Salmon Croquettes


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These salmon croquettes are crispy on the outside and soft and tender inside. Made with the simplest ingredients, this recipe takes canned salmon to the next level. 

salmon croquettes.

If you’ve tried our tuna croquettes or patties before, then this salmon version has to be next on your list. It’s a simple and affordable way to enjoy salmon regularly, and it’s super delicious too!

Table of Contents
  1. What are salmon croquettes?
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make them
  4. Tips to make the best recipe
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More salmon recipes to try
  7. Frequently asked questions
  8. Salmon Croquettes (Recipe Card)

What are salmon croquettes?

Salmon croquettes are similar to salmon patties, in that they are both made with canned salmon. What makes them different is their golden crispy crust. These croquettes are dredged in beaten eggs and breadcrumbs and then fried to achieve the crispiest coating. 

Croquettes may contain different vegetables, herbs, condiments, and eggs to bind everything together. My mom used to change them up for us to keep things interesting, and was also her sneaky way to make us eat more greens!

  • It uses simple ingredients. This salmon croquette recipe calls for the simplest ingredients. If you have a can of salmon sitting in your pantry that you don’t know what to do with, salmon croquettes are what you should make. 
  • They are freezer-friendly. Like shrimp burgers, uncooked croquettes are perfect for busy weeknights and days when you need to grab a quick lunch. 
  • Versatile. Salmon croquettes are easy to whip up for a quick lunch or dinner. You can also use them to make sandwiches and wraps. 
  • Affordable. Like calamari or fried octopus, If you are always on the hunt for budget-friendly recipes that make maximum impact, then this recipe has your name all over it. 

Ingredients needed

These do sound fancy but they are made of the simplest ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Here’s everything you will need for this recipe: 

  • Salmon. Opt for canned salmon that has no added oil or flavorings to it. Pink salmon is best, but red can also work.

Fresh salmon idea

If you aren’t a fan of canned salmon, why not use fresh salmon? Simply air fry or grill the fillets, cool them down, then flake them.

  • Potatoes. Choose starchy potatoes that are good for mashings, such as russets or Yukon Gold. 
  • Cream. To make the mashed potatoes extra creamy. 
  • Garlic. Minced. 
  • Eggs. Lightly beaten eggs to dredge the croquettes before coating them in breadcrumbs. 
  • Bread crumbs. You will need a mix of regular breadcrumbs and Panko breadcrumbs for an extra crispy finish. 
  • Oil. To fry the croquettes. 
  • Smoked paprika. To season the patty mixture. 
  • Parsley. Finely chopped parsley to mix into the salmon mixture and sprinkle on the croquettes before serving. 
  • Aoili or other sauce. To serve. 

How to make them

The process of making salmon croquettes is quite easy and quick. It will be even faster if you have some leftover mashed potatoes. Ready to whip some up? 

Step 1 – Prepare the salmon mixture

Start with boiling potatoes in salted water until they are cooked through. Drain and mash the potatoes until smooth and mix in the cream. 

Fold through the minced garlic, chopped parsley, smoked paprika, and drained salmon.

salmon croquette mixture.

Step 2 – Form the patties

In one bowl, add the lightly beaten eggs. In another bowl, mix two kinds of breadcrumbs. Shape the salmon mixture into thick patties. Dip them in the beaten eggs first and dredge them in the breadcrumb mix to fully coat the patties. 

shaped salmon croquettes.

Step 3 – Fry and serve 

Heat around an inch of oil in a non-stick pan. When the oil is hot, add the croquettes in batches and cook them over medium heat. Don’t forget to cook the croquettes to get them golden brown on both sides. 

fried salmon croquettes.

Repeat until all croquettes are cooked. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve with the sauce of your choice. 

salmon croquette recipe.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • Do not overcook the croquettes as it will make them rather dry. As all the main ingredients are already cooked, it is enough to fry the croquettes on both sides to make them crispy. 
  • Always place the freshly cooked croquettes on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. This will only enhance the crispiness!
  • For a healthier version of this recipe, bake or air-fry the salmon croquettes. Don’t forget to flip the croquettes halfway through the cooking time to get them nice and crispy on both sides.
  • Mix grated cheese into the patty mixture for added flavor and some cheesy pull. 

Storage instructions

To store. Place leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. 

To reheat. Reheat the croquettes on the stove over medium heat, in the air frier, or in the microwave. 

To freeze. Both cooked and uncooked salmon croquettes can be frozen for up to 2 months.

salmon croquette.

More salmon recipes to try

Frequently asked questions

What goes with salmon croquettes?

These go well with a variety of side dishes. Some of the best options include potato fries, coleslaw, simple greens (like Brussels sprouts and green beans), or a baked sweet potato. 

Are these low-carb?

These croquettes are not low-carb as they do contain potatoes. You may enjoy making salmon patties instead. Alternatively, swap out the mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower.

Can I use tuna instead?

Yes, you can swap out the salmon for canned tuna if you prefer.

salmon croquettes recipe.

Salmon Croquettes

5 from 21 votes
These salmon croquettes feature canned salmon mixed with mashed potatoes, eggs, and seasonings, fried until crispy and golden. They make an easy and affordable dinner!c
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 11 minutes


  • 2 lbs potatoes chopped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 15 ounces canned salmon drained
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup oil to fry


  • Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender.
  • Drain the potatoes then mash until smooth, and mix through the cream.
  • Fold through the garlic, smoked paprika, salmon, and parsley until combined.
  • In one bowl, add eggs and in a separate bowl, add the two kinds of bread crumbs.
  • Shape the salmon mixture into thick patties. Dip them in the egg mix, followed by the breadcrumb mix.
  • Add an inch of oil into a non-stick pan and place over medium heat. Once hot, cook croquettes in batches, turning regularly until golden brown.
  • Repeat the process until all the croquettes are cooked.


TO STORE: Place leftover salmon croquettes in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
TO FREEZE: Both cooked and uncooked salmon croquettes can be frozen for up to 2 months. Note that freezing cooked salmon croquettes may result in texture changes.
TO REHEAT: Reheat salmon croquettes on the stove over medium heat, in the air frier, or in the microwave. 


Serving: 1croquetteCalories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 12gFat: 10gSodium: 237mgPotassium: 482mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 2mgNET CARBS: 20g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are great with cheese sauce. I make salmon patties for my family omitting the mashed potatoes and adding sauted onions.

  2. 5 stars
    Fabulous. I used fresh salmon. I put everything in food processor except breadcrumbs. I mixed in breadcrumbs instead of breading. I thought they were great and not dry.

  3. Your healthy, nutritious, and scrumptious treat is well placed for your Old years day party. we love this presentation😛