How to Make Air Fryer Salmon Patties

Perfectly cooked and just a little crispy on the outside, these air fryer salmon patties are the best easy and healthy meal. We share exactly how to make salmon patties in the air fryer with canned salmon in this easy recipe.

Stack of 3 air fryer salmon patties with sauce on top dripping down

Step by step instructions for perfect salmon patties in the air fryer

The air fryer is the perfect cooking appliance for salmon patties. You’ll be enjoying these healthy, crispy and low-carb friendly salmon cakes in about 15 minutes!

  • Just prep the ingredients and place them in a bowl
  • Quickly mix the ingredients to evenly distribute, but don’t overmix
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil
  • Form the salmon mixture into patties and carefully place them in the basket
  • Cook at 400° Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes
  • Dig in!
Three air fryer salmon patties on a plate with sliced green onions on top

Air fryer cooking tips

Every air fryer is a little different, so here are a few tips on how to use your equipment for this recipe.

  1. Preheat your air fryer if it requires preheating.
  2. Don’t stack the patties in the basket. Give them a little room for the air to circulate and crisp up the edges.
  3. Work in batches if needed depending on the size of your air fryer basket.
  4. There’s no need to flip the patties. Just place them in the basket and close the lid.
  5. Don’t overcook! Check the patties frequently at the end of the cooking time. You want them to be warmed through but not dried out and overcooked.
  6. Carefully remove the patties from the basket with a thin spatula when they are done. Using a spatula at least the width of the patties helps prevent them from falling apart.
Three cooked salmon patties in an air fryer basket with hand holding basket

What about cooking frozen salmon patties in the air fryer?

We’ve got you covered on this one too!

Do this if you are making salmon patties from scratch:

  • Follow the recipe below and form your salmon into patties.
  • Stack the patties, placing a piece of parchment paper between each one. Place them in a container or ziploc and freeze.
  • When you’re ready to cook the patties, spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil.
  • Place the frozen salmon patties in the air fryer basket. Don’t stack them, only place as many as you can fit in a single layer.
  • Cook at 400° Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes, or until the patties are warmed through.

Do this if you are cooking store-bought frozen salmon patties:

  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil and place the frozen salmon patties directly in the air fryer basket. Again, don’t stack them, only place as many as you can fit in a single layer.
  • Cook at 400° Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until the patties are warmed through.

Note that store-bought salmon patties are usually very thin, so check them after 10 minutes and see if they are cooked through. If not, add 1-2 minutes and continue cooking until they are done.

One cooked salmon patty on marble with a spatula underneath

What to serve with these low-carb and keto salmon patties

We love to eat these salmon patties with either fresh greens or roasted veggies and a generous dollop of chipotle aioli. Here are some other serving options:

Single salmon patty with a drizzle of orange sauce on top and sliced green onions

Your turn to make some easy fresh or frozen salmon patties

We’ve provided instructions for both, so you can cook it either way! We know you’ll love this easy and tasty recipe that you can serve in so many ways. If you try it be sure to leave a comment to let us know how it goes and take a pic to share on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood, we love to see what you’re making!


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Three air fryer salmon patties on a plate with sliced green onions on top

How to Make Air Fryer Salmon Patties

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 3 patties
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Justin Winn
Perfectly cooked with delicious flavors, we share exactly how to make salmon patties in the air fryer with canned salmon in this easy recipe.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cans wild salmon, drained (6 oz cans)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or sub about 1/2 tsp garlic oil)
  • 2 tbsp green onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon or sub apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • avocado oil or olive oil spray

Instructions 

  • To make the salmon patties, prep garlic and green onion as noted. Add all of the ingredients for the salmon patties, except the avocado oil spray, to a medium size bowl. Mix everything together with your hands, but avoid overmixing. Just combine the ingredients evenly.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil. Form the salmon mixture into 3 evenly sized patties and place them in the basket. Leave a little space between the patties if you can.
  • Cook at 400° for 12-14 minutes. The patties should be a little brown and crispy on the outside and warmed through on the inside.
  • Scoop the patties out of the air fryer basket and serve.

Notes

Nutrition details are per serving and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet.See our full nutrition information disclosure here
Do this if you are cooking store-bought frozen salmon patties:
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking oil and place the frozen salmon patties directly in the air fryer basket. Again, don’t stack them, only place as many as you can fit in a single layer.
  • Cook at 400° Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until the patties are warmed through.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g
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7 thoughts on “How to Make Air Fryer Salmon Patties

  • Please check your nutritional info. Numbers might be off?
    Otherwise,, it looks delicious. I’ll have to try it!

    • Thanks for pointing that out, you were right. The initial calculation wasn’t calculating right for the salmon. I’ve updated the nutrition info now, I hope you enjoy these!

  • Tasty and nutritious, this is a new favorite fish dish!
    It’s a forgiving recipe, as I used frozen salmon steaks (grilled & flaked before adding to recipe) instead of canned and added chopped parsley, nutritional yeast and mushroom powder and they cooked perfectly and taste delicious.
    Air-fried cauliflower tots and pesto were a perfect pairing with the salmon patties. I intend to buy some canned salmon to keep on hand for another run soon.

    • This is great! We love hearing that it worked out so well for you! Thanks for trying another one of our recipes and for taking the time to come back to our site and leave a review! We’re so grateful you’re part of the RSG Life community!

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