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Easy Salmon Patties (Cakes)

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 7 patties 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


These easy canned salmon cakes are quick to make, low-carb and full of heart-healthy protein and fat! Add this to your weekly meal prep for great on-the-go lunches or quick weeknight dinners.


  • 1 can wild salmon (14.75 ounces)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons grated shallot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives 
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill 
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • Pinch cayenne 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


Drain salmon then remove and discard any bones or cartilage. Transfer salmon to a medium bowl and flake salmon into small chunks using a fork. Add egg, shallot, lemon juice, mayonnaise, chives, dill, parsley, Dijon, salt, pepper, and cayenne to salmon and mix until thoroughly combined.

Using a ¼ cup measure, scoop level amount of salmon mixture and form into a patty 2½-inches in diameter and ½-inch thick; transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining mixture. 

Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil and heat just until shimmering. Place half of the salmon patties in skillet and cook, without moving, until golden brown, 2–2½ minutes. Carefully flip patties and cook until second side is golden brown, 2–2½ minutes. Transfer patties to a wire rack.

Wipe out skillet with a paper towel and repeat cooking process with remaining tablespoon oil and salmon patties.


A nonstick skillet is essential here! You can also use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet. If you have neither, use a regular skillet and make sure to add more oil to the skillet during cooking to avoid any stickage. 


  • Serving Size: 1 patty
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 159mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 10.5g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg

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