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Easy Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)

These oven-fried salmon cakes are super easy to make and so delicious! Canned salmon is inexpensive, so this is a budget-friendly family seafood dinner.

I make salmon patties low carb and gluten-free by using almond flour. If you use all-purpose flour, the carb count will be a tad higher. I can’t tell the difference in the flavor, so use whichever one you want.

Salmon cakes on a plate

Although I make southern salmon patties using canned salmon, you can use fresh, cooked salmon instead. Again, that’s up to you and what you have access to.

Baked Southern Salmon Patties

I grew up eating salmon patties (or salmon croquettes). But instead of cooking them in the oven, my very southern mom fried them on top of the stove.

Although they were good and I always looked forward to eating them, cleanup was a pain. There were always grease splatters all over the stove and surrounding countertops.

When I was little, my mother cleaned up the mess. However, after I got big enough to do it, I was in charge of cleaning the kitchen after supper.

I vowed to do as little stovetop frying as possible when I had control. And to this day, I still try not to fry because splatters go everywhere.

However, if you want to fry it on top of the stove, you can. You can also try my friend Julie’s recipe for salmon patties from her Back to My Southern Roots blog.

You can actually make patties with almost any kind of seafood, from salmon and tuna to crab and lobster.

But I think my favorite will always be this easy canned salmon fish cakes recipe because it’s what I grew up on.

Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes Ingredients

You can start with either cooked fresh salmon or canned salmon. I used the canned version because it is quicker and easier.

Oh, and canned salmon is quite a bit less expensive. However, if you have some leftover salmon, use that.

Also, you’ll need some flour or Bisquick. I have to be gluten-free, so I use either almond flour or gluten-free Bisquick.

Keep in mind that Bisquick has baking powder in it, so they’ll rise a little bit if you choose that over the flour.

Other ingredients you’ll need are diced onion, an egg, cooking oil, mustard, Old Bay seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper.

Cooking oil, chopped onions, canned salmon, Old Bay seasoning, almond flour, egg, garlic powder, mustard, and pepper

You can add chopped celery, shredded carrots, chopped spinach, or other vegetables if you like.

I didn’t have any of those on hand, so I stuck with the basics this time.

How to Make Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes

Since you’re using your oven, preheat it to 400 degrees F before you begin.

If you use an iron skillet, add oil to it, and swirl it around to make sure the bottom is coated.

Pouring oil into an iron skillet

Stick your skillet in the oven to it can get sizzling hot before you add the salmon patties. I like to do this because it helps form a crunchy crust on the outside of the patties.

While the oven heats up, combine all of the remaining ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix until everything is coated.

Salmon patty ingredients mixed in a bowl

Next, form 4 equal sized patties from the mixture and set them aside.

After the oven reaches 400 degrees and the skillet is hot, remove the skillet from the oven. Be super careful not to burn yourself on the handle.

Then place the patties in the bottom of the skillet and return it to the oven.

Uncooked salmon patties in an iron skillet

After 10 minutes, turn the salmon cakes over and cook them another 10 minutes.

Be careful when you flip the salmon because the hot oil might splash and burn you.

Turning the half-cooked patties over in the skillet

Remove them from the oven and set the skillet on a trivet or pad to protect your countertop.

The total cooking time for these salmon cakes is 20 minutes. When you remove them from the oven, you should see a beautiful golden crust on the outside.

These salmon cakes should be delicious without anything on them. However, if you like a little extra flavor, try this delicious homemade tartar sauce.

When I was a child, my favorite sauce for salmon croquettes was ketchup right out of the bottle.

Or you might prefer serving these with zesty cocktail sauce. We also enjoy them with plain ol’ ketchup.

How Do You Make Salmon Patties on Top of the Stove?

If you want to use the stovetop, that’s fine. The list of ingredients and first several steps are the same. The only thing you’ll need to add is more oil because the only exposure to the heat will be in the skillet.

When I make salmon croquettes (aka salmon patties or salmon cakes) on top of the stove, I turn the heat to medium-high in the beginning.

Once the oil reaches the right temperature, I turn it down to medium. Fry the salmon patties for about 10 minutes on each side.

There is likely to be more splattering due to the increased amount of cooking oil. That’s why I have a splatter screen to put on top of the skillet. It catches most of the splatters, which makes cleanup a little easier.

Benefits of Salmon

Many health experts consider salmon a super-food because it contains so many nutrients. According to Healthline, salmon is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Salmon is also packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals. Because it’s loaded with nutrients, including it in your diet helps prevent heart disease.

It also has antioxidants that can help lower your risk of cancer. Adding salmon to your meal rotation can help decrease inflammation that causes so many different ailments.

One of the things I like about canned salmon is the fact that it’s inexpensive. However, I also enjoy cooking fresh salmon occasionally.

Salmon cakes on a plate

More Recipes

If you like seafood, try this delicious pecan-crusted fish. It has a delightful blend of flavors and textures that will turn your family dinner into something special.

Most of the time, we enjoy a salad with any seafood meal. My husband loves this BLT salad, while I prefer this Greek olive salad.

Both are delicious, so you really can’t go wrong with either of them.

Do you like potatoes or rice as a side dish? If you prefer potatoes, make these amazing honey mustard roasted potatoes.

But if you like rice, make this super quick and easy onion-seasoned rice. It goes perfectly with any seafood or meat.

See this recipe shared at Weekend Potluck, Meal Plan Monday, and Full Plate Thursday.

Salmon cakes on a plate

Oven-Fried Salmon Cakes Recipe

Yield: 4 patties
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Salmon cakes are a delicious main dish that your family will enjoy.


  • One 6-ounce can of salmon, drained
  • 2 tablespoons of flour (regular or almond) or Bisquick (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup of diced onion
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour the cooking oil into a 10” cast iron skillet and swirl it around to coat the bottom.
    2. Place the skillet in the oven to get the bottom sizzling hot.
    3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients and mix well.
    4. Form 4 equal patties and place them on the skillet.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes, turning once halfway through.


  • If you don’t have an iron skillet, you may use a baking pan instead.
  • You may add other finely chopped vegetables to the mixture, such as celery, carrots, or spinach.
  • If you use Bisquick instead of flour, the salmon cakes will rise a little more than if you use flour.
  • You may use either regular yellow mustard or Dijon for an extra punch of flavor.
Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 387Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 147mgSodium 506mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 23g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Monday 15th of February 2021

I try not to use oil of any kind,due to heart condition. Can these be made in an air fryer ?


Monday 15th of February 2021

Hi Ken. I've never made these in an air fryer, but I think you should be able to do it. If you want to try that, I recommend using the air fryer liners (sort of like parchment paper with holes in it) to keep any of the salmon from falling. Please let me know how they turn out. I think they'll probably be good.


Thursday 27th of August 2020

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rosemary merrill

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Do you mean a 16 oz. can of salmon


Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Hi Rosemary. I used a 6-ounce can of salmon to make 4 patties, since it's just for my husband and me. However, you can get a larger can of salmon and double or triple the other ingredients, depending on how much salmon there is. The salmon I got is from Costco, and it's extremely good. However, I've purchased large 12-ounce cans from other grocery stores, and they've been delicious too!


Saturday 1st of August 2020

Anytime I used canned salmon there was shin and a bony part. By the time I removed all of that there was hardly any salmon left. Maybe it’s the brand. Did you find this to be a problem?


Saturday 1st of August 2020

Hi Mari. If the bone is soft, it's okay to eat it. In fact, it's actually good for you. However, I wouldn't eat it if it's hard and sharp. The brand I bought for the recipe here is from Costco, and there weren't any bones in it. Maybe you can try that.

renee owens

Friday 31st of July 2020

Could you do these in the air fryer? If so, time and temp info please. Love salmon. Thanks


Friday 31st of July 2020

Hi Renee. I'm pretty sure you can make them in an air fryer, but I haven't tried it yet. I'd probably start with 10 minutes on 375 and then check to see if they're done. I got my air fryer about a week and a half ago, and I totally love it!

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