How do you keep salmon patties from falling apart?

Egg and breadcrumbs are to keep salmon patties intact. If they tend to fall apart, add additional breadcrumbs to the recipe to bind them.

What is the difference between salmon patties and salmon croquettes?

Salmon patties and salmon croquettes are used interchangeably and mean the same thing in today’s cooking world. We can add salmon cakes to this description as well. However, technically, patties are made with flour and croquettes are made with breadcrumbs. So, patties are tighter than the croquettes which have a flakier and lighter texture.

Can I make and freeze salmon patties ahead of time?

Yes. Salmon patties are great to make beforehand and freeze, and to cook when you need them. It would be better to thaw them in the refrigerator before cooking even though you can also make them without thawing.

Can I use other fish in the salmon patties recipe?

Yes, you can use other fish in the air fryer salmon patties recipe above such as tuna fish.

Can I use flour instead of breadcrumbs in the salmon patties recipe?

Yes, you can use flour instead of breadcrumbs to make salmon patties. But, salmon patties made with flour will have a tighter texture than salmon patties made with breadcrumbs. By the way, you can also use cornmeal instead of breadcrumbs and flour so you add a bit of southern flavor to your salmon patties.

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salmon patties air fryer recipe

Emine Aslan January 24, 2024
Salmon Patties Air Fryer Recipe

Summary: These crispy and flaky salmon patties made in the air fryer are as delicious as pan-fried but cut down on oil and kitchen clean up. This recipe is so easy and healthy that you'll add it directly to your weekly menu once you try it!

Tags: Air fryer salmon patties

Cook Time:10 minutes
Prep Time:15 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 80

Air fryer salmon patties are a great way to incorporate seafood into your dinner. All family members will like eating salmon patties, especially the kids who usually do not favor the recipes made with whole salmon filets and steaks. Salmon patties will make your kids eat seafood with fun.

Salmon patties made mainly with salmon, breadcrumbs, onion and eggs are originally deep fried in oil. However, the recipe below makes you air fry them. Air fryer salmon patties are much easier than pan-fried salmon patties and use only a small amount of oil. You also do not have to deal with oil splatter all around your stove after dinner.

You can make the salmon patties recipe below with both canned and fresh salmon. You can also use salmon steak or filet leftovers in this recipe. In fact, since fish leftovers do not taste as good as the day they are freshly made, salmon patties or croquettes are the best way to consume them with pleasure.

Let’s move on to the recipe and enjoy homemade salmon patties!


  • 1 14.75-ounce canned salmon or 1 libre fresh skinless salmon, cut into chunks

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup onion, chopped

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Blend salmon, egg, and olive oil in a food processor for 10 seconds.

  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add breadcrumbs, onion, salt and black pepper and mix them well.

  3. Preheat the air fryer by setting the temperature to 370°F and timer to 3 minutes. Once you press the “Start/Pause” button, it will start warming up.

  4. Lightly grease the air fryer basket or tray with olive oil spray, or line them with a parchment paper.

  5. Shape the salmon mixture into patties and arrange them on the basket or tray in a single layer.

  6. Place them in the air fryer.

  7. Adjust the timer to 10 minutes and press the “Start/Pause” button to start cooking salmon patties.

  8. Cook them until they are golden brown and flip them halfway through cooking.

  9. Open the air fryer and transfer salmon patties onto a serving platter.

  10. Drizzle some lemon juice over the salmon patties.

  11. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 salmon patty
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
7 grams
3.2 grams
6 grams
27 milligrams
170 milligrams
0.5 grams

    If you do not have an air fryer, you can cook them in the oven to avoid pan frying. To do so, heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, arrange the salmon patties on the tray lined with parchment paper, and cook them for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

    You can store leftover salmon patties in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You can also freeze them to consume much later.


    If you are to serve salmon patties as a main dish, then you can serve them with green salad, plain pasta, and yogurt.

    You can also make burgers with air fryer salmon patties if your loved ones look for the nearest salmon burger. Salmon burgers will add some joy to your dinner. They are also very popular as a school lunch.

    If salmon patties are to serve as a snack or appetizer, it is best to serve them with some mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, or some other dipping sauce.