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Air Fryer Salmon Patties

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Quick and easy to make, these air fryer salmon patties are wonderfully flavorful and so simple to make. Serve as an appetizer or as part of a main for one delicious bite!

Six salmon patties on a plate served with sour cream and a wedge of lemon.

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I just know that you are going to adore this salmon cake recipe! It’s so full of flavor and my take on this classic recipe. I use canned salmon and my air fryer for this recipe, but you could totally use fresh and make it on the stove if you like.

These patties take minutes to make and are great to serve as an appetizer or as part of a quick and easy weeknight meal. Every bite is so flavorful, trust me, you are sure to impress with this dish!

Be sure to check out my Air Fryer Crab Cakes and Air Fryer Crispy Shrimp.

How to make air fryer salmon patties

  • Gather your ingredients.
Ingredients to make the salmon patties in glass bowls.
  • In a bowl, combine drained canned salmon, ½ cup bread crumbs, egg, sweet onion, red bell pepper, garlic, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, and celery salt.
The ingredients mixed together in a bowl.
  • Form mixture into 6 patties and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. This will firm them up so they don’t break apart.
The mixture formed into six patties.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 Fahrenheit.
  • Spread the remaining ½ cup of breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Remove the patties from the freezer and coat patties in the breadcrumbs.
The patties being covered with breadcrumbs.
  • Place in the preheated air fryer basket and cook for 11-13 minutes, flipping and spraying with oil halfway.
The salmon patties in the air fryer before and after cooking.

Serve and enjoy.

salmon patties cooked inside air fryer basket

Can you make these without an air fryer?

These salmon patties are so effortless to cook in the air fryer, but you can pan fry them too. Simply fry the patties in an oiled pan over medium-high heat until browned, about 3-4 minutes each side.

You can also oven bake them, although they won’t be as crispy. Place them in a preheated oven at 400F for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

What’s the best salmon to use?

I like to use canned salmon for this recipe, it makes the dish super convenient and quick. If you have fresh salmon, you can of course use that, but be sure to cook it first, either on the stovetop or in the oven, before flaking and combining with the other ingredients.

What do you serve them with?

I love to serve these as an appetizer with some remoulade or tartar sauce and some lemon wedges. They work great as a light lunch or brunch too, served with a nice fresh salad.

Serve them as a main with some French fries, creamy mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.

Four salmon patties stacked on top of each other and topped with tartar sauce

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Make them gluten-free by using GF breadcrumbs.
  • Be sure to freeze the patties before breading them or they can fall apart.
  • You can serve these without removing the bones if you prefer. You could also use three 5 oz cans of skinless, boneless, Wild Caught pink salmon.
  • Leftovers will keep well for up to 4 days in the fridge and can be reheated in the air fryer at 360F for 4 minutes.
Salmon patty on white plate cut in half to show inside

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Air Fryer Salmon Patties

Quick and easy to make, these air fryer salmon patties are wonderfully flavorful and so simple to make. Serve as an appetizer or as part of a main for one delicious bite!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fried salmon cakes, air fried salmon patties, how to cook salmon patties in the air fryer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freezer time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 patties
Calories 228kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 14.5 oz can of Wild Caught Alaskan salmon , drained, bones and skin removed
  • 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs separated
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup diced sweet onion
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • ¼ tsp celery salt
  • Oil for spraying

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine salmon, ½ cup bread crumbs, egg, sweet onion, red bell pepper, garlic, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, and celery salt.
  • Form mixture into 6 patties and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 370 Fahrenheit.
  • Spread the remaining ½ cup of breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Remove the patties from the freezer and coat patties in the breadcrumbs.
  • Place in the preheated air fryer basket and cook for 11-13 minutes, flipping and spraying with oil halfway. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

  • Make them gluten-free by using GF breadcrumbs.
  • Be sure to freeze the patties before breading them or they can fall apart.
  • You can serve these without removing the bones if you prefer. You could also use three 5 oz cans of skinless, boneless, Wild Caught pink salmon.
  • Leftovers will keep well for up to 4 days in the fridge and can be reheated in the air fryer at 360F for 4 minutes.
  • To pan-fry, follow the directions but pan fry the patties in an oiled pan over medium-high heat until browned, about 3-4 minutes each side.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 685mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 517IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 2mg
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