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Southern Fried Salmon Patties

Southern Fried Salmon Patties

Crispy on the Outside, Flaky on the Inside: Southern Fried Salmon Patties

Calling all salmon lovers! This recipe for Southern Fried Salmon Patties is a delightful twist on classic salmon. It's a fantastic way to enjoy the health benefits of salmon in a fun and flavorful way. These crispy-coated patties are perfect for a satisfying lunch, a delicious dinner, or even a fun weekend brunch.


  • The Salmon Base:

    • 1 (14 3/4 ounce) canned salmon - Packed with protein and healthy fats, canned salmon makes these patties incredibly easy to prepare. Choose pink or red salmon for this recipe.
  • The Flavorful Aromatics:

    • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped - Adds a touch of pungent and savory flavor to the patties.
  • The Binding and Textural Trio:

    • 1/4 cup cornmeal - This coarse ground corn adds a wonderful textural contrast to the salmon and helps the patties hold their shape.
    • 1/4 cup flour - Helps bind the ingredients together and creates a crispy exterior when pan-fried.
    • 1 egg - Acts as a binder, ensuring the patties stay intact during cooking.
  • The Secret to Moist and Flavorful Patties:

    • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise - Adds moisture and richness to the salmon mixture, preventing the patties from drying out during cooking.


  1. Draining and Flaking the Salmon: Open the can of salmon and drain the liquid thoroughly. Using a fork, flake the salmon into evenly sized pieces in a mixing bowl.

  2. Adding the Savory Ingredients: To the flaked salmon, add the finely chopped onion, cornmeal, flour, and mayonnaise.

  3. Mixing for Perfection: Gently use a spoon or your hands to mix all the ingredients together until they are well combined and a cohesive mixture forms.

  4. Shaping the Patties: With wet hands, shape the salmon mixture into evenly sized patties. Aim for patties that are about the size of an average burger or slightly smaller. Wetting your hands helps prevent the mixture from sticking.

  5. Pan-Frying to Golden Perfection: Heat a generous amount of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the salmon patties to the pan.

  6. Cooking for a Crispy Perfection: Fry the salmon patties for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside and cooked through on the inside. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the thickness of your patties.

  7. Serving Up Deliciousness: Once cooked through, transfer the salmon patties to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Serve them immediately while they are hot and crispy. These Southern Fried Salmon Patties are delicious on their own or you can pair them with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or a side salad.