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Easy Air Fryer Salmon Patties With Lemon Dill Sauce

A simple recipe for air fryer salmon patties topped with a flavorful lemon dill yogurt sauce made with wild Alaskan salmon and gluten-free panko breadcrumbs. These salmon patties are light and delicious with 26 grams of protein per serving!

2 air fryer salmon patties on a plate with artisan greens, yogurt sauce, and lemon slices

Craving a quick and easy seafood dish?! These wild salmon patties are easy to make, gluten-free, full of flavor, and packed with healthy ingredients. 

What Are Salmon Patties?

Salmon patties are similar to crabcakes, but they are made with canned or fresh salmon instead of crabmeat. You will use salmon, panko breadcrumbs, onions, and a few other simple ingredients to create a mixture that you will shape into the form of a patty. This air fryer salmon patty recipe packs a ton of flavor and turns out light and delicious with the perfect slightly crisp exterior.

Recipe Ingredients

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  • Canned Wild Alaskan Salmon. I opt for canned wild salmon that is skinless and boneless for added convenience. It is a bit more expensive, so if you use another brand, be sure that you check for bones and remove them. You can also use cooked fresh salmon for this recipe.
  • Eggs. Beat your eggs lightly before adding them to the salmon mixture.
  • Gluten-Free Panko Breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs serve as a binder for the patties. You can also go for regular panko breadcrumbs here.
  • Vidalia Onion. Sweet onion adds flavor without being overpowering.
  • Flavor Enhancers. You will also need garlic powder, lemon juice, paprika, salt, and pepper.

Besides the ingredients for the canned salmon patties, you will need the following ingredients to prepare the yogurt dill sauce:

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  • Greek Yogurt. Grab 2% plain Greek yogurt. Go with your favorite brand. You can use full-fat yogurt for a creamier sauce.
  • Lemon Juice. Squeeze a lemon to get the juice to add to your sauce.
  • Lemon Zest. Enhance the flavor of your sauce with a bit of lemon zest.
  • Dill. Chop your fresh dill into pieces.
  • Dijon Mustard. Use the dijon mustard to give your sauce a slightly sweet taste.

Recipe Instructions

Mix the Ingredients

Open the can of salmon and drain it to get rid of the excess water. Put the salmon into a bowl, check for bones (if not using deboned salmon), and then add your breadcrumbs, eggs, garlic powder, onion, salt, pepper, and lemon juice into the bowl. Mix these ingredients well.

salmon patty ingredients in a white bowl

Shape the Patties

Cover a cutting board or baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to scoop the salmon mixture, packing it tightly, and drop onto the parchment-lined surface.

scoops of salmon patty mixture on parchment paper

Then, press down to form into six patties. Sprinkle with paprika and spray the tops with cooking oil spray.

uncooked salmon patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet sprinkled with paprika

Air Fry the Patties 

Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray and preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Using a small spatula, place the salmon patties in the air fryer (patties will be delicate and firm up when cooked). Cook in batches, if needed, so they don’t overlap. Air fry, in batches, for 7-8 minutes, until lightly golden. While the patties are cooking, prepare the sauce.

4 salmon patties cooked in the air fryer

How To Make Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Mix Ingredients

Combine the yogurt in a bowl with lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh dill, dijon, and salt. Mix well.

yogurt dill sauce for salmon patties mixed in a bowl

Serve.

Drizzle your sauce over the salmon patties or serve on the side.

Recipe Tips

Don’t want to have to pull out the bones in the canned salmon? Check for canned salmon without bones. Wild Planet boneless and skinless salmon is a personal favorite.  

Do I have to use canned salmon?

You can use fresh or canned salmon for this recipe. Canned salmon is a more cost-effective way to enjoy this recipe, but cooked fresh salmon works great too. 

How do I remove the bones from salmon?

You will want to drain the can and remove the salmon. Run your hands along the salmon to feel for bones. Peel the meat away from the bones and discard them. Place the deboned salmon in your mixing bowl.

Do I have to make the yogurt dill sauce for the salmon patties?

No, you don’t have to make the yogurt sauce for the salmon, but it is highly recommended. The sauce adds an additional pop of flavor and added protein from the Greek yogurt.

Are the salmon patties gluten-free?

Yes! They are! Gluten-free panko breadcrumbs are used in this recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your Wild Salmon Patties with Lemon Dill Sauce with a side of sweet potato fries, green beans, or roasted Brussels sprouts. Although these are three great side dishes, you can eat your patties with any of your favorite sides. My favorite sides are: 

How To Store Leftovers

Wrap the patties in plastic wrap, put them in a food storage bag or container, and keep them in the fridge. Your patties will stay fresh for up to four days.

close up of cooked salmon patties in the air fryer  basket

Can I Freeze Them?

Yes. If you decide to freeze them, put them on a lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer until frozen. Once they are frozen, remove them from the freezer, place them in a food storage container or freezer bag, and put them right back into the freezer. You can store the patties for three months. To reheat them, allow them to thaw in the fridge and then warm them up in a skillet with butter or pop them into the air fryer at 375 degrees for a few minutes until warmed through. 

Other Seafood Recipes To Try

If you love the fresh taste of these Easy Salmon Patties and would love to try other seafood dishes, check out the following recipes:

salmon patties on a bed of greens with yogurt sauce and sliced lemons
two salmon patties on a white plate with lemon wedges and mixed greens

Air Fryer Salmon Patties With Lemon Dill Sauce

A gluten-free recipe for salmon patties cooked in an air fryer made with canned wild salmon
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Amee

Ingredients

  • For the patties:
  • 15 oz canned Wild Alaskan salmon
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs you can also use regular panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Vidalia onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • paprika ,to taste
  • For the sauce:
  • 8 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • For the Salmon patties:
  • Drain salmon and put into a medium size bowl.
  • Make sure all bones are removed.
  • Combine salmon, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion, salt, pepper, and lemon juice and mix well.
  • Cover a cutting board or baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to scoop the salmon mixture, packing it tightly, and drop onto the parchment-lined surface. Then, press down to form into six patties. Sprinkle with paprika and spray the tops with olive oil cooking spray.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray and preheat to 400 degrees F.
  • Using a small spatula, place the salmon patties in the air fryer (patties will be delicate and firm up when cooked). Cook in batches, if needed, so they don't overlap. Air fry patties for 7-8 minutes, until lightly golden. While patties are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  • Whisk yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh dill, and dijon in a small bowl.
  • Serve the salmon patties with yogurt sauce for dipping.

Notes

Don’t want to have to pull out the bones in the canned salmon? Check for canned salmon without bones! Some of my favorite canned salmons are Wild Planet or Clover Leaf.  

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 1mg
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9 Comments

  1. Amee..these patties sound awesome and delciious. They would definitely be best with Alaska salmon. MMMM! Pinning!

  2. 5 stars
    Love how healthy and delicious these salmon patties are. I definitely need to make the recipe!

  3. Healthy and delicious are two important things for a dish. I love this recipe. Thanks for sharing the salmon patties recipe.

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