by Texas Homesteader ~
A can of salmon can help you to get supper on the table fast. Just make salmon patties. They’re crispy on the outside and fork tender on the inside. Using an air fryer means you can omit all that fat in the frying!
What Are Salmon Patties?
Salmon patties are simply a mixture of salmon, onions, bread crumbs, etc. mixed together. That mixture is then pressed into individual patties and fried until crispy.
I like to add an additional crispy coating when frying. RancherMan loves that extra crispy texture.
Then the patties are lightly fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
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Salmon Patty Ingredients
There are only a few ingredients in my salmon patties, just mix all ingredients together:
Minced Onion & Garlic
Salt & Pepper
When it’s all mixed, flatten into 5 patties and fry them until the crust is crispy. You can fry them in a skillet or an air fryer. Your choice! (But I much prefer the air fryer)
Using these few ingredients I can turn an ordinary can of salmon into a healthy & delicious meal fast!
What Can I use instead of Bread Crumbs In Salmon Patties?
I don’t often have Homemade Bread Crumbs since I seldom allow any of my Homemade Bread to get stale. It’s typically enjoyed while it’s fresh.
So what do I use in the place of breadcrumbs for my salmon patties?
I always have oats since RancherMan’s a huge fan of my Homemade Pumpkin Granola.
So if I’m needing bread crumbs for these salmon patties I substitute it with quick cooking oats.
What To Use For A Crispy Fried Crust?
Using quick oats in place of breadcrumbs in the patty mixture works beautifully. But I don’t like to use it for a crunchy outside coating. Oats as a crust just doesn’t seem to crisp up enough for our liking.
So when adding a crispy outside coating I’ll substitute crushed cornflakes in place of breadcrumbs. The crushed cornflakes make the crust extra crunchy. A favorite for RancherMan!
How Long Does It Take To Cook Salmon Patties?
According to the USDA, salmon is fully cooked when it reaches a temperature 145ºF, although I’m pretty sure it’s already been cooked in the canning process.
But using the air fryer I cook my salmon patties in 15 minutes, flipping them only once. I use an *Instant Read Thermometer to check the internal temperatures reached.
I just want the interior temperature to reach 145ºF and my crust to be nice and crunchy and lightly brown.
What Do You Serve With Salmon Patties?
Wondering what goes with salmon patties? Here are a few of our favorites:
Various Varieties of Fluffy Rice (we especially like Cilantro Lime Rice)
Fresh Garden Salad (we love this 1-minute healthy Creamy Salad Dressing)
Potato Cakes (made even faster if you use leftover mashed potatoes)
Salmon Patties For A Healthy Meal FAST!
So if you have a can of salmon in your pantry, why not whip up some salmon patties for your family tonight?
It’s fast, easy and using the air fryer it’s healthy too!
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Healthy Air Fryer Salmon Patties
- 1 14.75-oz can salmon (drained well, skin and bones removed)
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup breadcrumbs (I often substitute quick oats)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup minced onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
- salt & pepper to taste I add ½ teaspoon each
Optional Crumb Coating:
- 1/3 cup Additional breadcrumbs to coat – OPTIONAL (I use crushed cornflakes)
Place well-drained salmon in a medium bowl and remove skin and bones.
Add 2 eggs, 3/4 cup bread crumbs (or quick oats), 1/3 cup minced onion, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon lemon juice & salt & pepper to taste (I typically add ½ teaspoon each); stir gently until combined.
Shape the mixture into five equal 3-inch-diameter patties. If breadcrumb coating is desired, roll in additional breadcrumbs (I often use crushed cornflakes)
Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees, and then place 2-3 patties in the basket. Cook at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until browned. I flip them when only 4 minutes remain to crisp the other side. (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion should register 145 degrees F.) Remove and cook remaining patties. Serve hot.
NOTE: To test internal temperatures, use an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion. I cook to 145°F.
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