Salmon Patties

Many of you know that we finally made it to Alaska last month after our trip was cancelled in 2020. And, of course, salmon was a theme while we were there. We saw hundreds of them in lakes, rivers, and hatcheries. We watched as fishermen reeled them in, and of course, we enjoyed them super fresh in a variety of delicious dishes (let’s have a chat about the blueberry glaze sometime!).  While I understand that not everyone is a fan of salmon, we enjoy it.


In the photo above taken in Talkeetna at The Salmon Spot, I savored some amazing salmon patties. It brought back fond memories of the salmon patties Mom used to make for us during my childhood. I understand it’s an acquired taste, but I thought I would share it in Gayle’s Recipe Corner for those who appreciate salmon! I loved these so much, and I’m tempted to buy an air fryer JUST to make these again.


Gayle’s Salmon Patties (makes 5 patties, double the recipe for 10, etc.)

6 oz. can of salmon (of course you can use fresh, but in the 70’s, canned salmon was more affordable)
1 large egg
Pinch of onion salt
Pinch of pepper
2 TB yellow corn meal
1 TB buttermilk
Vegetable oil for frying (I’m sure an air fryer would work these days.)

Drain the juice out of the salmon can (reserve the juice in case it is needed). Check for bones, just in case. Combine all the ingredients. Shape into patties. Add reserved juice if needed to keep moist. Fry in oil in a cast iron skillet for approximately five minutes on each side.


(As a reminder, Mom wrote/compiled a recipe book when I was young and gave me my very own copy of it for my 19th birthday when I moved out of the house and into my own apartment. She had gone page by page and written notes to me like “Very good”, “Easy”, “Your Dad’s favorite”, etc. Now that she’s been gone 24 years, those notes are priceless to me. It’s so nice to open a book and hear her voice through her writing. I’m thankful. I’ve added some of my own notes over time so those are in pink.)

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