Curried Salmon Patties

Just ten minutes is all you’ll need to whip up these Curried Salmon (or tuna!) patties- No fancy ingredients and chock full of veggies, these patties are paleo, gluten free, grain free and low carb- You’d never believe these beauties started out from a can! 

Healthy {Paleo} Curried Salmon (or tuna!) Patties- Just ten minutes is all you'll need to whip up these Curried Salmon (or tuna!) patties- No fancy ingredients and chock full of veggies, these patties are paleo, gluten free, grain free and low carb- You'd never believe these beauties started out from a can!  @thebigmansworld

When it comes to protein choices- if I could eat fresh seafood for each and every meal, I’d be one happy camper. Unfortunately, my wallet dictates otherwise and that is something to be left to special occasions….or the rare event or party which may be edging on fancy.

If you spend a solid week with me, you’ll probably see my seafood protein choices are tuna (from a can), sardines (from a can) and more recently- Salmonfrom a can.


Salmon is without a doubt my all-time favourite fish– I find it to be one which doesn’t need any fancy marinades or spices- like my spicy ginger style or my Asian pan seared style. Because Australia likes to spite me (like making cherries MIA or not selling epic products like these), salmon prices are through the roof. My once a month splurge on two salmon fillets has now decreased to one salmon fillet- and that’s if I’m being generous. The next best thing? Salmon in a can.


I’m not sure how it is around other parts of the world but just because it is in a can does not mean it will automatically be cheap. Canned salmon is still bloody expensive- but two cans = 1 piece of salmon. Let’s do some maths.

(Please note- my mathematical skill is dismal and the below may be incorrect).

Two can of salmon = 1 salmon fillet.

Six cans of tuna in chilli oil = two cans of salmon = 1 salmon fillet.

Twelve  cans of sardines (I eat 2 at a time) = six cans of tuna in chilli oil = two cans of salmon = 1 salmon fillet.

Not eating anything = free.

Okay, scrap the last one. So pretty much, the meals which involve salmon are pretty damn epic and should be considered a borderline event.


When it comes to canned fish, unless it’s flavoured or in a delicious oil (like the tuna is), I need to spruce it up. The same stands for expensive canned salmon. My favourite way of jazzing up canned tuna is in my curried tuna patties which may or may not be one of my all-time favourite recipes ever posted here. This recipe is a spin on it with a few different additions and two versions- a Paleo friendly version (which is also gluten free) and one which isn’t paleo (but is still gluten free). Does that make sense? Well regardless, it’s delicious, takes barely any time to prep and you’d surprise yourself that something so delicious once started in a can.

When it comes to patties, you often think they need a binder of some sort to ensure it maintains shape and density- usually in the form of bread crumbs or flour. These, however, keep shape and don’t fall apart- without using either. I personally prefer the paleo version but for those who do prefer a grain or flour binder, there is an option to add those in too! 

Curried Salmon Patties

Easy, delicious and all from a can- Curried Salmon Patties!
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Servings: 1
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • · 185 gram can of salmon in spring water I used red salmon, flaked
  • · ½ cup baby spinach chopped finely
  • · ½ medium zucchini grated
  • · 1 T curry powder I used hot Madras
  • · 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • · 1 tsp ginger
  • · Salt to taste
  • · 1 large egg
  • · 1 T butter


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated zucchini, spinach and flaked salmon. Add the curry powder, red pepper flakes, ginger and salt. Mix until fully incorporated. Add the egg and stir until combined.
  • Heat a large frying pan on high heat and add the butter. Once melted and sizzling, form the mixture into four patties and place on the frying pan. Fry the patties for approximately 4 minutes or until golden brown, flip over and repeat.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.


This recipe is for a single serving, but I have quadrupled the batch on multiple occasions during food prep and eaten cold in sandwiches or broken up over a potato salad. They freeze really well and can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To include a flour like binder, add 1 T gluten free oat flour or breadcrumbs to the dry mixture.
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    64 thoughts on “Curried Salmon Patties

    1. Hi fish buddy! Salmon is with a doubt the best fish on earth! We don’t have it canned and I’m not sure if I should be sad because I can’t make this recipe or happy because it’s a shame to can this beautiful fish. There is plenty of canned tuna though which is what I’m going to use for this recipe, or target make the tuna patty recipe , lol. I like the charred look of those patties!!

      “that something so delicious once started in a can.” I had to laugh at this sentence, it sounds like in a fairytale 😀

      So you cook? You must be a real man! 😉

      1. Ohhh Fish Buddy- I like that 😉

        It is a shame to can this fish, but sometimes, it isn’t too bad- you can try it with tuna (I often interchange it up!). Hahaha this is the Cinderella story of seafood.

    2. Hmmm…I can’t say that I’ve ever had canned salmon. Not entirely sure whether they even sell it in the US. They probably do…but I’ve never looked. But after seeing these delicious patties, I’m totally inspired to give it a shot! We made a quick and tasty canned tuna fish salad earlier this week, and I’ve been nom-nom’ing that for lunch on sandwiches. Oh, and your maths are solid. #Respect

      1. Haha, you guys probably have even better stuff canned- Try it with tuna- I often use that when I’m poor which is 99% of the time!

        And cheers- in your face, high school maths teacher.

    3. I agree with you completely that fish in water is pretty tasteless and not my style either. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it sounds really good. It looks really good too of course.

    4. I’ve never tried canned salmon before. This recipe is a perfect idea for me, though, because I’m the only one that likes salmon, so I can make these for myself without spending lots of money. I do have plenty of canned tuna and chicken that’s been sitting in our pantry for a really long time.

      1. Ohhh try it out with canned tuna- it is delicious! I have a chicken parmesan pattie recipe I reckon you’d love if you have canned chicken. Besides..cheese. Hello.

    5. Love love salmon! But like with you, it’s so expensive here, even though our waters produce so much of it!!
      I have only bought tinned salmon once and it was full of bones and totally put me off. Do you just eat the bones or do you have boneless there?

      1. The bones are actually really good- they are high in calcium and pretty soft- you can get the ones without bones but I think those are even more expensive!

    6. I love salmon and I have a can in the pantry as we speak! Those patties sound delicious, I might just make them for lunch today!!!

    7. Seafood is the only meat I eat And I do like canned fish, but I prefer the vacuum sealed package variety of tuna and salmon. It’s easier. But I love sardines (most people think I’m nasty), but sardines are always canned. Living in a coastal region, I have lots of favorite fish–mahi, swordfish, flounder, etc. I also love shrimp and oysters. Those salmon patties look devine! I’ve got a date night dinner menu of swordfish and mango chutney on the agenda for tomorrow night. But I’ll hold onto this one! We love salmon—-canned is underrated. It gets 2 thumbs up from me!

      1. I love sardines too- glad to see another sardine fan on here! I hope you try this out 🙂

      1. Hahahaha. Please email my high school maths teacher.

        WHEN you come to Australia, you’d think salmon was as cheap as bottled water in America. 🙁

    8. Salmon is my favourite fish too. I definitely prefer the fresh fillets, but I occasionally buy the canned kind to make salmon salad sandwiches or salmon cakes. Love that you packed some veggies into these!

      1. YES! I think for things like salmon salad or sandwiches- using fresh fillets are a waste!

    9. I feel like I’m a horrible HLB for not liking fish, but… I don’t like fish. I -want- to like it, but I just can’t get over the smell and texture 😯 Can I make almond butter patties? Is that a thing? It should be…

    10. salmon is and always will be my favourite fish. Whether it comes from a can or not. Although trout is a close second…but I don’t think that comes in can form.

    11. When I lived in Australia, I refused to buy canned salmon as I was not paying that much for tinned food. Good to see prices haven’t gotten any cheaper – stupid Australia!

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