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Air Fryer Salmon Patties

These delicious Air Fryer Salmon Patties have a crispy outside with flaky, perfectly cooked salmon inside and are packed with flavor. They can easily be made gluten-free, and are a tasty freezer-friendly make-ahead weeknight dinner.

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These quick and tasty Air Fryer Salmon Patties are the best weeknight dinner. Ready in under 20 minutes, they’re baked and not fried and still taste amazing. Oh, happy day!

If you’re looking for a gluten-free/paleo/keto version of this recipe, check out our Paleo Salmon Cakes. You’ll also find detailed instructions in that post on how to cook these bad boys on the stovetop.

What to Serve With Air Fryer Salmon Cakes

For veggies, try Roasted Frozen BroccoliHealthy ColeslawGarlic Butter Green BeansKale Chopped Salad, or Roasted Frozen Cauliflower.

Need some tasty carbs to round out your plate? Try Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Butter Rice, Air Fryer Biscuits, Cheesy Garlic Bread, or Red Lobster Biscuits from Scratch.

Equipment Tips

I used this air fryer, this mixing bowl, and this Misto for spraying olive oil on my salmon cakes. The canned salmon was from Costco, and it was their Wild Alaska Pink variety.

6 step by step photos showing how to make salmon patties in the air fryer

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Don’t skip the step to spray the panko before assembling the salmon cakes. This gives you the tastiest and crispiest coating!
  • You can use regular breadcrumbs in place of panko. Start with 1 cup and add more if needed.
  • Use a fork to break apart the salmon prior to cooking, as clumps of fish can prevent the salmon patties from holding together during cooking.
  • To freeze: place unbaked salmon cakes on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Freeze for 3 hours, and then transfer to freezer-safe storage (these are my favorite). Freeze for 3-6 months. You can bake frozen salmon patties at the same temp, but add 2-3 minutes of cooking time.
  • Want to make this a meal prep dream? Use prechopped frozen garlic and frozen onions. You can add the onions to the mixture still frozen but will want to partially heat the garlic to break it apart.

MORE DELICIOUS AIR FRYER Dinners

3 salmon patties stacked on top of each other

Air Fryer Salmon Patties

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Freezing time (optional)20 mins
Total Time37 mins
These delicious salmon patties in the air fryer have a crispy outside with flaky perfectly cooked salmon inside and are packed with flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned salmon {~16 oz}
  • 1 1/4 cup panko
  • 1 tbsp olive oil {divided}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup celery {finely diced}
  • 4 cloves garlic {finely diced}
  • 1/4 cup red onion {finely diced}
  • 2 tbsp Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning {or another seafood seasoning mix}
  • 1/2 cup mayo {or plain Greek yogurt}

Instructions

  • Place a piece of parchment or waxed paper on a baking sheet or large plate.
  • Drain the water from the salmon, and add the salmon to a mixing bowl.
  • Use a fork to break up the chunks of salmon.
  • Add panko to a small bowl and spray it with olive oil to coat.
  • Add panko, eggs, celery, Frank's, garlic, onion, Old Bay, and mayo to the salmon and stir to combine.
  • Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop some of the mixture into your hands. Make a small patty and set on the baking sheet. Repeat until you've made 12 patties.
  • {optional}: Freeze patties for 20 minutes. This will help keep everything together when you flip them.
  • Preheat air fryer to 350F for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the tray from the freezer and liberally spray the tops of the patties with the remaining olive oil. Let it sit for 2 minutes.
  • Without overcrowding the basket, carefully place the salmon patties in the air fryer.
  • Bake at 390F for 5 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 2 minutes.

Notes

You can use regular breadcrumbs in place of panko. Start with 1 cup and add more if needed.
To freeze: place unbaked salmon cakes on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Freeze for 3 hours, and then transfer to freezer-safe storage. Freeze for 3-6 months. You can bake frozen salmon patties at the same temp, but add 2-3 minutes of cooking time.
 
Stovetop Instructions:
Heat a skillet over medium heat for at least 5 minutes. Add butter or oil and let it warm up for 1-2 minutes. Add salmon cakes and cook until the bottom is light brown and has a crunchy sear (2-3 minutes). Flip and cook the other side. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel or newspaper.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Salmon Patties
Amount Per Serving (2 cakes)
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 212mg9%
Potassium 139mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 94IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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