Video/Recipe: Salmon Patties for Picky Eaters

March 20, 2011 · 57 comments

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It is commonly known that salmon contains the very valuable long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. This omega 3 fat is protective to the heart and brain and protective against other diseases of inflammation such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. However it is wild salmon, not farmed salmon that provides these vital nutrients.

Not only does farmed salmon have less of the valuable fats, but it also has hormones, antibiotics, colorings, but most importantly, polyunsaturated fatty acids like linseed and rapeseed oil that are unnatural to fish and unhealthy for both fish and humans.

The issue of the feed provided to farmed salmon is critical to our understanding of what happens to our food supply when we take animals out of their normal environment and away from their natural diet. Studies have shown that the saying “you are what you eat” also applies to fish. When fed unnatural grains and cheap, highly refined polyunsaturates like linseed and rapeseed oil, the valuable oils that the fish produce in their flesh is reduced and actually becomes a dangerous, atherosclerotic producing food. The farming industry tries to rectify that by feeding fish oils to the fish in the last 20 weeks before harvest, but this still does not correct the poor balance of omega 3 to omega 6 produced by the diet of grains and cheap oils previously given. The solution for you, is to eat only wild salmon.

The season for wild salmon generally starts April/May and can run through November. Your local fish market is a good place to start “foraging” for wild salmon. Frozen salmon can be obtained all year from various vendors of high quality fish. Other nutrients obtained from wild salmon are vitamin D and astaxanthin. Vitamin D has bone building, anti-cancer and immune protective benefits. Astaxanthin is the powerfully anti-inflammatory, carotenoid-class antioxidant that gives wild salmon its vibrant red-orange color.

Here is a recipe for a quick and simple hot meal from canned wild salmon that even the pickiest eater may enjoy. The tiny amount of gluten-free coconut flour added will give it that “breaded” feel that is so delicious. Serve it with sliced avocado or guacamole dip, or cold the next day.


two 6 ounce cans of wild salmon (BPA-free can if possible)

2 eggs (pastured if possible)

Sesame oil, lard, tallow, butter, ghee or coconut oil for pan sauteing

1/2 Tablespoon coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Open and drain the cans of salmon
  • Empty into mixing bowl and mash with a fork
  • Add the two eggs and mix together
  • Add the spices
  • Mix in the coconut flour
  • Divide the mix into eight sections
  • Scoop out each section to make individual patties for pan sauteing
  • Heat the oil/fat of your choice to medium
  • Transfer the patties to the pan and cook until browned, making sure they do not stick to the pan


If you have a picky eater who does not like texture, just use the basic recipe as above. Other tasty additions to the basic recipe include using finely chopped red pepper, green pepper, scallion, and/or fresh garlic. You could even saute these a little first, to get them soft before putting them into the mix. Other variations include using leftover, already cooked wild salmon fillet.

Serve With

  • Homemade gluten-free crepes
  • Sliced avocado
  • Guacamole
  • If you have leftovers, you may serve them cold with homemade mayonnaise
  • Slices of gluten-free coconut bread

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June March 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

Great new recipe – can anything be substituted for the coconut flour – such as almond flour which is easy to get at Trader joes?


Jill March 21, 2011 at 11:40 am

Hi June,
Yes, you can certainly use nut flours instead. However just be aware that the flour available at Trader Joe’s is almond meal, which has the skins and is also more course. Almond flour from blanched almonds is available from Bob’s Red Mill at a health food store like Whole Foods and is finer than almond meal. Coconut flour is also available at Whole Foods from Bob’s Red Mill. I have tried it with the almond flour and find that the coconut flour is lighter. Good luck!


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist March 21, 2011 at 11:27 am

Thanks for sharing this great idea at Monday Mania this week! :) Your video is not showing up, by the way, just the link to youtube. Just in case you didn’t know already.


Jill March 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

Hi Sarah,
Thanks — I am having trouble with the visual editor again. I will fix the video.


Miz Helen March 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

Hi Jill,
I really enjoyed your video. We just love Salmon Patties, plain or fancy, we just love them. Thank you for sharing and you have a nice day!


Jill March 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Hi Miz Helen,
Thank you for your kind words. I always say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”


Chris March 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

I saw your link at Hella Delicious. I love fish patties, but hadn’t thought to make them with canned salmon before (I usually make them with leftovers). Great idea for a quicky lunch and I think I’ll make them today!


Jill March 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hi Chris,
I hope you enjoy them! I just visited your Lost Arts in the Kitchen blog and subscribed! It looks very interesting! Have you ever fermented herring? That is something I would like to learn! I love herring.


Christine March 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Yummy! As someone who isn’t really eating eggs at the moment, what would you suggest as a replacement for them?


Jill March 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Hi Christine,
I loved visiting your site! Your lamb stew looks fabulous! Replacing eggs is hard because the commercial egg replacers are full of chemicals and I do not recommend them. Perhaps you can just use the salmon chopped up, and fry it up with various vegetables like onion, garlic, pepper, etc.. Hmmm, that sounds good!


Lisa@ The Nourishing Homemaker March 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Hi! I came over from Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. I love this recipe. They look delicious! I have several picky eaters so I am going to have to try this one. Thanks for sharing!


Jill March 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

HI Lisa,
I like your blog — I am going to bookmark it and read more about paleo. Thanks for your comment. Let me know how it goes!


Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook March 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm

They look delicious!


Jill March 23, 2011 at 12:39 am

Hi Carol,
They truly are! Thanks for your comments!


Theresa Donohue March 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

I can’t wait to try these…sounds sooo good.


Jill March 24, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Hi Theresa,
I think you will like them!


Miz Helen March 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Hi Jill,
I am so happy that you are sharing these wonderful Salmon Patties with Full Plate Thursday. This is a great recipe. Hope to see you next week!


Jill March 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Miz Helen,
Thank you. I’ll be there!


Gengen March 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Wow delicious…happy FTF!


Jill March 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Thanks Gengen!


Spice Up Your Life March 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I make this once in a while at home and everyone loves it.

Spice Up Your Life with Mexican Treats.


Lyza March 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe…I can definitely use this for the coming Holy Week :)


Jill March 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Hi Lyza,
I’m sure you will like this recipe!


cheerful March 25, 2011 at 12:11 am

wow, looks really tasty, thanks for sharing those information and recipe, good read! i love to do these, i guess my family will love it! PinayMum – Mommy’s Life Around…wishing you a great Friday!:)


Jill March 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Hi Cheerful,
I think your family will love these patties!


MommyLES March 25, 2011 at 5:02 am

i never try this one i want to try it looks yummy.

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Jill March 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm

HI Mommy,


alex at a moderate life March 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Hi Jilli! These look super yum. My kids like fish, I am the one who isn’t partial because my mother was allergic to seafood. I am slowly trying new things and always buy wild caught. i will give these a try! Thanks so much for sharing with us on the hearth and soul hop! All the best! Alex


Jill March 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Hi Alex,
I do hope you like these patties. In my experience, some people who are allergic to fish can actually tolerate fish in a can (my son is one of those people).


Debbie Arnold March 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

We love salmon patties at our house. Mine aren’t quite as healthy as yours:( We love them just the same. I try to stay aware of wild v. farmed fish issues and evaluate those based upon taste v. sustainability. I love Copper River salmon and try to stock up when it comes in season. I only eat wild salmon, but I do eat farm raised catfish and tilapia. Thanks for sharing.


Jill March 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Hi Debbie,
I’m so glad you like the recipe!And thanks for hosting!


domestic {cherry} March 26, 2011 at 9:35 pm

i love salmon and this looks healthy enough to feast on. thanks for sharing.

here’s my entry:


Jill March 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

HI Chery,
Thanks for your comments. I wish you good feast!


Chaya March 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

We are featuring this wonderful recipe on My Meatless Mondays. Please feel free to leave more of your appealing recipes.

I love salmon so I am particularly happy about your recipe.


Jill March 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Hi Chaya,
I am so happy you like my recipe enough to feature it! Thank you!I will certainly post more recipes on your food carnival and I am preparing some for Passover!


kristin March 28, 2011 at 12:59 am

jill – these look so good & i love the suggestions / details you provide! :D

i would love for you to link this & any other recipe to mangia monday!


Jill March 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Hi Kristen,
I put Mangia Mondays on my list of carnivals! Thanks!


tracy March 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

i grew up eating basically this same recipe, although the coconut flour is a new addition and i love it! i also love the tips about addins and things to serve with these as well. when i was younger, *I* was the picky eater, so my mum made the basic recipe. but now that i’m older, i think i’d love to try some fresh garlic cloves and scallions. yummmers! thanks!


Jill March 28, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Hi Tracy,
Thank you for commenting. It’s amazing how our tastes widen when we get older! Enjoy!


Jane Doiron March 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Another great recipe/video! I LOVE salmon! Thanks for the inspiration. I am going to prepare this for myself as I’m the only salmon eater in my house! Thanks for adding this to Melt in Your Mouth Monday!


Jill March 29, 2011 at 5:54 am

Hi Jane,
I think you will like these patties! Thanks for hosting!


hellaD March 29, 2011 at 3:18 am

Hey Jill,
Wow fantastic recipe! I can’t wait to try it, so nice to have something simple and easy yet so nourishing like this. Delicious too. Thanks so much for sharing at Grain-Free Tuesdays, I am featuring it this week. Thanks again.


Jill March 29, 2011 at 5:55 am

Hi HellaD,
Thank you so much for featuring my grain-free salmon patties!I’m always looking for a quick easy meal as well!


Dianne March 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I have been making salmon patties for several years, however I have been using breadcrumbs. I will have to try the coconut or another gluten free flour.


Jill March 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Hi Dianne,
I think you will like these!


darly March 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm

i love salmon, so definitely a must try

Have a great foodtripping hop, hope you’d check out my FTF entry too
Food and Passion
I Love Darly!


Sarah Smith April 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

These look delicious!


Jill April 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Thanks Sarah!


Susan November 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm



Anonymous November 4, 2011 at 1:03 am

I haven’t had salmon patties since I was a child.  I kind of forgot about them.  I do NOT like fresh salmon but I used to love the patties made out of a can.  Strange, huh?


Miz Helen November 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Jill, I love Salmon Patties and I am a picky eater, so this must be just for me, it looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
Miz Helen


April Harris November 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

Very interesting post – we always prefer to choose wild salmon when we can, although I also buy it frozen as well as canned. I really like the sound of your recipe – salmon patties make such a lovely meal. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop. 


Amy @ A Little Nosh November 6, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I love salmon patties. Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!


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