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These golden-brown gluten free salmon cakes combine the goodness of flaky salmon with a crispy exterior, are a treat for the taste buds. I will walk you through the simple process of making these salmon croquettes using an air fryer – a game-changer for those seeking a quick and easy way to make this classic dish.

A salmon patty on a plate. It is topped with sour cream and fresh sliced scallions.

If you want a quick and easy gluten-free salmon cake recipe, this is the one to make. I love making salmon patties in the air fryer. If you prefer to fry them in oil, I will share those directions below as well!

If you love seafood, I have a lot of simple gluten free seafood recipes for you to try!

Why This Recipe Works:

  1. The air fryer helps keep these salmon cakes lower in fat.
  2. Clean-up is easier because you don’t have hot oil splattered all over the kitchen.
  3. These patties work as an appetizer, breakfast with a fried egg on top, or a meal by making them larger to be gluten free salmon burgers.
  4. Use canned salmon, which is much easier and cheaper than fresh salmon!

Check out my gluten-free appetizer recipes; you will find some new favorites!

Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the salmon cake ingredients.
  • Canned Salmon – I use canned salmon because it is already cooked and deboned.
  • Gluten Free Bread Crumbs – Use gluten free bread crumbs or panko. It is very easy to make homemade gluten-free bread crumbs as well.
  • Egg – One large egg.
  • Yogurt – Be sure to use plain, not flavored
  • Scallions or Onions and Celery
  • Seasonings, including salt, pepper, and Old Bay or cajun seasoning.
  • Spray Oil – Using a high-heat oil is important if you are air frying. Read this article to determine what the best oil types are for the air fryer.

Tips For Success:

  • Use high-quality canned salmon for the best flavor and texture. You can use salted or salt-free canned salmon.
  • Experiment with additional herbs and spices to suit your taste. Getting creative with the flavors is a fun way to vary the recipe. Lemon zest or a dash of cayenne pepper can add an extra layer of excitement.
  • Keep the salmon cakes a uniform size to ensure even cooking.
  • Cooking times may vary slightly depending on your air fryer model and the thickness of your patties. Keep an eye on the salmon cakes to prevent overcooking.
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Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Photos of steps one and two making the salmon cakes.

Step 1: Use a sharp knife to slice the scallions and celery into very thin slices on a cutting board. Add the gluten free bread crumbs, celery, scallions, yogurt, large egg, and seasonings to a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Open a can of salmon and drain the liquid in the sink. Add the salmon to the bowl and use a fork to break the salmon into small pieces.

Photos of steps 3 and 4 making the salmon cakes.

Step 3: Mix all of the ingredients. The mixture should hold its shape well, and you can test this by pressing it down with a spoon.

Step 4: Spray the bottom of the air fryer with a high heat oil. I prefer canola or avocado oil because both won’t add any flavor to the cooking patties.

Step 5: Shape the patties with your hands into gluten free salmon patties and place them in the air fryer. The size will depend on whether you are making this as an appetizer or as a salmon burger. Spray more oil on top of the patties.

Step 6: Cook the patties in your air fryer at 375º F for 10-15 minutes. The cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your patties.

Serve them hot with a sour cream garnish or on a Gluten Free Hamburger Bun with all the burger fixings.

A partially eaten salmon cake on a plate with a fork next to it.

Oil Frying Directions:

  1. To fry these gluten free salmon patties in oil, add a high heat tolerant oil like avocado or canola to a large 12″ cast iron skillet. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until the oil is 365º F.
  2. Make the salmon patties and shape them as directed above.
  3. When the oil is at the right temperature, carefully add the salmon patties. Do not crowd them in the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. The full cooking time will vary depending on how large and thick your patties are.
  4. Removed cooked patties and place them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Serve hot.

Recipe FAQ:

Is canned salmon gluten free?

Canned salmon should be gluten free if it is unseasoned and packed in water or oil. It is critical to always read the ingredients label to be fully sure if the salmon is gluten free. If the salmon has any seasoning or flavoring, you will need to check the company’s website for more information.

Can you make these salmon patties into gluten free salmon burgers?

You can easily make these salmon patties into burgers by making large patties in the shape of burgers.

Can you bake these salmon patties?

I haven’t tested baking these salmon patties in the oven yet. If you try it, please leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out!

How do you store leftover salmon cakes?

Store leftover salmon cakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 4 day. You can also freeze the salmon cakes in a freezer-safe zipper bag. To reheat the salmon cakes, place them in the oven or air fryer so they re-crisp.

The top view of the salmon cakes on two plates.

More Gluten Free Seafood Recipes:

A salmon patty on a plate. It is topped with sour cream and fresh sliced scallions.

Easy Gluten Free Salmon Cakes

Sandi Gaertner
Easy homemade gluten free salmon cakes made with canned salmon. This is a quick and easy appetizer or salmon patty burger recipe.
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5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Appetizer Recipes, Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 patties
Calories 133 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces canned salmon drained
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup gluten free bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay or Zaitrain's Cajun Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons celery diced
  • 2 tablespoons onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt Greek or regular
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Instructions
 

  • Use a sharp knife to slice the scallions and celery into very thin slices on a cutting board. Add the gluten free bread crumbs, celery, scallions, yogurt, large egg, and seasonings to a large mixing bowl.
  • Open a can of salmon and drain the liquid in the sink. Add the salmon to the bowl and use a fork to break the salmon into small pieces.
  • Mix all of the ingredients. The mixture should hold its shape well, and you can test this by pressing it down with a spoon.
  • Spray the bottom of the air fryer with a high heat oil. I prefer canola or avocado oil because both won't add any flavor to the cooking patties.
  • Shape the patties with your hands into gluten free salmon patties and place them in the air fryer. The size will depend on whether you are making this as an appetizer or as a salmon burger. Spray more oil on top of the patties.
  • Cook the patties in your air fryer at 375º F for 10-15 minutes. The cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your patties.

Notes

Oil Frying Directions:

  1. To fry these gluten free salmon patties in oil, add a high heat tolerant oil like avocado or canola to a large 12″ cast iron skillet. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until the oil is 365º F.
  2. Make the salmon patties and shape them as directed above.
  3. When the oil is at the right temperature, carefully add the salmon patties. Do not crowd them in the pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. The full cooking time will vary depending on how large and thick your patties are.
  4. Remove cooked patties and place them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. Serve hot.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 4 days. You can also freeze these patties. 
To reheat the patties, you can warm them in the oven or air fryer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pattyCalories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 9gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 127mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 154IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.4mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These look so good. Or does it really need that added. My mom use to make salmon patties with just onions, eggs, seasonings and bread crumbs and fry in lard. Really want to try them, but what can I use instead of yogurt? How about avocado oil mayonnaise? Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could! I was going to do a search for salmon patties this morning and this recipe popped up in my feed.
    I had a 14.75 oz can of salmon, so I doubled the rest of the ingredients. I cooked the patties in a cast iron skillet on med. high heat. These were so easy to make, and the recipe went together very quickly.
    We had a pkg coleslaw mix as a side. Perfect together.
    Thank you so much for this recipe!

      1. 5 stars
        I’m happy to give a 5 star review. I’ve been gf since 2001. It’s so nice to find recipes that I want to put into our meal rotation. You take the guesswork out of a menu.

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