Salmon Croquettes

Or if you wanna be less fancy about it, salmon patties or salmon cakes. Whatever you call them, they are the BEST canned salmon recipe, and perfect to make any night when you’re looking to clean out the pantry of stockpiled goods.

Salmon Croquettes

First things first: if you have never cooked with canned salmon before, I feel that is it my responsibility to warn you that it is NOT like canned tuna. You will not open the can to see beautiful chunks of pristine meat packed in water.

Canned salmon patties are absolutely delicious, but ya gotta know how to deal with canned salmon. ( Alternatively, make salmon croquettes from fresh salmon – it’s super easy but significantly more expensive. )

Salmon Croquettes

This is as good as canned salmon is ever going to look.

So, how do I prepare canned salmon?

Open the can and drain the liquid out of it. If you have cats, this liquid is gold and will be VERY well received as an afternoon treat. If you don’t have cats, pour it out.

Dump the contents of the can out into a bowl and carefully remove the skin — this is the black and silver stuff on the meat. There will also be a brown portion but you can leave that on! That’s just more salmon meat!

Do you need to remove the bones from canned salmon?

In short, no. They are soft and full of nutrients and are perfectly fine to eat ( you will likely not even notice them!) Howeverrrrrr, I have a pretty major choking fear from seeing Amadeus, where Mozart’s father dies in front of the family while eating a chicken wing, so I remove the bones. Just in case. Even though it’s completely paranoid of me.

Salmon Croquettes

Can you eat salmon out of the can without cooking it?

YEP! Although I MUCH prefer fresh salmon plain over canned. Canned salmon is perfectly safe to eat right from the can though!

How to keep salmon cakes from falling apart?

Once you form the patties, let them sit in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. This is a totally optional step, but it does make cooking easier as it gives the cakes time for the binding to meld, so they don’t fall apart as easily.

Salmon Croquettes

Can I freeze salmon croquettes?

Yep! It’s best to freeze them BEFORE cooking. Place the uncooked salmon patties on a parchment or foil lined sheet pan. Place the sheet pan in the freezer until the patties are frozen through — approximately two hours. Wrap each cake individually in parchment paper, foil, or plastic wrap, and place in an airtight container or bag.

The cakes will stay good for up to one month.

Salmon Croquettes

How do I cook frozen salmon patties?

The best way is to let them defrost overnight in the fridge, and then cook them per the instructions below in the recipe card.

If you MUST cook them from frozen, bake them in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Bake the cakes on a greased cookie sheet for 12 minutes, then flip them and cook for another 8 minutes.

Salmon Croquettes

Can you make this recipe in the Air Fryer?

SURE CAN! I’ve included those directions in the recipe below. But in short – cook them in a single layer at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes, until they are nice and browned on the outside.

What sides to serve with salmon cakes?

  • Sauteed Spinach
  • a fresh, green salad
  • pasta with a lemony cream sauce
  • risotto
  • Carolina Gold Rice

Salmon Croquettes

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