What Sauce is Perfect for Salmon Patties

Try these succulent Salmon Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce as a nutritious and time-saving starter or side dish! With simple ingredients, this keto and gluten-free dish can be prepared in under 15 minutes and is sure to be a hit with everyone.

Fresh and Satisfying Salmon Patties

Need a light meal for a busy weeknight or a healthy appetizer? Look no further than these Salmon Patties with Homemade Tartar Sauce! They are incredibly easy to make and use fresh, uncomplicated ingredients. Unlike traditional recipes, these salmon patties are flourless, crackerless, breadcrumbless, and mayo-free. They check all the boxes: low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free, and pescetarian-friendly!

What’s more, salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, making it the ultimate brain and body food. The flavors elevate even further when mixed with zesty lemon, tangy mustard, and a delightful blend of herbs and spices.

And of course, no party is complete without tartar sauce! Follow my simple recipe to create your own seafood sauce from scratch. It’s the perfect accompaniment to these patties and takes just 5 minutes to whip up.

Close up of salmon patties with tartar sauce on the side and pickles

Salmon Patty Ingredients

The list of ingredients for these patties is refreshingly short and uncomplicated:

  • Skinless salmon fillet
  • Egg yolk
  • Shallot or sweet onion
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Dijon mustard
  • Smoked paprika
  • Dill
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The egg yolks create a perfect binding that holds all the ingredients together. The fresh lemon juice adds juiciness to the patties while reducing any fishy odor. Feel free to squeeze a little extra lemon over the finished patties for an added burst of flavor.

Can I Use Canned Salmon?

If you’re pressed for time or unable to find fresh salmon, canned salmon is a great alternative. However, keep in mind that using skinless, boneless, fresh salmon fillets will give you unbeatable flavor.

Salmon Patties With Homemade Tartar Sauce (Keto)
Salmon Patties With Homemade Tartar Sauce (Keto)
Salmon Patties With Homemade Tartar Sauce (Keto)
Salmon Patties With Homemade Tartar Sauce (Keto)

How to Prepare Salmon Patties

While using a food processor will save you time, you can also combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl using a fork. Here’s how to make these fresh and crispy salmon patties:

  1. Mix Ingredients: In a food processor, combine the salmon, egg yolk, lemon juice, onion, salt, dijon mustard, paprika, and dill. Pulse for 10 seconds or until the ingredients are well combined. Be careful not to over-blend.
  2. Shape the Patties: Dampen your hands with water and form the salmon mixture into 8 balls. Flatten each ball to create patties.
  3. Pan Fry: Heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium heat. Fry the salmon patties for 2 to 2 ½ minutes per side, or until they turn golden and crispy.
  4. Let Them Cool: Allow the salmon patties to rest on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Transfer the patties to a serving plate. They are best served warm with lemon wedges and homemade tartar sauce.

How To Make Salmon Patties In An Air Fryer

Cooking the patties in an air fryer creates a low-fat version and saves time. Spray both sides of each salmon cake with cooking spray. Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF for approximately 3 minutes. Cook the patties for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and crispy all around.

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Can I Bake Salmon Patties Instead?

Absolutely! Baking the salmon patties is another excellent low-fat option. Preheat your oven to 425ºF. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 8 minutes on each side.

Salmon Patties With Homemade Tartar Sauce (Keto)
Salmon Patties With Homemade Tartar Sauce (Keto)

Homemade Tartar Sauce Ingredients

This homemade tartar sauce is tangy and the perfect complement to the salmon cakes. You only need a few ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk
  • Dill pickle + juice
  • Shallot or onion
  • Capers
  • Dried dill or parsley
  • Dijon mustard

How to Make Homemade Tartar Sauce

Does it get any easier than this? Just two simple steps and one bowl:

  1. Combine: In a small mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Cover: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Variations

  • Use Flaxseed Meal Instead of Egg Yolks: If you prefer not to use egg yolks as a binder, you can substitute them with a mixture of 6 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of golden flaxseed meal.
  • Experiment with Different Herbs: If you don’t have dill on hand, feel free to use parsley, cilantro, or green onion as a substitute.
  • Try Greek Yogurt Instead of Mayonnaise: If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, plain Greek yogurt works as a great alternative in the tartar sauce.
  • Substitute Buttermilk: If you don’t have buttermilk at home, you can use an equal amount of plain yogurt, or mix 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes.

How to Serve

Serve these keto-friendly salmon patties warm with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a side of homemade tartar sauce. They pair perfectly as a protein alongside a kale salad with a fresh Caesar dressing.

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Looking for more delicious salmon dishes? Give these recipes a try:

  • Smoked Salmon Street Tacos
  • Crispy Skin Salmon With Veggies And Noodles
  • Salmon, Tomato Skewers With Chimichurri Sauce
  • Grilled Asian Salmon With Mustard Dressing
  • Smoked Salmon Benedict

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