Plated Healthy Salmon Patties on a bed of lettuce with a lime wedge and a cup of sour cream.

Recipe: Healthy Salmon Patties

If you are trying to get the health benefits of consuming more fish in your diet, this is a tasty recipe that you can easily slot into your weekly meal prep rotation.

Salmon patties are not only delicious, but they are also simple and quick to make. Best of all, they last in the fridge or freezer for a good amount of time, so you will always have a tasty snack or meal ready to go.


How do I make sure my salmon patties are healthy?

As long as you keep the ingredients simple, then yes, these are definitely a healthy meal. Whenever you make something like this yourself, it’s going to be healthier than the pre-made ones you can buy. Not only do you know exactly what goes in it, but you can confirm the amount of salt, sugar, and preservatives that are in your food. Salmon is also very healthy in general, but if you don’t like salmon, you can definitely use tuna instead. One thing to keep in mind for this recipe, is that the dipping sauces that often accompany salmon patties are usually loaded with sugar and unhealthy ingredients. It is best to eat these with no fatty, sugary dressing. But if you like a little something to dip it into, you can make a simple sauce with sour cream (or plain greek yogurt), chives, and lemon juice.


Can you cook these salmon patties in the oven or air fryer?

Definitely! There are many ways to cook these patties. You can pan-fry them with a little oil, as I do in this recipe. Or simply put them in the oven at 375 F and bake until the tops are golden brown. If you have an air fryer, put them in at about 350 F for 4 minutes on each side (or when each side turns golden brown).


How to store cooked salmon patties:

I like to cook these ahead of time, let them cool thoroughly, and either store them in the fridge or freezer. If I know I am going to eat them in the next few days, I will store them in an air-tight container in the fridge — where they’ll last for about 2 days. If I want to keep them for a longer period, I will freeze them for about 15 minutes on a baking sheet and then put the semi-frozen patties into a zip-top bag. These will stay good in your freezer for up to a year. When you want to eat them, simply throw the frozen patties onto a baking sheet and bake until warmed through.


Healthy Salmon Patties

Healthy Salmon Patties

This recipe is high in protein, healthy fats, and of course, flavor. 

SERVINGS: Makes about 6 small patties

CALORIES: 76 kcal (per patty)



1 can salmon in water, drained

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1 egg

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp sour cream

1 tbsp green onions, chopped

1 Thai Chili pepper (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

oil for frying



1.) Drain canned salmon and squeeze out as much water as possible

2.) Add salmon and all other ingredients (except the oil for frying) into a bowl and mix until combined

3.) Divide this mixture into 6 portions. Then roll each section into a ball, and flatten each one out into a patty shape

4.) Heat pan to medium heat, add a little oil, and pan-fry the patties on each side for about 2 minutes or until each side turns golden brown

5.) Garnish with additional sour cream, green onions, and red chili peppers



Serving Size: 1 patty

Calories: 76kcal

Carbohydrates: 4g

Protein: 8g

Fat: 3g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g

Monounsaturated Fat: 1g

Trans Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 52mg

Sodium: 185mg

Potassium: 126mg

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 1g

Vitamin A: 88IU

Vitamin C: 2mg

Calcium: 98mg

Iron: 1mg

About the Author:

Joyce Leung

Joyce is the founder of the Joyce of Cooking blog, where she provides recipes, writes about her food adventures, and reviews local eateries. She has worked in the food and beverage industry for over 10 years, in every position from dish washer to general manager. Now retired from the restaurant world, she is a marketing manager for a greenhouse.