For a quick and nourishing dinner, try these savory air fryer salmon patties!

Made with canned salmon and other kitchen staples, these salmon patties turn our juicy and tender in the air fryer with a crispy coating!

These air-fried salmon patties are so easy to prepare, that they are perfect for topping onto burger buns or a quick lunch time snack!

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Easy Air Fryer Salmon Patties

  • Salmon patties won’t take long to make and use just 6 easy ingredients that most pantries already have on hand.
  • Create a classic savory flavor by sticking to the recipe, or switch it up and use a seasoning blend of your own!
  • Salmon is loaded with healthy omegas making it a nourishing choice!
  • Use leftover salmon burgers to top a salad or serve as an entree with keto favorites like air fryer cauliflower or tasty keto Instant Pot loaded faux baked potato. Top with some tasty fried green tomatoes for a real treat.
labeled ingredients to make air fryer salmon patties: mayonnaise, lemon pepper seasoning, dijon mustard, canned salmon, egg, breadcrumbs

Ingredients and Variations

Salmon – This recipe calls for canned salmon, but it will work equally well with fresh or frozen air fryer salmon. It’s a great way to use up leftovers! Along with mayonnaise, egg binds the ingredients together to create perfect patties!

Breadcrumbs – Use tasty seasoned breadcrumbs in your favorite flavor. Panko will work well, too. Or make a keto or low-carb version, use keto breadcrumbs, almond flour, or another keto substitution of choice.

Seasonings – There are so many options for seasoning these air fryer salmon patties! If lemon pepper isn’t on hand, try Cajun seasoning for blackened salmon patties, try Greek seasoning, or use a blend of your own!

How to Make Air Fryer Salmon Patties

When it comes to making dinner, it doesn’t get much easier than this!

  1. Drain salmon well and in a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Form into 3-inch salmon patties.
  3. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and cook the patties (per recipe below) flipping once.

Time-Saving Tip!

Double the recipe and cook all the salmon patties. Allow half to cool while having dinner, then store them between layers of parchment in a freezer-safe container. Use them one at a time for quick lunches, or for a whole new meal on a busy weeknight!

air fryer salmon patties with dip


  • Uncooked salmon patties can be made ahead, refrigerated overnight, and cooked the next day.
  • Cooked salmon patties are best consumed within 3-4 days, and will retain their flavor in the freezer for 3 months, sealed in an airtight container. But they are safe to eat for up to a year or more.
  • To reheat from frozen, preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Place a single layer of frozen salmon patties in the air fryer basket and cook for about 12 minutes or until golden and crispy.

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Air Fryer Salmon Patties

Air Fryer salmon patties are the perfect lunch, snack, or appetizer.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4 patties



  • 2 cans pink salmon 7oz each
  • 1 large egg
  • cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning


  • Drain the salmon (remove skin and bones if desired) and place it in a medium bowl with the egg, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, mustard and seasoning.
  • Mix well and form into four 3-inch salmon patties.
  • Spray each side with cooking spray and place them in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 400°F for 6 minutes. Flip the patties over and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until golden and cooked through.


Leftover patties will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and in the freezer for 3 months.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1patty | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 142IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American

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