Salmon Patties and Tartar Sauce

Low carb juicy salmon patties with dairy free tartar sauce. I swapped breadcrumbs for almond flour to make it keto, and used almond milk yogurt for the tangy tartar sauce.

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I made these salmon patties on the FlavCity Instagram a few weeks ago, and they were so tasty I had to write the recipe on our blog. This salmon patty recipe is easy to make, everything happens in the food processor, they are keto, and the entire recipe is dairy free thanks to a few hacks! The flavor and texture of these salmon patties is so good, you would never know they are keto or dairy free.

Make sure to also check out my shrimp cake recipe with sticky sweet chili sauce.

How To Make Salmon Patties

The first thing you want to do is have the fish monger at the grocery store take the skin off the salmon and cut it into 1.5 inch cubes. This will save you loads of time and they are happy to do it. Place two pounds of wild salmon in a food processor with the avocado oil mayonnaise, mustard, and remaining ingredients. I swapped breadcrumbs with almond flour soaked in almond milk, this makes the salmon patties keto and dairy!

Once the salmon mixture is smooth, but still a bit chunky, store it in the fridge for 15-30 minutes so it can firm up. To cook the low carb salmon patties, add enough avocado oil to cover the bottom of a large non-stick pan and preheat just below medium-high. Cook the salmon patties until deep golden brow on the first side, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook another 3 minutes. make sure not to overcrowd the pan, or the salmon patties won’t get nice and crusty.

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Keto salmon patties

What Is A Good Sauce For Salmon Patties?

I love a good tartar sauce with salmon patties, but my version is dairy free and a little funky. It starts with 1/2 cup each of avocado oil mayonnaise and dairy free almond milk yogurt. I like the tang of the yogurt and the creaminess of the mayonnaise. I would either use Kite Hill plain almond yogurt or Forager plain cashew yogurt, those are my favorites.

Mix the yogurt and mayonnaise together with horseradish, dill relish, lemon zest and juice, and salt & pepper. Check for seasoning, you want the flavor to be on the tart side to cut through the richness of the salmon cakes. Served the salmon patties with the dairy free tartar sauce and enjoy!

How Do You Make Salmon Patties Keto?

To make keto approved salmon patties, just use some fine ground almond flour that’s either soaked in water, cream, or unsweetened plain almond milk. The almond flour is the perfect substitution for breadcrumbs, and binds the salmon patties together perfectly. Add enough liquid to 3/4 cup almond flour to make it wet and mushy, allow to sit for 5 minutes so the flour hydrates, then add it to the salmon patty mixture.

Make sure to check out my other salmon and keto recipes:

salmon patties

Keto Salmon Patties

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broiled salmon, keto, low carb, salmon cakes, salmon patty
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 patties
Calories: 298 kcal
Author: Bobby Parrish

Juicy salmon patties made low carb with almond flour and served with a dairy free homemade tartar sauce recipe.



For the salmon patties:

  • 2 pounds wild salmon skin removed & cubed*
  • 2/3 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1.5 teaspoons stone ground or dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • Kosher salt & pepper
  • Avocado oil

For the tartar sauce:

  • 1/2 cup greek or plain dairy free yogurt
  • ½ cup avocado oil mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons capers chopped
  • Zest & juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • Kosher salt & pepper


  1. To a food processor, add all of the salmon patty ingredients(not the oii) including ¾ teaspoon salt, and a few cracks of pepper. Blend to combine, but keep it just a tad chunky. Chill the salmon mixture in fridge for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Pre-heat large non-stick pan just below medium-high heat and wait for it to get hot. Grab enough salmon mixture to form a large golf ball, place in the pan, and press it into a patty using your fingers or a spatula. Add about 4 salmon patties to the pan and allow to cook for about 4 minutes, until deep golden in color. Flip and cook another 3 minutes. Remove salmon patties from pan and repeat with the second batch, adding a bit more oil if needed.

  2. Meanwhile, make the tartar sauce by adding all the ingredients to a bowl, mix well, and check for seasoning. You want the flavors to be bright and tangy, so you may need more lemon juice.
  3. Serve the salmon patties with the tartar sauce and garnish with dill. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Ask the fish monger at the store to remove the salmon skin and cut it into 1.5 inch chunks. If using farm raised salmon, make sure it is Norwegian salmon, and only use 1 egg and 1/3 cup of mayonnaise for the salmon patty recipe.

Macros per salmon cake, recipe makes 10: 

298 calories

1.22 grams of net carbs 

2.33 grams of total carbs

21.8 grams of fat

22.8 grams of protein

1.1 grams of fiber 

Macros per 1 tablespoon of tartar sauce: 

52 calories

0.04 grams of net carbs

0.18 grams of total carbs

5.7 grams of fat

0.17 grams of protein

0 fiber

Nutrition Facts
Keto Salmon Patties
Amount Per Serving (1 patty)
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 196
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.8g34%
Carbohydrates 2.23g1%
Fiber 1.1g5%
Protein 22.8g46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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