Salmon Cakes Recipe

Salmon Cakes Recipe

June 26, 2020

If you're looking for a recipe that has great nutrition and protein, you've found it with this Salmon Cakes Recipe. The patties are portion-controlled and are a perfect protein option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You'll want to make sure you have leftovers of these salmon cakes because they are that good!

Canned salmon is easy to use, it is readily available and is an excellent real food source of protein that your body will recognize and benefit from.

Salmon has many nutritional benefits

  • Omega 3 fatty acids: These are considered “good fats” and 30% of our caloric intake should come in the form of fats in this category. Omega 3's have shown through research, to protect our heart, prevent stroke, improve lipid patterns, improve blood vessel function, improve other diseases like Crohn's disease, and Rheumatoid Arthritis which are symptoms of immune and inflammatory disorders. Omega 3's have also shown to reduce the risk of mental disorders like depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • High-Quality Protein: Protein is an essential component of nutrition. It plays a primary role in building and giving structure to muscle, hair, skin, nails, eyes and our internal organs as well as providing the body with energy, maintaining fluid and sodium balance and building important substances like hemoglobin, hormones, and antibodies. In a 4 ounce serving of salmon, you will get roughly 26 grams of protein.
  • Essential Amino Acids: Essential amino acids are just that, essential to life and MUST be supplied by diet! There are 9 of them and they are Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine and Histidine. Your body can make these in very small amounts but not enough to sustain life and keep you healthy.  
  • Vitamins: Vitamins are essential for vitality, growth, and health. Depletion of vitamins can lead to nutritional disorders and general health problems which everyone is susceptible to, but as bariatric surgery patients, we need to focus on nutrition to maintain our vitamin levels due to malabsorption. A few of the vitamins that you can get from salmon contain 3 fat-soluble vitamins, Vitamin A, D, and E. These three need fats to help them become absorbed and utilized by the body. Salmon has an abundance of good, heart-healthy fats for this! The other two vitamins that salmon offers is Vitamin B and B6 both needed to support a healthy hormone balance in women and a functioning nervous system for all. Micro and Macro Minerals: calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous. Each has an important role in bone, muscle, teeth, inflammation, endocrine, and immune function.

This Salmon Cakes Recipe is bariatric-friendly and a good choice for anyone health-minded!

Salmon Cakes Recipe

Recipe byLori Newlon from The Bariatric Dish
Makes 8 Patties


  • 2 cans of wild-caught salmon
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2–3 finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp capers (drained)
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1 tsp seafood seasoning or Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Drain both cans of salmon and add to a large mixing bowl. Flake apart the salmon.
  2. Whisk the egg and then add it to the bowl.
  3. Wash and trim your green onions, slice into small pieces and add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Remove the fresh dill from the thicker, larger stem. You don’t need to remove the dill from the thinner stems. Bunch up the dill tightly and chop it up. When done add it to the bowl of ingredients.
  5. Add in your measured mayo, almond flour, capers (no liquid) seasoning, and salt and pepper.
  6. Mix all the ingredients together and set aside.
  7. On the stove, put a couple of tablespoons of avocado or olive oil in a skillet, turn up the heat to medium and allow the pan to become hot.
  8. Using a large scoop, scoop portions of the salmon mixture from bowl and form into the shape of a patty using your hands.
  9. Being cautious, gently place the formed patty in the hot pan continuing to do this until all the mixture is gone. You may have to cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding them and add more oil as needed.
  10. Let the cakes brown up, you may need to adjust the heat on your stove to avoid burning them. It’s important that you let them fry for a few minutes to allow a “crust” to form so they are easy to flip over and stay intact, you just have to pay attention to them. If you try and flip them before they have a nice golden brown crust they will break. I usually have a small spatula and a fork to help the flipping process since they don’t have bread crumbs to help bind them together they are more fragile.
  11. When the patty is done cooking remove it from the hot pan and set on a paper towel. At this time you can serve it up and enjoy or you can put them in a glass storage container and keep them in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.

Nutritional Info

Calories 117; Carbohydrates 1 gram; Fat 8 grams; Protein 11 grams

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Lori Newlon, NTP, RN, Bariatric Nurse and founder of The Bariatric Dish. She was able to successfully lose 160 pounds with the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. After struggling through her own dramatic weight loss and the many directly related health complications that accompanied it, she developed a passion for nutrition and healthful cooking (including some tasty treats!) which she uses to help maintain a healthy weight and nutritionally sound lifestyle twelve years after surgery.
Recipe Disclaimer: If you have specific dietary restrictions, allergies or a nutrition plan that you are following, make sure to read the ingredient list prior to consumption. All information on is intended for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional. Please contact a medical professional with any questions and concerns.