Salmon Croquettes sounds so fancy, but really, they are super easy to make!

Big chunks of salmon are combined with breadcrumbs, herbs, and seasonings and formed into patties. They can be baked or pan-fried.

Deliciously crispy on the outside and flavorful on the inside, serve as a starter or as a light meal with a salad.

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What are Salmon Croquettes?

Croquettes are fried patties (or rolls) that contain breadcrumbs and meat/fish. They are usually fried until crisp on the outside (I also include directions for baking) and make for a great appetizer or a light dish served with a lemon-tossed salad.

There is little difference between salmon patties and croquettes although, I personally keep the patties more simplistic and these are somewhat similar to a crab cake.


Salmon – Opt for fresh salmon for the best results, but if you’re in a bind, canned salmon will do just fine. If making grilled salmon, add a few extra fillets, as leftovers taste amazing in these croquettes!

Breadcrumbs & Eggs These two ingredients are essential to this recipe, as they act as the binding agents.

Panko bread crumbs are my go-to choice for this salmon croquette recipe, but regular bread crumbs or cracker crumbs work too. If using regular breadcrumbs, start with a couple tablespoons less due to their finer texture, and adjust as needed.

Flavors – Most of the remaining ingredients are added for flavor. Fresh herbs, old bay seasoning, a bit of finely diced red onion, or a dash of Worcestershire sauce are great in this recipe.

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How to Make Salmon Croquettes

It is so simple to make these croquette patties!

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients thoroughly (per the recipe below). Be gentle so the salmon doesn’t break apart too much.
  2. Form 9 evenly sized patties with the salmon mixture and gently press so they hold their shape.
  3. Bake or pan-fry per the recipe below!

A dill pickle tartar sauce or any dill sauce is great with salmon croquettes (as is creamed peas). Or try this easy dip arrangement!

How to Cook Salmon Croquettes

To Fry: Fry croquettes on both sides until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and serve.

To Bake: Place croquettes evenly on the baking sheet and bake until browned.

Whether baked or fried, these delicious salmon cakes are always delicious!

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Salmon Croquettes

Baked or fried, these delicious patties come out crispy on the outside and firm and flavorful on the inside!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 patties
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  • 2 ½ cups flaked salmon or 14.75 ounce can pink salmon, bones removed
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives minced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper minced
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl add all ingredients, reserving 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flaked salmon, egg, garlic, panko bread crumbs, chives, red bell pepper, mayonnaise, parsley, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Gently combine the ingredients.
  • Using a slightly heaping ¼ cup measuring cup, scoop the mixture and form it into 9 patties. Press them together gently but firmly so they hold their shape and don't fall apart during baking.
  • Place the salmon croquettes on the prepared baking sheet, and bake them in the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes or until they're lightly browned and cooked through.


To Fry Salmon Patties: Add remaining olive oil to a 12-inch skillet and set over medium-high heat. Once hot, cook patties for about 5 minutes per side or until golden brown on both sides.
The patties won’t hold together as tight as a hamburger so be gentle when placing them into the oil.
Keep leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat on a frying pan until heated through. 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 155 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Fish, Main Course
Cuisine American
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  1. Pretty good. This comment is from a Southern girl. The older I get, I forget recipes so I decided to find an easy one. Never put them in the oven before BUT I must admit, Delish!!4 stars

  2. These were delicious, a recipe saver !!
    Highly recommend in this is the only salmon patty/cake recipe I will use from now on. We cooked in the air fryer and made a remoulade sauce from another Pinterest recipe. They could not have been better!
    Everything we make from you is absolutely the best!

  3. I made this for the first time tonight and not one bite was left! My husband and daughter said over and over how good it was! It will definitely be going in our rotation!5 stars

  4. This recipe was easy to make and came out really good! Definitely recommend. I made the baked variety and was super impressed!5 stars