The Houseful Cooks: Salmon Croquettes

So, this Saturday I was in the mood for some good old fashioned Salmon Croquettes, and I decided to whip some up. I can’t believe that I hated these as a kid. There’s something about biting into the crispy patties and the pairing of buttery rice (NO sugar – yuck) and all seems right in the world.

I think that the main reason that I love salmon croquettes so much is because it reminds me of my childhood, and the lack of responsibility that I really had. We usually had ours on a Saturday morning,with enough made to have for Sunday morning breakfast before church.



Shout out to Mor Mor for instilling these things in my head, even if it was subconsciously. Apparently, we weren’t full on fans of them when we were younger, but there is something about going back to something familiar from your childhood, and for me that’s salmon croquettes on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

There are no measurements for this recipe, but I will do my best to share how we make them in our Houseful.

Salmon Croquettes and Rice 

You’ll need:

  • Salmon (I used two cans – I have six people in my house, but for three or four, one can should be fine)
  • One egg per can
  • One Medium Onion
  • Cornmeal
  • Garlic Powder
  • S & P to taste (the salmon may already be salted, so be aware)

Drain salmon and empty into large mixing bowl. Flake the salmon accordingly.

Add enough cornmeal to soak up any extra liquid in the bowl. This step is important! Do it BEFORE adding the egg (since it’s a binder) Don’t add too much, or your cake will end up with a LOT of breading.  Also, add your garlic powder, S&P  before adding the egg as well. 

Add one egg per can and mix together. 

Add your chopped onion (or whatever vegetable you desire – celery and green pepper would work well here also)

Shape your salmon into patties. 

Place each patty into a skillet with oil (I used vegetable) that only comes halfway to the patty. You need your oil to be well heated, so let it warm up while you are shaping your patties. That way, the patties won’t absorb any oil while sitting in it. 

After two minutes, flip the patties over – admire the great golden crust that you have acquired. 

Make sure that you have some sort of plate or bowl lined with paper towel to collect the patties after they have finished frying. You can take a picture of them if you want. I did. They’re perfect. 
Salmon Croquettes
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Another one for good measure. Yum! 

We serve ours with rice. Just butter, salt and pepper please. NO SUGAR!

Have you ever made salmon croquettes? Share with me what you do to make yours special.

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  • Reply
    Monica H.
    January 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I feel you on these! They’re also great with butter or cheese grits. Mmmm mmm. Yummy for your tummy!

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      Mrs. Houseful
      January 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

      See, I can’t do grits with my salmon croquettes. I LOVE grits, but just not with these patties. I think that I might be a little bit high maintenance. LOL!

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    January 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I actually make mine with crackers and I add the egg before the crackers..Hm..Maybe I’ll add the crackers first next time and then the egg…

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      Mrs. Houseful
      January 13, 2013 at 12:44 am

      Do you use regular saltines, or Ritz type crackers? Yeah, I found that adding the dry stuff first allows me to not go overboard with extra liquids.

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    February 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Oh my goodness, those look good!
    We make salmon patties, not croquettes?
    salmon, egg, saltine crackers, spices.
    don’t really fry, but put a dab of butter in the pan to keep it from sticking, serve with a squeeze of the cheap plastic lemon from the grocery store.
    there was no organic, nor better for you foods when I was growing up in the old day 😉

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    February 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    darn it, I forgot to add a splash of milk to my above way of cooking it.

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    January 10, 2017 at 1:30 am

    These were easy and delicious. I added more seasonings to fit my taste but the base recipe is AWESOME! I would have never thought something so simple would turn out so well. We did not fry them, just cooked them in about a tablespoon of coconut oil with a little butter for flavor. Definitely adding this in my regular rotation. Thanks!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      January 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know that you liked them! These are still a favorite in our home too!

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    March 8, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Omg! I’ve been looking for an old school salmon croquette recipe with cornmeal! You know, “Like my mama used to make”!…..Yours look good, gonna make these tonight!

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    April 6, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I make mine with flour and I serve them with spaghetti, rice or grits. I don’t add a lot of flour don’t want them to be doughy.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    May 3, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Those sound so good. My grandmother used to make what we called salmon patties. They were essentially this. They were so good. I need to start making them.

  • Reply
    May 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I needed this recipe. Ive wanted to make these for the longest.

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    May 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Those look great! In a few weeks and going on a beach vacation and you know I need to eat fish so I’m definitely going to make this.

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    Felecia Monique
    May 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I love love love salmon croquettes. My family has been eating these quite a bit lately, either these or crab cakes. Here in MD seafood is a big deal so I love it all! I made a crab/ shrimp cake not too long ago that was delish!

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Girl, we make these for breakfast and for dinner. It’s a quick meal and easy to make.

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    May 3, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I didn’t think salmon croquettes were a breakfast food. They do look good and the protein makes it a great breakfast choice but I think I would serve them for dinner or lunch.

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    May 3, 2017 at 11:53 am

    I love salmon for lunch! I am going to give this recipe a try for sure

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    May 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I’m passing this recipe on to my significant other, as he loves fish and I can’t stand to cook it, way too slimy. This does look tasty however. Almost like the “non fish” I would get at the local fish place before it closed.

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    Claudia Krusch
    May 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    My Mom used to make salmon croquettes when I was growing up and they were so delicious. I must have forgotten all about them. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some this weekend.

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    May 3, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I have only made chicken croquettes. Hubby loves salmon and I am sure that he’d enjoy finding these on the table.

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    Amy Desrosiers
    May 3, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I love salmon! I think these are very similar to something Portuguese people make but only with cod fish.

  • Reply
    Mama to 6 Blessings
    May 3, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I have never had salmon before. I am picky about fish but I would so try this especially cooked this way – yum!

  • Reply
    May 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    These look really tasty. I love having salmon. This might be something I should try for my kids. It doesn’t look like you can mess it up.

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    Ladonna Maxwell Dennis
    May 3, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    These look delicious. Lately, my husband is the one that has been making dinner, and he does a great job. I probably should take my turn and make him this. He might just appreciate it. Thank you!

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    These look delicious. I need to give this recipe a try soon. I love that it’s a bit more healthy as well. Yum!

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    These are similar to the salmon patties my mom used to make for my son. He would love these.

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    Donna Shana
    May 3, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Such a great recipe! Southern girls gotta know how to cook these!

  • Reply
    May 4, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Go ‘head mama! I don’t eat fish or seafood but you’ve made this look really good and easy to make.

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    May 4, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    My aunt made these croquettes. This looks recipe looks easy enough to follow. I think I’ll try it.

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    May 5, 2017 at 4:51 am

    OMG I LOVED Salmon Croquettes when I was younger, I dont eat them a lot now because my husband is allergic. But I love eating mine with hot sauce and sometimes cheese and bread!! This post definitely make me want some!!

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    May 12, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I’ve never had salmon croquettes but these look delicious! I’ll have to try this recipe, hope I don’t destroy them haha

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    January 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    I make mine with bread crumbs, still a great recipe with grits any time of the day.

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    June 3, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Yummy croquettes! I served them with grits and chipotle mayo. Perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast. I look forward to making them again. Simple yet delicious recipe!

    • Reply
      Natasha Nicholes
      June 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you for coming back to let me know you made them! This makes me feel so good, and chipotle mayo you say? Share more!!!

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