Salmon Cakes

DRAGON BITES carb-counted recipe

A family-friendly, mostly healthy (sometimes treat-y!) easy recipe for families living well with Type 1 Diabetes.

Salmon Cakes

Healthy, convenient, gluten-free. Fish Friday or any day!

Salmon is a great source of protein (especially wild-caught), is full of omega-3 fatty acids, and contains valuable nutrients like selenium, phosphorus, and B vitamins.

The canned salmon used in this recipe is convenient to store and readily available all year round.

These Salmon Cakes (like their best friend and frequent side dish, Sweet Potato Fries) are naturally GF, and a favourite for both the kids and grownups in our family.

Nutritious, tasty and easy to make… everyone’s happy!

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Low-Carb? Yes
Gluten-free? Yes
Dairy-free? Yes
Nut-free? Yes

Prep Time: 20-30 min
Cook: 20-30 min
Ready in: 40-60 min

Total Yield: 10 Salmon Cakes
Carb Content: ~7g of carbs each


I often double the following recipe for big appetites, or so that we can freeze some for a second meal later.

2 cans salmon, drained 1

4 eggs 2

2 tbsp olive oil

3/4 cup (100g) chopped sweet onion 3

100g Mary’s Organic crackers 4


  1. I like to use wild sockeye salmon: 0 carbs and 14g of fat per can
  2. 1g of carbs, 5g of fat for each egg = 4g carbs, 20g fat total
  3. 7g of carbs for 100g of sweet onion
  4. 60g of carbs for 100g weight of Mary’s Organic Crackers



Chop onions and crackers together in a food processor.


Combine salmon, eggs, onions and crackers in a large bowl. Stir well with a fork to break up salmon chunks and bones.


Fill a 1/3-cup measuring cup with the salmon mixture, lightly packed and level. Form the portion into a ball, then flatten into a patty, smoothing the edges to prevent crumbling during cooking. Thinner patties will cook more evenly. Set aside on a plate or parchment paper.

For larger salmon burgers, use a ½-cup measuring cup.


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.


Serve with mayo or tartar sauce. Add a bun and your favourite burger toppings for Salmon Burgers.

These Salmon Cakes go great with Sweet Potato Fries!


Total carbs: 71g
Total fat: 48g

Total yield: 10 salmon cakes, each 2 1/2 - 3" wide.

Nutrient Content per piece: Each salmon cake contains approximately 7g of carbs and just under 5g of fat.

(This would not be enough fat, or the right type of fat, for our family to give insulin for fat, but as always, Your Diabetes May Vary.)

Should I Give Insulin to Cover the Fat???

Carb Factors: What They Are & How to Use Them

Please don’t rely exclusively on my carb counting!

Carb content is for general information only and will vary according to the size of patties that you make, and the type of crackers that you use. Of course, you’ll need to verify the carbs when you make your own version of this recipe.