BAKED SALMON CAKES (GF, PALEO, DAIRY-FREE)


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Baked salmon cakes are perfect for an appetizer, dinner or side dish for a weeknight dinner or hosting. They’re a versatile food that are decadent, flavorful and rich. I love making these salmon cakes because you just need to get everything together in a bowl and then bake them and you have a great bite ready. The salmon cakes also happen to be paleo and Whole30 approved so they’ll be a great option for everyone!

Baked Salmon Cakes Ingredients

Salmon: Salmon is of course the main ingredient of the salmon cakes. I like to use Wild Planet wild caught canned salmon for this recipe because its sustainably caught and its only ingredients are salmon and salt. You can also use a baked salmon filet in replacement for the canned salmon.

Onion & Garlic: The onion and garlic are used to add lots of flavor to the salmon cakes, definitely don’t skip this part. Simmer the onion and garlic with ghee on a skillet to caramelize and add it to the mix, it’s a flavor explosion!

Spices: The spices you’ll need for this recipe are salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, celery salt and parsley. Optionally you could use ~2 tablespoons of seafood seasoning mix as a replacement for the spices if you have that on hand.

Coconut Aminos: If you haven’t used coconut aminos before, it’s a replacement for soy sauce that is more often gluten-free and is soy free. You can absolutely use soy sauce if you don’t have coconut aminos.

Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard is used to add flavor to the salmon cakes and also helps the ingredients stick together while baking. You can also use regular yellow mustard if you don’t have any djion mustard on hand, or even a little bit of paleo mayo.

Eggs: Two beaten eggs are a key addition to this recipe in order for the salmon cakes to bake properly and stick together. The benefit of beating the eggs beforehand is that they will be more evenly dispersed.

Almond Flour: Almond flour is used as a replacement for breadcrumbs which are typically used in salmon cake or crab cake recipes. I don’t have any flour replacements other than breadcrumbs since I haven’t tested other flours, but if you’re searching for a different paleo option I recommend using a smaller amount of tapioca flour.


How To Make Baked Salmon Cakes

Step One: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Step Two: Heat the ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat and add the chopped onion and garlic. Cook until aromatic and browning, about 10 minutes, then add to a large mixing bowl.

Step Three: Add the salmon, all of the spices, coconut aminos, dijon mustard, beaten eggs and almond flour to the mixing bowl and use clean hands to fully incorporate the mix. It should be wet but firm enough to shape.

Step Four: Use a large cookie scoop or clean hands to form the salmon cakes into even circles and place them on the sheet pan. The mix should make about 8 large or 16 small salmon cakes.

Step Five: Bake for 20-24 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the outsides are browned, then remove from oven and let cool.

Step Six: Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat by placing in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes.

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BAKED SALMON CAKES (GF, PALEO, DAIRY-FREE)

Recipe by Jenn Lueke
Servings

4-8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Diet

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegetarian

Baked salmon cakes are perfect for an appetizer, dinner or side dish for a weeknight dinner or hosting. They’re a versatile food that are decadent, flavorful and rich. I love making these salmon cakes because you just need to get everything together in a bowl and then bake them and you have a great bite ready. The salmon cakes also happen to be paleo and Whole30 approved so they’ll be a great option for everyone!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp ghee or avocado oil

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 12-14oz canned salmon or baked salmon filet

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp celery salt

  • 2 tbsp parsley

  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1/4 cup almond flour

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Heat the ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat and add the chopped onion and garlic. Cook until aromatic and browning, about 10 minutes, then add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the salmon, all of the spices, coconut aminos, dijon mustard, beaten eggs and almond flour to the mixing bowl and use clean hands to fully incorporate the mix. It should be wet but firm enough to shape.
  • Use a large cookie scoop or clean hands to form the salmon cakes into even circles and place them on the sheet pan. The mix should make about 8 large or 16 small salmon cakes.
  • Bake for 20-24 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the outsides are browned, then remove from oven and let cool.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Reheat by placing in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes.

Notes

  • You can also use fully cooked de-skinned salmon filets equal to ~14oz in replacement of the canned salmon.

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