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salmon cakes on a plate with asparagus and a dipping sauce

How to Make Salmon Cakes (Cooked 3 Ways)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 7-8 patties
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to make salmon cakes in the air fryer, oven, or stovetop for an omega-rich recipe that is gluten-free, paleo, and easy to make!


Recipe updated 1-6-2022

  • 8-10 ounces cooked salmon (flaked and skin removed) or two 5 ounce cans of boneless salmon (drained) * (See notes)

  • 1 teaspoon garlic (minced) or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/3 cup yellow onion, diced

  • 1/3 shredded or riced vegetables* (See notes)

  • 1/2 teaspoon regular or smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher or sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut flour (about 25 grams) *See blog for substitutes

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (or herb of choice) or 1/2 teaspoon, dried



  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked flaked salmon, onion, riced vegetables (*See notes), spices, and coconut flour, and mix to combine.

  2. Add the egg to the mixture, and stir to combine. Fold in the fresh parsley.

  3. Next, using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into equal-sized balls, spoon batter onto a prepared baking sheet. Shape/press into 1/2 inch to 1 inch patties, about 3 inches wide.

  4. Note- To help patties keep shape, chill precooked patties in the fridge fore 15-20 minutes before frying.

To Cook


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil or 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pan over medium heat. Once the pan has heated and the butter is sizzling, add in 3-4 patties/cakes at a time. Fry each salmon cake for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown and cooked through.* If salmon cakes brown too quickly, reduce the heat. 

  2. Transfer the cooked salmon cakes to a paper towel or plate, and repeat the process, cooking the remaining salmon cakes, adding 1-2 teaspoons more oil as needed.

Air Fryer

  1. Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.

  2. Add 4-5 patties to the air fryer basket, and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

  3. Remove the cooked patties out of the air fryer, and repeat the process until all of the patties have been cooked. 


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit 

  2. Place the uncooked patties in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden-brown, flipping them over halfway through cooking.

  3. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and let the salmon cakes cool completely.


*Peeled carrot, cauliflower, or sweet potato work best! (Do not use high water content vegetables.)

*Tip: Leftover or freshly cooked salmon is best. Or, use 10 ounces of well-drained canned salmon.

*If the salmon mixture is too moist to hold the patty shape, add 1 Tablespoon more of coconut flour, and chill the batter for 30 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • chill time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main, appetizer
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 78
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 94.6 mg
  • Fat: 3.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.7 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 9.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 69.7 mg

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