Southern Salmon Croquettes

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  • When your taste buds are craving something crispy and tender, then Salmon Croquettes need to be put on your menu. This is one hearty meal that is oh-so-full of flavor!

    Close up of fried salmon croquettes
    Southern Salmon Croquettes

    Salmon Croquettes are a southern classic! Full of salmon, peppers, onions and seasoning, this versatile dish is sure to be loved by all!

    Some might even refer to them as salmon cakes or a salmon patty, like a crab cake, but with salmon!

    Make sure you PIN Salmon Patties!

    Like crab cakes, seasoning is everything for Salmon Croquettes. This recipe uses a blend of garlic, cilantro (my secret ingredient!), seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce.

    Stack of fried salmon patties
    Fried Salmon Patties with Sauce

    Salmon croquettes can be served as an entree, side dish or appetizer. If serving as an appetizer, I suggest making them slightly smaller in size.

    Overhead of salmon cakes with a lemon slice on a white plate
    Crispy Salmon Cakes

    Dipping the salmon patties into your favorite dip is truly the best part of this meal. There are many homemade sauce options available, but here are some of my favorites:

    Close up of Homemade Tartar Sauce
    Tartar Sauce for Dipping

    How to Cook Salmon Croquettes

    Are you ready to jump to the recipe for fried salmon patties and start the process of cooking this delicious meal for your family?

    Gather all the ingredients. I like to measure my ingredients out beforehand, that way everything is ready and all I have to do is dump into bowls.

    Ingredients for salmon croquettes
    Ingredients for Salmon Croquettes

    In a large bowl, you are going to whisk together the flour and cornmeal.

    Go ahead and add bell peppers, sweet onion, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, cilantro, and egg. You will want to mix until well combined.

    Salmon patties batter
    Salmon Cake Mixture

    From there, you can shape into about 6-8 patties. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

    Once the skillet is hot, go ahead and cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are a golden brown color.

    Uncooked salmon patties on parchment paper
    Uncooked Salmon Patties

    You can serve the salmon croquettes while they are warm and don’t forget your favorite sauce!

    Salmon cakes can be made year-round. Because salmon is such an affordable protein, you may find that you really enjoy cooking with it. Let us know what you think of this recipe.

    Serving platter of salmon cakes
    Serving platter of salmon cakes

    Can I use fresh salmon?

    You can use canned salmon or fresh salmon, the choice is yours. I’ve made this recipe with both types and they have both turned out delicious.

    If you use fresh salmon, make sure to cook it before you add it to the recipe. Baking it for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees should do the trick. Make sure the fibers easily separate with a fork and you are ready to go!

    Close up of fried salmon patties
    Fried Salmon Patties

    What are the best sides to serve with salmon croquettes?

    They are super versatile, so basically anything goes, but here are my favorites.

    • Side salad – doesn’t a side salad go with almost anything? My kale salad is always a favorite.
    • Side of potatoes – whether the potatoes are baked, fried, or made into fries, this is an excellent option. Try my Cheesy Slow Cooker Potatoes!
    • Sauteed veggies – take what veggies you have on hand and sautee them with salt, pepper, and olive oil. So yummy!
    Close up of Fried Salmon Cakes
    Fried Salmon Cakes

    Can I freeze salmon cakes?

    You can! Make sure they are cooked so they hold together better. Wrap them individually in freezer paper, aluminum foil or plastic wrap. They can stay frozen for up to 6 months.

    Can I make salmon cakes ahead of time?

    You can! Either form them and place them in the fridge until you are ready to cook or you can cook them and reheat when ready to serve.

    Where did salmon croquettes originate from?

    If you looked at the word “croquettes” and guessed that it was French, you are correct! They were originally made using beef, and then other variations arose like chicken, salmon and even vegetarian. They were originally made to use up leftover meat pieces, and then became widely popular!

    Southern Salmon Croquettes
    Southern Salmon Croquettes

    Is canned salmon cooked?

    Yes, it is! Canned salmon is just like canned chicken or tuna; it’s already cooked and all you have to do is drain the liquid and you’re ready to go!

    What can I substitute for cilantro?

    For some, cilantro tastes like soap or dirt. In fact, it is a traceable DNA trait. If you fall into this category, omit the cilantro and replace it with flat leaf parsley.

    What can I garnish them with?

    My favorites are with chopped cilantro, curly parsley but also scallions (green onions) or chives. A dusting of smoked paprika works well too.

    What’s for dinner? These are some other salmon recipes you might enjoy:

    Salmon cakes care about to become your new best friend. For dinners, appetizers and to take to parties. They are delicious!

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    Southern Salmon Croquettes

    Salmon Croquettes are a southern classic! Full of salmon, peppers, onions and seasoning, this versatile dish is sure to be loved by all!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Total Time25 mins
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: salmon cakes, salmon croquettes, salmon patties
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 186kcal

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • In a large bowl whisk together flour and cornmeal.
    • Add salmon, bell peppers, sweet onion, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, cilantro and egg. Mix until well combined.
    • Shape into about 6-8 patties. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
    • Once skillet is hot cook patties for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are a golden brown color.
    • Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 564IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 1mg

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