Impress Your Guests with These Healthy Baked Salmon Patties

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a recipe that is sure to tickle your taste buds and warm your hearts – Baked Salmon Patties or Muffins. This recipe is easy to prepare and can be served for lunch or dinner.

As we all know, salmon is one of the most nutritious types of fish out there – it is low in calories but high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D. However, sometimes eating salmon can become mundane due to repetitive cooking methods. That’s why I bring you this recipe – it is a unique way to cook salmon that combines delicious flavors and a healthy preparation technique.

The process is super easy, even for the most novice of cooks. All you need are some basic ingredients such as fresh or canned salmon, breadcrumbs, eggs, and spices of your choice. Whether you’re serving it up on its own or pairing it with some other dishes, these baked salmon patties or muffins will surely become a household favorite.

So grab your apron and let’s embark on a culinary adventure with this delicious recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Baked Salmon Patties or Muffins
Baked Salmon Patties or Muffins

Are you a fan of salmon? If so, then you are in for a treat. This baked salmon muffin recipe will quickly become your new favorite. But why, you may ask? There are many reasons to fall in love with this recipe.

First and foremost, it is incredibly easy to make in the comfort of your own kitchen. With just a few simple ingredients and basic cooking methods, even a novice chef can achieve perfect results. Unlike some other recipes that require complex techniques or scarce ingredients, this recipe doesn’t require any special skills or knowledge. It is so simple that anyone can whip up a batch of delicious, protein-packed salmon muffins in no time.

Secondly, this recipe offers versatility and variation, making it a great option for those who like to customize their food. You can make these baked salmon patties as spicy or mild as you like by altering the types and amount of herbs and spices you include. You can also use chopped vegetables such as onions or carrots to add extra flavor and nutrition.

Thirdly, this recipe is incredibly healthy and low-carb, making it an excellent choice for anyone on a diet or looking to boost their protein intake. The salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids and high-quality protein, while the quinoa provides fiber and other essential nutrients. Plus, baking instead of frying the salmon cakes means they are lower in fat and calories.

Finally, this recipe is convenient and portable. You can easily take these baked salmon muffins with you on-the-go for lunch at work or picnic in the park. They also freeze well which lets you make big batches in advance that will last for weeks.

All things considered, this baked salmon muffin recipe satisfies all the demands of taste, health, convenience and satisfaction. It’ll quickly become a go-to staple of yours!

Ingredient List

 Four Words: Baked Salmon Patties. Delicious.
Four Words: Baked Salmon Patties. Delicious.

Before we start, let’s gather all the ingredients we need to make these delightful Baked Salmon Patties or Muffins. You can use either fresh or canned salmon for this recipe, but I recommend using red salmon for its rich flavor and color.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb fresh salmon fillet or two 14.75 oz cans of pink salmon

  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tbsp ketchup

  • 1 tbsp brown mustard

  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise (or fat-free mayonnaise to lighten up the recipe)

  • Zest from half of a lemon

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional: cornmeal or almond flour instead of breadcrumbs if you prefer a gluten-free option.

These easy-to-find ingredients will make about 12 patties/muffins, depending on size. Gather them all, and let’s get started with the recipe How-To.

The Recipe How-To

 This recipe will make you flip for fish!
This recipe will make you flip for fish!

Now that you know the reason you will love this recipe, it is time to get into the nitty gritty and see how we can create these delicious baked salmon patties. These protein-packed bites are perfect to have as lunch or dinner sides, sandwich filling or even for snacking on. Below is our easy and foolproof recipe how-to, so put on your apron and let’s get started!


Before diving into cooking, it is important to make sure that you have all of the ingredients listed below which are needed for this recipe:

  • 2 cups cooked salmon fillet
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon of brown mustard


  1. Begin by preheating your oven at 375°F (190°C) and later on use cooking spray to coat a muffin tin.

  2. Flake the cooked salmon in a large bowl using a fork.

  3. Now add panko breadcrumbs, finely chopped onion, flour, eggs, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and brown mustard to the bowl with the salmon. Mix all together until they are combined nicely.

  4. Use hands to make patties or scoops to transfer some mixture evenly into each compartment of the muffin tin.

  5. Bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes until they are golden browned and firm to touch.

  6. After removing from the oven, let them cool down for few minutes before taking them out from tin.

  7. Enjoy your baked salmon patties right away or store leftovers in your refrigerator for up to 3 days.


If you prefer fried salmon cakes over oven baked ones, lightly fry these patties on each side over medium-high heat using vegetable oil while adjusting cooking time accordingly.

Using Canned Salmon

If you want an easier version of this recipe or have leftover canned salmon then simply drain salmon and omit panko breadcrumbs from the above list of ingredients. Then proceed with similar steps mentioned above ensuring that muffin tin is coated with cooking spray beforehand.

We hope you found our easy salmon cakes recipe helpful and enjoyable!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who says muffins have to be sweet? Try this savory variation.
Who says muffins have to be sweet? Try this savory variation.

If you are looking to switch things up a bit, or if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, there are several substitutions and variations that you can make to this recipe.

If you don’t have fresh salmon on hand, canned salmon works just as well. This inexpensive and readily available ingredient will require less preparation time, allowing you to have your salmon cakes ready in no time. Additionally, you can use pink salmon or leftover salmon in place of red salmon as well.

For those who are watching their carbs or on a keto diet, almond flour can be substituted for bread crumbs or flour. Moreover, replacing the bread crumbs with gluten-free bread crumbs will make this recipe suitable for gluten-sensitive individuals. You can also experiment with adding protein-packed quinoa along with herbs and spices.

If you are looking to reduce the fat content of this recipe without sacrificing flavor, try replacing the mayonnaise with fat-free mayonnaise. Baking instead of frying your salmon cakes will also avoid unnecessary fats and calories without compromising on taste.

Alternatively, if you want to take this dish up a notch, Ina Garten’s “Salmon Cakes” recipe is an excellent option. It uses Worcestershire sauce for added depth of flavor, and a mixture of ketchup, brown mustard, and mayonnaise for an unforgettable tangy finish.

Lastly, if you do not have a muffin tin on hand or prefer larger portions, you can opt to shape your salmon mixture into larger patties and cook them in a skillet over medium-high heat. Regardless of the variation or substitution that you choose to incorporate into this recipe, expect delicious and satisfying results every time!

Serving and Pairing

 These patties are perfect for picky eaters!
These patties are perfect for picky eaters!

When it comes to serving these delicious baked salmon patties or muffins, the options are endless. You can serve them as appetizers with a dollop of tartar sauce on top, or as a main course alongside a crisp salad or roasted vegetables.

In terms of pairing, I recommend serving a light-bodied white wine such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. The acidity in the wine complements the flavors of the salmon and brightens up the dish.

For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, a glass of iced tea or lemonade works wonders in cutting through the richness and saltiness of the dish.

If you are looking to add an extra layer of flavor and texture to your salmon cakes, I suggest a side of coleslaw with shredded carrots and cabbage. Another great pairing option is some creamy garlic mashed potatoes, which will complement the savory notes of the salmon.

At breakfast or brunch, these salmon patties pair perfectly with some fluffy scrambled eggs and sliced avocado on the side.

No matter how you choose to serve them, these baked salmon cakes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Introducing your new favorite brunch item.
Introducing your new favorite brunch item.

One of the things I love about this baked salmon patties or muffins recipe is that they can be made ahead of time and stored for later. This makes them perfect for meal prepping, especially if you lead a busy lifestyle.

To make ahead: prepare the salmon patties or muffin tin and place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last up to two days.

To store: simply wrap the leftover salmon patties or muffins in plastic wrap, place them in a container, and refrigerate for up to three days. You may also freeze them for up to three months by wrapping them securely with plastic wrap and placing them in a freezer-safe container.

To reheat: I suggest reheating these baked goodies in the oven rather than using a microwave. Preheat your oven to 375°F and place the salmon patties or muffins on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or until heated through.

If you are looking for a healthy breakfast, try reheating one or two muffin tin fresh salmon cakes with an egg on top. The eggs pair perfectly with these easy oven baked salmon cakes, making for a protein-packed breakfast that will keep you full until lunchtime.

Trust me when I say that you will not be disappointed with this recipe, whether consumed fresh out of the oven or reheated. So feel free to make more than just one serving as these easy salmon cakes are sure to go fast!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Dinner’s a catch with these irresistible salmon muffins.
Dinner’s a catch with these irresistible salmon muffins.

To ensure that your baked salmon patties or muffins recipe results in moist and delectable cakes every time, I have compiled some of my best tips for you. Here are some recommendations to help you achieve the perfect texture and flavor.

Firstly, while preparing the batter, make sure all of the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. The batter should be homogeneous and evenly distributed. Any lumps in the batter will affect the texture of your cakes, resulting in an unpleasant experience.

Secondly, don’t overcook the salmon fillet beforehand to ensure that it stays moist throughout the cooking process. If you’re using canned salmon, be sure to drain it thoroughly before adding it to the mixture.

Thirdly, use panko breadcrumbs instead of regular ones. The crispiness and lightness of panko will give your salmon cakes a wonderful texture. Moreover, if you’re looking for a low-carb option or following a paleo or keto diet, you may use almond flour instead of breadcrumbs.

Fourthly, make sure to add seasoning to your batter according to your preference. You could try experimenting with different seasonings such as garlic powder or smoked paprika for an extra kick of flavor.

Fifthly, while baking your salmon patties/muffins in the oven, please avoid opening it often. Every time you open the oven door, cold air rushes in and interrupts the baking process.

Sixthly, if baking them in a muffin tin or cupcake pan, grease every cup with cooking spray or oil to prevent sticking.

Finally, follow the recipe carefully but don’t hesitate to make substitutions and variations according to your preferences or dietary restrictions. With these tips by your side, you can cook up a perfect batch of baked salmon patties or muffins that everyone will enjoy!


As I wrap up this salmon patties and muffins recipe article, it’s important to address some frequently asked questions to ensure the best results for your palate. You may have some doubts on certain ingredients or steps, but trust me, these FAQs will shed some light on those confusions. So, without further ado, let’s dive into item 9: FAQ.

Should salmon be baked covered or uncovered?

When it comes to baking salmon, it’s important to keep in mind the cooking time based on the thickness of the fish. For every half an inch of thickness, the salmon should be baked uncovered for 4 to 6 minutes. If the salmon is dressed, it should be baked for 6 to 9 minutes per 8 ounces of fish. However, it’s crucial to check the fish at the minimum baking time to prevent overcooking. Keep this in mind when baking salmon in the future.

How do you keep salmon patties from falling apart?

When making salmon patties, it’s important to ensure that they hold their shape and don’t fall apart during cooking. One way to achieve this is by adding ingredients that promote binding, such as breadcrumbs, panko, or crushed saltine crackers to the salmon. Additionally, eggs can be mixed in to help bind the ingredients together. If the mixture appears too dry, adding a small amount of salmon juice will add moisture and help bind the ingredients, making it easier to form the patties. By using these tips, the salmon patties will hold their shape, cook evenly, and have a delicious taste and texture.

What is the difference between salmon patties and salmon croquettes?

Salmon croquette and salmon patty are two similar yet distinct dishes. While both involve salmon, the croquette is made by grinding salmon into a paste, mixing it with other ingredients, and then frying it. In contrast, a salmon patty is made by cooking salmon and then shaping it into a patty. Despite these differences, both dishes are delicious and easy to make.

What temperature should salmon patties be cooked to?

Hey there, let me give you some pointers on how to tell if your salmon burger is cooked properly. One way is to use a thermometer and check if the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees F. However, if you don’t have a thermometer, you can use some visual cues. The burger should be lightly crispy on the outside and the meat inside should have a pink, flaky look. If it still looks raw, then it’s not yet cooked through. These are some easy ways to make sure your salmon burger is the right temperature and safe to eat.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this baked salmon patties or muffins recipe is a must-try for all seafood lovers out there. With its versatility in ingredients and serving options, you can easily customize it to your liking and add your own personal touch. From the use of fresh or canned salmon to the addition of various herbs and spices, the possibilities are endless.

What’s more, this recipe is not only delicious but also packed with protein and healthy ingredients like quinoa and almond flour. Plus, by using the oven instead of frying, you can enjoy guilt-free indulgence without sacrificing taste.

Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or an impressive appetizer for your next gathering, these salmon cakes are sure to delight your taste buds. So don’t hesitate to give them a try and let us know how they turn out!

Thank you for choosing this recipe article as your guide in creating savory baked salmon patties or muffins. Make sure to stay tuned for more culinary adventures and tips from our team of expert bakers. Happy cooking!

Baked Salmon Patties or Muffins

Baked Salmon Patties or Muffins Recipe

Lower fat version of salmon patties that we like. The muffin tin method is one I saw in a Taste of Home recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: < 30 Mins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 7 muffins/patties
Calories: 481.1kcal


Salmon Patties

  • 1 (14 3/4 ounce) can red salmon
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal (1 oz)
  • 1/4 cup flour (1 oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (as needed for consistency)
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/2 lemon (Juice of )
  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (or salt and pepper to taste)


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Drain salmon and remove skin and bones.
  • Mix all salmon pattie ingredients except for panko crumbs and add those to get a moldable texture.
  • Spray a nonstick muffin pan with vegetable spray - about 7 out of 12 muffin cups.
  • Add mixture to fill each cup, just short of full and top with panko crumbs.
  • Spray tops with vegetable spray and bake in a 375F oven for about 20 minutes or until 160F internally.
  • Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients until smooth and chill.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 248g | Calories: 481.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.8g | Protein: 37.6g | Fat: 21.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 206.4mg | Sodium: 600.4mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 5g

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