Curry Salmon Cakes

Curry Salmon Cakes are the perfect healthy appetizer or main course! Serve with your favorite sides for a simple, healthy meal!

These salmon patties are so easy to make and are naturally gluten free, low carb, keto, paleo and Whole30 friendly!

Curry Salmon Cakes in an oval basket with cilantro lime yogurt sauce
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Why this recipe works

  • Salmon cakes are made with canned salmon, which is usually less expensive than fillets, helping you save money without having to sacrifice flavor!
  • These are packed with flavor and can be eaten as a topping on salad or on the side of creamy kale and mashed garlic cauliflower as a full meal.
  • Curry salmon cakes dipped your choice of sauce or homemade dairy free lime cilantro yogurt sauce are the perfect appetizer!
  • Make a large batch by doubling the recipe and enjoy these hot or cold throughout the week!
Baking sheet with curry salmon cakes lined up


  • Canned salmon
  • Canned pumpkin or butternut squash puree
  • Ground flax seed
  • Salt
  • Curry powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Garlic Powder

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Start by draining all the liquid from the canned salmon. Add to a bowl along with the ground flaxseed, butternut squash puree (or pumpkin puree), and spices.

Large mixing bowl filled with canned salmon, flax, spices

Step 2: Combine the salmon cake mixture well in the bowl. Let the mixture sit in the bowl, well mixed for a minute or two to allow the ground flax to absorb any excess liquid.

Large mixing bowl filled with curry salmon patty mixture

Step 3: Take a ¼ cup measuring cup to portion out the salmon cakes into your palm.

Hand holding measuring cup filled with curry salmon patty mixture

Press the mixture together tightly in your palm, creating a tightly packed patty.

Hand holding a formed curry salmon patty

Step 4: Place the formed patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Curry salmon cakes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

Step 5: Bake the salmon patties at 400F for 25 minutes, flip the patties and bake 5 more minutes (see below for alternate cooking methods)

Cooked curry salmon cakes on a parchment paper baking sheet

Optional: Make the cilantro lime yogurt sauce while the curry salmon patties bake in the oven.

How to make cilantro lime yogurt sauce

Step 1: Combine the dairy free yogurt, lime juice, spices and chopped cilantro in a mixing bowl and stir well to combine the ingredients well.

Store in the fridge for up to 4 days in a sealed glass container.

Glass measuring cup filled with ingredients for cilantro lime yogurt sauce

Ways to cook curried salmon cakes

  • Baked in the oven at 400F for 25 minutes, flipping after 20 minutes
  • Baked in the air fryer at 350F for 15 minutes
  • Cooked in a hot skillet (over medium heat) with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, 3-4 minutes each side to create a crispy crust. This method will likely require 2 separate batches to be cooked.

Top Tips

Curried salmon cakes can be made with canned or fresh salmon that has been cooked and flaked. You will need about 2 cups of flaked cooked salmon.

I prefer to use canned since I always have a few cans on hand and it’s usually less expensive than buying salmon by the pound. However, if you are looking for what to do with leftover cooked salmon, this would be a great recipe!

Canned salmon is often sold 2 different ways

  • Boneless and skinless
  • With bones and skin

I have made this recipe with both boneless/skinless salmon and packed with skin and bones.

If you decide to buy canned with bones and skin, the bones and skin are edible. The bones are actually a great source of calcium!

If the idea of eating bones or skin doesn’t sit well with you, you can take your fork and break down the bones or you can pick out the bones and skin with a fork or your fingers.

Tip: Dogs love salmon skin and bones, so don’t throw it away!

How to serve curried salmon cakes

  • As an appetizer simply dipped in the cilantro lime sauce
  • In a lettuce wrap or collard green wrap with chopped veggies and the cilantro lime sauce drizzled on top
  • On a bed of cauliflower rice (or regular rice) with your favorite veggie on the side

What to serve


How long do salmon patties last in the fridge?

These curry salmon patties can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Curry salmon cake being dipped in cilantro lime yogurt dip

Can you freeze salmon patties?

Yes! It’s actually better to freeze these before cooking them. To do this, just wrap the patties individually in plastic wrap. Be sure to allow them to defrost fully before cooking.

Curry salmon cakes with cilantro lime yogurt in basket with sliced limes

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Curry Salmon Cakes in grey basket with cilantro lime yogurt sauce

Curried Salmon Cakes with Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce (Whole30)

Curry salmon cakes with cilantro lime yogurt sauce are perfect for lunch or dinner or served as a healthy appetizer. Simple to make, these are whole30, paleo, grain free and ready in under 30 minutes.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: curry salmon cakes, low carb salmon cakes, paleo salmon cakes, whole30 salmon cakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

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Cilantro Lime Yogurt


  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Drain the liquid from the canned salmon.
  • Combine the butternut squash, canned salmon, ground flax seeds, and spices in a bowl
  • Place parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet. Spray with non-stick
  • Make 1/4 cup size patties with the mixture, make sure to the patties are pressed together well and evenly shaped
  • Bake at 400F for 20 minutes
  • Remove from the oven, carefully turn them over and bake for an additional 5 minutes

Cilantro Lime Yogurt Sauce

  • Combine all the ingredients for the yogurt sauce. Taste for salt. Add additional salt if needed. 


Other ways can you cook salmon cakes:
  • Baked in the oven at 400F for 25 minutes, flipping after 20 minutes
  • Baked in the airfryer at 350F for 15 minutes
  • Cooked in a hot skillet (over medium heat) with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, 3-4 minutes each side to create a crispy crust. This method will likely require 2 separate batches to be cooked.
This recipe uses canned salmon, however you can also use fresh that has been cooked. You will need about 2 cups of flaked salmon. 
Canned salmon comes in two forms, both of which can be used for this recipe:
  • Boneless/skinless
  • With bones/skin (bones and skin can stay in the mixture or be picked out)

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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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Update Notes: This recipe was originally posted in October of 2017, but was published again in July 2019 to include step by step directions, recipe notes and new photos

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  1. 5 stars
    These turned out great!

    I made the mix the evening before, put it in the fridge, then formed and cooked the cakes the next day.

    I also made a couple modifications as I was looking for something more “chunky”.
    * I roasted cubed squash at 375 degrees until tender then lightly mashed it so there were still some good-sized pieces.
    * I used fresh salmon that I cut into cubes.
    * I cooked them in an air fryer at 400 degrees.
    * Even though the sauce had lime juice in it, I added an extra squirt of lime on the cakes after cooking.

    Great stuff!

  2. 5 stars
    Great Recipe. Thanks for sharing this on the Simply Sweet Home Linky Party. You were my choice for a feature. To grab your I’ve been featured button, please head over to the site.

  3. 5 stars
    I love Salmon Cakes and can’t wait to try your recipe. I will be pinning this one! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a good week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I love about anything with cilantro, cumin, and garlic. This dish looks so satisfying and tasty! Thank you for bringing your healthy and flavorful dish to the party! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. You need to make these Suz. I can’t wait for you to try them! Tag me on instagram when you do! @bites_of_wellness

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