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Crispy Salmon Cakes made with Canned Salmon

Canned salmon cakes are tasty and filling and incredibly easy to make. As long as you have canned salmon and eggs, you can whip them up anytime!

Salmon Cakes on a plate

I find that canned fish is one of the easiest ways to incorporate more seafood into my family’s diet. It’s accessible, affordable, and it keeps in the pantry for a long time.

I make these crispy salmon cakes about once a week. They are very easy to make, they taste great, and – just as important – I always have the basic ingredients on hand and can improvise on the rest.

The ingredients you’ll need

The only ingredients absolutely needed for this recipe are canned salmon and eggs. The rest of the ingredients are very flexible. These are the basic ingredients you’ll need (the exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below):

Canned salmon: Use boneless skinless salmon, and drain it very well.

Eggs: I use large eggs in most of my recipes, this one included.

Mayonnaise: I prefer mayonnaise made with avocado oil over other types of mayonnaise.

Dijon mustard: This traditional French mustard is creamier, thicker, and less vinegary than yellow mustard.

Minced garlic: Mince it yourself, or use the stuff that comes in a jar. Both work in this recipe.

Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt, you should reduce the amount you use, or the patties could end up too salty.

Dried thyme: Make sure it’s fresh – a stale spice can easily ruin a dish.

Chopped parsley: Cilantro is also very good in this recipe.

Olive oil for frying: I love cooking with this delicious oil. But if you’d rather use an oil with a higher smoke point, you can use avocado oil instead.

How to make salmon cakes

It’s a truly easy recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:

1. Your first step is to preheat your oven to the “keep warm” setting. You’ll keep the first batch of cooked patties in the warm oven as you cook the second batch.

2. Now drain the salmon cans thoroughly. Place the salmon in a large bowl. Flake it well with a fork, into tiny pieces. Both the thorough drying and thorough mixing will help prevent the patties from falling apart.

3. Add the remaining ingredients (except for the oil) and mix everything really well.

4. Cook the cakes in hot olive oil. I use an ice cream scoop to scoop the mixture out of the bowl. You should pack the mixture into the scoop – I press on it with a fork. It helps the patties retain their shape. Cook the patties until well-browned and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side.

How to make salmon cakes, a step by step photo collage

How to serve these salmon cakes

They make a quick, easy meatless entree. I serve them for dinner with a dollop of homemade tartar sauce, keeping the sides very simple.

I like to serve them with caprese salad, with microwave cauliflower drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice, or with broiled tomatoes.

Reviews of this recipe

Pinterest reviewers seem to like this recipe. Here’s a link to their gorgeous photos. And here’s what they say:

  • Really nice and super simple.
  • Excellent recipe! I fried mine in butter in a cast-iron skillet so they came out browned beautifully. Tasted out of this world!
  • I cook these like once a week now!
  • This is a great recipe! It’s a keeper and so quick and easy. Just serve the salmon cakes with a simple coleslaw and voila! dinner is served!
  • This is now a go-to meal in our house.

Should I add flour or breadcrumbs?

No. In my experience, you don’t need a binder (such as flour or breadcrumbs or even almond flour) to hold these cakes together.

To ensure that the patties don’t fall apart, drain the salmon REALLY well and flake it well, use large eggs, and mix the ingredients thoroughly.

What to do with leftovers?

You can keep leftovers of these salmon cakes in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them gently in the microwave on 50% power, or enjoy them cold straight out of the fridge.

I like them with Dijon mustard. In fact, I often make extra patties just to ensure I have some yummy leftovers for the next day’s lunch!

More tasty seafood recipes

A similar recipe that I really like is this easy recipe for tuna cakes. And these salmon muffins are delightful little quiches that are also very easy to make and keep well for several days. 

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Salmon Cakes

Delicious salmon cakes make an easy weeknight dinner. Leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day, and you don’t even need to heat them up!

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time15 mins

Total Time30 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: salmon

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 226kcal


  • 2 (6 oz) cans salmon skinless and boneless
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for frying


  • Preheat your oven to the “keep warm” setting.

  • Drain the salmon cans thoroughly. Place the salmon in a large bowl. Flake it well with a fork into tiny pieces.

  • Add the eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, and thyme. Mix well.

  • Mix in the chopped parsley.

  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet, about 3 minutes.

  • Using an ice cream scoop, transfer four mounds of the mixture to the skillet. Pack the mixture into the scoop, then release into the skillet and gently flatten.

  • Cook until well-browned and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side. Place in the oven to keep warm while you cook the second batch.


To ensure that the cakes don’t fall apart, drain the salmon REALLY well and flake it well, use large eggs, and mix the ingredients thoroughly. About half the olive oil will remain in the skillet, and the nutrition info reflects that. But you need all of it to properly fry the cakes.
NUTRITION INFO Nutrition info is approximate and may contain errors. It is calculated using the recipe calculator or the WP Recipe Maker Plugin calculator. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Please read the disclaimers in our Terms of Use carefully before using any of our recipes. Recommended and linked products are not guaranteed to be gluten-free. Please verify they are before using.

Nutrition Facts

Salmon Cakes

Amount Per Serving (2 patties)

Calories 226 Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Fat 17g26%

Saturated Fat 3g19%

Sodium 317mg14%

Carbohydrates 1g0%

Protein 14g28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Salmon cakes on a plate

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