Veggie Packed Salmon Cakes

veggie-packed salmon cakes with avocado salsa

Salmon cakes are quick and easy to make and a great way to add nutrient-dense foods to your healthy meal plan options. This superfood recipe checks two boxes in the healthy-eats arena as salmon has many health benefits. Plus, these veggie-packed salmon cakes are delicious and freezer-friendly!


Health benefits of salmon cakes

Salmon is packed with heart-healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, selenium (the feel-good hormone), tryptophan ( boosts your sleep quality and mood), Vitamin D, and quality proteins and nutrients.  Essentially, it’s a powerhouse that helps with brain, nerve and eye development. 


Salmon also helps reduce unwanted inflammation in the body – which is the source of everyday aches and pains for many. Add in the fact that these salmon patties sneak in some extra veggies, that makes these under-30-minute cakes an even better option for those quick, go-to meals on busy nights. 


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veggie-packed salmon cakes with avocado salsa

Veggie Packed Salmon Cakes


  • 5 oz salmon (canned or fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup sweet potato, squash, or pumpkin (pureed, mashed, or mixed together)
  • 3 to 4 tbsp flour (use coconut flour for a gluten-free version)
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp fine kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp oil or butter


  1. Mash salmon in a large bowl.
  2. Add ⅓ cup of sweet potato, squash, or pumpkin puree (or create a mix of your favorite blend) to salmon and mix together.
  3. Add flour to the mixture. (Note: You may need to adjust the amount of flour you use depending on the quality of salmon).
  4. Mix in garlic, herbs, and seasoning.
  5. Add in eggs.
  6. Mix until the batter is smooth enough to form into 8 small balls.
  7. Press patties until they are about an inch thin and place them on a parchment-lined tray.
  8. Add butter to skillet and heat on medium-high.
  9. Once heated, place patties in skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until salmon is cooked through.
  10. Serve with plenty of fresh lemon and more fresh herbs!


Freezer-friendly Tips for Make Ahead Nights

  1. Form the salmon mixture into patties.
  2. Place formed salmon cakes on a lined baking sheet.
  3. Freeze salmon cakes for 1 hour.
  4. Remove the salmon cakes from the freezer, wrap individually in plastic wrap, and store them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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