Salmon Bites

Two years ago our younger daughter gifted us a box of fish from Sitka Salmon Shares for Christmas. Because of that experience, I now receive auto shipments from the company. I hadn’t heard of Sitka Salmon Shares before then, but they support sustainable fishing and ship seasonally. I love salmon so much that it’s all I get for my auto shipments these days.

One can order a sample box, like my first gift box was, similar to the one shown below, or sign up for a subscription to Sitka. They offer many varieties of fish and seafood, besides salmon, delivered to your door. And it’s really fresh! You can even look up what fishermen caught your fish.

In my last delivery I was gifted a package of salmon burger. I kept it frozen because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Of course salmon burgers came to mind. I’ve had salmon burgers made with canned salmon and man, I’d have to be starving to eat another one of those.

What I created isn’t terribly different from burgers, really, or sliders, or sticks, but these I’m calling salmon “bites,” served with a dipping sauce. No buns!

I baked these, but also tried one salmon bite using a skillet and a little olive oil. The results were better that way. Next time I’ll use my air fryer!

Salmon Bites

2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 egg, beaten
Splash of sriracha (optional)
Chopped herbs, like chives, parsley and dill, about a heaping tablespoon each
1/2 teaspoon salt
18 ounces ground or finely chopped salmon
1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs, finely ground
Panko breadcrumbs
Dipping sauce

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, and egg. Add the sriracha if using.

Add the chopped herbs and salt.

Gently mix the ground salmon into the mixture until well combined.

Stir in the breadcrumbs. Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours or overnight. Before baking, leave the mixture out at room temperature for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Use a scoop so that the bites are the same size; mine was 1.5 ounces. Have a bowl of panko by the jelly roll pan or cookie sheet. Scoop out some of the burger, and place in the Panko. Roll with your hands and make sure the bites are completely covered in panko, then place on the pan and flatten slightly. Repeat.

Bake on one side for 7 minutes, then flip and bake for 7 minutes more.

For the dip, I simply combined mayonnaise with sour cream, and stirred in some capers. I mashed the capers a bit! Sort of a simplified tartar sauce.

You can go so many different directions with a dipping sauce. You can make your own aioli and add whatever flavor you want, like sriracha, Truff, paprika creme, curry powder, or yuzu. Or you can mix up an Asian-style dipping sauce with sweet chili sauce, ground chile peppers, and soy sauce. It all depends on what you like.

The mixture made 13 – 1.5 ounce bites. I baked 12 of them, then fried the 13th in a skillet with a little oil. I cooked it on medium-high heat on one side for 3 minutes, then turned it over, lowered the heat to low, and cooked for another 2 minutes. It’s definitely browner and crispier than the ones I baked.

The insides were similar. Below shows the fried on the left, the baked in comparison on the right.

These were good. The salmon was a perfect texture, and the herbs were a nice addition.

As I mentioned above, I preferred the salmon bite fried in a little oil. I didn’t know how these would turn out since I didn’t use a recipe. If I knew they’d remain fairly sturdy, I would have used the air fryer! Next time.

By Published On: July 8th, 202328 Comments on Salmon Bites

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Karen July 8, 2023 at 7:37 AM - Reply

    Your experiment with the ground salmon sounds like a winner.

    • Chef Mimi July 8, 2023 at 7:52 AM - Reply

      Thanks, Karen! They turned out really good!

  2. Mary July 8, 2023 at 3:18 PM - Reply

    Crispy bites with a dipping sauce, what could be nicer? Either fried or baked would still be crispy?
    The mixture sounds really tasty and I will give it a go. Thanks Mimi :))

    • Chef Mimi July 8, 2023 at 5:29 PM - Reply

      Yes. They’re not thick the way I made the bites, so the outside crisps up, and the inside is just cooked through!

  3. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen July 8, 2023 at 5:31 PM - Reply

    I know I would enjoy these. I love wild salmon, and these little bites would be great for a party.

    • Chef Mimi July 9, 2023 at 7:28 AM - Reply

      They are good at room temperature as well, so that’s a plus for me!

  4. Debra July 8, 2023 at 7:40 PM - Reply

    I’ve never worked with ground salmon before, but it makes sense. Just didn’t occur to me other than canned salmon, and that’s not too appealing to me. These bites look delicious. And the Sitka gift box sounds like a treasure! 😉

    • Chef Mimi July 9, 2023 at 7:28 AM - Reply

      Canned salmon is just so awful. To me. So I really like this salmon already ground up and ready to patty!

  5. Sherry Mackay July 8, 2023 at 11:49 PM - Reply

    I love a good salmon nugget or pattie. I’ve sometimes made them with tinned red salmon (the best I can afford) then added chopped smoked salmon. Very tasty. These look fabulous Mimi.

    • Chef Mimi July 9, 2023 at 7:27 AM - Reply

      Thanks, Sherry. I haven’t had a good experience with tinned salmon, but I like what you did.

  6. Ronit Penso July 9, 2023 at 3:01 PM - Reply

    These look so fresh and tasty. Perfect for a summer lunch. I also would prefer them lightly fried. :)

    • Chef Mimi July 10, 2023 at 7:49 AM - Reply

      I think I agree with you!

  7. Hannah Kaminsky July 10, 2023 at 4:43 PM - Reply

    I can’t lie, I do miss salmon and am still waiting for the day that there’s a great vegan alternative. I’d make these in a heartbeat!

    • Chef Mimi July 10, 2023 at 6:22 PM - Reply

      Oh gosh. That reminds me that one daughter gave me 3 kinds of vegan caviar for Christmas! We sampled it with great expectations…….. it was a no.

  8. StefanGourmet July 11, 2023 at 11:02 AM - Reply

    These look nice. I think spraying with oil would help to get them more golden, either oven or airfryer.

    • Chef Mimi July 11, 2023 at 3:52 PM - Reply

      Good idea!

  9. Tandy | Lavender and Lime July 12, 2023 at 1:55 AM - Reply

    What a great appetizer! I would subscribe to a box like this for sure. We have a fishmonger up the road which is great. But I like the idea of knowing who caught my fish :)

    • Chef Mimi July 12, 2023 at 8:13 AM - Reply

      Yeah! It’s a really great service. I’m loving getting the boxes.

  10. David @ Spiced July 12, 2023 at 6:31 AM - Reply

    I think I made salmon burgers once, too. Like you, I felt like they were lacking – perhaps it was because I was expecting a “real” burger? Either way, such a great idea to turn these into bites! And that dipping sauce sounds fantastic, too – I love capers!

    • Chef Mimi July 12, 2023 at 8:14 AM - Reply

      Thanks! I think the freshly ground salmon made a huge difference. Plus some good seasoning.

  11. Raymund July 12, 2023 at 8:45 PM - Reply

    Salmon bites sound absolutely delicious! Salmon is such a versatile and flavorful fish, and finding new ways to enjoy it is always exciting.

    • Chef Mimi July 13, 2023 at 10:41 AM - Reply

      I agree. It’s my favorite. But you’re right – there are so many choices!

  12. nancyc July 12, 2023 at 10:18 PM - Reply

    These Salmon Bites sound great and so does the dipping sauce! :)

    • Chef Mimi July 13, 2023 at 10:41 AM - Reply

      Thanks, Nancy! They were good.

  13. Valentina July 14, 2023 at 1:05 PM - Reply

    What a fabulous gift from your daughter. Love that idea for food friends. :-) The fish looks beautiful and salmon bites, even better! ~Valentina

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:35 PM - Reply

      It was a surprising and well appreciated gift! I get gifts of food, but not usually fish!

  14. Thao @ In Good Flavor July 14, 2023 at 8:58 PM - Reply

    How nice to have quality fish delivered to your door! These salmon bites look so good and I love the addition of capers in the sauce.

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2023 at 3:32 PM - Reply

      It’s sort of a fake tartar sauce. Quick and easy!

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