Growing up, my dad was the culinary wiz in the family. While my mom probably cooked the majority of our family meals, my dad was the one who cooked the ambitious menus. If dad was cooking, it meant it would be something special. One of my dad’s favorites (and mine too) was salmon patties. He’d serve them fresh from the frying pan to the plate, then smother them with a fresh cheddar cheese sauce and a mound of bright green peas.
I decided to try my hand at this beloved recipe from my childhood, since I had some leftover salmon fillets, and a craving for salmon patties. Turns out, they’re not difficult to make at all!
Here’s my take on how to do it:
Homemade Salmon Patties
2 cups leftover cooked salmon, shredded & bones/skin removed
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 scallions, diced
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten
Get your leftover salmon finely shredded by flaking it apart with a fork.
Stir in your chopped parsley, scallions, Parmesan, pepper, and bread crumbs until well incorporated.
Stir in your beaten egg – work it in thoroughly. Once stirred in well, use your hands to really work the mixture into a nice homogeneous “dough”. Shape the salmon mixture into round patties, as large as you want, but making sure they are uniformly thick so they cook evenly.
If your patties don’t stick together well, your mixture is probably too dry. Add just a teeny bit of water at a time until the dough holds together.
Preheat your frying pan over medium heat with 1-2 tbsp of oil. When the oil is shimmering, but not smoking, gently place the patties in the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown.
You can serve these in a variety of ways! Put on a bun and treat it like a burger. Serve with a tangy yogurt dill sauce. Hollandaise sauce goes great with these. Or my favorite – sharp cheddar sauce.
Pair these with a fresh steamed green veggie and some wild rice, and you have a beautiful meal that’s fun to make and even better to eat. Enjoy!