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Air Fryer Salmon Patties

Air fryer salmon patties are made with canned salmon and cooked to perfection! This pantry-staple meal is packed with protein, easy to make, and oh-so-delicious.

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Three whole salmon patties, one salmon patty sliced in half on a white plate with lemon slices.

If you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal that’s packed with protein and flavor, you have to try air fryer salmon patties! They’re perfect for seafood lovers or anyone looking to incorporate more nutritious fish into their diet.

Best of all, we’ll be using canned salmon and other pantry staples for extra convenience! The combination of panko, eggs, fresh herbs, and seasoning adds delightful flavor and crunch to each bite while air frying helps us achieve a perfectly crispy exterior without the need for deep frying.

The whole meal can be ready in less than 20 minutes! Serve over salads, in a wrap, on your favorite bun, or however you and your family like. Once you try a bite, you might find yourself making this recipe on repeat!

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Ingredients needed to prepare salmon patties.

How to Make Air Fryer Salmon Patties

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

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STEP ONE: Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F.

Combining the ingredients for salmon patties in a clear mixing bowl.

STEP TWO: In a large bowl, mix together the salmon, panko breadcrumbs, egg, green onion, red pepper, dill, dijon mustard, garlic powder, and salt until everything is fully combined.

The combined ingredients for salmon patties in a clear mixing bowl.

STEP THREE: Form the mixture into 4 patties, pressing each firmly into a disc shape.

Four salmon patties resting in a black air fryer basket prepared to be cooked.

STEP FOUR: Add to the preheated air fryer and allow to cook for 8 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until cooked through.

Four cooked salmon patties resting in a black air fryer basket.

STEP FIVE: Serve immediately with lemon wedges and additional dill if desired.

Closeup view of salmon patties in a black air fryer basket.

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How Long to Cook Salmon Patties in the Air Fryer

Canned salmon is pre-cooked, so our goal is to cook the patties long enough to get them golden on the outside and hot all the way through. The crispy exterior is what makes them absolutely irresistible!

When I air fry salmon patties, I find that 8 minutes at 375 degrees F, flipping halfway through the cooking time, is just right. Keep in mind that the exact cooking time can vary based on your make and model of air fryer and how thick you make your salmon burgers.

Closeup view of a prepared salmon patties on a speckled plate with lemon wedges.

Tips for Making the Best Salmon Cake in the Air Fryer

  • I like to make salmon patties with canned salmon for convenience, but you could use leftover cooked salmon if you like. Just flake the fish before mixing it with the rest of the patty ingredients.
  • Drain the canned salmon well before mixing it with other ingredients to avoid excess moisture. This will help the air fried salmon burger get that wonderful, crispy, golden exterior.
  • Press the patties firmly to shape them and help them hold together during the cooking process.
  • For extra crispiness, lightly spray the patties with oil before placing them in the air fryer. You can respray the tops when you flip them as well.
  • If cooking premade frozen fish patties, increase the cooking time to about 12 minutes.

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Closeup view of a salmon patty sliced in half on a speckled plate with lemon wedges.

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Four prepared salmon patties on a speckled plate with lemon wedges.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Salmon Patties

salmon patties in air fryer basket

Looking for a tasty way to use canned salmon? Air fryer salmon patties are the answer! They’re golden on the outside, juicy on the inside, and bursting with fresh flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. canned salmon, drained
  • ½ cup panko
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 green onion, minced
  • ¼ cup small diced red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dill, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ⅓ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 375 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the salmon, panko,egg, green onion, red pepper, dill, dijon mustard, garlic powder and salt until everything is fully combined.
  3. Form the mixture into 4 patties, pressing each firmly into shape.
  4. Add to the preheated air fryer and allow to cook for 8 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until cooked through.
  5. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and additional dill, if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 450mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 16g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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6 thoughts on “Air Fryer Salmon Patties”

    • There are several options for egg substitutes, it all just depends on the recipe which one is best. For this particular recipe, I’d recommend a commercial egg replacement which are designed to mimic the binding and leavening properties of eggs. You can find a commercial egg replacement at your local grocery store, usually with the vegetarian and vegan food products.

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