These low-carb salmon patties with a lime-avocado dressing are a simple way to use canned or fresh salmon for a healthy family-friendly dinner tonight.

Dinner can be on your table in only 20 minutes, including the lime and avocado creamy dressing.

salmon patties with lime avocado dressing served in a white bowl with baby spinach

They’re dairy-free PLUS there are even options to make this with almond flour or coconut flour.

What are salmon patties?

Salmon patties are also known as salmon cakes. They are an economical and cheap way to stretch out salmon. They can be served hot or cold. They can be frozen for a week’s meal prep and are perfect for a healthy school lunch box.

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Salmon patties are low carb and high protein so perfect for the keto diet.

Can you use canned salmon?

I love fresh salmon, but using tinned/canned salmon is great to keep in your pantry for a quick lunch and an economical alternative to expensive fresh salmon.

If your canned salmon is flavored or has a sauce, always read the nutrition labels so you can spot any added sugar, wheat, or other starches in your canned salmon.

If you run out of salmon, you can use canned tuna. Drain well then use in the recipe in place of salmon.


various herbs and spices labelled in a white bowl ready to make the recipe
Simple spices that are already in your pantry

You only need a few simple pantry ingredients to make salmon cakes. The herbs, spices, and seasonings help make these salmon cakes taste delicious.

If your pantry is almost empty, or you have an emergency where food is running low, it’s a great healthy recipe. All the ingredients are probably in your pantry right now.


  • Salmon – use fresh or canned. Tuna can also be ised instead of canned salmon.
  • Spring oinion – slice or chop finely. You could also use 1/4 onion finely chopped or dried onion flakes.
  • Cumin, turmeric – dried cumin and turmeric.
  • Dill, parsley – fresh or dried dill and parsely work well and are perfect to flavour salmon recipes
  • Garlic – fessh or dried garlci will work well in this recipe.
  • Paprika – smoekd parprika adds an earthy smoky falvor to the salmon cakes
  • Egg – an egg and it’s protein helps to bind all the fish cake ingredients together.
  • Seasoning – add salt and pepper to your liking.


It’s a simple recipe that even your children can make.

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Roll into low-carb salmon patties with your hands, a cookie scoop or press into a 1/4 cup measuring cup.
  3. Place each salmon pattie into the frying pan, oven or air fryer.


How to cook in the frying pan

salmon patties being fried in olive oil or coonut oil
Gently fry on a medium heat

The smell of these salmon patties cooking is incredible. The spices and turmeric turn this quick dish into a phenomenal meal. I pressed a handful of the salmon patty mixture into a measuring cup then press firmly with the back of a spoon into little patty shapes.

Cook the low-carb salmon patties in healthy cooking oil in a frying pan or skillet. I like to use coconut oil, on medium heat.

Salmon patties baking on a tray
Cook on both sides until golden

Let them fry gently, and if they don’t lift off the frying pan easily, let them cook for a little longer so they are crispy on the base and can be flipped without breaking.

How to cook in the oven

As you roll each salmon pattie, place them onto a prepared baking tray that has been lined with baking parchment. Bake in the oven on 180C/350F for 15-20 minutes.

How to cook in the air fryer

Using an air fryer to cook salmon fishcakes is quick and easy.

  1. Preheat to 180C/350F.
  2. Spray the wire basket with cooking oil.
  3. Place each fishcake into the oiled basket. Ensure there is plenty of space between them.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes, open the drawer and turn each fishcake once.
  5. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of fishcakes being cooked.

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Cooked salmon patties can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Place a sheet of baking parchment in between each layer of salmon cakes so it is easy to remove one or two at a time.

Best sauce for salmon

While the low-carb salmon patties are cooking, place a handful of leafy salad on your plate and mix the lime avocado dressing. All you do is throw all the dressing ingredients on a blender – and voila!

salmon patties with lime avocado dressing served in a white bowl with baby spinach
Serve with lime avocado dressing and baby spinach

Best keto side dishes to serve with salmon

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The best low-carb side dishes to serve with chicken

There are so many delicious low-carb and keto side dishes to serve with salmon. Salmon is a versatile family-friendly dinner and so you need to choose quick and easy healthy side dishes the whole family will love.

Here are some of my favorite keto side dishes to serve with salmon.

More salmon recipes

Salmon is wonderful high protein meat packed full of anti-inflammatory omega 3. You might also like to cook salmon in the Instant Pot, slow cooker salmon, and even salmon wrapped with bacon.

salmon patties with lime avocado dressing served in a white bowl with baby spinach
These low-carb salmon patties with a lime-avocado dressing, ready in under 20 minutes.
salmon patties with lime avocado dressing served in a white bowl with baby spinach

Low-Carb Salmon Patties Recipe (dairy free)

A quick and easy meal ready in under 20 minutes. Paleo low-carb salmon patties served with a lime avocado dressing.
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Course: Coconut Flour Recipes, Dinner, Lunch, Lunch boxes
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Paleo, Wheat Free
Keyword: Low-carb salmon patties
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 471kcal
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Low-Carb Salmon Patties

  • 500 g tinned/canned salmon drained
  • 2 eggs – medium
  • 50 g almond meal/flour see notes
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried dill chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced crushed
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • +/- salt and pepper to taste

Avocado and Lime Dip

  • 1 small avocado
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced crushed
  • 1 tbsp parsley or cilantro
  • +/- salt and pepper to taste


Low-Carb Salmon Patties

  • Place all the salmon patty ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine.
  • Scoop some of the salmon mixture into a ¼ cup measuring cup. With the back of a spoon, press the mixture into the cup to pack it tightly. Turn the measuring cup over onto a plate. Repeat to make 12 patties.
  • Heat the oil in the frying pan and cook the salmon patties on a gentle heat. Cook on each side for 4-5 minutes and use a spatula to flip them. TOP TIP – If a patty does not release when you try to flip it, cook a little longer until it is crispy and ready to flip.

Avocado and Lime Dip

  • Whilst the patties are cooking, prepare the avocado dip. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Spoon into a serving dish.

To Serve

  • Place 3 low-carb salmon patties on a bed of salad with the avocado and lime dip on the side, or drizzled over the top.
  • Cooked salmon patties can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Almond flour can be replaced with 2 tbsp coconut flour.
Makes 12 salmon patties. A serving size is 3 salmon patties plus 2 tbsp dip.


Serving: 3patties + dipCalories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 8.6gProtein: 36gFat: 33.2gSodium: 1190mgPotassium: 773.4mgFiber: 5.4gSugar: 2.1gVitamin A: 802.9IUVitamin C: 13.6mgCalcium: 415.8mgIron: 2.8mg
salmon patties with lime avocado dressing served in a white bowl with baby spinach

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  1. Looking forward to the new recipes!

  2. My favourite “go-to” quick keto meal: I stop at the grocery and pick up a prepared salad kit (Like “Fresh Express” brand’s organic Caesar — toss the croutons to the birds for really low-carb) and a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.

    I used to love cooking, but since all the kerfuffle about nutrition has changed so drastically, I just want to get eating over with now. Prefer vegetarian, and am allergic to dairy and eggs, so it is taking some doing to wrap my head (and appetite) around low-carb eating. But an overweight vegan is still unhealthy, so I have to do this, like it or not.

    1. virginia beesley says:

      who cares about about what you do and dont like…snore…..zzzzz

  3. Kimmy Ripley says:

    Mmm I love Chipotle Lime Shrimp and Zucchini Noodles!!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I love making lettuce wrap tacos topped with all the guac!

  5. This recipe sounds terrific! My go-to in a hurry meal is a smoked trout and asparagus omelette with a sprinkle of cheese and a side of mixed salad greens.

  6. My favorite quick keto meal is some grilled brats (no bun) and some boiled eggs cut in half with a mayo-sriracha-mustard dip on top. Yum!

  7. Elizabeth Sewall says:

    Hamburger patty and creamed spinach

  8. I adore tuna salad with pickles and Mayport on romaine boats. And deviled eggs with avocado and bacon.

    I’m not a huge salmon patty fan, but might try these for a change!

  9. I really appreciate the conversions using coconut flour- we have nut allergies in our house so I am so glad we can create these great recipes using alternative ingredients. Thank you!!

  10. My Favorite quick keto meal is usually a salad loaded with different things, mushroom, avocado, tomato, and a type of meat.

  11. Yummm! I made these for my lunch today before work. Very quick to make and totally yummy! Will definitely make again. Thank you!

  12. I don’t understand how to cook these, cook to low and they stay raw in the middle, cook too high and they burn to the pan and fall apart! what am I doing wrong?

    1. Denise Wilson says:

      Once the patties are made I put them in the fridge for half an hour to an hour to firm up. Then cook on high in the pan to brown and finish for 15 minutes in a medium oven. This method works for me for all low carb pattie recipes as without potato as a binding ingredient they can fall apart in the pan if cooked on low for too long

  13. These were super delicious.
    I’ve never made salmon patties before, and TBH it’s been so long since I had one, I didn’t have a reference for what it should taste like. Yet the whole family really liked these. Simple enough to make with typical things from the kitchen. Thank you so much.

  14. Making these soon. I have high hopes for them!

  15. These were perfect!! I will be making a few batches to freeze so I can have a quick lunch option at the ready! Thanks for the great recipe!

  16. Nadya Carrabs says:

    I made the low-carb salmon patties today and absolutely loved them … so tasty, pretty and looked just like the photo. I do have one question…. can these cooked patties be frozen?

    1. Yes absolutely. Freeze them in an airtight container then you can remove one or two at a time when required. I’m so glad you loved them. I also make them with tinned/canned tuna – yum.

  17. Has anyone tried these with smoked salmon? I have some I need to use so looking for a creative recipe. Thus looks delicious!

  18. Love this Libby! I’ve had a tin of canned pink salmon in my cupboard for ages and no idea what to do with it. In fact I’ve got full cupboards with food I never seem to use. I hate to be wasteful so delighted with this recipe. And it’s so yummy! Well done Libby for helping me stay Keto/LCHF and not waste food/money. xx

  19. My son loves these! I made them according to the recipe the first time, the second time I realized I was out of parsley and lemons so I subbed in cilantro and limes. I don’t bother making the dip as he is happy to dip them in plain mustard or mayonaise. I even made a big batch and froze them uncooked between layers of parchement. It worked like a charm. He would just pop a few out of the freezer and put them in a pan and cover with a lid so they would thaw and cook all at once. Perfect lunch for my newly diagnosed T1D son.

    1. Rachel this makes me so happy. I love to hear children loving my recipes, especially T1D. You are ahead of the game so fast after diagnosis discovering low-carb. It takes some people years as it often is not offered as a choice. Are you part of TypeOneGrit? They are phenomenal.

  20. Can you make these with cooked salmon fillers?

  21. Are the measuments for fresh herbs or dried herbs? Gonna try it this weekend!

  22. Oh, and how many cans is 500 gr?

  23. This was really good. Interesting, the lime dip awesome, the spices superb. Thank you.

  24. terese perucich says:

    532 calories, is that per serve

  25. Is the lemon juice in the salmon patties vital to the recipe? I am allergic to all citrus fruits but I would love to try these. Is there something I can substitute (I usually sub apple cider vinegar when a recipe requires an acid) or can I just leave it out?

  26. I just made these during my lunch break (I had the ingredients, just threw them together). They were delicious and fried up beautifully in butter.
    I only had large eggs, so I used 2 and tossed in a bit of extra flour.
    Anyway- I’m a runner, so I eat a lot (like, all. the. time.). If I’m not eating, I’m thinking about food. I didn’t think that the 4 patties this would make would be enough for 4 servings but BOY was I wrong! These were perfect with a salad on the side, and I actually found myself not being able to eat the whole salad (of course I ate the whole patty)!
    I used about 1/2 the dill that the recipe called for, because I’m not really a fan of it. What I used went beautifully with the other ingredients. Next time I think I’ll try some red pepper flakes for a bit more spice…I really like spicy.

    I’ll definitely be hanging onto this recipe and I’ll be making it again!

  27. 5 stars
    This was delicious! The salmon patties were a hit with my family. They turned out as pictured. The avocado dip is a nice change from tarter sauce. I can see using it with shrimp and other fish recipes. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. 5 stars
    Very good! I used salmon that I canned last summer. This is the best salmon patty recipe I’ve ever tried. Thank you!

  29. Sounds delicious-

    Will this work with canned tuna instead?

    1. Also, give it a try with canned Mackerel. 🙂

  30. 5 stars
    I love this recipe; it’s my go-to for salmon patties. That said, I do frequently sub out the almond flour for grated parm. It’s definitely a different flavor, but give it a try, sometime. 🙂

  31. Am I missing something? I would like to make these but can’t see any quantities. I also can’t see the recipe for the dressing?