Easy gluten-free salmon cakes that are full of flavor from Old Bay and dill, crispy on the outside with tasty bites of salmon with a creamy dill sauce. Dairy-free with a Paleo option.
Originally published April 2017, photos updated April 2018
I have been trying to find different ways to eat more salmon.
Salmon is so good for you because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are incredibly important for your body and brain. Fresh salmon (or even frozen), can be expensive especially for larger families like mine.
I decided I would create a recipe for gluten-free salmon cakes that I knew would help with my family’s food budget and be something everyone would enjoy. I also included an option for Paleo salmon cakes as well.
I tapped into my college days of living in Baltimore, Maryland and choose Old Bay as one of the main seasonings in the recipe. These gluten-free salmon cakes are so full of flavor from the Old Bay and dill.
They are crispy on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon.
Salmon cakes in a few easy steps
These gluten-free salmon cakes are my easy go-to dinner meal when I want something fast and delicious. It only takes a few ingredients to make these delicious Old Bay salmon cakes.
They are easily whipped up and cooked in just 20 minutes. It takes only a few easy steps to make these gluten-free salmon cakes.
- Whisk the eggs with the dill and Old Bay seasoning in a medium-sized bowl. Add the drained salmon, gluten-free bread crumbs and sweet relish. Stir to fully combined.
- Start heating your oil in a large pan on medium/high. With your hands form patties and place on a plate.
- When the oil is hot, carefully place the salmon patties in the oil and fry on both sides until golden brown (3 or 4 minutes on each side).
I found an amazing dill sauce recipe from Taste of Home. I modified it a bit, and I only make it with the mayonnaise because my husband and I are dairy-free.
These gluten-free salmon cakes are a super easy meal to prepare and have become my husband’s favorite.
Looking for more easy dinner recipes? Take a look at these gluten-free dinner recipes.
Dill Sauce recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
Gluten-Free Salmon Cakes With Dill Sauce
- 1 cup vegetable or canola oil , for frying (I like peanut oil the best for frying.)
- 2 cans of 5oz salmon
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon dill
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs (I like 4C Crumbs Gluten-Free Plain)
- Paleo option: use 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoons sweet relish (optional, omit if Paleo)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- Paleo option: use 1/2 cup Paleo Mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon dill
- 1 teaspoon horseradish sauce (I use Silver Spring. If you don't have the sauce you can use 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon of horseradish)
- Paleo option: 1/2-1/4 teaspoon horseradish
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Make this dill sauce first.
Combine mayonnaise, dill, garlic salt, lemon, and horseradish sauce in a small bowl. Chill in the refrigerator while cooking salmon patties.
Drain the canned salmon.
In a bowl beat the two eggs, add the Old Bay, dill, bread crumbs and relish(optional). Mix until all ingredients are combined.
Add the drained canned salmon and mix to combine the ingredients well.
Heat vegetable oil in a large pan on medium/high.
Form 3-inch patties of salmon cakes 1-inch thick. You should yield 8 cakes.
Fry cakes until golden in a single layer 3 or 4 minutes on each side.
Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
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Dill sauce modified from Taste of Home.