Baked Salmon Patties

4.96 from 24 votes

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These baked salmon patties are loaded with fresh vegetables, herbs and Old Bay seasoning. Make this recipe using fresh or canned salmon!

stack of Salmon Patties

Salmon patties, salmon cakes, salmon burgers, whatever you prefer to call them, they’re delicious, crispy on the outside and tender and flaky on the inside!

Think of it as a fish burger. 🙂

I like to use leftover salmon from a previous meal myself, like from my Lemon Dill Salmon Pinwheels, although canned is fine to use as well.

Ingredients in baked salmon patties

So many recipes out there use just canned salmon. While that’s fine, I prefer to use fresh salmon. I make some sort of salmon recipe once a week, so it’s definite possibility that there is leftover cooked salmon in the fridge.

Besides the fish, only a handful of ingredients  go into making this recipe:

  • diced bell peppers– any color you prefer is fine. I think red works well with the salmon because it’s a little sweeter.
  • fresh dill– don’t use the dried dill from the spice aisle if you can help it. The flavor isn’t even close to fresh.
  • eggs
  • breadcrumbs– use panko if you want a crunchier texture
  • Old Bay seasoning– This is the king of seafood seasoning. Of course, my recipe for all purpose seasoning would work just as well.
prep photo of Salmon Patties ingredients

Making them couldn’t be any easier. Combine everything together in a bowl, form it into patties, and bake them up until they’re crunchy and golden brown.

Serving suggestions

I like to serve salmon cakes, crab cakes, and homemade fish sticks with slices of fresh lemon to squeeze on top for that nice acid kick. Lemon goes perfectly with fish.

Another nice thing to have as a condiment is tartar sauce. Break a piece of the salmon patty with your fork and dunk it into the creamy sauce. I’ve even got a recipe to show you how to make tartar sauce.

A simple dressed salad of mixed greens, steamed vegetables, or rice is another favorite, too.

Can you make baked salmon patties ahead of time?

Yes. I oftentimes freeze them with a sheet of wax paper in between each patty. That helps prevent them from sticking. Keep them protected from freezer burn by storing them in a zip top freezer bag.

overhead photo of baked salmon patties

If you like a quick and easy lunch or dinner, then salmon cakes are calling your name. Enjoy!

Other fantastic Salmon Dishes to try:

  • Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
    After a quick seasoning it grills three minutes per side and the marinades or toppings are endless. For this Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa, diced serrano chilis and mangoes punch up the flavor factor for a dinner on the table in under twenty minutes.
  • Cherry Maple Glazed Salmon
    Maple syrup, minced cherries, soy sauce and lemon juice create a beautifully balanced sweet and tart glaze as the Alaska salmon cooks. This cherry maple glazed Alaska salmon is the perfect fix for a healthy, fresh dinner in minutes.
  • Pan Seared Salmon with Apricot Jalapeno Butter Sauce 
    If you’re looking for a quick dinner to come together, fresh fish is always a good go-to for me and this Pan Seared Salmon with Apricot Jalapeno Butter Sauce is one to soon become a house favorite.
crispy Salmon Patties on white plate with lemon

This recipe, first published on Kevin is Cooking July 1, 2013, was last updated with new content on October 18, 2021.

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Baked Salmon Patties

4.96 from 24 votes
These baked salmon patties are loaded with fresh vegetables, herbs and Old Bay seasoning. Make this recipe using fresh or canned salmon!
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes


  • 1 lb salmon cooked and flaked (See Note 1)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups diced bell peppers (See Note 2)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 dash Tabasco or other hot sauce, optional



  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • In a large bowl, break the cooked salmon into bite size pieces or flake the drained and canned salmon.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and gently mix well with hands or spatula. Form into 6 patties.
  • Place the salmon patties on an oiled baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, turn and continue baking another 5 minutes until golden brown on both sides. Serve hot with lemon slices and tartar sauce.



  1. You can substitute cooked salmon that’s been flaked for 2-6 oz cans of salmon. It will be less and that’s OK.
  2. I dice 1/2 each small green, red, and yellow bell pepper.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1304IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Course: Dinners
Cuisine: American
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stacked salmon patties with tartar sauce


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  1. 4 stars
    A family member requested salmon patties for dinner , which I had never made nor eaten . After reviewing what recipes were available online, I chose this one (it sounded the best). I’m happy to report that even my husband, who doesn’t like salmon, said these were very good.

  2. Hello, I’m a little late to the party, but I just want to confirm that the panko goes inside of the patties rather than rolling them in the panko for an outside crust? I know that’s what the recipe says, but they look so deliciously “fried”, and they look coated.

    These sound so good and I want to try different healthier ways to have food that I use to love in my old, loved anything fried, to my new, successfully lowered my blood sugar level from pre-diabetes to normal lifestyle!!!

    Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my, these are amazing. We have had an abundance of smoked salmon around, (husband is a Lake Michigan fisher) so this a nice great way to use leftovers from a large filet. Thanks!

      1. I have a fantastic recipe here on the site for Smoked Salmon. Most markets carry it in refrigerated packages, ask your local butcher as its in the meat department and sometimes deli. Otherwise, online order Bonnie.

  4. 5 stars
    Just made these tonight Kevin. They are delicious! I used canned salmon and followed your recipe exactly. i will definitely make these again.

  5. 5 stars
    These look delicious Kevin. We like to switch up crab cakes with salmon cakes every now and then. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    Kevin, these Salmon Patties look and sound fabulous! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Do you have a recipe for Tartar Sauce?

  7. Hey Kevin! I wish I had read this post before we went to the store today! This looks really good! It’s on my list!