Smoked Salmon Patties are scrumptious fish cakes filled with smoked salmon, dill, and a touch of Parmesan Cheese. They are flaky and flavorful on the inside, with a crispy and crunchy texture on the outside. You can serve it with fresh lemon wedges or my easy dill mayo. For a complete meal, serve with Parmesan Herb Potatoes and a simple salad or Vinegar Coleslaw.
This is one of our favorite dishes because they are so incredibly yummy and easy to make! These delectable patties are made with smoked salmon. My mother-in-law used to make hers with canned salmon and to be honest with you. I much prefer the taste of a piece of clean, smoked, flaky fish. However, you can make these with canned pink salmon. Just make sure you drain the can well, and pick through it to remove any bones and skin.
Now combine that scrumptious flaked salmon with breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, mayo, Dijon mustard, eggs, dill, pepper, and Parmesan, and pan-fry it in a little olive oil. Then it becomes a little piece of heaven in an otherwise crazy world.
How do you make Smoked Salmon Patties?
Combine the smoked salmon, panko breadcrumbs, minced onion, minced garlic, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, eggs, dill weed, fresh cracked black pepper, and freshly grated Parmesan in a large bowl. Stir to combine and shape the mixture with your hands into somewhat small patties.
Now heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook until golden brown on both sides. This only takes 2-3 minutes per side. Try to resist the urge to flip more than once since they can break apart if flipped too early.
Sauce for Salmon Patties
You can serve these Salmon Cakes with lemon wedges, aioli, homemade tartar sauce, or honey mustard Sauce. We love this dill mayo with the patties. To make it mix together mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, dill weed, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Serve the dill mayo with the warm salmon patties.
- For optimal flavor, buy good quality smoked salmon. Costco sells some really great brands.
- Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Don’t purchase the stuff in the cans.
- Other seasonings and fresh herbs to consider adding are chopped fresh parsley, Old Bay Seasoning, or even a little Cajun seasoning.
- If at all possible, use fresh chopped dill. Spring is the perfect time to plant an herb garden. Most herbs are very easy to take care of, with the exception of cilantro.
- Mince the onion and garlic fine, as these are small patties that cook for a short time.
- You can substitute vegetable oil or canola oil for the olive oil.
- Use any kind of breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs like saltine crackers or Ritz crackers.
- Resist the urge to use added salt, as smoked salmon and Parmesan cheese will provide are already salty.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or in a skillet.
- To freeze, first fully cool, then place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Make sure there is a little space between the patties. Then place the baking sheet on a level surface in the freezer until they are fully frozen. Transfer to a freezer container or freezer zipper bag. This allows you to remove as many or as few as you want. Thaw in the fridge over and reheat in the oven or the skillet.
What to serve with salmon patties
- Starches – rice, angel hair pasta, roasted red potatoes, french fries, homemade chips, or lemon Greek Potatoes.
- Veggies – broccoli, cauliflower, salad, green beans almondine, coleslaw, or roasted Brussels sprouts.
- Dipping Sauce – tartar sauce, boom boom sauce, comeback sauce, honey mustard sauce, yum yum sauce.
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Smoked Salmon Patty Recipe
Smoked Salmon Patties are scrumptious fish cakes filled with smoked salmon, dill and a touch of Parmesan Cheese. Serve them as patties or on a bun as salmon burgers.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 12 patties
- Category: seafood
- Method: pan fry
- Cuisine: Southern
- 1 lb smoked salmon skin removed and flaked
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup finely minced onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Combine the smoked salmon, panko breadcrumbs, minced onion, garlic, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, eggs, dill weed, black pepper, and grated Parmesan in a large bowl. Stir to combine and shape with your hands into small patties.
- Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties until golden brown on both sides, approximately 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Mix together the mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, dill weed, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Serve the dill mayo with warm salmon patties.
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Oooh these sound so good! I love salmon patties but using smoked salmon here is a great idea 😀 Looks delish!
I love Salmon but never had salmon patties! I can’t wait to make your recipe, it is very easy to follow. Thank you so much.
Marie Cris Angeles
I love all these recipes, these salmon patties are perfect for me with a pinch of lemon and the sauce. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
These sound really tasty. I’ve made them with tuna but I’ve not tried them with salmon yet. Love the mayo, it sounds yummy too!!
Marie Cris Angeles
Looks all so yummy, salmon with a pinch of lemon and the sauce. I really want that now, I enjoy reading all your recipes 😊
I made these and served them with creamed peas. Both were delicious! I have yet to make one of your recipes that wasn’t exceptional!
Thanks so much Kitt!
Ridiculously awesome recipe. My wife, who cannot tolerate seafood of any sort, recalled a couple years ago how much she enjoyed salmon patties as a kid. In an effort to compromise and not keep me from enjoying fish, she asked if I would smoke a salmon and make some patties for her using that instead of the canned crap she ate as a kid. Now fast forward a couple years…including tonight’s dinner, this makes at least 10 times she’s asked me to make them again! Quite the testament. So yummy. And the dill is really the secret to their yumminess! Thanks for giving this recipe to the world.
Thanks Eddie! The pleasure is all mine! I am so glad that you and your wife enjoy them! I hate canned salmon too. It really is crap. Smoked salmon is the way to go!
Jeffrey Van Pelt
Hi. So we can a lot of food. Put it this way: We put up 85 pints of beef last weekend.
One thing we havent canned is fish until this weekend. We have a camping trip coming up in October and one day of that is going to be a guided Salmon fishing trip.
So we bought a couple of fillets from Costco the other night so we could start to figure out how to smoke and can it. Other than a few mild changes? We nailed it. Brine, drying, smoking time, and canning.
We started looking up some ways to use up canned, smoked Salmon and this popped up.
We ran short on a few ingredients that we had in the house but adlibbed and I will say: this all puts together perfect.
We know ALOT about cooking, storing, grilling, and prepping food… and as simple as this was? Stellar…
Thank you very much.
Jeff and Michelle
Thanks so much! So glad that you liked it. You two sound like amazing cooks. I bet they were delicious with your salmon.
Enjoyed these very much. Easy to make and delicious combination of ingredients. Thanks. Janis
Thanks Janis! So glad that you like them!
These came out amazing! I have to give credit to our friends who gave us their own smoked salmon but otherwise this was a big success! How long do these last in the fridge? I think I may have to throw the last two away as we didn’t get to them and I did not freeze them. 🙁
So glad that you liked them. I bet they were delicious with fresh smoked salmon. About 4 days
This salmon patty recipe is great and the dill mayo is perfect alongside! Followed recipe exactly — YUM!
Thanks so much Sharon! Glad that you liked it!
The best patties ever! I’ve made them are they were so good!
Oh my, I love these salmon patties!! They are incredibly delicious!!
Can these be frozen? There are only two of us, so 12 Patties are too much. Thank you!
Yes you can but thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in an aluminum foil tent at 275 degrees for about 15 minutes.
This quickly became a favorite at my house!! So delicious!
It is so tasty and really easy to make!
These patties are delicious! A nice easy meal
These Smoked Salmon Patties are would disappear in our house!
Your recipe was so easy to follow and it came out amazing!
These patties are delicious! I need to make them again soon!
I just made it the other day and it turned out so good!! Everyone at my house loved it!
Dill is absolutely the best herb to pair with salmon and this recipe proves it. Delicious!
I substituted almond flour for the panko and made it low carb. I used SeaBear sockeye and it was fabulous. Thanks for great recipe.
Thanks so much Nadine! So glad that you were able to adapt the recipe to your needs and wants!
I absolutely loved this recipe, I tweaked a few things but I’m bad at following recipes haha. It was a big hit with my mum as well!
I was just wondering – do you have any advice on reheating?
Thank you for the great idea!
I am so glad that you liked them. I love them too. I bring them out of the fridge for about 30 minutes and then I reheat them in an aluminum foil tent at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Can you use canned?
You can but I prefer smoked.
Looks amazing…when you say “smoked salmon” is it the smoked salmon (our grocery has smoked salmon/chicken) or the lox kind that is normally put on bagels. Unsure which you used?
Thanks Linda. They are so delicious. You want the full smoked salmom. Not the lox kind. I hope this helps.
Made this for dinner tonight – 5 Stars. My husband pronounced these the best Salmon Patties (we grew up calling them Salmon Croquettes) he had ever had, I agree. I only had a small piece of smoked salmon so I blended it with some canned salmon and guessed at the amount of panko (1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon). It was perfect. I made a cucumber salad and some quick roasted potato wedges. Just a great summer dinner.
I’m putting poached eggs on the leftovers tomorrow for breakfast……
Thanks for a great addition to our rotation.
Suzanne I am so glad that you and your hubby liked them. Thanks for giving me a heads up on the missing panko breadcrumbs. I have corrected the recipe. I added a few more breadcrumbs but that is one of those ingredients that you really can’t go wrong with. Your dinner sounds delicious! Poached eggs would be so good with these! Now you are making me hungry!
I have re-read this post several times and twice panko bread crumbs are mentioned but the amount is not listed in the ingredients…….
My apologies. It has been corrected. I really need to hire an editor! Maybe I can get my sister to do it for free! LOL!
I have always loved crab cakes, but after trying these salmon patties, I am hooked! They were so crisp and delicious; hit the spot, indeed!
Thanks so much Jacque! I am glad that you enjoyed them!
The flavor of the smoked salmon mixed with dijon mustard makes these the perfect patties! Will be making again soon!
This was my first time using smoked salmon in my salmon patties. I’m definitely making them this way from now on. Thanks for the yummy recipe!!
So glad that you liked it! They are so yummy!
I’m always looking to get more fish into my diet. These smoked salmon patties look delicious especially with the dill mayo on top.
There are so many great recipes that use salmon but I get excited every time I stumble upon a new one. I thought about making salmon patties for quite a while, so it is a great time to try your recipe – it looks quick and easy.
So happy I came across this recipe – it has become a favourite in my household! The salmon and dill combination works so well.