Grain-Free Salmon Cakes

By Sara McGlothlin

Salmon typically makes it in my dinner recipe rotation a couple of times a week, but sometimes I get bored with a plain filet. I’ve made salmon cakes before – previously with quinoa – so I wanted to give a grain-free rendition a go. The first time I tested it, I used tiger nut flour; the second time with almond flour. Both are great options! The salmon shines through, and when paired with a paleo tartar sauce (recipe also below), the combination is delicious.

Grain-Free Salmon Cakes

These grain-free salmon cakes are a delicious and different way to incorporate salmon into. your dinner routine. Easy to make and flavorful, they are grain-free, dairy-free, with a nut-free option.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 Cakes


For the salmon cakes

  • 1 lb fresh salmon
  • sea salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup almond flour or tiger nut flour

For the paleo tartar sauce

  • 1/2 cup paleo mayonnaise (like Primal Kitchen brand)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the salmon skin-side down. Season with salt and pepper. Bake uncovered for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to slightly cool.
  • While the salmon is baking, cook the onions and garlic. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the avocado or olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook 7-8 minutes until onions are translucent. Remove the skillet from heat.
  • Place the salmon in a large bowl (removing the skin) and flake with a fork. Add the onions, garlic, beaten egg, and almond or tiger nut flour.
  • Using your hands form patties of desired size. Using the same skillet you cooked the onions and garlic, reheat it over medium heat.
  • Cook patties 4-5 minutes on one side and flip. Cook 3-4 more minutes or until sides are golden brown. Enjoy immediately, topping with paleo tartar sauce.
  • To make the paleo tartar sauce: place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
Keyword Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo, Soy-free

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