These Oven Baked Salmon Patties (or Salmon Cakes) are a great, high protein dinner that can be made in a flash. Keep some canned salmon in your pantry and you’ll be ready to throw these together at almost any time. These are a one bowl, shape and bake recipe so, pair it with a side and a salad while you’re waiting for these to finish in the oven, and you’ll have a healthy dinner ready in just 30 minutes!
What you’ll need to make Salmon Patties
- Canned Salmon: I know it’s hardly as glamorous a fresh salmon fillet, but hear me out- according to this report on canned vs fresh fish, canned salmon is often on par in nutrition when compared to fresh salmon, and is likely to actually have even more calcium compared to fresh (due to the soft edible bones found in canned fish). Both are high in Omega 3 and protein, with the added benefit that canned salmon is often wild caught and not farmed (which is often the case for fresh salmon from your supermarket). See this report regarding the difference between wild and farmed salmon. Knowing all of this, and coupled with the huge convenience factor, I’m all for using canned salmon in this recipe.
- Flour or Breadcrumbs: I use coconut flour as a binder as that’s what I had on hand and keeps this low carb, but this recipe is pretty versatile- you could use breadcrumbs, panko or almond flour instead depending on what you’ve got in the cupboard, and your own dietary needs.
- Dill and Paprika: these are my preferred herbs and spices, but feel free to add others if you wish.
- Onion and Garlic: Grate the onion and mince the garlic in a garlic press for best results, but feel free to finely chop them as well- they won’t combine as uniformly but will still hold together fine. You will probably need to chop the last bit of onion either way as you won’t be able to grate all of it without cutting your fingers. Grating onions can often result in a lot of tears, so try washing the grater under some water every so often as you go (I find it helps)!
- Parmesan: for flavour!
- Lemon Juice: omit if you don’t have any fresh lemons, but also helps add flavour.
- Salt and Black Pepper
3 Easy Steps to Make Salmon Patties
Step 1: Preheat your oven and combine all your ingredients into a bowl. Literally, just dump them in and mix well.
Step 2: Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop and shape the salmon mixture, packing down slightly and smoothing off the top. Pop the shaped patties out onto a lined baking sheet. Pat and shape slightly again, spray with a little cooking oil spray and voilà- salmon cakes ready for the oven!
Please do use the oven for this recipe- I’ve tried making them in a pan on the stovetop and it did not work very well- I ended up with salmon scramble instead!
Step 3: Place salmon cakes into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, flipping once at the 15 minute mark. While they’re in the oven, prepare your sides!
What to serve with your Salmon Patties
I love having them with a side salad and drizzled with mayo/aioli/tartare sauce, plus one of the following:
- White Bean Mash (as pictured here): My favourite way to serve them, this mash is made with a can of white beans heated on the stove – no potato peeling required! Super healthy, quick and easy to make while the salmon patties are in the oven! Stay tuned for the recipe!
- Mashed Potato: Go the more traditional route and have them with a deliciously buttery mashed potato.
- Chips: Throw some in the oven at the same time as the salmon patties for the easiest side of all!
Oven Baked Salmon Patties
- A Large Mixing Bowl
- 1/4 cup measuring cup
- Baking tray / sheet pan
- Parchment Paper / Baking Paper
- 1 can (415g) canned pink salmon
- 1 small onion (or 1/2 large onion) grated
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp coconut flour (or 1/2 cup almond flour or breadcrumbs)
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 cup parmesan grated
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- cooking oil spray
- Preheat your oven to 220C/425F (200 C Fan) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Place all salmon patty ingredients in a large mixing bowl and combine well.
- Use your 1/4 cup to measure and shape patties and evenly space each onto the prepared baking tray. Spray patties with a light coating of cooking oil spray.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes before carefully flipping each of them (easiest with tongs) and bake for an additional 5 minutes until both sides are golden.
- Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before serving.
- Nutritional information is an estimation only and has been calculated without any substitutions.
Please let me know in the comments if you try this recipe! I’d love to hear how it turns out!