Sunday, September 6, 2015

Salmon Cakes and Tuna Patties Recipe- Gluten Free, Paleo, Nightshade Free

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Tuna patties and salad

Ok, I don't officially have picky eaters in my family, but my kids do have some foods that they won't touch, specifically Ike. He won't touch any fish other than tuna, certainly not salmon. And he cannot stand zucchini in any way, shape, or form.
I had salmon heads in my freezer that I wanted to cook up, debone, and use their meat for something, and I decided on salmon cakes. Knowing that my kids would not appreciate the salmon cakes, I decided to make them tuna patties instead. I can't eat potatoes, my kids do. I don't do so well with eggs but egg yolks are definitely better for me than egg whites, so I made mine only with egg yolks. Next time I plan on trying these with flax eggs, not egg yolks, though. For the kids I made with whole eggs and carrots in place of zucchini, potato starch instead of tapioca starch (it's cheaper). These are relatively simple recipes, and what worked with one could probably work with the other, but I decided to share both recipes and feel free to use whichever one you want, or mix and match them to suit your family's tastes, dietary needs, or simply what you have available.

Salmon Cakes and Tuna Patties Recipe- Gluten Free, Paleo, Nightshade Free

Salmon Cakes Ingredients:
3/4 cup salmon meat- from 1 lg head, or the equivalent amount of canned salmon
1/4 cup finely grated zucchini
1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes
1/4 cup tapioca starch
4 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried dill
Oil for frying (I used coconut)

Tuna Patties Ingredients:
3 cans tuna in water
1 cup grated carrot-finely
1 cup dried onion flakes
1/2 cup potato starch
3 medium eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon dried dill
Oil for frying (I used coconut)

1. Mix all the ingredients together until uniform.

2. Heat up the oil in the frying pan on a medium high heat.

3. Form your ingredients into patties, pressing them together with your hands.

4. Fry on each side until browning, then flip and fry on the other side.

5. Remove from frying pan and enjoy.
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Salmon Cakes

Ok, question time- are these fish cakes or fish patties? I couldn't decide what their official name is, hence using both in the title.
Do these look like recipes you'd make? Which are you more likely to try- the tuna patties or salmon cakes, or a mash up of both recipes?
Are there any random foods that certain family members of yours refuse to eat? What are they?


  1. Would have been great if you gave nutritional values.

    1. It takes a lot of work to calculate that and it would probably be difficult for her to post as often if she had to prepare nutritional values for everything. If you need exact numbers, your nutritionist can probably give you better, more specific calculations, but if you don't need exact numbers you might try

      Hope that helps! :)

  2. In my coutry (opposite side of the earth from you, I think), we call it fish cakes. Traditionally we use white fish, but I have used salmon on occasion. It has never occured to me though to use canned tuna. Great idea for some more variety!

  3. Don't know if you can get plantains where you are, but they make a great egg substitute if you mash up a soft ripe one with your tuna/salmon.

  4. Good to see that you are cooking and posting again! I hope that means you are feeling better.

  5. This looks delicious! I just might try it sometime! I used one of your fish cake recipes as a base idea before and it turned out fabulously! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I would say they are called fish cakes. Love the recipes by the way. Great way to get fish into the diet. I would highly recommend this recipe along with my meal plans.

  7. Yum, I love salmon cakes...

    Feeling better?


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