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golden brown lemon basil salmon patties with lemon and lemon basil garnish
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5 from 11 votes

Lemon Basil Salmon Patties

Crispy Parmesan Lemon Basil Salmon Patties, made with canned salmon and fried to perfection, are a delicious and easy way to serve a flavorful salmon meal!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 T butter
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 12 ounces canned salmon I used 2 6-oz cans of boneless skinless, drained
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon basil minced, you can use regular basil if you don't have lemon basil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup parmesan grated
  • 2 T olive oil


  • In large frying pan, heat butter over medium high heat and saute the onion until soft and golden brown while stirring occasionally, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow onion to cool.
  • In large bowl, combine cooled cooked onions with salmon, egg, mayo, bread crumbs, lemon zest, lemon juice, basil, and salt. Combine well and form into 4 patties.
  • Coat both sides of each salmon patty with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Using same pan you cooked the onions in, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the salmon patties and cook until golden brown, flipping only once, about 5-10 minutes on each side.
  • Serve hot with your favorite sides or serve cold on a salad.


Serving size based on one salmon patty.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 340mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 342mg | Iron: 1.3mg