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Salmon croquettes are crispy and flavorful patties that are easy to make. They are gluten-free because potatoes are used as the binder, not flour.
Salmon Croquettes
salmon croquette

Salmon croquettes are a delightful twist on a classic comfort food that’s perfect for a cozy family dinner or a special brunch with friends. These crispy and flavorful patties are not only delicious but also easy to make.

Every once in a while, I make too many mashed potatoes.  A long time ago, I discovered that salmon croquettes were particularly good using a leftover baked potato as a binder.

Salmon croquettes, also known as salmon patties or salmon cakes, are a beloved dish that hails from the American South. They combine the rich, buttery taste of salmon with a crunchy exterior, making them an irresistible treat for seafood lovers and non-seafood enthusiasts alike.

Make your Salmon Croquettes shine

Select Quality Ingredients

The success of your salmon croquettes begins with the quality of the ingredients you choose. Opt for canned salmon of good quality, and don’t skimp on fresh herbs, spices, and breadcrumbs to enhance the flavor and texture.

Achieving the perfect balance of flavors is key. You’ll want your salmon croquettes to have a harmonious blend of savory and zesty elements. Use seasonings like Mis Rubin’s Fish Magic, onion, capers, and a touch of True Lemon to enhance the taste.

The Right Binder

To keep your croquettes together, you’ll need a binder. While many traditional recipes use eggs and breadcrumbs, here we are using mashed potatoes. If you don’t have mashed potatoes on hand, then nuke a baked potato and use everything but the skin.

If you are gluten intolerant, this recipe is for you. Simply use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs.

Cooking Techniques

Frying is the most popular method for cooking them, but you can also bake or air fry them for a healthier twist. Whichever method you choose, be sure to maintain a steady temperature to achieve that ideal golden brown crust.

Serve with Style

Presentation matters! Serve your salmon croquettes with a tasty dipping sauce or a side salad to elevate the dining experience. Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill and a wedge of lemon for that final touch of freshness.

Salmon Croquette Recipe

Salmon Croquettes

Salmon croquettes are crispy and flavorful patties that are easy to make. They are gluten-free because potatoes are used as the binder, not flour.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 4 servings
Cuisine: American South
Diet: Gluten Free
Difficulty: Easy
Allergen: Gluten, Nightshades
Calories per serving: 375kcal

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  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Panko bread crumbs, gluten-free if desired


  • 14 ounces pink salmon, canned or leftover cooked
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • ½ teaspoon Mis Ruben’s Fish Magic
  • ½ teaspoon True Lemon
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Set the cooling rack on the cutting board


  • 1 egg, 1 tablespoon milk, Panko bread crumbs
    Put the panko breadcrumbs in one breading tray and the egg and milk in the other. Mix the milk and egg with a fork.


  • 14 ounces pink salmon, 1 cup mashed potatoes, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon wheat germ, 1 teaspoon capers, 1/2 teaspoon Mis Ruben’s Fish Magic, 1/2 teaspoon True Lemon
    Put the salmon, potatoes, wheat germ, mayonnaise, capers, spice, and lemon in a large stand mixer bowl. Mix well, and taste for seasoning.
  • Take a portion of the salmon mixture, slightly bigger than a tennis ball, and roll it into a football shape.
  • Dip the football into the egg mixture, then coat it in the breadcrumbs to thoroughly coat it.
  • Set it on the cooling rack, and continue with the rest of the salmon mixture until it is completely gone.
  • Set the cutting board in the refrigerator for at least half an hour to dry.
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
    Put the silicon sheet on a rack of your air fryer to prevent sticking. Place the croquettes on the rack and spray them with the olive oil. Cook them for 10 minutes at 360 or until they have browned.


If you do not have true lemon packets, you might have to increase the wheat germ to make up for the amount of liquid.


Serving: 242gCalories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 30gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 423mgPotassium: 717mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3g
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