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

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. Corinna, glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  2. Thanks for another great and healthy recipe, Kalyn!

    I used this method with the ingredients I had subbing canned tuna, shallots and flax meal as appropriate. The tuna cakes made a very nice brunch served on a bed of romaine with vinaigrette and some tartar sauce on the side. I look forward to making it again as written, as well as exploring variations!

  3. Glad you like the recipe.

  4. I love these! My mom also made salmon patties growing up as well as my husbands mom. I am from the south and always go back to my roots serving them with white gravy and biscuits as well as small early peas and slaw. In summer I also slice up some of my home grown tomotoes. What a meal. Simply comfort food. Thanks for your rendition.

  5. Susan so glad to hear you all liked it!

  6. Kalyn–anothe winning recipe here! I made these for lunch, and even my VERY FUSSY 3-year-old, who hates all things fish except tuna inhaled them!

    This recipe is a definite keeper for us 😀

    Thanks for sharing this, and all of your other wonderful recipes on this blog. I am officially hooked on healthy, delicious eating now–thanks to you, they are no longer mutually exclusive of each other!

  7. Tracy, thank you! I like the idea for sweet potato fries too!

  8. My friend gave a recipe for these a few weeks ago along with a sweet potato fry recipe(toss them in italian dressing, sprinkle with parmesan, bake at 350, 1hr) (just thought I would write that down for anyone interested LOL)I had never tried them and after eating them I was addicted!!!

    I was using ww bread crumbs, but I subbed in almond meal today and they were AMAZING. Almonds + salmon = Super MMMmmm. Thanks for another great idea! Your blog is my favorite foodie blog on the net =)

  9. Nate, that sounds good!

  10. The almond meal is a very interesting addition. I also like the use of capers – they should go well with salmon!

    We have a salmon cake recipe that starts with wild salmon meat and uses kaffir lime leaves for flavor.

  11. Mahek, sorry to hear that. You could use 7 oz. cooked fresh salmon for it and grind your own almond meal, if that would help.

  12. hi
    I love the look of the salmon patties and wish i could make it, I feel they will be yummy, but we do not get most of the Ingredients in India especially the salmon so problem!!!
    anyway thanks for sharing the recipe

  13. Jamie, glad you liked the salmon patties! I like hearing about your variations. Almond meal is definitely kind of pricey, but lots of recipes only use a small amount of it. I have heard of people making their own by grinding almonds, but I haven't tried it.

  14. Made these last night…AMAZING! I wanted to eat the whole batch, but settled on just 2 🙁

    I used your famous Spike seasoning instead of fish rub because my grocery store just started carrying it and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about; perfect all purpose seasoning! I also skipped the capers/green onion and opted for some minced yellow onion and celery sauteed in olive oil for a few minutes instead!

    I just bought a bag of almond meal last week to make the chicken nuggets you recently posted and wow, is it expensive! So I was really excited to see another recipe that I could use it in…keep those coming 🙂 Even though I'll probably use up the rest of the bag making these delish little cakes!!

  15. These look so good! Simple and light. My kind of "burger". 😉

  16. I always enjoy reading intelligent articles by an author who is definitely knowledgeable on their chosen subject. I'll be following this thread with much interest. Keep up the great work, till next time

  17. My grandma used to make salmon croquettes and as a child I hated them. I'd put them in my napkin when she wasn't looking and then walk up the street to Burger King or Arby's. I know…what a waste!!

    We often use canned salmon as a quick and simple dinner – it's so versatile. I would have never thought of using almond meal but will give it a try. 🙂

  18. I think hummus or lemon-mayo dip sounds good with the salmon patties, great ideas.

  19. I grew up in the South and salmon patties were a constant in our family's weekly menu. Aside from diced onions, we also use garlic and red pepper flakes sometimes to give it an edge. To keep them gluten-free, we use cooked brown rice or wild rice blends and sometimes with an extra egg white. I serve them either with hummus or lemon-mayo dip. To this day, when I have salmon patties I'm always reminded of my childhood.

    Yours looks so appetizing! I'm thrilled to try this version with almond meal.

  20. Velva, I do like that idea of cooking the salmon patties, then freezing for a quick dinner later.