Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce (Video)
Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce are an inexpensive and delicious meal that’s a fun childhood memory for me. And through the years I’ve adapted my mom’s Salmon Patties into a version that’s low-carb and gluten-free.
I don’t remember my mom ever cooking fresh fish for our family, except for the very occasional time when my dad would go fishing and bring home Utah Rainbow Trout, which mom would pan-fry whole and we’d eat them with lots of lemon juice. However, I do have fond memories of my mom making Salmon Patties, made from canned salmon, and fried until they were crispy on the outside. Some other kids in the family would turn up their nose at Salmon Patties for dinner, but I always loved them.
Years ago I posted a recipe for my mom’s Salmon Patties, but through the years I’ve been adapting her recipe nearly every time I made them, ending up with these delicious and Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce! And these new low-carb salmon patties are also gluten-free.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- canned salmon
- Almond Flour (affiliate link)
- Hemp Seeds (affiliate link) (see notes)
- green onion
- Capers (affiliate link)
- Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) (or other fish rub of your choice)
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper
- olive oil
How did I make the salmon patties low-carb and gluten-free?
What else did I change to add flavor to the updated salmon patties?
In the new salmon patties recipe I also increased the amount of finely chopped green onions and added some finely chopped capers, probably an ingredient my mom never heard of. And my upgraded low-carb Salmon Patties have a little of my favorite Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) for even more good flavor. These salmon patties may not compare with fresh wild salmon, but they’re a frugal pantry meal that’s healthy and very tasty.
What if you don’t have Almond Flour or Hemp Hearts?
I know some people won’t want to buy Almond Flour and/or Hemp Hearts, although you might be able to find both of them at Costco. Another option for the binding ingredient is Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link), or you could use oat bran (affiliate link) or Gluten-Free Rolled Oats (affiliate link) that’s been ground in a food processor, although those will add more carbs. But if you can possibly acquire the combination of Almond Flour and Hemp Hearts that I used, I think you’ll love the nutty flavor they add, and if you’re not familiar with Hemp Seeds (also called hemp hearts), they are also very nutritious!
What Sauces would be good with the Salmon Patties?
These Salmon Patties are great with Double-Dill Homemade Tartar Sauce, but you could also eat them with Cucumber Dill Sauce, or Tzatziki sauce. And some people might enjoy them with Sriracha Dipping Sauce as well!
How to Make Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce:
Scroll down for complete printable recipe including nutritional information.)
- Drain the canned salmon into a colander placed in the sink, break apart with a fork and let it drain well.
- While salmon drains measure the Hemp Seeds (affiliate link) and Almond Flour (affiliate link) and finely chop the green onion and capers.
- Put drained salmon, almond meal, hemp seeds, chopped green onion, chopped capers, Fish Rub (affiliate link), salt, and pepper into a bowl and add 2 eggs. (Bad photo, but there is another egg under there!)
- Mix together with a fork until all ingredients are moistened.
- Shape the salmon mixture into 6 patties and put them on a small baking sheet. Use parchment paper sheets (affiliate link) if you have some, which will prevent sticking.
- Chill the salmon patties in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
- Then heat olive oil over medium-high heat in the biggest non-stick frying pan you have.
- Cook the salmon patties about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
- Serve hot.
More Tasty and Healthy Ideas with Salmon:
- 2 6 oz. cans salmon, well drained (see notes)
- 3 T Almond Flour (see notes)
- 3 T Hemp Seeds (see notes)
- 3 T chopped green onion
- 1 T capers, drained well and finely chopped
- 1 tsp. Szeged Fish Rub (see notes)
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
- 2 eggs
- 2 T olive oil (or slightly more, depending on your pan)
- Drain the salmon in a colander placed in the sink, breaking apart with a fork.
- While the salmon drains, measure the almond flour or Almond Meal and hemp seeds. Chop the green onions, and drain and finely chop the capers.
- Put drained salmon into a mixing bowl with almond meal, hemp hearts, chopped green onion, chopped capers, fish rub, salt, and pepper.
- Add 2 eggs; then use a fork to gently combine the mixture until all the salmon is moistened with eggs.
- Use your clean hands to form 6 patties and put them on a small baking sheet (with parchment paper if you have some.) Put salmon patties in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill. (Probably optional, but this definitely helps them hold together better.)
- After 15 minutes chilling, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large non-stick frying pan. Cook salmon patties about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they're golden brown and cooked though. Lift up an edge to see when it's time to turn them, and turn carefully!
- Cooking time will vary depending on your pan and how hot medium-high is on your stove, so watch for that golden brown color.
- Serve hot, with Double-Dill Tartar Sauce. These would also be delicious with Cucumber Dill Sauce, or Tzatziki sauce.
You can also use or one large 14 3/4 oz. can of salmon if that's what you have.
I used Almond Flour (affiliate link) but Almond Meal will also work for this recipe.
I love the flavors in Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) but any fish rub will work.
For the tartar sauce, I love using my favorite dill pickles.
Nutritional information does not include Tartar Sauce or other sauces.
This recipe was first posted as my mom's Salmon Patties, and adapted many times through the years to this keeper version.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 17g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Salmon Patties with Double-Dill Tartar Sauce are suitable for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2007! It was updated with better photos in 2018 and was last updated with more information in 2021.