sounds really yummy!!


  8. Apryl Craighead says

    Both sound great, but I have got to go with the fugde… even though I’ll have to until Lent is over. I’ll have something to look forward to, definitely. :)


  9. Helen says

    I just got some salmon on good sale and didn’t know what to do with it – you have good timing, for me at least! I vote for the potato wedge recipe next!


  10. says

    I’d choose the potatoes next! :)

    By the way, for those of us who can’t have bread crumbs, I find that some cooked brown rice works well in salmon patties. I also like to season with some Tamari.



  11. says

    Yum..I grew up eating these and they are very good, simple and delicious. I am looking forward to seeing your other recipes. I am always looking for good easy recipes.


  12. Lissa says

    We eat Tuna Patties nearly every week: 2 cans of tuna mixed with crushed ritz crackers, sliced green onion (if you have it) and some REAL mayo. Saute the patties lightly in butter. Perfect with some plain pasta and a fruit salad.


  13. Erin H. says

    I do this recipe as a big salmon loaf but I add a 1/2 stick of butter to make up for the frying. But I will definitely have to try to do this as patties as well.

    My vote is for both recipes – the fudge and potato wedges.


  14. says

    My mom did this with tuna. I can’t eat canned salmon – I don’t care how healthy they are for you… the bones just make me gag


  15. Kasey says

    Does the canned Salmon have bones in it?? I bought canned salmon once to make these and I gagged when I opened the can. I wasn’t expecting bones and pieces of skin. I just wasn’t sure if it was the can I bought or all cans of salmon???

    My vote it for potatoes as well. Another peanut allergy family here!


  16. Sandy says

    You can also buy salmon in pouches (like the tuna) and it doesn’t contain any bones! I haven’t bought it in a while, but I think they still have it.


  17. Sarah says

    These look good, my mom is making them for dinner tonight, and I can’t wait intill their done.
    I think the potato weges winn.


  18. says

    Hi Laura,

    Just pondering this recipe and wondering how many servings this makes?? Thanks!


    Laura Reply:

    Usually, I get about 8-10 patties out of this recipe. Depends on how big I make them.


  19. Marcia says

    Old fashioned oatmeal instead of bread crumbs. Years ago, the can was 16 oz though and we always made 4 patties from it. As size decreases, so does the yield.


  20. says

    Have you ever had Salmon on tortillas with cheese? Very good and great when you’re trying to get the little ones to eat fish!


    Laura Reply:

    Ooh, great idea!!


  21. says

    Had this for dinner tonight with veggies…the kids loved them! The adults did too. I have never cooked with canned salmon before and too was weirded out by the bones and skin…picked out the biggest bones and cooked up the recipe…and it was a BIG HIT!

    Thanks for your recipes…they’ve really helped me make the switch to healthy whole food eating that my husband and kids enjoy!


  22. says

    I tried this with tuna. It looked sad and fell apart, but still tasted good. I look forward to trying this with salmon very soon.


  23. says

    I’m trying these this week. I can’t figure out what to serve with them though because my mom always served salmon patties with biscuits and gravy! And I’m not good at gravy making! I guess I could do biscuits and a veggie? Hmm.. more to ponder! :)


    Kayla Reply:

    We ate these growing up with creamed corn. Then if you don’t care for the
    flavor you just dip them in the corn and it changes the flavor. It worked
    for us as kids.


  24. Shannon W. says

    Hi Laura. I’d love to make these soon as we need to eat more fish. Care to share what brand of salmon you use and/or what you recommend when looking for canned fish? Thanks!


  25. Natalie says

    if you use non canned salmon, should you process it in a food processor to get the right texture? anyone done it that way?


    Heather Eide Reply:

    I would just cook it slightly and shred is up a little.


  26. Michele says

    When I make salmon burgers, I squeeze on some extra lemon when they’re done & serve them on garlic Texas toast. Yum!


  27. Crystal says

    How many does your recipe serve? I’m a big fan of knowing how much a certain recipe makes. I have a pretty big family and I almost always have to double (at least) new recipes in order to feed my family and it’s nice to know if I need to double, triple, etc. the ingredients instead of making way too much or worse, way too little of a given meal.


    Laura Reply:

    This recipe makes 10-12 patties, depending on how big you make them. The six of us BARELY get full on this recipe, but of course it depends on what sides I serve along with them!


  28. Heather Eide says

    For an alternative:
    I roll 1T. sized balls in extra bread crumbs, flatten slightly on a cookie sheet (I use a pampered chef large bar pan), and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. They have a very nice texture and grease free!


  29. Jessica Rasmussen says

    Just let to let anyone know. You can crush any of the bones in the can and you wont have to take them out. They smash w/ your fingers or a fork.


  30. Andrea says

    Has anyone made this with fresh salmon? How would you cook it first? I have a bunch of fillets in the freezer from a recent fishing trip to Lake Michigan. Thanks!


  31. Sarah says

    Some comments on this recipe (because we make these a lot at our house). As someone else said, you can bake the patties on a greased cookie sheet (we bake them at 400 for 20 min or until golden).
    Sometimes I add a can of tuna to the recipe to stretch it a little. It still has that good salmon flavor, but tuna is a little cheaper.
    Also, the leftovers are great crumbled up on a green salad.


  32. says

    Making this tonight as a ‘rescue meal, cause there’s no meat thawed in the fridge!

    Love this recipe. I use canned salmon from Trader Joe’s and fry it in butter. I also substitute crushed dried mushrooms for the bread crumbs.


  33. kiara says

    heres a better ones. i’ve been raised on these, this recipe comes from my great grandmother.

    14oz can of tuna fish (i used pink alaskan salmon)
    2 eggs.
    4oz of onion.
    1 1/2 cup of flour.

    mix all the ingredients together, put canola oil in a pan (or your choosing) and fry them till there brown on the tops and bottoms. they taste really well. i cub my onions or i’ll shred them.. enjoy!


  34. Amanda says

    I wonder if I could make this with salmon I cooked up? The skin and bones in canned would make me vomit!


    Laura Reply:

    I think it would be worth a try!


  35. says

    FYI did this with mashed potatoes instead of the bread crumbs because of a gluten issue in our family and I tell you it was yummy! I think I had about 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes. And I lightly coated them in corn flour to get crisp when we browned them


  36. Kelly says

    Do you know what I could use as a binder instead of egg? We have egg allergies and egg in this dish will not be cooked long enough for us to eat.


    Kim Reply:

    I have used this substitution when i didn’t have eggs on hand, and it works great in baked goods. i haven’t tried it in this recipe, but i woudl imagine it would work fine!
    you mix 1 tbsp ground flax seeds, and 3 tbsp hot water, mixing it together until it is the consistency of an egg.



    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I would try Kim’s suggestion…I have never tried it but it sounds like
    a good healthy alternative!


    Amy Afdahl Reply:

    We use vegan mayo instead of egg.


  37. Soccy says

    These are part of our regular rotation now. They are so good. My kids don’t like salmon but they will eat this. I buy the Trader Joes cans with bones and skin (since that’s a big part of what’s healthy about salmon). I put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mash it all together with my pastry blender. While I shape the patties by hand, I mash up any bones the pastry blender didn’t get. The bines and skin are undetectable in thenfinished patty. I fry in coconut oil and serve up with steamed veggies and either rice or quinoa. It’s a tasty, quick and easy dinner. Thanks for the recipe.


  38. Bekah says

    I grew up eating these. It’s about the only way my kids like to eat fish. We also like to season them with any of the following: garlic powder, paprika, green onion, (dehydrated) onion.


  39. Felicia says

    I also grew up eating these and carried the tradition into our own family. Instead of bread crumbs we use equal amounts of flour and cornmeal – about 1/4 cup each for the smaller can of salmon. Homemade mashed potatoes are a good side dish with these.


  40. LouAnn says

    This was one of my great grandmother’s awesome dishes. Our recipe is similar but we use a sleeve of saltines I know I know, but also a minced onion. And she would only use salmon from Aldi lol


  41. Brittany Smallwood says

    Can you use fresh salmon?


    Laura Reply:

    I would imagine so, but I’ve never tried it!


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