These salmon patties are soft and flavorful on the inside and have a delightful crunchy outer shell. It’s a special recipe for salmon patties because I added rice right into the patty mixture and flavored it with onions and sun-dried tomatoes. What gives these patties the beautiful crunch on the outside is the bread crumb coating. You can use Panko or regular bead crumbs for that.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of rice in salmon patties, make sure to try my Teriyaki Salmon patties too. While I absolutely adore salmon patties with rice added, I also love my classic Salmon Patties.
SALMON AND RICE PATTIES
I originally created this recipe almost 10 years ago, when I tried to use up leftover rice from our Chinese food order. We fell in love with it then, and I still make salmon patties with rice more often than the classic way.
It comes together in no time and tastes so good. My favorite part is the texture of the crunchy outside while it’s still soft and tender inside. I achieve that crunch by coating the outside with bread crumbs. Panko is actually better to use on the outside because it gets so nice and crispy when you fry it in the pan.
Regular bread crumbs are usually better to mix into the salmon and rice mixture because it absorbs the moisture better. It also helps hold the shape of the patty better. But, great thing about Panko and regular bread crumbs is that they can be used interchangeably.
Both ways, you will get an easy, delicious, and filling dinner.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Can I Use Fresh Salmon?
Yes you can! You can use leftover cooked salmon or you can bake salmon to use in patties.
Can I Use Sun-Dried Tomatoes In Oil?
Yes, you can substitute jarred sun-dried tomatoes in oil but you would need to squeeze out the oil. (Save squeezed oil, don’t discard it, and it’s great for dipping bread.)
Can I Use Panko Bread Crumbs?
Absolutely! I actually prefer to use Panko for coating the outside of the patties. You can use Panko outside for coating and inside in salmon mixture though.
Panko is light and airy and generally made with only the inside of white bread, without the crust. So it does crisp up much better when used as a coating. It’s also softer so when it’s mixed into the meatball, vegetarian burger, or salmon patty mixture, it doesn’t thicken as well as regular bread crumbs. So you usually need a couple of extra tablespoons of Panko to mix into the mixture.
So the choice is ultimately yours, to use all regular bread crumbs, all Panko, or a mix of both.
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH THESE SALMON PATTIES?
Since this recipe already has the salmon and rice together in one patty, I like to make a light side dish. Try:
Roasted cauliflower or broccoli
Roasted vegetable medley
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Salmon and Rice Patties
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 1/2 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 tbsp oil to cook onions and tomatoes
- 10 oz canned salmon (no bones or skin) mostly drained
- 1 1/2 cups cooked jasmine rice lightly packed
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 3 tbs mayo
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs for coating (can use regular bread crumbs)
- 2 tbsp oil for cooking
- 3 tbsp mayo
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp capers drained
- Preheat a pan over medium heat and add some oil. Saute chopped onions and chopped sun-dried tomatoes until golden and tender. After it's cooled a little, add the mixture to a mixing bowl.
- Drain most of the juice from salmon and add it to the bowl. Add cooked rice and remaining ingredients for the salmon patties. (Except for the Panko crumbs that are meant for coating the patties.)
- Mix everything well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
- Form patties and lightly coat them in the Panko bread crumbs. Prepare all the patties before adding the to the pan and place the on a clean cutting board or a sheet of parchment paper
- Preheat a large cooking pan over medium heat and add oil.
- Cook the patties, over medium heat, until golden brown. About 5-7 minutes on each side.
- While the patties are cooking, make the sauce. Combine all ingredients in the bowl and mix well. Serve on top of salmon rice patties.
Originally published December 7, 2012. Updated April 2, 202o.