Salmon Patties with Green Peas


Salmon patties - grain free
This meal is fast- a whole foods equivalent of boxed macaroni and cheese.  One bowl to mix, a pan to fry, and you’re ready to eat!  I found wild canned salmon at Costco (Kirkland brand) for 9.99 for 3 cans. We used two here, so this is a little more expensive than mac n’ cheese, but also much richer in the good fats, calcium, and protein.

  • Two 10-ounce cans of wild caught salmon
  • Two eggs
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut to hold together (and make GAPS friendly) breadcrumbs could also be used.

Use a fork to mix, form into patties with your hands, and fry in 2 tablespoons palm kernel oil or coconut oil or butter on medium-high heat. Flip once browned, about 5 minutes on each side.

Cost breakdown: About $8 to feed our family of 4. Not too bad!

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About Cara

Cara is the main author here at Health Home and Happiness. She loves the health and energy that eating well and playing well provides and has a goal to share what she's learned with as many families interested in making healthy changes as possible.

She helps other families achieve health in simple steps with the GAPS Starter Package, The Empowered Mother Pregnancy Resource, and helps them stock their freezer for busy days with Grain-Free Freezer Cooking Guide.


  1. Hi Cara,

    I just have to say that I love your blog. The way you raise your children to eat and appreciate wholesome real food is inspirational and I hope to be able to do the same!

    I'm on the GAPS diet and understand that you went on it for a while..? My question to you is- did you at any point (on or off the diet) experience a negative reaction to a good food? ie. a 'healing crisis'?

    Right now I am experiencing very 'tired eyes' from chicken! So strange. 3 months ago it gave me HORRIBLE G.I upset and fatigue.. now 'tired eyes'. So strange!

    Natalia :)

  2. Cara @ Health Home and Happiness says:

    Thanks Natalia!

    My daughter is still on GAPS, so I can tell you about my experience with her. I didn't stay on it long enough to have much of a healing crisis- but it did clear my milk allergy, which was really cool!

    My daughter, she does go in phases of die off, they talk about that on the GAPS list. With chicken, I wonder if it could have been a reaction to an additive in it? Because it's usually something like yogurt, fermented foods, coconut oil that causes a healing crisis. But then I think the body just does 'waves' of healing too, so that could be. Or it totally could have been the chicken, I don't know! :)

    Helpful, aren't I? :oP

  3. I like the coconut idea! I make salmon patties often but have never thought to use shredded coconut. How easy! We don't do GAPS but I'll try this idea for fun.

    (If you shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods they have the wild caught Alaska salmon $2.69 for 14oz)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Cara,
    These look really good. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  5. Rebeccah says:

    Have you ever tried making this recipe with any other type of fish? The reason I ask is because I have some home canned tuna and wonder if it would be just as good? Thanks for all your great ideas!!

  6. Cara @ Health Home and Happiness says:

    It should work with tuna, I've done it with trout before too :)

  7. Debbie in GA says:

    Looks yummy :) How many ounces are each can?

  8. I am thrilled you can use coconut in these – does it affect the taste a lot??? I think we will have these for lunch!

  9. I made these tonight for my family. I used coconut flower instead of breadcrumbs and friend them up in butter and olive oil. Yummy!!

  10. i love the idea of using shredded coconut. im always looking for gluten free recipes.

  11. My kids have egg allergies. I would love to try this, but do you recommend any substitutes for eggs?

    • You could try using bananas. I’ve used bananas in turkey sausage to thicken it up, so they won’t shrink so much once cooked. And it didn’t really affect the taste at all.

    • Also experiment with additives like spinach, white onion, mushrooms. (I’ve diced up jalapeños really fine to add some heat, really delicious….for grown ups mostly though. Lol) I bake salmon patties @ 350 until golden brown on non stick foil. (I bake instead of fry so i can Freeze the rest so they’re not greasy when I put them in the toaster oven later)

  12. Saved! I think this is what I will be making for dinner tonight! I will be replacing the coconut with nutritional yeast though. Thanks!!!

  13. Beth via Facebook says:

    thanks! i’m going to make these for lunch too! (except not the pea salad since i don’t have any homemade mayo on hand)

  14. Mmmmm topped with hollandaise sauce these are heavenly!

  15. amanda milosavljevic says:

    i will have to try these with coconut or coconut flour. thanks! i would like to add that they are good with chopped green onions and/or garlic and lemon juice and dijon mustard mixed in the patties before they are formed. i am just a little familiar with gaps/scd, so i don’t know if these added things are allowed.

  16. I fried them in coconut oil and they stuck like crazy, so they were torn to pieces, but the flavor was great!

  17. Just made these for my family and they are all gone. No leftovers. I doubled the recipe for 7 of us.

  18. I want to try this recipe out, but I don’t know what size cans to get. Can anyone help me out with this?

  19. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my website so i came to “return the favor”.
    I am trying to find things to enhance my web site!
    I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!

  20. My family ate this! It was so good too. This recipe might get us through GAPS.

  21. We call salmon patties Krabby Patties here cause they love Spongebob :D. I like this recipe for it’s simplicity

  22. Carole Ivy says:

    Love the idea of shredded coconut or coconut flour, as I’m now going “Paleo” and love using coconut ingredients in everything, as well as coconut oil for cooking. . My cousin made “Salmon Croquettes” for her family when I was just a child and I’ve made them myself for many, many years using oatmeal as the filler instead of the traditional bread crumbs that she used. Cannot wait to make the croquettes a new way now! Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes.

  23. ChristineAS says:

    My husband and I made these this evening (with two 6 oz. cans of wild Alaskan salmon). Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    They came out a bit dry, but otherwise were very good. We did use less oil in the pan. Is the amount of oil used important to the result, or is it just to keep them from sticking to the pan?


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