July 9, 2021 | Last Updated on March 23, 2023 by Patricia Valbrun
Southern Salmon Patties are a fun and easy way to get your seafood fix this season. Flaky salmon is tossed with sweet onions, cream cheese, fresh herbs, breadcrumbs, and spices then fried until crispy golden brown.
You may remember the amazing Salmon cakes I made. These are much a healthier option!
How to Make Southern Salmon Patties
It doesn’t take long to make these little patties. Using fresh salmon is always a plus!
Using a fork, flake the salmon (double check for any bones that might have been missed when your salmon was filleted).
- Prep your salmon and cook on 350F for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash and rinse potato. Boil for 30 minutes until soft/done.
- Cook the onions in butter to soften.
- Gently combine your ingredients (per recipe below) and chill for a few minutes. Form patties and chill again.
- In three bowls prepare the flour, eggs and panko crumbs. Dip the patties in this order – flour, eggs, panko crumbs.
- Fry your salmon patties until they are golden on both sides.
- Serve with your favorite sauce or dip!
The chilling steps are essential to help these salmon cakes hold together… this is the perfect time to put together your sauce.
How Do You Keep Salmon Patties From Falling Apart?
Use a binder: Adding an egg or a small amount of mayonnaise to the salmon mixture can help to hold the patties together.
Don’t overmix: Be careful not to overmix the salmon mixture, as this can cause the patties to become too dense and prone to falling apart.
Use a light hand when shaping the patties: Gently shape the salmon mixture into patties, being careful not to press too firmly or handle them too much.
Chill the mixture: If the mixture is too soft to shape, refrigerate it for a few minutes to firm it up before shaping and cooking the patties.
What Can I Use Instead Of Breadcrumbs In Salmon Patties?
Panko: Panko is a type of Japanese breadcrumb that is light, airy, and has a crispy texture. It can be used as a substitute for breadcrumbs in salmon patties.
Crushed crackers: Crushed crackers, such as saltines, Ritz, or graham crackers, can be used as a substitute for breadcrumbs in salmon patties.
Oats: Quick oats or old-fashioned oats can be pulsed in a food processor or blender to create a coarse oat flour, which can be used in place of breadcrumbs in salmon patties.
Cornmeal: Cornmeal is a fine-grained corn-based flour that has a slightly gritty texture. It can be used as a substitute for breadcrumbs in salmon patties.
Fry or Bake Salmon Cakes?
You can never go wrong with a deep fried southern dish. For this one, I would say frying is my go to. Baking is more of a healthier route and just as good. The best oil for deep frying is peanut oil or vegetable oil, so make sure you have either on hand..
Dipping Sauce or Gravy
The type of dipping sauce or gravy depends on serving times. Are you serving this dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just as an appetizer? I’ll let you decide. Louisana remoulade sauce, creole gravy or tartar sauce are your dipping options.
What Do I Need To Make Stone Ground Grits?
You can see here how I made the best Homemade Grits .
- Quality Stone Ground Grits – stone ground grits are a Southern favorite but use whatever brand or style of grits that you like the best.
- Water or Chicken Stock – I prefer to use water only.
- Heavy Cream – ensures creamy grits that are rich and delicious
- Cream Cheese – I tend to always switch up the cheese factor but for this one, I used cream cheese and fresh shaved parmesan.
- Butter – adds additional flavor and creaminess.
- Salt and Black Pepper – for seasoning the grits, no other seasoning needed.
Why You’ll Love Salmon Patties With Grits?
Seafood and grits are a great combination and we love it in the South. Fried fish, Southern Fried Shrimp and Cajun Shrimp are among the top favorites. It is such a delicious meal and very filling.
What to Serve with Salmon Patties
Southern Salmon Patties
- 1 lb salmon canned or leftover cooked salmon works
- peanut oil for peanut allergy use vegetable oil
- 1-2 teaspoon tony's seasoning 1 tsp for when baking salmon another for when combining ingredients.
- 1/2 cup onions
- 1 cup rustic potato mashed
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoon mayo
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon worcheshire
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice half of a lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
Flour Mixture (First Bowl)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon tony's seasoning
Panko Mix (Second Bowl)
- 2 cup panko crumbs
- 2 tablespoon garlic herb blend mccormmicks
- 2 eggs lighly beaten
- Wash the potato in warm water. Boil for 30 minutes until soft – doneness. Mash potato once done then set aside.
- Prep the salmon. Season with 1 tsp of Tony's seasoning then cook on 350F for 15- 20 minutes. Set aside once done to chill. Then flake salmon with a fork, removing skin and bones.
- Saute the onions in butter to soften.
- Gently combine onion and all the rest of your ingredients such as mashed potato, sour cream, cream cheese and so on. Form patties and chill for 15 minutes in the frezzer. For large patties you can create 8 patties, for small patties you can create 12.
- In three bowls prepare the flour, eggs and panko crumbs. Grind the panko crumbs with the garlic herb blend for 30 second in a food processor. Dip the patties in this order – flour, eggs, panko crumbs.
- In a large Cask Iron skillet add oil, a little less than half way. Heat until the oil reaches a tempature of 325F.
- Slowly add patties to oil and fry for 5 minutes on each side until they are crispy golden brown.
- Serve with your favorite sauce.
How did you like this recipe? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Looking for another recipe to serve with this one? Try this Creole Fried Shrimp recipe next!