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Friday, April 17, 2015

Salmon & Potato Patties - Inspired by Grandma

These salmon patties have potato in them rather than bread or cracker crumbs, making the texture and flavor fabulous. You have to give them a try! 

golden salmon patties with chives, a lemon slice and tartar sauce

     Salmon patties are a fun, delicious and economical meal. They are quick to make too. You will love them during Lent, but we enjoy them all year long.  Salmon patties are on regular rotation in my grandma's kitchen and hearing her talk about them all of them time gets me excited to make them too. These patties use potato instead of bread or cracker crumbs, making them extra delicious!

   I set out to make salmon patties a la Grandma.  You may remember grandma from the S.O.S. post.

    She didn't have the can of salmon for the patties she decided she was going to make, and called to let me know she made S.O.S. instead.

 It was a whole thing.  You'll have to read it if you haven't.

   Anyway, it seems like she makes salmon patties for herself and grandpa pretty regularly.  We have talked about it many times.

     So, as these things go, I asked her for her recipe.  She promptly said she doesn't have one.

   Figures! Instead, I am making my new go-to salmon patty recipe.

     I think grandma normally makes hers with cracker crumbs, which is how I used to do it to.  Now, I usually use potato instead.  I like the texture and it feels lighter.

   You can throw a potato in the microwave and let it cool to use.  You could use a leftover baked potato... or leftover mashed potatoes would be good too!

    Use as much or as little as you like.  If you need to stretch the salmon, throw a little more potato in.

    Making dinner for just one or two? Just use a really small potato or a little leftover potato from dinner the night before.  Adjust the number of eggs accordingly and you are ready to go!

salmon patties, carrots and beets on plate

    Now to get to the nitty gritty of it all.  I used to pick through the salmon and take out all of the bones.  Grandma said she leaves the bones for calcium and removes the skin.

     The bones are soft from being canned.  Don't believe me, you can smash one of the vertebra between your fingers.  Try it.  You'll see.

     Anyway, you don't even notice them in your patties.  So now I don't take anything out.

    I drain the can and mash it all with the potato.  It's easy peasy, you don't notice anything is even in there and there is no fishy smell in your trash can!

     I see the disbelief written all over your face.  Just try it.

   What's the worst that can happen?!  Grandma said she also likes to coat the patties in a little flour or more cracker crumbs before she cooks them.

     I could see how this would be tasty and ensure a nice crust.  I don't normally do this step though.  Maybe I will have to try it!

    One last difference between grandma's patties and mine... she grates onion fine enough grandpa won't know it's there.  (Shh, don't tell!)

     I used green onions instead.  She said her mom used to put a squirt of yellow mustard in hers.  I haven't tried that yet, but could see how that would be good.

salmon patties with roasted beets and slices of lime

    I really kind of wish I would have waited another couple of weeks to post this.  I just noticed my dill is coming up in my herb garden. That stuff is crazy.

     I got some seed from my neighbors in Springfield years ago (like 7 years!) and it just keeps reseeding itself.  I dig up the volunteers and move them to where I want them and it has been the gift that keeps giving.

    Anyway, I think that would be a great addition to the salmon patties.  Maybe I'll have to repost once the dill matures!!  Ooh... or a dill yogurt sauce would be perfect for dipping!  Yum!

    If you are looking for more fish and seafood recipes, you may like my brother's fish and shrimp chowder.  Or if you are looking for another kind of fun Lenten recipe, falafel waffles are fun too!

salmon patties without bread crumbs, ways to use leftover potatoes, salmon croquettes
Yield: 6 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Salmon & Potato Patties

Salmon & Potato Patties

These salmon patties have potato in them rather than bread or cracker crumbs, making the texture and flavor fabulous. You have to give them a try!
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 20 M


  • 1 can of salmon, drained
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 large baked potato, cooled and skin removed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onion
  • salt and pepper or Cavendar's to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons oil for cooking
  • for garnish: grandma likes lemon, grandpa likes tartar sauce. We do either, both and sometimes limes depending on our mood!


  1. Mash the potato. Add the salmon, a squirt of lemon juice and eggs.
  2. Mix and mash with fork until you have reached your desired consistency. You don't want it to be smooth, but you do want it to be well mixed.
  3. Stir in onion and seasonings.
  4. Preheat oven to 300 F
  5. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once oil is hot, form patties out of salmon mixture and place a couple at a time into hot skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side. Flip once they are nice and browned. Cook for 1-2 minutes on the second side.
  6. Put cooked patties on a paper towel lined baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Continue until all salmon mixture is used.
  7. Serve with lemon, lime and/or tartar sauce.
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These salmon patties have potato in them rather than bread or cracker crumbs, making the texture and flavor fabulous. You have to give them a try!


  1. I always get the canned salmon that comes with all that yucky stuff taken out. I agree that that is good for you but I can't do it. It's so much better without. I'll have to try this with the potato. Sounds so good.

    1. It sounds gross, but you really don't even know it is there. I really like using the potato instead of bread or cracker crumbs.

  2. This recipe is very similar to my mothers's recipe. I remember I loved sneaking the bones out of the mixture. I don't know why but I loved them That's a kid for you.

  3. Unlike many people, I love fish! However, if you are generally not a fan, but want to observe Lent, give these a try. The more potato you use, the less you taste the fish. I've already requested these for this Friday!

    1. Aren't they delicious? You can definitely dilute the fish by adding more potato, but luckily we love fish and seafood at our house!

  4. We love salmon and would like to make these patties,what size can?Thanks.

    1. Yay! I used a 14.75 ounce can. I hope you enjoy them!


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