Keto Salmon Patties

keto salmon patties on a white plate

I love salmon, and typically have a simple filet with a squeeze of lemon and green vegetable. But sometimes there are leftovers. And somehow, re-heating the filet is not the same. What to do? Salmon patties!

As I’ve mentioned before, I am part of a salmon CSA from Sitka Salmon Shares , which guarantees I’m regularly eating healthy and reaping the benefits (hello Omega-3 fatty acids!). And just as regularly dealing with leftovers. Getting my salmon directly from Alaska ensures that it is wild-catch and sustainably harvested, supporting independent families, similar to small family farms that contribute to vegetable CSAs.   

I had a recipe for patties that I used for years that was immensely popular. But when I started to experiment with keto, I knew the “bread crumb” ingredient was going to be a problem. So I looked for a keto version, and found it at hey keto mama.

bag of pork rinds

The substitute for bread crumbs? Pork rinds LOL.

As an experiment, I made the old and new recipes side-by-side and gave some of each to The Carnivore as a blind taste test. The man LOVES salmon patties, and gave a “thumbs up” to both versions. Next question: Am I giving up too much taste with the substitutions?

”You know I like anything you make,” he smiled, knowing this was a feeble diversion. (and also not entirely true…) I pressed him: Pick the best one.” And he chose the keto version! This is now my go-to recipe.

I have made these salmon patties with leftovers as mentioned but also with the kind you get in pouches. If I don’t have enough leftovers, the 5-ounce pouches make a convenient supplement. I don’t use canned salmon because I feel the quality is not as good. Might just be a perception.  These days, I tend to purposely cook extra salmon with the intent of having these patties a few days later 😀.

salmon patties on a white plate with avocado cream sauce near

If you like salmon patties, give these a try!

keto salmon patties on a white plate
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5 from 23 votes

Keto Salmon Patties

A keto version of a favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 patties
Calories: 95kcal
Author: Sula


  • 10 oz salmon cooked (pouches work great)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c ground pork rind
  • 2 TB mayo
  • Dash of sriracha sauce to taste
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 TB avocado oil


  • Mix all ingredients except oil together in a bowl. Form into small patties and place on a plate. Refrigerate to set for at least 20 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high. When oil is hot, add patties and cook for about 4-5 minutes each side, until brown and crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve with tartar or avocado cream sauce (below).


Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 145mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Avocado Cream sauce in a red bowl
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5 from 13 votes

Avocado Cream Sauce

A simple keto-friendly sauce!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Sula


  • 1 avocado peeled and pitted
  • ¼ c sour cream
  • 3 TB cilantro
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 TB avocado oil to thin
  • 1-2 tsp water as desired, to thin


  • Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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    14 thoughts on “Keto Salmon Patties

    1. 5 stars
      I love salmon. Wish I could get them from Alaska too! Fresh wild salmon is my preference too. I don’t follow a keto diet but you get to eat pork rind guilt free?? I just mind try this keto thing……

      1. yes that’s what’s so shocking about the keto diet – the food choices are all backwards from what we’ve always been told!

    2. 5 stars
      Thank you for doing all of the work to make this Keto so I don’t have to miss out anymore. Love the tip about the pouches too, thanks! So easy!

    3. 5 stars
      I have yet to try salmon patties, but I’ll definitely be trying them after seeing your recipe! They look delicious and paired with that creamy avocado sauce- yum!

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