Air Fryer Salmon Patties are the delicious dish you grew up eating! Crispy on the outside and tender, flaky salmon on the inside. These air fryer salmon cakes make a fantastic main dish or appetizer!

salmon patties on a bed of greens

Salmon Patties In Air Fryer Recipe

Today, I made one of my family’s favorite air fryer recipes, Homemade Air Fryer Salmon Patties.  Salmon cakes make a great any time dish! With basic ingredients, you can air fry salmon patties in minutes.

Plus, salmon patties with fresh or canned salmon are a healthy seafood dinner for your family that can be made quickly. The air fryer does a great job of creating a light and flaky salmon patty or cake.

If you are a lover of all things seafood, be sure to try out my Air Fryer Salmon Burger, Air Fryer Copycat Applebees Honey Grilled Salmon, Air Fryer Shrimp and Vegetables, and Air Fryer Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls.

Why You Will Love Air Fryer Salmon Patties

  • Quick and easy to make
  • Made with pantry staples
  • Salmon patties in the air fryer can be meal prepped
  • Golden crispy & delicious
  • Versatile recipe

Try My Air Fryer Salmon Croquettes too!

What Is A Salmon Patty?

Salmon patties are made from a combination of salmon, breadcrumbs (or saltines), chopped onions, and eggs.

All of these ingredients combine and make a salmon patty that is deep fried in oil. My recipe calls for you to air fry salmon patties instead of fry in oil. They will be just as delicious and only use a small amount of oil.

Air Fryer Salmon Cakes Ingredients

  • Salmon (fresh or canned)
  • Egg
  • Onions
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Dill

How To Make Air Fryer Salmon Patties

salmon in a bowl with a fork

Step 1: Prep salmon

Start by going through the salmon, and remove the bones and skin. Mix all together.

NOTE: This is an optional step. Some people prefer to leave bones and skin in their salmon, and that is more than fine!

adding egg to salmon

Step 2: Prepare the salmon cakes

Add the egg to the salmon. Then add in the bread crumbs, onion, and dill weed.

adding breadcrumbs to salmon

Step 3: Air Fry Salmon Patties

Cook at 370 degrees for 5 minutes. Flip and air fry salmon patties for 5 more minutes. Serve and enjoy!

salmon cakes in air fryer

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Make Air Fryer Salmon Patties Low-Carb or Keto Friendly?

Easy all you need to do is find a Keto or low carb substitute for the bread crumbs. The bread crumbs are important because they help bind the ingredients together. There is a great selection of Keto and a low-carb selection of bread crumbs available, which will also work.

You could also use your favorite keto friendly or low carb crackers and crush them very fine, either by hand or in a food processor.

How Can I Make These With Fresh Salmon?

Easy, all you need to do is substitute the canned for the fresh. You will have to break down the salmon with a fork, so it’s easily formed into patties. I would suggest that you use a food processor to mash the fish and remove the bones and skin.

How Do I Keep My Air Fryer Salmon Cakes From Falling Apart?

In this recipe, the bread crumbs and eggs hold the patty together. If you find that the mixture is not sticking, add more bread crumbs.

Air Fryer Salmon Patties

What Is A Good Sauce For Salmon Patties?

I personally love a squeeze of fresh lemon over my homemade salmon patties. There are several other options available, including creamy dill sauce or cocktail sauce. My husband’s favorite is plain old Dijon mustard.

Can You Make And Freeze These Ahead Of Time?

Yes, salmon patties in the air fryer make a great freezer meal. To make, simply prepare them as directed and then place them on a baking sheet. Pop the baking sheet into the freezer and wait until they are frozen. Then, wrap them up individually in saran wrap and place the wrapped patties into a Ziploc Bag. They should stay good for about 2 to 3 months. To use, thaw them in the refrigerator and follow the instructions in the recipe card below.

How Long To Cook Frozen Salmon Patties in the Air Fryer?

Thaw them in the refrigerator and follow the instructions in the recipe card below.

Can I Make Tuna Patties?

Yes, all you need to do is substitute the canned salmon for the tuna, and the recipe will stay the same.

How Do You Make Them in The Oven?

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F, then bake the salmon cakes for about 10-12 minutes.

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Air Fryer Salmon Patties

4 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


Air Fryer Salmon Patties are the delicious dish you grew up eating! Crispy on the outside and tender, flaky salmon on the inside. 


  • 14.75 ounces salmon, canned or fresh
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed


  • Start by cleaning the fish, remove the bones and skin. Then drain it.
  • Then mix the egg, onion, dill weed,  and breadcrumbs into the salmon.
  • Mix well.
  • Shape into patties. Place them in the air fryer.
  • Set the temperature to 370 degrees F. For 5 minutes (air fryer setting), then flip them and air fry for another 5 minutes.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!


  • Air Fryer


Calories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 24gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 161mgPotassium: 569mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 103IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg

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