Salmon Patty Recipe | Low Carb & Gluten Free

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Easy salmon patty recipe made with fresh wild caught fish. Perfect for low carb, keto, and gluten free diets. This versatile meal can be served as an appetizer, on a salad or enjoy as salmon sliders.


Salmon Patty Recipe on salad plate

Salmon Patty Recipe with Wild Caught Fish

These delicious salmon patties are made with fresh flaked fish that are lightly seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning, Worcestershire sauce (omit if gluten-free), pork rind crumbs, and diced celery for an additional crunchy texture.  

Simple and flavorful, and if you are lucky enough to have access to fresh seafood, then I highly recommend cooking a filet instead of opening a can of salmon for this recipe.

No problem if that’s your option, but did you know that many grocery stores are now stocking frozen and air sealed wild caught salmon?


Salmon Patty Recipe Appetizer


You might be wondering what’s the difference between wild caught and farm-raised salmon is, and to be honest, I didn’t know there was a difference for soooo many years!

Salmon is salmon, right?  Well, no.  Not at all.

The first time I learned about the difference I was at our grocery store and there was the two types next to each other under the glass display.

First, just by looking at the fish you can see a noticeable difference.  Farm-raised fish looked dull with a pinkish/orange color.  As the name explains, this fish is raised in contained environments.

The wild caught fish was vibrant with a reddish hue, and are brought to us through the old-fashioned method —> fishermen.

Oh, and wild caught is more expensive too, but when you taste the two options, the flavor is VERY different.

Once you enjoy a fresh wild caught salmon filet, you won’t go for the farm-raised fish again.


Fresh salmon on teal baking pan

How to make salmon cakes

Salmon cakes are super easy to make.  First, bake the salmon for 20 minutes (350 degrees), seasoned with salt and pepper and a dash of olive oil.

Once the fish is cool, remove the skin and shred the fish with two forks.


Flaked fresh salmon


For this recipe, I kept the ingredients low carb and gluten-free, so instead of bread crumbs I pulsed pork rinds into crumbs.  It’s a great filler without the carbs!

I also wanted a little texture added in the salmon patty recipe, so I included some chopped celery.


Ingredients for Salmon Patty Recipe in clear bowls


Mix all the ingredients together with an egg and seasoning.

Next, scoop about 1/3 cup of fish and hand pat into patties.


Forming Salmon patties to be cooked


Before pan frying I let these sit in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

This recipe made five 2 .5″ – 3″ patties.  If you want to make slider and still keep this low carb, then try these low carb cheddar biscuits.

Sauce for Salmon Patties

If you want to serve these as an appetizer then you might want pair the patties with one of these sauces!

Copycat McDonalds Tarter Sauce Fish Sandwich Recipe

Salmon & Shrimp with Lemon Caper Sauce 

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Salmon with Mustard Dill Sauce



Salmon Patty over green salad


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Salmon Patty Recipe

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 6 mins Serves 5

Easy low carb, gluten-free, Keto salmon patty recipe made with fresh wild caught fish. Enjoy as an appetizer, add on salad or serve as fish sliders.


  • 7-8 ounce cooked salmon, flaked
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (omit for gluten-free diet)

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pork rinds 
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil 


Cook salmon for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool and remove skin, then shred into flakes with two forks. 

In a small bowl whisk together egg and Worcestershire sauce.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl mix fish, pork rind, Old Bay Seasoning, and celery together.  Add in egg mix. 

Form patties (1/3 cup) and place on wax paper or parchment paper and refrigerate for a minimum of 15 minutes. 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add butter and oil.  When melted add patties and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Flip and cook on the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes.  


Recipe Notes

You can use bread crumbs or Panko in place of pork rind crumbs if you are not low carb or gluten-free. 

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Salmon patty recipe appetizer with celery

This low carb, keto, and gluten free salmon patty recipe can be used as an appetizer, or main meal. Add to salads or serve as sliders #salmonpatties #fish #appetizer #easyrecipe #lowcarb |

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

15 Comments on Salmon Patty Recipe | Low Carb & Gluten Free

  1. Brian Jones says:
    March 28, 2018

    They sound delicious, I am sure that the Worcestershire sauce adds a wonderful depth of flavour!

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  2. Ramona says:
    March 28, 2018

    Absolutely delicious sounding dish. Never mixed fish with pork. I must try though as I love both pork and salmon 👍😋

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  3. Caroline says:
    March 28, 2018

    I would never have thought to add pork rinds but I’m intrigued to try it! Love salmon.

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  4. Angela says:
    March 28, 2018

    What a wonderful recipe! I think this is sure to be a go to- especially as the weather warms up! Saving this for sure! Thanks!

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  5. March 28, 2018

    I love salmon cakes, but you’ve really taken this recipe over the top using pork rinds (brilliant!) and adding the celery for texture… They look incredible! They’re on my menu for early next week!

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  6. Stephanie says:
    March 29, 2018

    Salmon cakes are my favorite. What I prefer gluten free diet and this cake sounds like a great option for me.

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  7. Debra C. says:
    March 29, 2018

    When I was a kid, my Dad and I would fish for Salmon on the Columbia River. It was always such a treat when we caught one and salmon has always been my favorite fish! Can’t wait to give your delicious recipe a try!

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  8. March 29, 2018

    My mom used to make salmon patties when I was a kid. They looked nothing like this!! HA!! These look delicious!! Makes me want to make them! I think i WILL! 🙂

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  9. March 30, 2018

    We love salmon at our house and these look out of this world good! Wayyyyy better than the canned salmon patties my dad made when we were growing up, haha!

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  10. March 30, 2018

    These are always a hit at my in-law’s house. Brooks’ Pa-Paw used to make these for us every time we came into town to visit. He would use the canned salmon because it was cheaper and easier and I always wished he would use the fresh instead. These look amazing and I love the addition of Worcestershire sauce!

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  11. michele says:
    March 30, 2018

    you had me at pork rind crumbs! Wow, that was such a great texture and flavor added to salmon!

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  12. Madi says:
    March 31, 2018

    Using pork rinds is such an awesome idea! This sounds like such a great meal!

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  13. Julie says:
    April 2, 2018

    I just bought some salmon today and now I know what I’ll be doing with what we don’t use! I never thought to use pork rind! What a tasty option.

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  14. April 16, 2018

    Simply delicious! Adding the savory pork rinds to this recipe makes it really delicious, even better than bread crumbs. Keep those low carb dinner ideas coming. Sharing, of course!

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