Easy Salmon Patties – A Low-Carb Salmon Patties without Bread Crumbs

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These low-carb salmon patties feature just a few simple ingredients but a big on flavor.

Easy Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe without bread crumbs or crackers. What’s even better?  This recipe only takes 6 ingredients, and that includes salt and pepper.

These Low-Carb Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe with none of the fillers. Both recipes are kid-approved and easy to make.

Easy Salmon Patties

Our Classic Salmon Patties recipe is number one on our blog and our Pinterest boards. Maybe we should start calling these the BEST SALMON PATTIES! But we love this low-carb version even better.  That’s because these salmon patties are fast, easy (only 6 ingredients), delicious, kid-approved, and diet-friendly, whether it be low carb, keto or gluten-free.

Barbara makes salmon cakes quite often – they are a favorite of her daughters (her husband isn’t as big of a fan). So Barbara usually plans to make them when her husband has an evening meeting or is traveling for work. She invites our cousin Janet to dinner on these evenings as she’s a HUGE fan of Barbara’s salmon patties!

Our mom also made this exact salmon patties recipe without bread crumbs using canned salmon growing up.  The delicious aroma of these frying up on the stove top take us right back to our childhood.

Low-Carb Salmon Patties Ingredient List

Canned Salmon, bones and skin removed

Egg

Salt

Black Pepper

Butter (for frying)

Olive Oil (for frying)

Salmon Patties without Bread Crumbs

While our Classic Salmon Patties are “classic” for a reason, Barbara actually makes these Low-Carb Salmon Patties just as often as the others.

Actually, she says she can give you a thousand reasons to make these:

  1. They are delicious
  2. They are fast.
  3. Canned Salmon is affordable. (Never seen/bought it? Here are some options.)
  4. Canned Salmon can be a staple in your pantry. Staples are great for quick meals.
  5. These are kid friendly
  6. Canned Salmon is a good source of calcium.
  7. Canned Salmon is high in protein and Omega 3’s.
  8. You can get it at Aldi, our favorite grocery store.
  9. This recipe fits the bill for those of you on a low-carb diet, like Ketogenic (or gluten-free).
  10. You can eat these with a fork or as a sandwich!

Ok, that’s 10 reasons. But, we think that’s enough!

How to Make Low-Carb Salmon Patties

Full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for these quick Salmon Patties can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Drain canned salmon into a bowl, removing the bones and skin.  Reserve some of the salmon liquid.
  2. Add egg, black pepper and salt, and mix with your hands until incorporated.  The mixture should be slightly wet and sloppy.  The reserved juice can be added if necessary.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat until it is sizzling.
  4. Divide the salmon into 4 patties, and add to the skillet.
  5. Cook on each side 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.  Resist the urge to move or flip until a golden brown crust has formed.

Notes About Easy Salmon Patties

  • These salmon patties without bread crumbs and without crackers means they are low carb.
  • Reserve a little bit of the juices from the canned salmon. This keeps the salmon patty flavorful and also helps hold the salmon patty together.
  • Use your clean hands to mix all the ingredients together and form a salmon patty.
  • Do not add the salmon patty to the butter and olive oil in the pan until it is heated up. Also, do not touch or flip the salmon patty until you see the bottom edge is browned well. This prevents the salmon patty from falling apart.
  • Eat alone with lots of ketchup or you could eat as a sandwich.

What to eat with salmon patties?

Check out these 10 side dishes that go perfectly along side salmon patties.

  1. Creamed Peas
  2. Cottage Cheese
  3. Red Hot Cinnamon Apples
  4. Simple Coleslaw
  5. Applesauce
  6. Fruit Salad
  7. Creamed Corn
  8. Ambrosia
  9. Cornbread
  10. Broccoli Rice Casserole

Our Favorite Seafood Recipes

We pulled together our canned salmon recipes in this post.

Mom’s Tuna Casserole

Tuna Pasta Salad

Easy Baked Tilapia

Canned Salmon Chowder

Cold Crab Dip with Shrimp

Hot Crab Dip

These Low-Carb Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe with none of the fillers. Both recipes are kid-approved and easy to make.
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Easy Salmon Patties - A Low-Carb Salmon Patties without Bread Crumbs

Easy Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe without bread crumbs and without crackers, making them a low carb salmon patties recipe. 
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy salmon patties, low-carb salmon patties, salmon cakes, salmon patties, salmon patties without bread crumbs, salmon patty
Servings: 4
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 14.75 oz. can Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Drain salmon into a bowl, and reserve the liquid. Remove bones and skin from the salmon.
    Easy Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe without bread crumbs and without crackers, making them a low carb salmon patties recipe. 
  • Add egg, black pepper and salt to the salmon. Mix with your hands until incorporated. The mixture should be slightly wet and sloppy. If too dry, add some salmon broth back to the mixture.
    Easy Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe without bread crumbs and without crackers, making them a low carb salmon patties recipe. 
  • Add butter and olive oil to a skillet; heat over medium heat until butter mixture is sizzling.
    Easy Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe without bread crumbs and without crackers, making them a low carb salmon patties recipe. 
  • Make 4 patties out of salmon mixture; add to the skillet.
    Easy Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe without bread crumbs and without crackers, making them a low carb salmon patties recipe. 
  • Cook on each side 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown.
    Easy Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe without bread crumbs and without crackers, making them a low carb salmon patties recipe. 

Notes

While our Classic Salmon Patties are "classic" for a reason, Barbara actually makes these Low-Carb Salmon Patties just as often as the others.
Here's some reasons that you should make these:
  1. They are delicious
  2. They are fast.
  3. Canned Salmon is affordable. (Never seen/bought it? Here are some options.)
  4. Canned Salmon can be a staple in your pantry. Staples are great for quick meals.
  5. These are kid friendly
  6. Canned Salmon is a good source of calcium.
  7. Canned Salmon is high in protein and Omega 3's.
  8. You can get it at Aldi, our favorite grocery store.
  9. This recipe fits the bill for those of you on a low-carb diet, like Ketogenic (or gluten-free).
  10. You can eat these with a fork or as a sandwich!

These Low-Carb Salmon Patties have the flavor of the classic salmon patty recipe with none of the fillers. Both recipes are kid-approved and easy to make.

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42 Comments

  1. I make a salmon burger that is similar with regular filets and chop it up. but I also add some parmasian cheese, a little ginger, and some Dijon mustard as for some flavoring. We also use a sauce of half mustard/ mayo….mmmm it is so good! (I live in Juneau, AK so we catch quite a bit of salmon. I love cooking it like this!)

    1. I made them tonight and they were yummy. I did add a little bit of cracker crumbs I forgot I had. I also used butter and olive oil like she said. Will make them again.

  2. I add almond flour as a binder, still low carb. Adding diced onion and green paper with a squeeze of fresh lemon is amazing!

  3. Note being a fan of canned salmon, I’m wondering if you’ve ever made this recipe with canned tuna and would you change any of the ingredients if you do,
    Thank you

    1. There are recipes for Tuna Patties out there but we haven’t tried them. The ones I’ve seen have a couple of Tablespoons of mayo and/or dijon mustard added.

  4. Is there no binder necessary for these? Do they hold together well without it? If a binder is needed, any suggestions for one that still keeps it low carb. Something other than almond flour. I don’t have any.

    1. Tom, you don’t need a binder. Our mom has been making them this way for years and we’ve never had an issue. Just be sure to not flip them too early so they have a nice “crust” on one side before flipping.

      1. I used the hot and spicy pork rids that i crushed myself today but will not use anything next time. ty Sherri B. Florida

  5. Tasty& easy recipe. We prefer the flavor of red salmon, so that’s what I always buy & use. As others, we use a little of Old Bay Seasoning instead of S & P. I also always add the tiniest pinch of garlic powder (which you don’t taste) but it livens up the other flavors. We enjoy this served just like it’s served back home in New England, with homemade French fries & Cole slaw. Especially nice to on Fridays during Lent.

    1. We’ll have to try these with the red salmon…if we have a little leftover smoked salmon in the fridge, we’ll throw it in and that always makes them just a little better! Thanks for sharing.

  6. These sound great. I’m diabetic and supposed to eat low-moderate carbs, but also moderate fat and calories so this would fit in well. I can get my carbs in with other foods at the same meal. My one problem is it’s just me so 4 servings are too many at one meal. If a make a whole recipe, can I freeze some of the patties? If so should I freeze pre=cooked or cooked?

    1. Judy, we haven’t frozen our salmon patties but you should be able to form the patties and place them on parchment paper on a cutting board or cookie sheet. Freeze them for a couple of hours and once frozen, wrap each salmon patty in plastic wrap or wax paper and store all of them in a large resealable plastic bag in the freezer. They should keep a couple of months. Just pull one out, thaw in the refrigerator and then cook. Thanks!

  7. We ate them with the cracker crumbs in the mix growing up. Can’t wait to try them this way! I like to squeeze fresh lemon juice over mine, and eat with cocktail sauce. Good with green beans or stewed/creamed tomatoes! I also like to eat them cold right out of the fridge the next day 🙂

  8. I like to add things to my patties…chopped onion, chopped bell peppers or radishes…anything non-carby!! I also like cocktail sauce on mine. Not a big tarter sauce or ketchup fan when it comes to fish…..

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