Salmon Patties

If you've got some mashed potatoes and a can of salmon on hand, here's an easy recipe to whip up some yummy salmon patties. Even the kids will love 'em!

All righty, folks. I’ve got a recipe that may sound sort of yuck, but tastes really yum. It’s a dish I remembered my mom whipping up, and I gave it a try last night. It’s a staple from the leftovers/comfort food 101 school: I’m talkin’ salmon patties.

Salmon Patties

Here’s what I had. Mashed potatoes. Lots of ’em. Sunday night, I did a big dinner with chicken cordon bleu (which, actually, is easy to make, too – I’ll post that recipe another week), veggies, and mashed new potatoes.

Monday, after working a full day (and then fighting with the bank over why they hadn’t cashed a big check yet and were threatening me with overdrafts when, in reality, THEY HAD PLENTY OF MY MONEY… grrrr…) I needed to make something fast. I remembered I had a can of salmon in the pantry. Don’t ask why, but hubby bought it. And then I remembered my mom creating yummy salmon patties with salmon and mashed potatoes. I got online, and I found a recipe. I’ve modified it a bit here:


  • One can of salmon
  • Leftover mashed potatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chopped onion
  • One to two eggs
  • Breadcrumbs (optional)
  • Flour
  • Thousand Island dressing


  • Mix the salmon and mashed potatoes together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chopped onion.
  • Beat eggs. (Use just one at first, and add the second if you need it. I used too many, and the mixture got a little too soft.)
  • Add bread crumbs to thicken if you use too many eggs.
  • Form mixture into patties.
  • Coat patties with flour.
  • Fry in butter until golden brown.
  • Serve with Thousand Island dressing.

There you have it! My daughter thought the patties were “chicky” and ate them right up. Yum!

1 thought on “Salmon Patties

  1. I love this kind of recipe – the kind where you take leftovers and turn them into a completely new and different meal that doesn’t feel like its made from leftovers.

    Thanks for sharing this one. It’s goingg in my “book.”

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