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Salmon Patties (gluten-free, paleo)

These salmon patties (salmon cakes) are incredibly moist, delicious and flavorful – they’re also gluten-free, paleo and low carb. I’ve made them with fresh salmon, but you could also use canned salmon for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Salmon patties are a deliciously healthy dinner recipe. They're incredibly moist and flavorful and also gluten-free and paleo. I used fresh salmon, but you could use canned salmon as well. #SalmonPatties #HealthyDinnerRecipes #GlutenFreeRecipes #PaleoRecipes #SalmonRecipes

While I love many different types of fish (especially halibut and tuna), salmon is hands down my favorite and the one I eat most frequently. I usually just bake salmon in the oven (easy peasy), but to keep things interesting I’m always dreaming up new and creative ways to enjoy it.

Now, let’s be very clear that salmon patties (also known as salmon cakes) are not new, nor creative, by any means. I mean, I had salmon patties as a kid. But in all honesty, I haven’t had a non-breadcrumb, gluten-free, paleo salmon patty since going gluten-free nearly 6 years ago. And one that tastes this darn amazing. Ever!

Watch this quick video of my Salmon Patties recipe

This recipe is easy to make, but it always helps to watch the step-by-step video tutorial below.

Which Type of Salmon Should You Use for Salmon Patties?

I’ve made this salmon patty recipe with fresh, wild caught salmon – and I feel the flavor enhancement is worth the splurge. But I also totally understand substituting canned salmon if it’s a weeknight and you want a quick, healthy meal to throw together.

When I first made this recipe I used King Salmon – and oh my word. I’d forgotten how indulgent King Salmon is. King Salmon is the highest in Omega-3’s and usually the most expensive salmon you’ll find at the fish monger. It’s thick, moist and buttery smooth texture makes it feel like you’re eating dessert, rather than dinner. It also means your salmon patties are naturally tender and moist inside. A splurge for sure.

But I’d probably recommend using Coho or Sockeye Salmon in this recipe, for a standard home-cooked dinner. It’s a bit cheaper, flavorful, light and flakey. And still packed with tons of healthy Omega-3 benefits.

If you opt for canned salmon, look for wild Alaskan salmon and avoid Atlantic Salmon, which is full of pollutants, antibiotics and other toxins. My favorite brand of canned salmon is Wild Planet and its sustainably caught in Alaskan waters.

Salmon patties are a deliciously healthy dinner recipe. They're incredibly moist and flavorful and also gluten-free and paleo. I used fresh salmon, but you could use canned salmon as well. #SalmonPatties #HealthyDinnerRecipes #GlutenFreeRecipes #PaleoRecipes #SalmonRecipes

Salmon patties are a deliciously healthy dinner recipe. They're incredibly moist and flavorful and also gluten-free and paleo. I used fresh salmon, but you could use canned salmon as well. #SalmonPatties #HealthyDinnerRecipes #GlutenFreeRecipes #PaleoRecipes #SalmonRecipes

Salmon patties are a deliciously healthy dinner recipe. They're incredibly moist and flavorful and also gluten-free and paleo. I used fresh salmon, but you could use canned salmon as well. #SalmonPatties #HealthyDinnerRecipes #GlutenFreeRecipes #PaleoRecipes #SalmonRecipes

How to Make Salmon Patties (That are Low Carb)

As I’m sure you’ve gathered, there’s no breadcrumbs in this recipe. I do use a little bit of almond flour, but it doesn’t overpower the salmon flavor the way I feel breadcrumbs do in a traditional salmon patty recipe. If I’m making salmon patties, I surely want it to taste like salmon and not bread. Here’s how you make them:

  • Bake up a pound or so of salmon and while that’s baking dice an onion and red bell pepper. You can use any color, I just like the vibrancy of the red bell pepper. Then, sauté both of those in a little olive oil until translucent and tender and let cool.
  • Once your salmon, onion and bell pepper have cooled, add them to a bowl along with some almond almond flour, mayo, dijon mustard, garlic, an egg, fresh parsley and fresh dill. Use your hands to mix everything together and form little patties. Don’t go big on these as they’ll be harder to flip and will break apart.
  • Heat some olive oil or avocado oil in a sauté pan and cook them in batches, for about 4-5 minutes each side or until golden.
  • Serve them up with a simple lemon dill mayonnaise (I use my homemade mayonnaise recipe as the base). But feel free to serve with your favorite sauce or aioli.

For More Fresh Seafood Recipes

Make sure to check out my Dijon Baked SalmonCitrus Shrimp Ceviche, Roasted Branzino with Citrus Pesto, Zucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic Shrimp, Baked Halibut with Herbed Mayonnaise Crust and Grilled Albacore with Citrus Ginger Sauce. Enjoy!

Salmon patties are a deliciously healthy dinner recipe. They're incredibly moist and flavorful and also gluten-free and paleo. I used fresh salmon, but you could use canned salmon as well. #SalmonPatties #HealthyDinnerRecipes #GlutenFreeRecipes #PaleoRecipes #SalmonRecipes

Salmon patties are a deliciously healthy dinner recipe. They're incredibly moist and flavorful and also gluten-free and paleo. I used fresh salmon, but you could use canned salmon as well. #SalmonPatties #HealthyDinnerRecipes #GlutenFreeRecipes #PaleoRecipes #SalmonRecipes
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Salmon Patties (gluten-free, paleo)

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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These salmon patties (also known as salmon cakes) are incredibly moist and flavorful. They're also gluten-free and paleo. I used fresh salmon, but you could use canned salmon as well. Read the notes below for more information.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh salmon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp homemade mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

Lemon Dill Mayonnaise (optional)

  • 1 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Drizzle the salmon with a tablespoon of olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10-13 minutes, or until just cooked through.
  • While the salmon is cooking, dice the onion and bell pepper and chop the fresh dill and parsley.
  • Remove the salmon from the oven and cool in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
  • While the salmon is cooling, add one tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan and sauté the onion and bell pepper for 6-8 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • Use your hands to flake the cooled salmon (removing the skin) into a large mixing bowl. Add the cooled onion and bell pepper along with the dill, parsley, mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, almond flour and eggs. Combine all ingredients with your hands until well mixed.
  • Form the salmon mixture into small patties with your hands and place them to the side.
  • Heat several tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan on medium heat and cook the salmon patties for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove the salmon patties to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Serve the salmon patties with the lemon dill mayonnaise.

Lemon Dill Mayonnaise

  • Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Lisa's Tips

  • To bake these in the oven rather than pan fry: spray a baking sheet with oil spray (my favorite is avocado oil) and bake at 400F for 10-12 minutes each side.
  • King Salmon has a high oil content and is naturally a more moist fish. You may only need one beaten egg if using King Salmon.
  • Canned Salmon can be dryer than using fresh salmon. You may want to double the amount of mayonnaise, to 1/4 cup, to keep your salmon patties nice and moist.
  • I've made a large batch of these for meal prep and they're delicious. They freeze and reheat beautifully.

Nutrition

Serving: 2patties, Calories: 420kcal, Carbohydrates: 6.3g, Protein: 25.6g, Fat: 33.2g, Saturated Fat: 4.6g, Cholesterol: 134.8mg, Sodium: 194mg, Fiber: 2.1g, Sugar: 2.5g
Course: Main Meal
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Low Carb Salmon Patties, Paleo Salmon Cakes, Paleo Salmon Patties, Salmon Cakes, Salmon Patties
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136 comments on “Salmon Patties (gluten-free, paleo)”

  1. OMG, I made these for the second time on m air fryer, beyond delicious, my 18year old son said (again) that they are amazingly tasty! I used canned salmon and am just glad I made a double batch, we all know how teenagers eat!!

    • Hi Annette – I’m so glad this was a winner with your son! You know you’ve got a winning recipe when that happens :)

  2. These were great! I baked mine and then froze some for later. What temperature and for how long should I cook frozen patties in the oven?

  3. Clearly a new favorite! I used coconut flour as I didn’t have almond flour on hand (about 3 tbsp) and the patties were perfect!

  4. This recipe is a staple for me. I’ve made it multiple times and it’s so easy and yummy. I make a batch and they last me all week and I eat them over a bed of greens, topped with tarter sauce. I’m horrible at frying so I bake them at 425 for 15 or so minutes. I also don’t cook the onion or bell peppers before hand. I just chop everything up and form the patties. I accidentally forget to cook the onions and bell peppers one time and it turned out to good I just don’t do it anymore. It gives it a nice crunch which I like.

    • Hi Kristin – I’m glad these worked out for you after baking! That definitely will give it a nice crispy exterior :)

  5. My husband said this is one of his favorite things I’ve ever made! So yummy, quick, and nutritious. My three year old even gobbled them up!

  6. To be honest, I was skeptical when i made the patties. I was not patient enough to wait for the salmon to cool completely. My patties were wet. However i was amazed by the end product. They are so delicious, full of flavors. Defiantly making this again. Lisa, you are so talented.

  7. These are delicious. Made them cause the kids always complain about fish. They were a hit. Thanks for the great recipes. 

  8. One of my favorite recipes. Stress free and so yummy. Always have some extra in the freezer for an easy and quick lunch of diner. I make the sauce with coconut yoghurt instead of mayonaise which is also very delicious. 

    • Hi Babette – This is also one of my favorite freezer friendly meals :) And coconut yogurt sounds like a great substitution.

  9. Hi, can I use a good quality canned salmon in place of the fresh salmon? Thanks and I love your site!

  10. Hi Lisa,
    I love your recipes! I want to try this salmon patty recipe, but I already have a 7.5oz. can of wild salmon. Is one can enough or do I need 2? Thank you.

  11. This is literally the best recipe on the face of the earth!!! Ive made this many times swamping out the fish for different types such as sea bass and cod. My absolute favorite!!

  12. What can I use instead of red peppers

  13. These are fantastic! My favorite Downshiftology recipe ever. Making them with fresh wild salmon is such a treat, but they are still good with my canned wild salmon. They’re a staple in our house, thank you!

  14. I make these often!  Delicious!

  15. Very good way to enjoy salmon! I have used canned salmon but I am sure fresh is even better!