Easy Southern Salmon Patties

This simple recipe for crispy, golden salmon croquettes couldn't be easier to make than THE BEST Southern Salmon Patties.  Whether you prefer southern fried, baked, or air fried, you’ll love serving this tender salmon with loads of flavor and all your best family memories in a classic recipe done right!Easy Southern Salmon Patties

How To Bake Salmon Patties

Follow the instructions for creating your patties, but instead of heating oil in a skillet:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and preheat the pan in the oven as the oven heats. (This will make for crisp patties!)
  • When the oven is at the proper temperature, remove the pan.  Add your patties to the hot pan.  Bake for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through.

How To Air Fry Salmon Patties

  • Heat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the basket with cooking oil. Place patties in the basket, making sure there is plenty of room for air circulation around each patty. Spray tops of patties with cooking oil.
  • Cook for 6 minutes. Spray tops of patties again. Cook for 2 more minutes and serve!


  • 18 ounces pink salmon
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • juice from 1/2 medium lemon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions, about 5-6 green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon all-purpose Creole seasoning, or Old Bay
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • about 30 saltine crackers, divided


  • Add cooking oil to a 12" cast iron skillet, about 1" deep. Heat the stovetop over medium heat. Oil will be hot enough for frying when a little water sprinkled over the surface crackles.
  • While oil is heating, mix together salmon, mayonnaise, lemon, egg & Worcestershire sauce. Add onion, Creole seasoning, salt & pepper, and mix well.
  • Crush 13-15 saltine crackers and add to the salmon mixture. Mix well again. Finely crush the rest of the crackers on a small plate to dredge patties in.
  • Gently form small to medium patties from the salmon mixture with your hands, then carefully place in finely crushed saltines and pat to cover on all sides.
  • Place patties in hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on a baking rack with a paper towel underneath. Serve while warm.

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