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Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce (Video)

Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce are an inexpensive but 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. 

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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.

Back in 2005 when I first started my blog 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 Low-Carb Salmon Patties with Double-Dill Tartar Sauce! And these new low-carb salmon patties are also gluten-free.

I switched bread crumbs for a combination of Almond Flour (affiliate link) and Hemp Seeds (affiliate link), which added lots of nutty flavor. 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.

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. Some other options for the binding ingredient are Almond Meal (more coarsely ground and maybe easier to find), or you could also use Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) oat bran, or oatmeal that’s been ground in a food processor, although that will add more carbs. But if you possibly can use 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 ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • canned salmon
  • Almond Flour
  • Hemp Seeds (see notes)
  • green onion
  • capers
  • Szeged Fish Rub (or other fish rub of your choice)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper
  • eggs
  • olive oil 

Low-Carb Salmon Patties process shots collage

How to Make Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce:

Scroll down for complete printable recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Drain the canned salmon into a colander placed in the sink, break apart with a fork and let it drain well.
  2. While salmon drains measure the Hemp Seeds (affiliate link) and almond flour and finely chop the green onion and capers.
  3. 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!)
  4. Mix together with a fork until all ingredients are moistened.
  5. 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.
  6. Chill the salmon patties in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  7. Then heat olive oil over medium-high heat in the biggest non-stick frying pan you have.
  8. Cook the salmon patties about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
  9. Serve hot.

These are great with Double-Dill Homemade Tartar Sauce, but you could also eat them with Cucumber Dill Sauce, or Tzatziki sauce.

More Tasty and Healthy Ideas with Salmon:

Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pan-Seared Salmon with Capers and Lemon ~ Boulder Locavore
Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Salmon-Asparagus Salad ~ Saving Room for Dessert
Roasted Salmon with Rosemary and Garlic Rub ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Low-Carb Salmon Patties with Double-Dill Tartar Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com

Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce

Yield 6 salmon patties
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Salmon Patties with Double-Dill Homemade Tartar Sauce are a recipe that has fun childhood memories for me.


  • 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)


  1. Drain the salmon in a colander placed in the sink, breaking apart with a fork.
  2. 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.
  3. Put drained salmon into a mixing bowl with almond meal, hemp hearts, chopped green onion, chopped capers, fish rub, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add 2 eggs; then use a fork to gently combine the mixture until all the salmon is moistened with eggs.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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!
  7. Cooking time will vary depending on your pan and how hot medium-high is on your stove, so watch for that golden brown color.
  8. 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. Hemp Seeds (affiliate link) were a delicious flavor boost, but you could use Flaxseed Meal (affiliate link) if that's what you have. 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.

This recipe was first posted as my mom's Salmon Patties, and adapted many times through the years to this keeper version.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Salmon Patties with Double-Dill Tartar Sauce found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
.Low-Carb Salmon Patties with Double-Dill Tartar Sauce are suitable for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet, including any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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    57 Comments on “Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce (Video)”

  1. This is a wonderful meal to serve up for a weeknight or a weekend lunch. I bet they would be great too, made in batches and frozen for later.

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  2. The capers were really good in these salmon cakes; glad people are liking that idea.

    Sophie, glad you enjoyed them!

    "Fish Rub" is a mixture of ground spices meant to be rubbed on fish. The brand I use lists this for ingredients: "paprika, pepper, salt, lemon juice and spices." Any ground spice mixture that you like the taste of would work, it's just to add a little more flavor to the mixture.

  3. I use chick peas as well as coconut flour ( I am a huge fan of coconut flour )in my salmon patties. I love the idea of the capers. I am a caper fiend and am happy to add them to just about anything.
    Thank You ~ Annette

  4. These look delicious. What is in a 'fish rub' as I am in the UK and don't think we have that here? I might make these and serve them inside some whole wheat pitas. I have been enjoying your blog for quite a while now. Thanks.

  5. Hello Kalyn!!

    I made these lovely salmon patties last evening for dinner & my friends, husband & I loved them!!

    Thanks again! I also made the tartaar sauce!

  6. I've become a salmon snob. Had the great pleasure of house-sitting a few summers ago for a charter fishing guy, and he had a freezer full of salmon fillets and a cupboard full of home-canned salmon. And it ruined canned salmon for me–I've tried making my favorite salmon patties with canned salmon and they tasted like nothing. 🙁

  7. We ate a lot of fish growing up, mostly fresh fish that my dad and his brothers caught and sometimes all of us on a family outing. My mom would freeze some of the fish to pull out during the winter months. But after that was gone, fish cakes often made their way on to the menu. I've always loved them, but Mr. GFE not so much. I'm going to make your recipe just for me, Kalyn. These salmon cakes will make great lunches! 🙂


  8. We always had tuna patties. Especially during Lent.

  9. My grandmother, who never ate meat, used to make salmon croquettes with canned salmon. I adored them, but when I make them now, I usually use leftover cooked fresh salmon. I never think to add capers, because my grandmother didn't, but I love the idea.

  10. I am smiling to hear that so many people had mothers who made salmon patties! Great frugal dinner option I guess.

    Brit I used canned salmon from Costco which didn't have bones.

  11. Is there a different kind of canned salmon that doesn't include the bones? My mother in law showed me how to make these, but there were some nasty bone-like things we had to pull out first … maybe she's slow on the canned salmon though.

  12. My mom always made salmon patties as well. I still love them to this day:D

  13. I always add mashed up chickpeas to the mix when I make tuna or salmon patties, and sometimes a bit of cheese, too.

    ~ PJ

  14. I love these. Definitely brings back memories as my mother use to make these also. Probably not as good as yours look tho!

  15. looks gorgerous:)

  16. Mmmmm….my favourite. Salmon is such a delicious fish and healthy too. I would love to dip in chili sauce. Next time I want to try with almond meal.

  17. I grew up on these as well! I love this version with Almond Meal. I will have to try it out soon.

  18. BTW, let me know if you try it with the almond meal.

  19. M, I do think it would work with almond meal. I think the almond would taste great with the salmon. My mother made those same type of salmon patties that you’re describing! I’m not sure if it would matter which type of almonds you used, I think either would be fine.

  20. This recipe looks super yummy and relatively easy/quick – I miss my mother’s salmon patties made of canned red salmon, with the bones crushed like you do for calcium. I am gluten-free so I cannot eat any wheat. Do you think this would work with almond meal (which would keep it SB- *and* Passover-friendly); if so, do you suggest regular or blanched? Thanks, Kalyn!