Leftover Salmon Patties (easy dinner recipe) – Fit Foodie Finds

Got leftover salmon to use up? Make these super easy and delicious salmon patties for the perfect leftover meal today!

salmon patties atop arugula with tartar sauce

Easy Leftover Salmon Recipes

More often than not when making salmon recipes, we end up having at least a filet or two leftover in the fridge. So, why not whip up an easy and delicious recipe for day 2 of salmon goodness. Cue: leftover salmon patties!

We’ll even share some delicious sides (think pasta, salads, and taters!) to serve with these patties and round out a quick and healthy meal tonight.

Don’t Have Leftover Salmon? Start Here:

Don’t have any leftover salmon? Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to whip up these salmon patties. Just have to make the salmon first, and then flake it! We recommend any of the following salmon recipes:

flaked salmon in a bowl

Ingredients for Salmon Patties

We kept the ingredient lineup super simple for these leftover salmon patties:

  • Leftover salmon (obviously!)
  • Veggies & Herbs: red bell pepper, white onion, chopped parsley
  • Spices: chili powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika
  • Panko crumbs
  • Egg
  • Mayo
  • Tabasco
  • Olive oil
salmon patties ingredients in a bowl ready to be mixed

How to Make Salmon Patties

These salmon patties come together in just a few easy steps and then are pan fried to perfection on the stove top:

  1. Flake Salmon: First, place leftover salmon filet(s) in a large bowl and use a spoon to break the salmon up into small shredded chunks. 
  2. Add Patty Ingredients to Salmon: Next, add the panko, diced bell pepper, diced white onion, parsley, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika, egg, mayo, tabasco, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl of salmon. 
  3. Mix it all Together: Using a spoon (or your hands!), mix all of the ingredients together until they stick together and form a ball easily. 
  4. Make Salmon Balls: Form the salmon patties by using a 1/3 cup scoop and make 10-12 small balls out of the salmon mixture. 
  5. Time to Flatten into Patties: After all the balls are formed, carefully make patties out of each ball by gently patting them down between your hands. Set them on a plate and repeat until all the patties are made. 
  6. Heat Skillet: Next, heat a large skillet pan over medium/high heat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. 
  7. Pan Fry Patties: When the olive oil is fragrant, add 3-4 patties to the pan (if there is room) and cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side (or until the salmon patties brown). Then remove from heat. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and repeat until all the patties are cooked. 
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Enjoy these salmon patties alone, on top of a salad, or get creative with a few of our recommendations below!
salmon patties mixture in a bowl and then made into patties on a plate

What to Serve with Salmon Patties

Serve these delicious salmon patties with any of the following to round out a healthy and delicious meal!

Salads

salmon patties pan frying in a skillet

Pasta

Sides

salmon patties on a plate atop arugula
leftover salmon patties on a plate

Leftover Salmon Patties

Got leftover salmon to use up? Make these super easy and delicious salmon patties for the perfect leftover meal today!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 25 minutes

Fat 15

Carbs 17

Protein 26

Yield 4 servings 1x


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. cooked, cold salmon (~4 cups shredded salmon)
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Instructions

  1. First, place salmon in a large bowl and use a spoon to break the salmon up into small shredded chunks. 
  2. Next, add the panko, bell pepper, white onion, parsley, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika, egg, mayo, tabasco, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl. 
  3. Using a spoon or hands, mix all of the ingredients together until the ingredients stick together and form a ball. 
  4. Form the salmon patties by using a 1/3 cup scoop and make 10-12 small balls out of the salmon mixture. 
  5. After all the balls are formed, carefully make patties out of each ball by gently patting them down between your hands. Set them on a plate and repeat until all the patties are made. 
  6. Next, heat a large skillet pan over medium/high heat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. 
  7. When the olive oil is fragrant, add 3-4 patties to the pan (if there is room) and cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the salmon patties brown. Remove from heat.
  8. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and repeat until all the patties are cooked. 
  9. Enjoy them alone, on top of a salad, or get creative!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Calories: 308
Sugar: 2
Sodium: 944
Fat: 15
Carbohydrates: 17
Fiber: 2
Protein: 26
Cholesterol: 93

Author: Linley RichterCategory: Lunch and DinnerMethod: Stove TopCuisine: American

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.