Salmon Cakes

Gluten-Free Salmon Cakes - An easy weeknight pantry meal. |
I go through phases with some foods. Canned salmon is one of them. I hadn’t used it in a long time, but recently picked some up at the store. Tonight I decided to put it to use and made salmon cakes (recipe below).

I also tried out a new food item for us – Alexia sweet potato julienne fries (frozen). The ingredient list looked safe including modified potato starch and rice flour. My two older kids were not home for dinner so I didn’t get their reaction, but the three of us who ate them thought they were good. In fact, my husband usually does not eat sweet potatoes so I didn’t tell him what they were. He guessed sweet potatoes or carrots by the color and willingly gave them a try. They were a hit, and now I have a way to serve him sweet potatoes!

Gluten-Free Salmon Cakes - An easy weeknight pantry meal. |

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Salmon Cakes
Serves: 4-5
  • 1 can salmon, drained and bones removed
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten-free bread crumbs or gf instant potatoes
  • pepper to taste
  • coconut or other cooking oil
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Form into patties (I made five).
  3. Fry in hot oil until brown on both sides and hot through.
  4. Serve with Tartar Sauce.


These were a big hit with the kids. One of boys who was not home for dinner had one for lunch the next day and said, “What was that thing I ate? Do you have more?”

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. I love salmon!

  2. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    I don’t know why I don’t cook much salmon. Thanks for the good reminder.

  3. Michelle says:

    Mmm yum. I bet the wee ones would eat these. They love salmon, but I’ve never tried the canned kind with them. And the GF fries sound good — especially if non-sweet potato eaters like them!

  4. Life with Kaishon says:

    My Grammy used to make these when I was little. Totally delish. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am going to make some soon in honor of my Grammy!

  5. Anonymous says:

    sounds good!
    you’ve given me an idea as i just ground old GF bread into breadcrumbs this past weekend.
    thanks :)
    erin–@ glutenfreewithapurpose

  6. Mom used to make these with grated left over potatoes too – Potato Salmon Patties!! YUM!!

  7. What size tim of salmon? I have found tall ones and flat ones. Thanks.

  8. I love salmon croquettes. My grandmother used to make them for me & my cousins in the summer for lunch.. They’re still one of my favorites & I keep salmon on hand always for one of those days..
    Many years ago I found a version that I seem to think was Weight Watchers recipe but cant find it anymore. It didnt call for any bread (which is great imo) and I tried it and loved them.
    It included onion, celery, parsley, eggs & salmon.. It was mushy to make the patties but it cooked up perfectly fine.. I’ve found I like the addition of the herbs these days.. Thanks for the reminder for a great lunch.

  9. I love this recipe. You can cook it another way is by putting alittle oil (olive oil) in shallow pan in oven 375 about 6mins each side or until golden brown. This is how I cook mine

  10. Margaret says:

    Thanks for GF salmon patties recipe. In Texas we add diced onion and roll the patties in cornmeal that’s been seasoned with a little salt & pepper. Fry in a little oil. Cooking salmon this week. Will use leftovers. Yummy!

  11. Valerie says:

    Where do u find gluten free bread crumbs. Do I have to buy the loaf if bread

    • You can buy gf bread crumbs or make your own from gf bread. Gluten-free instant potatoes works great too, and that’s easy to find. Betty Crocker is labeled gf. Use the same amount as called for bread crumbs.

      • there are several brands of gf breadcrumbs on the market, check you local store. You can also make your own with stale bread and/or rolls. Defrost and grind in food processor , spread on cookie sheet, let dry. Bake at 350 for about 15 min until they start to brown and get toasty, add seasonings to taste if desired. As for the salmon cakes, I make these all the time: I add finely chopped onion or scallions, finely chopped red pepper, lots of freshly ground pepper, half teaspoon of salt- free Old Bay seasoning (if you like the flavor), a small handful of chopped fresh parsley, and I use a good grade of canned salmon like Rubensteins. I saute them in a bit of olive oil til crispy. Love these- for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  12. Could u bake these instead of frying?

  13. Laura B says:

    Do you think cooked salmon would work alright? Long as I chop it? Can’t wait to try these with leftovers from dinner the other night!!!!

  14. I use a similar recipe, but replace the breadcrumbs with ground pecans.

  15. I make these and usually add powdered onion soup mix or some onion powder. Whole fam loves em. The Alexia sp fries are delicious. Will pair them next time we have salmon patties. Good share!

  16. nadine prince says:

    Love the salmon cake recipe will deffinately try them!! Thx for sharing it.

  17. I leave the bones, calcium, with the salmon but remove the skin. Then saute onions and celery until soft, Shred a slice of fresh bread, add parsley and an egg or two. After shaping into patties, I coat with dried bread crumbs and then refrigerate until ready to pan fry. I find refrigerating helps hold them together.

  18. Belinda LaCoste says:

    We add tiny chopped green onions to your recipe and make a sauce of homemade mayo and katsup with a little tabasco ! We also have Sweet potato fries and use the George Foreman grill to grill fresh asparagus that marinated over night in paul newman’s italian dressing… hope that is GF!! They fit snug as a bug in the grooves… don’t chop off the ends either, use them to turn in the grooves. When water begins to seek out of the bottoms, they are almost ready. Can’t make them fast enough!

  19. Laura DeRubis says:

    I love the idea of potato flakes substituted I use my left over gluten free bread crust in blender for bread crumbs too

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  21. We use crushed gf potato chips not as healthy, but very tasty! We use them as casserole topping also instead of bread crumbs. Salty and crunchy!

  22. I make these but replace bread crumbs with crushed cornflakes. Delicious!

  23. Paricia says:

    What size canned salmon (small or large) #of ounces ?

  24. Kathleen says:

    i use salmon in the packets. So good!!

  25. Jean Thompson says:

    I never take out the bones, the nutrients are so beneficial, just crush them with a fork.

  26. Sounds good. My husband loves onion, thought a bit of onion powder…
    Going to try soon. Thanks

  27. We have salmon patties a couple of times a month. I love them. My recipe is a little different, but yours looks good.

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