Crispy & Delicious: How To Make Perfect Air Fryer Salmon Patties

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 almost all of the fat when frying! 

Air fryer salmon patties served with roasted vegetables and fried potatoes. #TexasHomesteader

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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. 

Air fryer salmon patties garnished with fresh basil, red tomatoes and red jalapenos. #TexasHomesteader

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Ingredients for Salmon Patties

There are only a few ingredients in my salmon patties, just mix all ingredients together:

      • Canned Salmon

      • Minced Onion & Garlic

      • Bread Crumbs

      • Eggs

      • Lemon Juice

      • 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?

Quick Oats

I always have oats since RancherMan’s a huge fan of my Homemade Pumpkin Granola

I use quick-cooking oats as a substitution for bread crumbs often. #TexasHomesteader

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 don’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 the salmon’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.

An instant read thermometer is helpful for checking internal temperatures of food you've cooked. #TexasHomesteader

I just want the interior temperature to reach 145ºF and my crust to be nice and crunchy and lightly brown.

Side Dish Pairings

Wondering what goes with salmon patties? Here are a few of our favorites:

Roasted fresh vegetables in an easy, healthy dish. #TexasHomesteader

Creamy coleslaw with cabbage, carrots and creamy dressing mayonnaise, vinegar, celery seed #TexasHomesteader

Fresh minced cilantro and fresh lime for cilantro-lime rice side dish. #TexasHomesteader

YES, you can actually have a healthy creamy salad dressing! This homemade dressing uses yogurt as a base. #TexasHomesteader

      • Potato Cakes (made even faster if you use leftover mashed potatoes)

Leftover mashed potatoes can be delicious lightly-fried potato cakes! #TexasHomesteader

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!

Did you make these Salmon Patties? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Air fryer salmon patties with roasted vegetables and fried potatoes. #TexasHomesteader
5 from 1 vote

Healthy Air Fryer Salmon Patties

These salmon patties are crispy on the outside, fork-tender on the inside and made healthier using the air fryer. Enjoy salmon patties without all the fat of being pan fried in oil. #TexasHomesteader
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, fish, low fat, salmon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 patties
Author ~ Texas Homesteader ~



  • 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)


  1. Place well-drained salmon in a medium bowl and remove skin and bones.

  2. 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.

  3. Shape the mixture into five equal 3-inch-diameter patties. If breadcrumb coating is desired, roll in additional breadcrumbs (I often use crushed cornflakes)

  4. 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.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: To test internal temperatures, use an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion. I cook to 145°F.


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One thought on “Crispy & Delicious: How To Make Perfect Air Fryer Salmon Patties

  1. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    I made these last night in my air fryer and they were delicious. Crunchy on the outside and light on the inside. I used lightly-spicy Cajun seasoning for the outside breading to give it a boost of flavor and a little kick. This is by far the easiest way to make salmon patties, and the air fryer makes it with less fat too. Highly recommend


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