Delicious Salmon Patties Recipe for a Healthy Meal

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I’m always on the hunt for tasty and healthy recipes. And let me tell you, these salmon patties are one of my all-time favorites. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also gluten-free and dairy-free, making them an excellent option for those with dietary restrictions.

These salmon patties are made using simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. Whether you use canned or fresh salmon, they come together quickly and easily. The best part? They’re incredibly versatile! You can make small patties to serve as appetizers or larger ones for a main course. You can even turn them into salmon burgers and pair them with your favorite toppings.

Besides being incredibly tasty, these salmon patties are also packed with nutrients. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have numerous health benefits such as reducing inflammation and improving heart health. Plus, it’s an excellent source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

So whether you’re looking for a delicious dinner option or a healthy snack, these salmon patties are the way to go. Trust me; once you try them, you’ll want to make them on repeat!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Salmon Patties - Dairy Free
Salmon Patties – Dairy Free

Let me tell you about the mouth-watering, succulent and healthy salmon patties recipe – a true game-changer in the kitchen. This gluten-free and dairy-free recipe is perfect for those who love seafood and want to retain a clean and healthy diet.

Firstly, this recipe calls for wild caught salmon which provides more nutrients than farmed salmon. This means that you can get a nutrient-dense meal within a couple of minutes that your taste buds would love. Secondly, the savory mix of onion, green pepper, lemon and garlic powder brings out the best flavor in the patty that will leave you wanting more. Lastly, this recipe is versatile as it can be customized according to various dietary needs such as keto, paleo or whole30.

Nothing beats eating fresh seafood that is also incredibly easy to make! Trust me when I say that this recipe will change the way you think about salmon patties forever. Not only is it bursting with flavor, but it also offers many health benefits too. So what are you waiting for? Give this salmon patty recipe a try and enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal!

Ingredient List

 Delicious salmon patties that are completely dairy-free!
Delicious salmon patties that are completely dairy-free!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these delicious salmon patties:

  • 2 cans of salmon, drained and flaked OR 2 cups cooked fresh salmon, flaked
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 egg (use flaxseed meal for egg-free)
  • 3/4 cup almond flour OR coconut flour
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (for frying)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

These gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients combine to make a healthy and flavorful meal option. Be sure to use high-quality wild-caught salmon for optimal taste and health benefits.

The Recipe How-To

 Crispy on the outside, flaky on the inside - these salmon patties are a must-try!
Crispy on the outside, flaky on the inside – these salmon patties are a must-try!

Now, the exciting part – the recipe itself! Let’s get cooking these delicious salmon patties.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pound fresh salmon (or 2 cans of salmon)
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F.
  2. If using fresh salmon, place it on a baking sheet and bake until just cooked through, about 12-15 minutes. If using canned salmon, skip this step and move onto the next.
  3. Once the salmon is cooked (or the canned salmon has been drained), flake it into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add in the diced onion, green pepper, egg, almond flour, olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper. Mix everything together until it’s all incorporated.
  5. Form the mixture into small patties (you should be able to make around eight good-sized patties).
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little bit of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
  7. Cook the patties for around 3–4 minutes per side or until nicely browned on each side.
  8. Remove from the heat and enjoy!

These salmon patties are perfect as appetizers or as part of a healthy main course. They particularly go well with a refreshing dill sauce. You can even use them to make delicious gluten-free and dairy-free salmon burgers.

Now that you’re an expert in making these wonderfully tasty and healthy patties, don’t hesitate to let your creativity shine by experimenting with different variations and substitutions to make them your own.

Substitutions and Variations

 A perfect dish for seafood lovers who are lactose intolerant.
A perfect dish for seafood lovers who are lactose intolerant.

When it comes to cooking, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why it’s important to have a few substitutions and variations up your sleeve for when you’re looking to switch things up or cater to certain dietary needs. Here are some ideas for making this salmon patties recipe work for you:

– Substituting ingredients: If you’re looking for a dairy-free, egg-free or gluten-free modified version of this recipe, it’s easy to do so. Instead of regular breadcrumbs, simply switch to gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour. You can also skip the eggs and use either flaxseed meal mixed with water or vegan mayonnaise as a binder. To make the recipe dairy-free, swap butter or cheese for olive oil and coconut milk or cream cheese for any dairy-based topping, like yoghurt or sour cream.

– Using different types of salmon: While the recipe calls for wild salmon, you can definitely replace with canned pink or red salmon if that’s what you have on hand. Fresh salmon is also an option, however keep in mind that fresh salmon does not bind together as well since it has less moisture. Chopped smoked salmon is another great idea to switch things up!

– Adding vegetables: Feel free to add any finely diced veggies you think would go well with the patties – like carrots or spinach – into the mix before forming the patties.

– Making different sizes and shapes: While we love making traditional patties with this recipe, feel free to use your imagination and form your mixture into any shape you’d like. Shape them into burgers, nuggets or even meatballs!

Regardless of how you choose to make these salmon patties, they are sure to be delicious as long as you stay true to the simple yet high-quality ingredients required in this recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 These patties are cooked to perfection. Can you smell them?
These patties are cooked to perfection. Can you smell them?

Now that your delicious salmon patties are ready, it’s time to serve them up and enjoy all of their savory glory! These tender cakes are versatile enough to be served in a variety of different dishes and paired with a range of complementary flavors.

For a light, healthy meal, try pairing your salmon patties with a crisp green salad, dressed with a zesty lemon vinaigrette. The bright acidity of the lemon will balance the richness of the salmon patties perfectly. Alternatively, you could serve them with a side of roasted veggies, like crispy brussels sprouts or tender asparagus, lightly seasoned with garlic and sea salt for added flavor.

For a more hearty meal, consider pairing your salmon patties with some gluten-free pasta or zucchini noodles. Top it off with a homemade tomato-based sauce and make it extra spicy using harissa salmon. This will give your dish a satisfying depth of flavor and texture.

And if you’re looking for something truly indulgent, serve your salmon patties on top of warm quinoa mixed with almond flour in place of bread crumbs or a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes smothered in dairy-free gravy. Whatever presentation you choose, one thing is for certain – these delicious salmon patties will be the star of the show on any plate they grace!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Enjoy the ultimate taste of the sea with this dairy-free salmon recipe.
Enjoy the ultimate taste of the sea with this dairy-free salmon recipe.

Listen, I know you’re eager to get your hands on these mouth-watering salmon patties as soon as possible, but I’m telling you, they taste even better the next day. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.

Thankfully, you can easily make these patties ahead of time and store them in your refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to enjoy them. To do so, simply follow the recipe instructions up until the point where you form the patties. Once they’re formed, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the patties on top. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and place it into the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If freezing, ensure they are frozen solid before transferring them to an airtight container where they can be stored for up to 3 months.

When it’s time to cook them up, here’s what you need to do: if they were refrigerated, just take them out of the fridge while preheating your skillet. If you stashed them away in the freezer, let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator along with any additional topping ingredients like dill sauce or fresh lemon slices. It’s important to note that if you’ve used fresh salmon instead of canned, it may not hold together as well once thawed from frozen.

Once ready to cook, add a little more oil to your skillet than originally called for in the recipe – this will help the patties re-crisp without sticking. The timing for reheating these depends on how thick your patties are, but generally about 3-4 minutes per side should do the trick. Keep an eye on them though; overcooking can cause these delicate patties to fall apart.

If you have air fryer and prefer this cooking method over pan-frying method above then here is how you can cook salmon patties with an air fryer: coat each patty with non-stick cooking spray before placing them in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

And that’s how you make these salmon patties ahead of time and reheat them to perfection. Don’t forget to relish every bite!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Sage, dill and smoked paprika - these flavors bring out the taste of the freshly caught salmon.
Sage, dill and smoked paprika – these flavors bring out the taste of the freshly caught salmon.

Making salmon patties can be tricky, but don’t worry, with these tips you’ll be able to create the perfect patty every single time. There are a few things you need to keep in mind before and during cooking that will make all the difference.

First and foremost, use high quality salmon. Opt for wild-caught salmon instead of farmed salmon if possible. Wild caught salmon is usually leaner and has a more robust flavor. In addition, always check your canned salmon labels to ensure that there aren’t any unnecessary additives or preservatives.

Another crucial tip is to make sure your patties are well formed. Use your hands to pack the mixture tightly together into patties that are about ¾-inch thick. If the patties fall apart, add more binding agent such as almond flour or coconut flour to the mixture.

To help prevent the patties from falling apart while cooking, refrigerate them for at least 30 minutes before frying them in olive oil or an air fryer on medium heat. Frying on high heat causes them to brown too quickly on the outside without being fully cooked on the inside.

When you’re flipping the patties over, use a spatula to carefully lift and turn them to avoid breaking them apart. Don’t overcrowd your pan — this makes it difficult to flip and cook them evenly.

Lastly, don’t forget about the size of your patties! Over-sized patties will require a longer cooking time which will cause them to dry out or be burned on the outside while still raw on the inside. On average, aim for four ounces per patty for perfect results.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to consistently create delicious and healthy Salmon Patties that won’t crumble or fall apart.


Now it’s time to answer some frequently asked questions about this delicious recipe. You may have a few queries that you need clarification on, and I’m happy to provide answers to ensure that you make the best of your cooking experience. From ingredient substitution to cooking methods, all will be tackled in this section. Let’s take a closer look at some of these commonly asked questions.

What to use to keep salmon patties from falling apart?

One common challenge when preparing salmon patties is keeping them from falling apart. One effective solution is to incorporate binding agents such as breadcrumbs, panko, or crushed saltine crackers. These dry ingredients can be combined with eggs to form a cohesive mixture that will help the salmon patties maintain their shape. If the mixture appears too dry, some of the juice from the salmon can be added back into it to improve its consistency.

What can I use as a binder instead of eggs in salmon patties?

For those with egg allergies, flaxseed eggs can be a great alternative in recipes. However, if you don’t have any dietary restrictions, feel free to use two regular eggs instead. When it comes to salmon, fresh leftovers work best in my opinion, but if you don’t have any on hand, canned salmon is a perfectly fine substitute.

What is the difference between salmon patties and salmon croquettes?

The words “salmon croquettes” and “salmon patties” can be used interchangeably, although some people consider croquettes to be made with breadcrumbs and patties with flour. Croquette mixtures are usually lighter and flakier than those of patties. So, it’s good to know what sets them apart.

Why did my salmon croquettes fall apart?

Have you noticed that your salmon patties are falling apart? The problem could be that your mixture is too wet. Adding more cracker crumbs could help bind all the ingredients together, preventing the patties from crumbling. Make sure to add enough crumbs to create a stable mixture.

Bottom Line


I hope this recipe will inspire you to whip up some delicious salmon patties in your own kitchen. This dish is not only yummy, but also nourishing and healthy. With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can make a scrumptious meal that is gluten-free and dairy-free.

By using wild-caught salmon, finely diced vegetables, almond flour and eggs as substitutes for unhealthy ingredients, these patties become a low-carb, paleo-friendly option that won’t wreak havoc on your body.

You can serve them plain or with a side salad or dill sauce to add more flavor. Plus, they can be made and stored ahead of time and reheated later for an easy lunch or dinner.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try and enjoy the health benefits of this tasty dish while satisfying your cravings. Your taste buds – and your body – will thank you!

Salmon Patties - Dairy Free

Salmon Patties - Dairy Free Recipe

A nice light lunch recipe, or have with a nice fresh salad for dinner.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Cuisine Dairy-free
Calories 148.2 kcal


  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can salmon
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon


  • Drain salmon and flake.
  • Mix with remaining ingredients.
  • Saute gently in a small amount of vegetable oil or margarine.
  • Turn until nicely brown on both sides.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 116gCalories: 148.2kcalCarbohydrates: 8.4gProtein: 17.5gFat: 4.5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 64.7mgSodium: 133.5mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 1.4g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dairy Free, Free Of..., Lactose-free, One-Dish Meal
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