Simple Salmon Croquettes


Easy to assemble and full of fresh flavor, there's a reason our Salmon Croquettes recipe is a dinnertime staple. This Southern classic is the definition of speedy, too. In less than 20 minutes, these crispy patties will be ready to plate. Best of all, this superfast seafood dish isn't just for your weeknight dinner table. You can dress these patties up for your next party as an appetizer or main dish.  One of our quickest renditions yet, these Salmon Croquettes are made with canned salmon, eggs, buttermilk, cornmeal mix, self-rising flour, and a touch of garlic salt. For the best results, mix up your salmon batter a few hours before you plan to get cooking and place it in the fridge. This will help your batter firm up before you start shaping the cakes. Then, simply fry your patties in a large skillet and serve with our Lemon-Caper Cream for a surefire weeknight win.  

Basic Salmon Croquettes Recipes
Basic Salmon Croquettes. Photo: William Dickey / Styling Buffy Hargett / Food Styling Angela Sellersc
Prep Time:
10 mins
Fry Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
16 mins
4 to 6 servings


Salmon Croquettes

  • 1 (14-oz.) can pink salmon

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • cup cornmeal mix

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons self-rising flour

  • teaspoon garlic salt

  • 2 cups vegetable oil

Lemon-Caper Cream

  • ¾ cup light sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • ½ teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Drain salmon; remove skin and bones, and flake. Place salmon in a medium bowl. Stir in egg and next 4 ingredients until blended. (Batter will be wet.)

  2. Drop salmon mixture by tablespoonfuls into hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and slightly flatten with a fork. Fry, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan in a 200° oven. Serve with Lemon-Caper Cream.

  3. Lemon-Caper Cream: Stir together first 5 ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

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