Carnivore Salmon Patties

Looking for a tasty way to get more salmon into your carnivore diet? These simple yet delicious salmon patties are just what you need. Made with nutrient-dense canned salmon, crispy pork rinds, eggs, and seasonings, they pack a punch of omega-3s and protein in each bite.

Salmon is a carnivore diet superfood, providing anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that are great for overall health. Paired with pork rinds for crunch and texture, eggs to bind, and Mediterranean herbs and spices, these patties make following a meat-based lifestyle easy and appetizing.

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Baked or pan fried until golden brown, these patties can be enjoyed on their own for a light meal or paired with your favorite carnivore sides and toppings. Their versatility makes them perfect for those new to the carnivore diet or seasoned carnivores looking for a nutritious new recipe.

So if you’re looking for an easy, delicious way to enjoy salmon the carnivore way, give these patties a try. Read on for the simple step-by-step recipe!

👍 Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Simply Delicious– This recipe takes simple, real-food ingredients and transforms them into irresistibly delicious salmon patties. The combination of flaky salmon, crispy pork rinds, tangy mayonnaise, and savory seasonings creates a patty that is absolutely bursting with flavor in every bite.

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Keto & Carnivore Friendly- With zero carbs or sugars, these patties fit perfectly into low-carb, ketogenic and carnivore diets. You don’t have to compromise on flavor or texture to meet your health goals!

Nutrient Powerhouse- Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrient-dense patties will give your body the nourishment it truly craves.

✨ Recipe Ingredients

  • 12 oz (340g) Canned salmon (drained)
  • 1 cup Pork rinds (crushed)
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Egg (large)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

👨‍🍳 How To Make

Follow this carnivore salmon patties recipe and make the best carnivore salmon patties:

Step 1

Combine all the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a medium bowl. Mix until well combined.

Step 2

Form the mixture into 6-8 patties and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 3

Refrigerate for about 20 minutes to firm up.

Step 4

Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Place the salmon patties in the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side.

Step 5

Serve and enjoy these delicious carnivore salmon patties.

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1. Don’t Overmix the Ingredients

When combining all the ingredients together in the bowl, take care not to overmix. Gently fold together just until fully incorporated. Too much mixing can cause the patties to become dense and tough after cooking.

2. Drain the Salmon Well

Make sure to drain and press the canned salmon very well before mixing into the recipe. Excess moisture from the salmon can make your patties fall apart when cooking.

Place the salmon in a fine mesh strainer and press down firmly with paper towels to soak up all the liquid.

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3. Refrigeration: A Key Step Not to Skip

Refrigerating the patties for at least 20 minutes before cooking is crucial for a few reasons. First, it helps the flavors meld together, enhancing the overall taste of your salmon patties.

Second, chilling solidifies the fat in the mayonnaise and pork rinds, helping the patties hold their shape when cooked. If time permits, extending the refrigeration time to an hour can further firm up the patties, making them even easier to handle and less likely to fall apart in the skillet.

4. Serve Fresh and Hot

These carnivore salmon patties are best enjoyed immediately after cooking while still hot and crispy from the pan. The cooled patties won’t have quite the same delicate texture and flavor. Serve alongside a tangy lemon wedge or sauce.

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1. Salmon Patties with Pork Rind “Breading”- Give your salmon patties an irresistibly crunchy exterior by dipping the formed patties into beaten egg and then coat with crushed pork rinds before frying.

The contrast of the crispy exterior with the soft, salmon interior is simply divine. Serve on arugula greens for a lovely lunch.

2. Baked Greek Salmon Patties– Transport your tastebuds to the Mediterranean by adding 1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest to the base patty mix. Shape into patties and bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes until browned and sizzling.


To freeze the already cooked salmon patties, let them cool completely and place in a freezer bag with parchment paper between each patty. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. They will keep in the freezer for 3-4 months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to refrigerate the patties before cooking?

Yes, chilling the patties for 20 minutes helps them hold their shape better when cooking. If you skip this step, the patties may fall apart while cooking.

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2. Can I bake these patties instead of pan-frying?

Yes, you can bake them at 425°F for about 15 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy on the outside.

3. How long will these keep in the fridge?

The cooked patties will last 3-4 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The uncooked patties can be kept in the fridge 1-2 days before cooking.

Fish on Carnivore Diet

The carnivore diet is a nutrition plan focused on eating only animal foods like meat, fish, eggs, and certain dairy products. While most followers of this diet eat mainly red meat and ruminant animals like beef, lamb, etc., adding fish can provide tremendous health benefits and more dietary variety.

Here are some key reasons why fish recipes are an excellent addition to the carnivore way of eating:

Greater Nutrient Variety

While meat contains highly bioavailable nutrients, fish provides its own unique nutritional profile. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which support brain, eye, heart, joint, and cellular health.

Shellfish like oysters and mussels contain more micronutrients like zinc, copper, selenium, vitamins B12 and A than land animal meat. Fish also provides iodine from sea vegetables and algae in their diet to support healthy thyroid hormone levels. Incorporating different fish covers more nutritional bases.

Lean Protein & Clean Calories

Most fish and shellfish are high in protein with less total and saturated fats than meat and poultry. A 3 oz salmon fillet contains about 17g protein with only 8g fat, compared to a similar size ribeye steak with the same protein but 3x higher fat content.

The majority of fats in fatty fish are anti-inflammatory omega 3’s, which can improve cholesterol profiles. Fish provide densely nutritious calories tailored to the carnivore way of eating.

Low Toxin Risk

As carnivore diet followers avoid plant anti-nutrients and toxins, wild caught fish also steers clear of grains, legumes, pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals that accumulate in land animals. Being lower on the food chain, fish have fewer opportunities to accumulate environmental pollutants stored in animal fat cells.

Choosing low mercury smaller fish like sardines further reduces potential toxin exposure. Fish provide nutritious animal foods less likely to introduce compounds that irritate the intestines and immune system.

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Easy Digestibility

Fish have high digestibility with softer flesh and smaller protein molecules than red meat from cattle, making it gentler on digestion. People struggling with meat digestion may find fish and shellfish easier to break down compared to steak, which takes more stomach acid to access nutrients.

The collagen to muscle meat ratio also differs among animal foods, and fish provide a balance that agrees with many people. Optimizing digestion ensures efficient nutrient absorption to power the body.

Taste & Recipe Diversity

Incorporating fish like salmon, trout, tuna, mackerel, sardines, shellfish, crab, lobster, shrimp and more adds tremendous flavor and recipe variety compared to just eating steak or lamb every day. Canned fish like sardines and salmon provide quick protein options.

Shellfish perks up soups and salads. Smoked salmon makes easy no-carb wraps. Fattier fish lend well to cooking methods like baking, broiling, grilling. Lighter fish work nicely for ceviches, crudo, and poke bowls. No matter your cooking style or palate preferences, fish can satisfy cravings.

As you can see, adding fish to the carnivore diet provides tremendous benefits from nutritional variety, easier digestibility, toxin reduction, taste diversity, and sustainability.

Forms of seafood that make excellent additions include salmon, mackerel, sardines, shellfish, anchovies, trout, bass, cod, flounder, halibut, mahi mahi, tuna, and more. Focus on wild caught, low mercury sources.

Beyond supplying healthy fats and micronutrients, the unique protein profiles, cleansing minerals, and lighter digestibility of fish perfectly complement a meat-focused way of eating. Pairing sea and land animal foods balances this diet for optimal health.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe for easy carnivore salmon patties. They are flaky, savory, and so satisfying. Be sure to head over to my website to find more tasty low-carb, keto, and carnivore recipes. I post new recipes every week, so check back often!

If you make these salmon cakes, please leave a comment below and let me know how they turned out. If you have any questions about the ingredients or process, just ask in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

carnivore salmon patties
4.89 from 9 votes

Carnivore Salmon Patties

Easy carnivore salmon patties with a few simple ingredients. Perfect for a quick, flavorful meal on the carnivore diet.
150+ Carnivore Recipes
  • 12 oz Canned salmon (drained) (340g)
  • 1 cup Pork rinds (crushed)
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Egg (large)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoon s Olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • Combine all the ingredients, except the olive oil, in a medium bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Form the mixture into 6-8 patties and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Refrigerate for about 20 minutes to firm up.
  • Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Place the salmon patties in the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side.
  • Serve and enjoy these delicious carnivore salmon patties.
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American


Serving: 3.5oz | Calories: 215kcal | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 215kcal
Cost: $15
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