Salmon Patties Recipe: Paleo and Gluten-Free - Dr. Axe

Salmon Patties Recipe: Paleo and Gluten-Free

Salmon patties recipe - Dr. Axe

Have around 20 minutes to spare? That’s all it will take to make this delicious and nutrition-rich salmon patty recipe. My version is a healthier take on fried salmon patties using avocado oil rather than a highly-processed vegetable oil such as canola oil. This recipe for salmon patties is also completely gluten-free!

A salmon patty, also called a salmon burger, is basically a seafood version of the conventional hamburger. How to make salmon patties is truly so easy that even the most novice of cooks shouldn’t be afraid to try this recipe. This salmon patties recipe is the perfect protein-rich star of any meal and pairs so well with an array of tasty veggie-centric sides. I’ll give you a bonus tip — to get the most out of this recipe, opt for wild-caught salmon.

What Do You Serve With Salmon Patties?

This recipe includes ingredients like fresh dill and jalapeño pepper that really make these patties extra flavorful. Salmon patties can make an awesome snack on their own, but if you want to make a meal out of them, let’s talk about some healthy sides.

There are definitely a lot of delicious options to serve with salmon patties ranging from cooked veggies to salad to rice and more. Of course, I recommend including more veggies alongside your salmon to up the nutrient and antioxidant content of your meal.

Some of my favorite options to pair with these patties include:

Are you wondering about the best sauce for salmon patties? It’s totally up to you, but I highly recommend my homemade tartar sauce recipe or tzatziki sauce.

Nutrition Facts

One serving of these easy salmon patties contains about:

Salmon patties ingredients - Dr. Axe
  • 327 calories
  • 26 grams protein
  • 22 grams fat
  • 5 grams carbohydrates
  • < 1 gram fiber
  • < 1 gram sugar
  • 70 milligrams cholesterol
  • 429 milligrams sodium
  • 2.8 micrograms vitamin B12 (117 percent DV)
  • 9.1 milligrams niacin (57 percent DV)
  • 0.9 milligrams vitamin B6 (53 percent DV)
  • 0.4 milligrams riboflavin (31 percent DV)
  • 188 IUs vitamin A (21 percent DV)
  • 236 milligrams phosphorus (19 percent DV)
  • 0.2 milligrams thiamin (17 percent DV)
  • 1.5 milligrams iron (8.3 percent DV)
  • 35 milligrams magnesium (8.3 percent DV)
  • 0.8 milligrams zinc (7.2 percent DV)
  • 27 micrograms folate ( 6.8 percent DV)
  • 4.5 micrograms vitamin K (3.8 percent DV)
  • 162 milligrams potassium (3.4 percent DV)
  • 3 milligrams vitamin C (3.3 percent DV)

How to Make Salmon Patties

Salmon patties are really easy to make. You basically just need to combine all of the ingredients into one bowl, mix them together, form patties and cook them up for a total of 10 minutes. When considering salmon patties recipes, it doesn’t get much simpler than this! If you want, you could even use this patties recipe to make baked salmon patties, but they won’t be as crispy on the outside. Let’s get started:

Salmon patties step 1 - Dr. Axe

Remove the leaves of dill from the stems and chop them up pretty finely.

Salmon patties step 2 - Dr. Axe

Dice the green onion. Next, take the seeds out of the jalapeño and mince half of it into tiny pieces.

Salmon patties step 3 - Dr. Axe

Start adding all of the ingredients into a bowl. The salmon and crackers can go first.

Salmon patties step 4 - Dr. Axe

Add the Paleo mayo.

Salmon patties step 5 - Dr. Axe

Crack one egg into the mixture.

Salmon patties step 6 - Dr. Axe

Add the sea salt and pepper.

Salmon patties step 7 - Dr. Axe

Mix all of the ingredients, minus the oil.

Salmon patties step 8 - Dr. Axe

Keep mixing until everything is well-combined.

Salmon patties step 9 - Dr. Axe

Now you can mold the mixture into salmon patties. In a large pan over medium heat, warm the oil and fry patties until done (about five minutes on each side).

Salmon patties recipe - Dr. Axe

Serve on top of your favorite veggies. And enjoy this healthy Paleo salmon burger!

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Salmon Patties Recipe

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Have around 20 minutes to spare? That’s all it will take to make this delicious and highly nutritious salmon patty recipe that’s both Paleo and gluten-free.


  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 cup almond flour crackers, finely ground
  • 1 pound wild-caught salmon, cooked (or canned)
  • 3 tablespoons Paleo mayo
  • 1 egg
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup dill, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ jalapeño, deseeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients, except oil, together until well-combined. (If your salmon is raw, grill or pan fry it for 4-5 minutes on each side.)
  2. Mold mixture into patties.
  3. In a large pan over medium heat, warm oil and fry patties until done, about 5 minutes each side.
  4. Serve on top of your favorite veggies.


You can buy Primal Kitchen Paleo mayo, or you can also make your own: coconut oil mayonnaise.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Main dishes
  • Method: Pan fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 patty
  • Calories: 327
  • Sugar: 0.4g
  • Sodium: 429mg
  • Fat: 22g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 26mg
  • Cholesterol: 70mg

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  1. Karla Cain on

    Finally, a salmon patty recipe that brings out the flavor of salmon and just overall tastes fantastic!!! Thank you for this easy, delicious way to make dinner on a night one doesn’t feel like working hard!!

  2. Mira on

    You can make a salmon sandwich with roll and coleslaw.
    You can add sauce with dill, cucumber, red onion with sour cream or Greek yogurt.
    I add garlic salt , lemon zest, lemon juice , pepper and olive oil.

  3. Suzie on

    I like red salmon from a can and use this to make my salmon patties and they are very good…is red salmon in a can okay?

  4. Marlena on

    I heard of a product Marine Collagen Peptides-the container says its made from Tilapia- Does that mean its not good? It says Non GMO-No preservatives

  5. Diane on

    I have made salmon croquettes using almond meal where previously i had coated them with cornmeal. Does pan frying the patty change the almond meal to an unhealthy fat? We much preferred the taste to the more traditional cornmeal crust. ( I always add celery seed.) Thanks in advance for the info on the health of using almond meal.

  6. Mischenko on

    I absolutely love this recipe. I’ve made it twice but sometimes I feel guilty because I was diagnosed with lupus and I’ve read many articles about animal proteins being bad for lupus. It is said that leaky gut is the problem as the animal proteins are then attacked by the immune system? What are your thoughts on that Dr. Axe? I’m currently not on meds and trying to keep it that way. I’ve watched all your videos! Thanks for the awesome recipes…

  7. Mark Clulow (Brit in China) on

    Thanks Doc and thanks to everyone for the feedback and tips. I’ll try these tonight – I’ll substitute the crackers for oats as that’s what I have access too :)

    Please keep up the great work!

  8. mona hutchins on

    being from the south but, growing up in the Chesapeake bay area I love any seafood I make salmon cakes like crab cakes same as this except use salmon, a little mayonnaise and pinch of mustard and of course a lot of old bay seasoning I have also baked instead frying them which I like better have a friend with shell fish allergy and she said it provides a good “crab cake” that she really missed having

  9. Julie on

    We don’t have Mary’s Gone Crackers in Australia as far as I know, so would you mind telling what they are made of please? We have to do a gluten free version. Thanks!

  10. Daniela Ciccopiedi on

    I made these for supper and they were yummy, yummy! Even my son Giovanni, who does not like fish, ate three!! I used processed instant oats instead of the crackers.

  11. Barbara Rogers on

    Milled flax seed with a little water works for me instead of eggs. Also, chia seed with a little water. I also squirt some dill pickle relish in mine. I dredge them in cornmeal or panko crumbs before frying.

  12. Marion on

    Is it ok healthwise to eat salmon patties 2 or 3 times a week if I wanted??? Or do I need to be worried about too much mercury ?? Thanks….

  13. Mary d. on

    Just made these and they are delicious! I used oats instead of bread crumbs and added himalayan pink salt and a few other seasonings. Even our 4 year old loved them! For a sauce I mixed organic mayo, organic ketchup and chopped pickles.

  14. Joanna Kats on

    Thank you Dr. Axe, for this healthy recipe, will surely try it. I was wondering if you could suggest also a simple healthy sauce to go with these salmon patties. Thanks


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