The EASIEST low carb Keto Salmon Patties recipes using fresh or canned salmon. Pan-fry, oven-bake and air fryer salmon patty instructions.
Keto Salmon Patties with Tom Yum Mayo on a white plate

The whole family will love these keto salmon patties. They are so fresh, simple and delicious.

If you have tried and love our fresh Fish Cakes recipe then you will be a loyal fan of this salmon patties recipe too.

This recipe is sponsored by Atkins AU.

Using the Atkins Crispbread available in most supermarkets, you can create the most amazing recipes. Low in carbs and high in protein they are perfect for the low carb lifestyle.

These salmon cakes are great for those of us who love easy keto recipes that have everyday ingredients. If you love Atkins products, then you might also like my Keto Flatbread made with the Atkins Bread Mix.

Old Fashioned Salmon Patties – Revamped

I can’t tell you how many salmon patties I made back in my cafe days. But, one thing I will say is this recipe is light years better. You can make these with fresh salmon, red or pink canned salmon or any kind of fish you prefer.

I know how everyone loves trendy new kitchen appliances so we have included how to cook salmon patties in the air fryer, bake them, fry them, or even how to mix them up in your Thermomix.

Related recipes: Easy Salmon Stir Fry / Keto Fish Cakes

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simple & healthy: ketogenic salmon recipes are super popular. There are loads of claimed health benefits of salmon, so getting more in your diet is a good thing. Plus, these salmon cakes are quick and easy to make.
  • It’s salmon: Salmon is a healthy oily fish with loads of nutrients.
  • This salmon dish is naturally keto-friendly and low carb No adjustments needed!
  • Thermomix friendly – make in the ThermomixMagimix or any food processor in no time and with easy cleanup.
  • The Atkins Crispbread is a great crumbing substitute for keto and I have really enjoyed testing it in recipes.

Key Ingredients

Salmon – I used canned salmon for these salmon cakes. You can use any kind of salmon fresh, hot smoked or raw de-boned salmon. Alternatively, use any fish you prefer.

Atkins Crispbread – I use the crispbread to help give a great texture to the salmon patties. They are low carb and a little goes a long way in this recipe. Atkins Crispbread can be used as a filler or a low carb breadcrumb option. For a gluten-free option see the recipe card notes.

Mayonnaise – I use my own homemade mayonnaise. Ranch dressing is also perfect for this recipe.

How to Make Them

Step 1: Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl or food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together and shape into four large patties. 

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the salmon patties onto it. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and warmed through.

How to cook salmon patties in an air fryer. Preheat the oven to 200 ̊C/390°F. Place the salmon patties onto a lined basket or lightly spray the basket or patties (top and bottom) so they do not stick. Bake for 8 minutes (see notes).

Salmon Cakes on a black plate with dip.

Chef’s Tips

  1. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. You can reheat the salmon patties in a preheated oven or air fryer at 170°C for 5 minutes.
  2. Want crispy crumbed salmon patties? Dip the salmon patties into extra crushed Atkins Crispbreads, pork rinds or shredded parmesan before baking or frying.
  3. Serve salmon patties with your favourite sauces or dressings. I love mine with tartare sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main difference between hot-smoked salmon and cold-smoked salmon?

The temperature used during smoking is the only difference between the two. Cold smoking is done below 30°C and hot smoked salmon is above 48°C. You will note that cold smoked salmon is smooth and silky and hot smoked salmon is pale and flaky in texture. 

How many carbs in salmon patties?

Regular salmon patties have fillers and breadcrumbs so are high in carbs. However, this salmon patties recipe has only 1g net carbs per salmon cake.

What to serve with keto salmon patties?

I love a good sauce like ranch dressing or on a keto wrap or on a keto tortilla. They also pair well with a simple salad or guacamole.

Keto Salmon Patties on a white plate with herbs and mayo.

Other Recipes

Here are just a few more air fryer recipes you might love. I will try and more delicious salmon recipes onto the website over the coming months too.

  1. Air Fryer Green Beans
  2. Zucchini Pizza Bites
  3. Keto Onion Rings | Cooked 3 Ways
  4. Lemon Pepper Wings
  5. Keto Popcorn Chicken cooked 2 ways
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Keto Salmon Patties with Tom Yum Mayo on a white plate

Keto Salmon Patties

The EASIEST low carb Keto Salmon Patties recipes using fresh or canned salmon. Pan-fry, oven-bake and air fryer salmon patty instructions.
5 from 78 votes!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Course: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: American, Australian Keto
Diet: Diabetic
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 people
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  • 400 g (2.94 cups) red salmon tinned or hot smoked, see notes
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) red onion finely diced
  • Zest of half a lemon finely grated
  • 0.25 cup (0.25 cup) fresh parsley and dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) mayonnaise
  • 1 (1) egg
  • 0.25 cup (0.25 cup) crushed Atkins Crispbread (approximately 3 crispbread) see notes
  • Salt flakes and black pepper
  • Optional oil or oil spray for frying


  • Place all the ingredients into a large bowl. Season to taste and mix to combine. Shape the mixture into 4 patties.


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F. Line a small baking tray with baking paper. Place the patties onto the tray and spray lightly with oil.
  • Bake for 13-17 minutes until golden and cooked through.


  • Preheat the air fryer to 200°C/390°F. Place the patties into a lined basket or lightly spray the patties (top and bottom) with oil so they don’t stick to the basket (see notes).
  • Bake for 8 minutes. See notes.


  • Place all the ingredients into the mixer and season to taste; mix 15 sec/speed 6.
  • Cook using either of the methods above.


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This recipe yields approximately 2-4 servings. The actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes. 
To calculate the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe by 4. The result will be the weight of one serving. 
Nutritional values shown are guidelines only. They are for 1 serving using the ingredients listed. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on the brands and types of ingredients used. 
All recipes have been tested using all of the cooking methods included by various recipe testers.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Alternatively, store in an airtight container and freeze.
The recipe card instructions contain the most basic of steps and list of ingredients. If you have any queries, questions or are unsure of substitutions, please scroll up to the blog post for more information.
Red or pink tinned salmon, tuna or hot smoked salmon can be used in this recipe. If using fresh raw salmon extend the cooking time as needed to ensure cooked to your preference.
Replace the crispbread with almond meal or a 2:1 ratio of coconut flour/sesame flour mixture, if preferred or add some avocado or cauliflower for extra vegetables.
Serve with Taboule Salad, Air Fryer Cauliflower, Arabic Salad and Low Carb Bread.
See the blog post above for more information in the FAQ’s.
Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations for lining or oiling the air fryer basket. 
I used a Philips XXL air fryer and a Ninja XL Grill with my testing.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1patty | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 295mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 35mg | Net Carbs: 1g
Tried this recipe?Mention @meganellam or tag #madcreations!

Megan Ellam is an Australian keto recipes blogger and author of amazing keto cookbooks such as Keto Mojo, Slow Cook KetoKeto LocoThe Healthy Family Keto Cookbook and Every Day Keto.

Megan has been following a ketogenic diet since being diagnosed with insulin resistance in early 2017.

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49 responses to “Air fryer Keto Salmon Patties”

  1. Jenny

    5 stars
    Easy recipe- thank you but my patties turned out so wet and fell apart- you didn’t specify how much the salmon had to be drained- I assume I needed to squeeze more moisture out. Still yummy though.

  2. Carola

    These are delicious especially with the pork rind coating. I fried them as I don’t have an air fryer. We will have these patties regularly.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I am so happy you enjoyed them Carola

  3. Sun

    5 stars
    Love this recipe except for the lemon zest. Tried it & my husband kept wanting to know why I put it in …figures I made a double batch…I promised him next time I would leave it out.🙄😅

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Haha! Lemon and fish go so well. Was it finely microplaned so it just added flavour and not chewy bits?

  4. Fran

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe! So easy and a huge hit with everyone. Made into smaller “bite size” for a share platter.
    Congrats on another fab, easy recipe!

  5. Helen Jack

    5 stars
    These were delish! I used tuna only because I prefer it over salmon and I used pork crumbing to coat. The flavour was awesome and they are so quick and easy to make… always a winner with me. A regular dish in our household. Another flavoursome dish Megan!

  6. Veronika Sykorova

    5 stars
    I haven’t had crispbread in so long, that’s such a throwback for me haha! These were really good, I’ve been wanting to make salmon patties for so long and I liked that I didn’t have to handle raw salmon for these.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Great to hear you enjoyed them Veronika

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