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Thin and Crispy Skillet Fried Salmon Patties Easy Recipe

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My southern fried salmon patties have been a family favorite for many years.

Southern Fried Salmon Patties

Either you do or don’t love fried salmon patties. There is no in-between. One of the best things about salmon patties is how easy they are to make, with only a few ingredients. 

I have about 40 years of cooking experience which has helped me learn to cook some things without exact measurements, salmon patties is one of those things. I have provided an easy recipe with measurements but you feel free to adjust to suit your family.

My precious husband recently took a coupon and went to Walgreens to pick up a few cans of Salmon which were on sale there. Just the fact that he did that told me he really wanted me to cook him some salmon patties! 

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How To Remove The Bones From Canned Salmon

First I want to share how to de-bone the salmon.


Notice the spines in the can before you dump out the salmon. This particular can has 2 sets of spines. The second can only had a few bones.

A look inside a can of salmon during instructions for how to debone the salmon


Gently place the salmon onto a plate or bowl. You don’t want the whole thing to come apart just yet because then you would be digging for bones all over the place.  It doesn’t look very appetizing right now but hang in there!

Canned salmon in a bowl


Gently pull apart the salmon where the spine is located which will expose the entire spine. Use your fingers or a spoon to scoop out all of the bones together. Repeat with the other spine.

There may be a few tiny soft bones left,  you will need to pick those out carefully. Now you are ready to flake your salmon with a fork and add in your ingredients!

Removing bones from canned salmon

Ingredients for Skillet Fried Salmon Patties

A scoop of salmon patty mixture on a spoon over a skillet with oil

How To Make Thin Salmon Patties

I scoop up a heaping tablespoon full of the salmon mixture as shown. I really am using a tablespoon for cooking, not the measuring tablespoon.

Gently place the mixture into the hot oil and using the back of the spoon, shape the patty as desired. We like ours fairly thin so I press them down.

Salmon patties frying in a skillet of shallow oil

Fry Salmon Patties In Shallow Oil

We are not deep frying so you will want to keep the oil shallow. Once they are browning on one side, carefully turn them over to cook on the other side. I use a spatula and a fork for turning so the patty doesn’t splatter.

Scroll down for a printable recipe.

What To Serve With Salmon Patties

Rice is always good with Fried Salmon Patties

Our Roasted Brussel Sprouts are yummy and a good way to get your green food with more vitamins.

Baked Potatoes are a good side dish and they bake in the oven while you’re doing other things. Here is our list of 20 Baked Potato Toppings you can enjoy.

Cole Slaw always makes a good side dish with fish recipes. Our Homemade Creamy Cole Slaw recipe is quick and easy to make and goes well with lots of dishes.

If you want a nice gravy topping, our Onion Dijon Grave Recipe is below

Thin and crispy fried salmon patties

I always cook enough so that I can have leftover salmon patties for lunch the next day. I love to eat them cold on the second day!

fried salmon patties

Thin & Crispy Skillet Fried Salmon Patties

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

My easy Southern recipe for Thin & Crispy Skillet Fried Salmon Patties has been a family favorite for nearly 40 years. I've included instructions for how to debone canned salmon. Plan to double the recipe because everyone is coming back for seconds.


  • 1 can (14-15 oz.) Pink Salmon
  • 1 egg
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • About 3 Tbsp. Self rising flour
  • ½ medium onion chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil for frying


  1. After deboning the salmon, mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Preheat oil in a large skillet.
  3. Scoop one heaping Tablespoon of salmon mix at a time and place gently into the hot oil
  4. Press down with the back of your spatula
  5. Fry until golden on one side then gently turn over to brown the other side.
  6. Drain on paper toweling.
  7. Serve and enjoy.


Onions are optional.

This recipe is easy to double if you are feeding more folks.

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How To Make Onion Dijon Gravy

This is just a slightly different version of my Creamed Vidalia Onion & Mushroom Sauce. The concept is the same. Once you master making the gravies and the sauces, you can dress up most any meat and impress your guests.

Ingredients for Onion Dijon Gravy

  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2-1 Cup heavy cream, half-n-half or canned milk
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
Onion Dijon Gravy.Cook the onions in butter until clear, sprinkle in flour, while stirring add milk, still stirring.Allow to boil then lower heat to simmer,stirring often.intelligentdomestications.com.jpg

In the same skillet that you fried the salmon patties, place about 2 Tbsp. of butter and one medium onion sliced. Cook on medium-high to high stirring frequently until the onions are just about clear.

Sprinkle in the dry mustard powder and the flour stirring constantly while adding in the cream. Continue to stir constantly. It is beginning to look like gravy now.

Continue to stir frequently while cooking on low. Simmer until the desired thickness. Serve over your salmon patties or on the side.

Southern Fried Salmon Patties with Onion Dijon Gravy served on a bed of rice

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  1. I made these and they were DELISH!!!! I did add an extra egg and a little more flour though. Enjoy!!! There were fantastic!!!

    1. I don’t believe I have ever heard anyone say that but it’s ok. The salmon bones are very, very soft so they may create just a tiny bit of crunch which some people like. I like my salmon patties a little bit crispy 🙂

  2. Salmon patties are a southern staple, for sure! I haven’t made them in a while, but I grew up eating them and have cooked them often in the past. The last few times I made them, I bought the boneless salmon. I’m getting lazy, I guess! 🙂

    I like homemade tartar sauce with my salmon patties, but your onion Dijon gravy looks mighty tasty! And I sometimes use bread crumbs in place of flour.

    I really love southern dishes like this!

    1. I cannot even imagine not enjoying Southern food! We have the best recipes and cooking methods, don’t we!! I’ll have to try using bread crumbs in my salmon patties next time.

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