Easy Keto Low-Carb Salmon Patties is a quick recipe using fresh salmon and almond flour. These cakes are made without breadcrumbs or pork rinds. My favorite childhood salmon croquettes just got healthier!
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If you have been following me for a while, you know that I love salmon. I probably cook it at least 30-40% of the time when preparing weeknight meals. It’s so light and there are so many different ways to prepare it…you can even make these salmon burgers.
Jamie Oliver truly has the best salmon fish cakes/burger making recipe method out there. This recipe was inspired using his method.
The cream sauce used in the recipe was adapted from the Creamy Garlic Cream Sauce from The Kitchn.
What Type of Salmon to Use
I used fresh or previously frozen wild-caught salmon in this recipe as opposed to canned salmon. You can substitute canned salmon if you wish.
I like to use Wild Caught Salmon. It has a beautiful bright color and a buttery taste. Wild caught salmon is the most healthy type to purchase. The fish consume a natural diet and are lower in calories and fat. I used the Alaskan salmon from Thrive Market because it’s reasonably priced and you can get meat and seafood delivered right to your doorstep.
Salmon that is sourced from the Atlantic is usually farmed. Farmed means antibiotics and food coloring (to give it a pink color) are used. This adds harmful chemical additives to the fish. So I usually try to look for wild caught.
You can read more about What Type of Salmon is the Healthiest to Eat here.
Is Canned Salmon Cooked?
Canned salmon is already cooked and just needs to be drained of the liquids. I typically avoid canned goods in general, and as such did not use canned salmon in this recipe.
How to Make Keto Salmon Patties
- Cut and dice the salmon into smaller chunks.
- Separate and mince half of the salmon into bits.
- Combine the minced and diced salmon and season with smoked paprika, seafood seasoning (I like to use Primal Palate), salt, pepper, and almond flour.
- Use your hands to form 4 patties.
- Heat a frying pan on medium-high heat with olive oil.
- Add the patties and cook each side for 2 minutes.
What to Eat With Salmon Patties
What goes well with the patties? I like to serve these on a bed of fresh spinach and mixed greens.
How Many Carbs Does Salmon Have?
Is salmon good on keto? It’s great for keto. Salmon has little to no carbs and is rich in protein and Omega 3s fatty acids and unsaturated fat.
Carbs in this Recipe
This recipe has 1 net carb per serving.
Creamy Garlic Sauce
- Combine mayo, garlic, fresh lemon, and cream in a bowl.
- Stir and drizzle over the salmon patties.
If you have trouble getting the patties to form, add additional almond flour.
I have also tested this recipe without almond flour, and found that you are still able to bind the patties, it just takes a little more effort.
You can substitute pork rinds for almond flour in this recipe.
You can substitute canned salmon for fresh.
Coconut flour is a lot drier than almond flour so I did not use it in this recipe. If you require coconut flour, you will have to do some testing to determine how much is necessary.
How Long Will the Patties Last in the Fridge
They will last in the fridge (tightly sealed) for 2-3 days.
You can freeze the patties for a few months. Defrost them overnight in the fridge.
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Easy Keto Low-Carb Salmon Patties
Creamy Garlic Sauce (Optional)
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 2 garlic cloves I minced using a garlic press.
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream Use the cream to thin out the sauce. Use as much as you deem necessary.
- Place the salmon on a cutting board and chop into large chunks about a centimeter each.
- Divide the salmon in half. Finely chop half of the salmon until minced. The salmon will become very sticky, which is good.
- Combine the large salmon chunks with the finely minced salmon chunks and add it to a large mixing bowl or you can continue to use your cutting board.
- Add in the seasonings and almond flour. Use clean hands and mix it all together.
- Form 4 patties.
- Heat a frying pan skillet on medium-high heat with the olive oil.
- When hot, add the salmon patties. Cook for 2 minutes on each side. Careful not to overcook the salmon. You have overcooked the salmon when white gunk (coagulated protein) begins to seep out.
- Remove the salmon and serve.
Creamy Garlic Sauce
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
- You can make your own seafood seasoning using 1/4 teaspoon of: onion powder, garlic powder, crushed bay leaves, dried parsley, and dried chives. You can also simply use your preferred seasoning.
- While the fish should be an opaque white, beige, or brown on the outside depending on the cooking method, it should still be a slightly translucent pink in the center. If the center of the salmon is opaque, it’s likely overcooked.
- Salmon cooks in minutes. If you start to see white gunk (protein) come from the salmon it is overcooked. Overcooked salmon will taste dry.
- You can add chopped onions or chopped green onions to the recipe for added flavor.
- Be sure to use salt and pepper to avoid bland salmon.
- If you have trouble getting the patties to form, add additional almond flour.
- I have also tested this recipe without almond flour, and found that you are still able to bind the patties, it just takes a little more effort.
- You can substitute pork rinds for almond flour in this recipe.
- You can substitute canned salmon for fresh.
- Coconut flour is a lot drier than almond flour so I did not use it in this recipe. If you require coconut flour, you will have to do some testing to determine how much is necessary.
- Macros listed includes the creamy garlic sauce. As always, use the calculator of your choice to compute the macros without it.