Classic Southern Fried Salmon Patties

Southern cuisine is known for its rich flavors and comforting dishes, and these Classic Southern Fried Salmon Patties are no different. This recipe, which combines the freshness of salmon with the crunch of breadcrumbs and cornmeal, provides a delightful blend of textures and flavors. These patties are ideal as a main dish or appetizer, and they add a touch of Southern charm to your table.


  • 1 lb canned or cooked salmon, drained and flaked
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Prepare the Mixture: In a large bowl, combine the flaked salmon, onion, bell pepper, celery, parsley, breadcrumbs, and cornmeal. Mix well.
  2. Add Wet Ingredients: Add the beaten eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, hot sauce (if using), Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Form Patties: Shape the mixture into patties, about 2-3 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick. You should get about 8-10 patties.
  4. Heat Oil: In a large skillet, heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat until hot.
  5. Fry Patties: Fry the salmon patties in batches, about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the skillet and drain on paper towels.
  6. Serve: Serve hot with a side of tartar sauce, lemon wedges, or your favorite dipping sauce.

Classic Southern Fried Salmon Patties are a delicious way to combine the delicate flavor of salmon with a satisfying crunch. Whether served with tartar sauce, a squeeze of lemon, or your favorite condiment, they will be a hit at any meal. Enjoy a taste of the South with this simple recipe!