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Air Fryer Salmon Patties

A quick and easy recipe, these Air Fryer Salmon Patties are full of flavor! They come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside!

A TASTY SALMON PATTY RECIPE

You all know how much I adore my air fryer. It is one of the best inventions around! If you don’t have one, trust me you will want one because it can literally make anything. These Air Fryer Salmon Patties being one of them. I love a traditional fried-in-oil salmon patty but it’s nice to make them without any oily mess! These come out nice and crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside. Serve with some of your favorite dipping sauce or alongside a meal and you are ready to go. You absolutely have to make this Air Fryer Salmon Patties recipe this summer.

Air Fryer Salmon Patties on plate with lemon slices.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What kind of salmon should I use?

I like to use canned pink salmon for this recipe but you can use fresh smoked salmon if you’d like as well. When using canned salmon, you’ll want to remove any of the little bones and pieces of fish skin that are included.

Can I use other seasonings?

Absolutely, you can use any of your favorite mixture. This is what we really like for our Salmon Patties, but feel free to use what you like best.

Can I use regular breadcrumbs?

Yes, I like the panko because of the extra crunchy texture but regular bread crumbs will still work with this recipe.

Do I need to spray my air fryer?

Yes! We do not want these to stick so you will want to spray you air fryer with olive oil spray. Do not use vegetable oil spray for this recipe. Vegetable spray will gunk up the air fryer basket.

How do I store leftovers?

These can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to 3-4 days. These can also be frozen. Place in a freezer container and they will keep for up to 3 months. Remove to the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed you can reheat in the air fryer for a few minutes until heated through or the oven.

Layered Air Fryer Salmon Patties on plate with lemon and dipping sauce Pinterest image.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • canned pink salmon
  • egg
  • mayonnaise
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • lemon juice
  • dried dill
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley 
Ingredients needed: salmon meat, egg, mayonnaise, panko breadcrumbs, lemon juice, dried dill, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, cooking spray, lemon wedges and tartar sauce.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER SALMON PATTIES:

Spray the air fryer tray with olive oil cooking spray. Add all ingredients to a large bowl.

All ingredients placed in bowl.

Mix together until everything is combined.

Ingredients mixed up in bowl.

Divide the mixture and form into four patties.

Place the salmon patties into the air fryer tray and lightly spray the tops of the patties with cooking spray.

Formed patties placed in air fryer basket.

Cook on the air fry setting at 390F for 10-12 minutes, or until the patties are fully cooked and golden brown.

Air Fryer Salmon Patties in air fryer basket finished.

Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce, enjoy!

Stacked Air Fryer Salmon Patties stacked with bite taken out of top one.

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Air Fryer Salmon Patties (+Video)

A quick and easy recipe, these Air Fryer Salmon Patties are full of flavor! They come out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 14.75 ounce canned salmon
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • lemon wedges and tartar sauce (for serving)

Instructions

  • Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add 14.75 ounce canned salmon, 1 large egg, 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise, ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs, 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice, ½ teaspoon dried dill, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper and 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley to a large bowl. Mix together until everything is combined.
  • Divide the mixture and form into four patties.
  • Place the salmon patties into the air fryer tray and spray the tops of the patties with cooking spray.
  • Cook on the air fry setting at 390F degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until the patties are fully cooked and golden brown. (Note: Air fryer does not need to be preheated for this recipe.)
  • Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce. Enjoy!

Video

YouTube video

Notes

  • I like to use pink salmon for this recipe.
  • Pick all the bones and fish skin out of the canned salmon and then chop up what is left over. 
  • Olive oil nonstick spray is less likely to gunk up your air fryer basket over time. 
  • These can be frozen, see how to do that above.
  • Regular breadcrumbs will work in this recipe.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 472mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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33 Comments

  1. I want to make this but sea food makes me puke uncontrollably. Been to ER many times ! Got tested allergic to it unless it deep fried . As a child I ate them all the time! One of my families favorite never bothered me back then! Please help me

  2. 5 stars
    We tried this recipe tonight and it was delicious! My son helped make it and says it was one of his favorite recipes ever! I had never made salmon patties and now everyone is already asking me to make them more often! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  3. 5 stars
    I have a question (or 3 )before I attempt these. BTW they look diecious and pretty easy to come together with ingredients I have on hand. We are going camping this weekend and I was if I could make ahead and take to cook. Thoughts? Also, my friend has a convection/microwave dual oven in RV can they be cooked in i? Thank you for your any insight and. Stay Calm and Cook 🙂

    1. Hey Marty Jo! Yes, they can be made in advance as far as I know. I haven’t actually tried that but I can’t see why that wouldn’t work. And I am not at all familiar with a dual convection/microwave oven so I couldn’t tell you about that. Traditional salmon patties are fried in oil so cooking in an air fryer is an oil free option 🙂

  4. I’m going to try this recipe but I’m going leave the bones and skin in! I love the bones and skin! (Plus the bones are rich in calcium!)

  5. 5 stars
    Beat air fryer recipe I’ve found. Perfect temp/time. Very good patties. I didn’t have a large can of salmon, but had several small ones. I used two of those after draining. They mix up quickly. I use a large cookie scoop, place the mixture on a plate, and flatten. It makes 8 small 2.5″ patties. I cook them 4 at a time.

    1. 5 stars
      Just made them in my ninja air fryer. Wow were they good. Light crunch on the outside and soft and steamy on the inside. I’ll never pan fry them again.

  6. 5 stars
    Perfect, I like the flavor and the texture they are not very soft. My husband has heart problems so I had to omit the salt and use sour cream instead of mayonnaise, I like it I always wanted to cook something with salmon my husband like it thank you much for the recipe

  7. 5 stars
    This came out great, I used dried parsley didn’t have fresh ones on hand. Cooked for 15 mins than turned for another 10mins which cause the golden brown.

  8. 5 stars
    Just made this for dinner and it’s delicious! In the past I’ve always used oil and of course the patties were a bit greasy. This is clean, delicious, and can be made keto if you use pork rind crumbs instead of panko.