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Air Fryer Salmon Patties with Tahini Slaw

Air fryer salmon patties are perfectly juicy and use fresh salmon for the best flavor! Pile these salmon patties in a soft bun with lots of flavorful tahini slaw.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 236kcal


Air Fryer Salmon Patties

  • 1 lb fresh salmon fillet (or frozen and thawed) cut into 1-in chunks
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Vegetable or canola spray

Tahini Slaw

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage (green, red, or a mix of both)
  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sandwich buns or greens for serving


Air Fryer Salmon Patties

  • Place salmon chunks, onion, garlic, lemon juice, zest, egg, panko, salt, pepper, and cayenne (if using) in a food processor. Pulse mixture several times until salmon is broken down and mixture is combined (do not overprocess) Scrape salmon mixture into a large bowl and stir in parsley.
  • Form salmon mixture into 6 (4 oz) patties and place on a large baking sheet. Spray the grate of an air fryer with pan spray and preheat to 400F 3 minutes.*
  • Working in batches of 2-3, (we typically do 3 at a time in our 4-qt air fryer) spray both sides salmon patties and place in a single layer in air fryer. (do not overcrowd) Air fry salmon patties at 400F 8 minutes, flipping patties halfway through cooking. Repeat cooking with remaining salmon patties. Keep patties warm while you prepare the slaw.

Tahini Slaw

  • In a small bowl, whisk tahini, ginger, honey, water, and lemon juice until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Combine cabbage, green onions, and tahini dressing in a medium bowl and toss until evenly coated.
  • Top hot salmon patties with slaw and serve immediately on sandwich buns or greens. Enjoy!


*Alternatively, instead of air frying salmon patties you can cook them in a large nonstick skillet in 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes per side, flipping once, until salmon is cooked through.


Serving: 1salmon patty with slaw (calculated without bun) | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.4g | Protein: 18.8g | Fat: 10.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 5.4g | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 2mg