Salmon Cakes Recipe - Dr. Axe

Salmon Cakes Recipe

Salmon cakes recipe - Dr. Axe

The benefits of omega-3 fats are immense! In addition to have anti inflammatory properties, they have also been proven effective in the treatment and prevention of hundreds of medical conditions. Get your daily dose of these amazing omega-3 fats with this delicious and easy to make salmon cakes recipe! It’s fast, tasty and healthy! Add this soon to be staple dish to your menu tonight!

Total Time

30 minutes



Meal Type

Diet Type



  • 1 sweet potato, cooked, peeled and mashed
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 strips turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tbsp onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp dill
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cans (14 oz) salmon, bones/skin removed and drained
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 2 tbsp pecorino cheese, grated


  1. Combine all ingredients except ghee in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  2. Form patties and place in saucepan with ghee over medium high heat
  3. Cook for 4-6 minutes on each side.

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  1. Christina Jordan on

    This has been a staple of mine for years. As a single woman, I make a double batch and freeze the patties individually so that I can pull them out of the freezer as needed. Thank you for a great recipe.

  2. Arlene Knaak on

    This recipe is a great upgrade to your original recipe with more nutritional ingredients. Made it tonite and was so good with enough leftovers for tomorrow and only used 1 can with bones. Can’t really tell the bones are in there so more calcium. Air fried them. Thanks!

  3. LaLeeRu on

    Just made these for dinner. WONDERFUL!!!! Everyone loved them. I think I may start making these once a week!

  4. Keniro on

    Can’t a “Wild caught salmon fish OIL supplement” work as well or almost as well as eating actual salmon fish?

  5. Jenn on

    I would like the nutritional information. It’s important for me to know how many calories I am taking in along the the nutritional values.

  6. Kimberly on

    The nutrition information is not listed. I don’t understand why that would not be attached to every recipe you post? Can you please provide this. I certainly hope I receive an answer. I love the information on this website, but I find Customer Service to be lacking.

  7. Courtney on

    I can’t have cheese/dairy. Could I use nutritional yeast flakes instead of the cheese? If so, do you think the same amount?

  8. Dana on

    We make our own ghee from butter we make from our cows cream. I know others who buy butter and make ghee from it, making it affordable.

  9. OPYADAV on


  10. Irma on

    I don’t eat meat, can I just leave it away? And our food stores doesn’t have any canned salmon in Finland. Can I use fresh or smoked salmon instead?

  11. Denise on

    WOW! These are amazing!! I have one question, how do you get them to stay together better. They fell apart really easily. Thanks for all you do!!

  12. Annie on

    My doctor put me on Ladolis powder which is sweetened by Aspertame. I know Aspertame is not good for your health. Ladolis is to lower my cholesterol , since I could not continue taking Crestor. Why is it they make medications sweetened by Aspertame ? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciate it.
    Annie Shamoun

    • Cheryl Len, Ph.D. Psychologist on

      Try sme herbs/. Fenugreek, red yeast rice, and policanisol (a sugar alcohol) are all good substitutes. Check them out on google. I put my husband on them a few yrs ago when he had very high cholesterol, and it/they brought the cholesterol down.

      The doctors don’t learn about the herbal approaches, because the drug companies do all the continuing education, and they market their drugs to make money. (I speak from experience – my first husband is a physician. And, oh – the fancy restaurants you get to eat at while you are learning! Absolutely free, of course.)

  13. Beth on

    In answer to Tammey. We buy wild caught Alaskan salmon in cans and feel much safer with it than farmed.

    This is basically the recipe I have always used only without the almond flour. The patties are much thicker and firmer with it and we love this addition but it can be made without any flour at all. Thanks for the recipe Dr. Axe.

  14. Jan on

    I am confused,as is Nancy, Jan 12. What good reason is there for removing the skin and bones? The bones are a good source of very digestable calcium and the skin is where a fair amount of the omega3 is. Please explain your reasoning.

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      You can definitely keep them in. I only used the protein when I created the recipe so that is why it is written that way. You may have to play with the ratios a little

  15. Isabel on

    Thanks Jennifer—I wanted to use the delicious real bacon I got from farmers market so that answered my question. Personally, I tried Turkey bacon (not for this recipe, though) and I think it’s awful but perhaps using it in recipes might not be too bad. Thanks Dr. Axe–this recipe looks Yummy!!!!

  16. Carol on

    The Salmon Cake recipe looks delicious, but I do not do well with almond flour. Can coconut flour be substituted for the almond flour; and if so, how much coconut flour?

  17. Jennifer D. on

    DELICIOUS! I stuck to the recipe (except the ghee – used olive oil and the bacon – used real bacon) and it was a hit with the entire family.

  18. nancy on

    Why remove bones and skin? My mother never did. She said the bones are good for you . they’re so soft you dont even notice them. Ive also read on other sites to leave in bones and skin.

  19. RCN on

    Love many of your recipes. However, I have numerous food allergies, too many to mention. What can I use in place of eggs, citrus, dairy/ghee, that appear in so many? I know what to do to substitute the flours and milks. Applesauce for egg isn’t appropriate for all recipes. Thanks for your help!

  20. Tammey Cundiff on

    You list canned salmon .. I thought it was very unhealthy due to most if not all is farmed salmon and not fresh caught.
    In addition, every article I ‘ve read speaks repeatedly about how unhealthy and in some cases toxic canned foods can be, especially fish.

    • Bonnie on

      At this time ALL canned salmon must be wild caught…farmed is not allowed. Ever can I have says “Wild” on the label…get it before our bureaucrats change that law!!!

    • Mat on

      Tammey, use wild caught Alaskan Salmon. The fisheries in Alaska are very tightly regulated and have a great sustainable population. Alaskan Salmon tests very low for water/fish borne pollutants like PCBs, mercury and others.

      • Sharon on

        What about salmon caught in Prince William Sound? Is there any evidence of levels of radiation from Fukushima?

    • Emjay on

      Look for Pillar Rock (or other) brand canned wild-caught Alaskan red salmon in your grocery store, or order canned sockeye salmon from My family prefers the patties to broiled sockeye filets.

  21. Babs on

    I made this last night and it was a huge hit with my family. Quick, easy and tasty! This my newest weekly staple. I hope it reheats well… because I made enough for lunches today. This gets 5 stars!

    • Dr. Josh Axe on

      Ghee is clarified grassfed butter…I am obsessed! And it is full of awesome health benefits! Pecorino is a type of sheep cheese. I typically recommend raw sheep or goats milk cheese. You can substitute with what cheese you personally prefer.

      • steve goldstein on

        The instructions read to cook over high heat, thus the purpose of the ghee. Butter, from grass fed cows or otherwise has a low burning point. Grapeseed oil burns at a much higher temp. Coconut oil burns high but adds a very specific flavor. Butter adder to grapeseed oil might be a way to go.

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