Chef Rick’s Salmon Patties

Salmon patties became a Southern staple in the early 1920’s after chain grocery stores such as Piggly-Wiggly made canned food even cheaper and more available to working class Southerners. They were a regular feature of weekday suppers when I was growing up in the 1960s, and are considered by many to be a soul food classic.

  • 1 can of pink salmon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 /2 Cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable Shortening for frying

Pick any bones out of salmon.In a mixing bowl, beat egg and add salt, pepper, Old Bay, bread crumbs and salmon. Gently mix until just combined.

Drop mixture by large spoonfuls into the hot shortening and press flat with a spatula.Cook until golden brown on each side, about 3 to 5 minutes.

© 2001 Rick McDaniel

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  1. Mary Alice Laury said

    November 14 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    Born and raised in Louisiana now in calif.45 yrs I remember these recipes like my 93yr old Mother use to make, she just left for heaven thanks for “the memories”

  2. Stuart said

    January 19 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    I’m not sure if this Salmon Pattie recipe is calling for 1/2 or 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs…

    Has anyone made this recipe?

  3. Chef Rick said

    March 15 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    @stuart-
    It’s 1/2 cup.

  4. Angel said

    May 29 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Do you drain the salmon, I will be doing thus with tuna instead…think it will turn out?

  5. Shirley said

    June 15 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    Tuna, Salmon, Potato patties a staple in our southern homes…. Angel most any food will make into a patty and fry well 🙂

  6. Shirley said

    June 15 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    Some recipes say not to drain I do always but the bones in the Salmon are fine to leave in mash up with the Salmon NOTHING wrong with it.

  7. Rick said

    June 9 2017 @ 9:51 am

    When I was young (50’s and 60’s) my mother made cod fish patties with the same recipe and served it with a delightful tomato gravy. Dose anyone have a recipe for a simple tomato gravy? For whatever reason you cannot buy cod fish in cans anymore.

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