Salmon Croquettes Recipes: Baked & Fried

Baked and Fried Salmon Croquettes

These salmon croquettes recipes can be baked or fried and are easy to make. We’ve also included a recipe for a lemon dill salmon croquette dipping sauce that makes this a fantastic appetizer that will likely be devoured quickly.


Salmon croquettes, also known as salmon patties, are basically a delicious patty made with canned salmon meat, very similar to a crab cake. When serving as an appetizer, it is best to make the salmon croquettes smaller in size. They can be either baked or fried and there are many different variations available depending on your own individual tastes and preferences.

Below we’ve included a few different recipes that you can try, and of course we would always love to hear any of your own variations and modifications!


Salmon Croquettes Recipe Version #1

You Will Need:

12 ounces salmon, drained and flaked
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped/diced
1 green onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups Italian Breadcrumbs (Can also make your own using cornmeal, crushed crackers, etc.)
Salt and Pepper to taste (some canned salmon is very salty – some not so much, so will depend on the type you use)
Olive or vegetable oil for frying


Mix salmon, eggs, celery, garlic powder, and 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs together and season with salt and pepper if desired. Roll the mixture into small 1 – 2 inch balls and roll the balls in the remainder of the breadcrumbs to coat.

Frying Pan:

If pan frying, you will want to lightly coat the pan with the olive oil (about 2-3 tablespoons) and pre-heat to a medium heat. Carefully place patties into the pan and fry for 3-5 minutes or until one side is a medium brown color and then flip and fry until the remainder is cooked through.

Baked Salmon Croquettes:

If baking, you’ll want to pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and place the flattened patties on the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping over once, or until the patties are a nice golden brown color.


Potato and Salmon Croquettes

It is traditional for croquettes to be made with mashed potatoes, so we naturally had to include this recipe as well.

You Will Need:

2 cups mashed potatoes
12-14 ounces of canned salmon
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Salt and Pepper to Taste


Mix mashed potatoes, butter, lemon juice, green onion, garlic powder, egg, salmon, and bread crumbs together. Form into 1-2 inch balls and flatten to form patty shapes.

Pan Frying:

Heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a large pan on a medium high heat and carefully add croquettes, frying 3-5 minutes each side until a golden brown.

Oven Baked:

Arrange croquettes on a baking pan and bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown in color, flipping them over half way through.


Salmon Croquettes Dill Sauce

Salmon croquettes are good enough to eat on their own, though many love to dip them into various sauces. This lemon dill salmon croquettes sauce compliments the flavor quite well and is perfect for dipping.

You Will Need:

1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons lemon


Mix all ingredients together and serve cold.

There are many different types of recipes available out there and using different types of salmon will also affect the taste of the patties. Feel free to use substitutions to the recipes as needed – it is very difficult to make horrible tasting salmon croquettes!

Do you have any suggestions or variations you’d like to share? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!

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