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Simple Salmon Patties

So while I would love nothing better than to eat Cheesecake Fluff for all of my meals, every day, I know that there’s a little more to nutrition than that.  It’s important to eat a variety of foods, and shit like that, right?  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – while I like tinkering in the kitchen, I don’t like to spend hours at a time in there.  Most of my meals are quick and easy.  Not too long ago, I decided that Canadian Bacon and I needed to add a new staple to our diet:  salmon.

Salmon is a powerhouse of nutrition, providing a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.  A 4oz serving provides a whole day’s worth of vitamin D (which is great for me, since I have a severe vitamin D deficiency) and half a day’s worth of vitamin B-12.  It has magnesium, which is super important on keto, as well as B-6.  It’s earned the title of “superfood.”

Moreover, you can buy 5oz packs of wild-caught salmon for anywhere from $0.99 to $1.50.  Super duper cheap!

I like to grill, poach, or bake filets of salmon.  But my absolute favorite way to eat it is to turn these packets into salmon patties.  And you guys know that frying food on keto is a win/win situation.



  • 5oz package of skinless/boness salmon
  • 2T parmesan cheese
  • 1T almond meal
  • 1T flax meal
  • 1T mayonnaise (boost up that fat content, yo!)
  • 1t mustard (optional; I like the flavor it gives)
  • 1 egg
  • seasoning, to taste (I use Old Bay and/or Mrs. Dash, plus salt and pepper)

Combine all ingredients and mix together well.  Sometimes I do this with my KitchenAid; sometimes I do this with just a fork.  Whatever works.  While mixing, heat a skillet with at least a half inch of oil in it.  Or you can use a deep fryer if you’re being fancy.  I use canola oil; you can use whatever.  The oil’s hot enough when you can bounce a droplet of water off of it.

Drop the batter into the oil by the spoonful.  Cook 3-5 minutes, flipping over when the underside is browned and crispy.

keto salmon patties
Remove cooked salmon patties from the oil and drain on a paper towel.

Don’t worry about cooking them to a certain temperature.  The salmon that comes in those packets is ready-to-eat, so you don’t have to fear it killing you if you undercook it.

keto salmon patties

Serve with a side of broccoli or some other delicious vegetable.  I like to dip mine in low-sugar ketchup.  They’re crispy and hot on the outside, and soft and pillowy on the inside.  They have that distinctive salmon flavor, with the consistency of crabcakes.  And not only are they tasty, they’re also really cheap and fast to make – can you ask for more than that?

As always with my recipes, you can mix/match the almond flour / flaxmeal / parmesan cheese.  I arrived at this ratio because I like the consistency the almond flour and parmesan give the salmon patties – similar to the cornmeal texture of non-keto salmon patties – and the flaxmeal adds an additional health boost.  Not to mention, the parmesan and flaxmeal are quite a bit less expensive than the almond meal.

And at 444cal, 2g net carbs, 30g fat and 46g protein, these salmon patties are a great addition to the keto lifestyle.  Just make sure you dump some butter on your broccoli to up your fat content!  Or enjoy one of my Peanut Butter Cup Fat Bombs later as a dessert :)

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  1. So I don’t think I’ve actually commented on any of your recipes.. but I have read them all xD and.. this salmon one for certain looks freaking delicious. Definitely trying this soon! Did you get all the ingredients just at like a Wal-Mart..?

    • Thanks Lizzy!! :D

      You can… but the almond flour is kind of expensive. I only use it because of the diet I’m on limiting flours (and I think I have a gluten sensitivity). I’d recommend subbing cornmeal instead, it’s much cheaper and has about the same texture imo… and most southern people have it in their pantry already.

      Also, can I just remind you that I <3 you? :D

  2. Thanks for your recipe! I’m on keto and was looking for something that I could do with my canned tuna . I subbed 3T of spicy pork rinds in place of the flax/almond meal (because I don’t have any), added about 2T of chopped up celery, and a little bit of Mrs. Dash. One can made about 8 mini patties cooked in coconut oil & served with a salad. It was perfect…Next time I’ll try it with the mustard!!

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I was just thinking today that this is probably my least popular recipe, lol, so your comment is greatly appreciated :) I’m glad you enjoyed your tuna patties! I made the recipe before I got turned onto pork rinds, so I need to give it a try with those now that I know I like em :P Doesn’t Mrs. Dash just go with anything?!

  3. I seriously loved these. Thank you!

    • Thank you!! These are one of my less popular recipes so it always tickles me when someone else likes it. Salmon is so good!

  4. I came across this on pinterest and I tried these today :) they were seriously frigging good – Thanks!

  5. Your nutritional data doesn’t seem to account for the oil used to fry these… I imagine that would change the values a lot – would obviously up the fat but also up the cals a lot, for those counting.

    • Right. I may not have noted that in this recipe, but I have discussed on here in different frying recipes that it’s really difficult to accurately gauge/standardize frying data (and especially because everyone uses different oil to fry in). The best thing to do is to weigh your oil before you fry, and then weigh your oil after you fry, so you know how much was absorbed, and then calculate that into your macros.

  6. Can you omit the mayo?

    • You can! Now days I am making it without the mayo and with just an egg as binder. I am counting calories more carefully now that I am closer to goal!

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