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Whether you call them salmon patties , salmon croquettes, or salmon cakes -the facts are simple , they are simply delicious. I went with the Salmon cakes name because my recipe has similar ingredients that you would find in a crab cake. This salmon cake can be served with grits and eggs for a southern breakfast or with a meal prep next to a veggie and starch.

This recipe for air fryer salmon cakes – takes this old school recipe to another level . The air fryer allows you to enjoy it without the mess of frying them in vegetable oil. Also, the air fryer cooks them in about 8 minutes

Glam kitchen Tips

  • If you want to use real salmon versus can salmon, feel free to-make sure it’s cooked and not seasoned
  • I shape my patties into smaller sizes to mimic an actual small crab cake
I served my Air Fryer Salmon Cakes with grits but you can eat these with just about anything
In a bowl combine all of your ingredients – I used canned salmon (feel free to use fresh salmon if you prefer)
Mix the ingredients well
Shape them into patties
Place them in the air fryer , cook on 390 for 8 minutes or until golden brown

Air Fryer Southern Salmon Cakes Recipe


  • 14-16 ounces salmon If using canned salmon make sure you drain it and remove the bones
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp red bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 tbsp green onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise I always use the Hellman's brand
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Louisiana hot sauce Crystal hot sauce is my fave to use
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning I used Old Bay
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley


  • Pour salmon into small bowl and make sure bones are removed
  • Add the breadcrumbs, red pepper, green onion, mustard, mayonnaise, Worcestershire, hot sauce, lemon juice, egg, old bay, and parsley
  • Stir to Combine ingredients and form them into small patties
  • Preheat air fryer at 390 degrees for 5 minutes
  • Spray inside of air fryer with non stick spray
  • Add salmon patties to air fryer and cook for 8 minutes or until golden brown on 390 degrees ( I used a Ninja Foodi Air Fryer , please remember all cook times may vary a bit when using different air fryer brands )
  • Remove from air fryer , serve and enjoy !
Keyword Air Fryer, salmon, seafood