Gluten-free Salmon Patties Recipe

My gluten-free salmon cakes, also known as salmon tikkis, are essentially the same as traditional tikkis found in India. The term “tikki” refers to a small patty or croquette typically made with various ingredients and spices

In this recipe, we take inspiration from the concept of tikkis and infuse it with the rich flavors of Indian cuisine.

By blending juicy salmon with a harmonious combination of Indian spices and herbs, we create a delightful fusion of flavors

The Lowdown on Gluten-Free Salmon Cakes

While the term “tikki” may be unfamiliar to some, rest assured that these gluten-free salmon cake tikkis will impress both lovers of Indian cuisine and those seeking a delicious twist on traditional salmon cakes.

What sets these gluten-free salmon cakes apart is their mouthwatering combination of ingredients. I have reimagined the classic salmon cakes by infusing them with the vibrant flavors of Indian cuisine.

Made without mayonnaise and using gluten-free oats as a binder, this salmon cake tikki recipe is not only delicious but also suitable for those following a gluten-free or dairy-free diet.

The combination of the tender salmon and the spices creates a unique harmony of flavors that will leave your taste buds craving more.

Gluten free salmon cakes (tikkis), are a delightful fusion where the succulent salmon is flavored with a blend of tantalizing Indian spices and formed into tikkis, offering a surprising crunch on the outside and tender, spiced salmon on the inside. It’s an innovative union of flavors that pulls you into its orbit from the very first bite.

In addition to their sensational taste, these gluten free salmon cake tikkis hold a special place in our hearts!

These delectable treats have won over even the most hesitant seafood lover. My husband, who grew up in a vegetarian household, initially shied away from the strong aroma of fish. However, since I introduced him to my salmon cakes, he has been amazed at how delicately flavored and unfishy they are. This recipe has truly converted him into a salmon enthusiast, and he eagerly looks forward to enjoying these tikkis as part of his regular menu.

Elevate your dining experience with these delectable delights that celebrate the best of both worlds – the richness of salmon cakes and the vibrant essence of Indian tikkis.

Ingredients for Gluten-free Salmon Patties Recipe

Ingredients for Gluten-free Salmon Patties Recipe

Salmon fillet

I use Atlantic Salmon and you can use any variety.


You can use whichever onion you have at hand; red, yellow, white, anything works.


Ginger and garlic add flavor to the salmon.

Sriracha sauce

A zesty, sweet taste sensation, Sriracha sauce boasts a savory garlic undertone and a ketchup-like consistency. With its heat leaning towards the spicier side, adjust the amount according to your preference.


also known as coriander leaves, is an aromatic herb with a distinct, citrusy flavor. Not everyone is a fan so feel free to omit.


You will need a couple of eggs to bind the tikkis together. 

Oat flour

provides additional binding to make sure the tikkis don’t fall apart.

Green Chillies

Adding green chillies is totally optional. Imagine bell peppers with a kick, that’s how they taste.

Olive Oil

I have used olive oil to shallow fry the cakes. You can use any oil.

How To Make Salmon Cakes

It’s time to embark on a fun culinary adventure with our scrumptious salmon cakes.

1. First off, let’s give your salmon a good steam or boil until it’s fully cooked and practically falling apart. Set it aside for a bit to cool down.

2. Next, prepare to get a little hands-on in the kitchen. Once the salmon is cool enough to handle, it’s time for a good ol’ mush session in your mixing bowl. To this, toss in the eggs, finely chopped onions, minced garlic, freshly grated ginger, a splash of lively Sriracha sauce, a pinch of salt, fresh sprigs of chopped aromatic cilantro, and some diced chilies, if you’re feeling spicy!

3. Mix this vibrant concoction together. Yes, it’ll look a bit soggy, but worry not!

4. It’s time to bring in the magic ingredient – oat flour. You just grind some oats in a coffee grinder to make this. Sprinkle it in bit by bit. The loose mixture will start to absorb the oat flour and slowly come together to form a glorious ‘dough’.

5. Give it a little test – try forming a perfectly round patty, your soon-to-be mouthwatering ‘tikki’. If it shapes up nicely, hold off on the oat flour. If not, add a sprinkle more until your patties hold their form.

6. Then, heat some oil in a pan and shallow-fry your carefully formed tikkis into golden-brown disks of delectability.

And Voila! Your tastebud-tantalizing salmon cake tikkis are ready to devour. Enjoy!

salmon cakes/patties/tikkis on a white plate.

Irresistible Gluten-Free Salmon Cake Tikkis

Freshness matters

Use fresh, top-quality salmon and spices for the best flavor and texture. Fresh spices will infuse your tikkis with a more vibrant and aromatic flavor.

Rest your mixture

Allow the salmon mixture to rest for about 15–30 minutes in the refrigerator before shaping the tikkis. This will help the flavors meld and make it easier to shape the patties. 

Light touch with spices

Add spices judiciously and adjust according to your taste. If you’re trying a new spice blend, start with a smaller amount and build up as needed to avoid overpowering the salmon flavor.

Crunchy factor

For an extra crunch, coat the tikkis in breadcrumbs before frying. Panko breadcrumbs work great for this purpose.

Gentle flip

While cooking the tikkis, gently flip them only once to prevent breaking. Using a thin spatula and flipping carefully helps keep the tikkis intact during cooking.

Serve with a dip

Pair your Masala Salmon Tikkis with a flavorsome dip or sauce, like yogurt-based raita, cilantro-mint chutney, or tangy tamarind sauce for a well-rounded taste experience.

Storing and Freezing Salmon Tikkis Safely

These tikkis will keep in the fridge for two to three days. Ensure they are stored in an airtight container to preserve freshness. You can freeze the tikkis and store them for future consumption too. Just make sure to wrap them tightly in a freezer-safe container to prevent freezer burn and maintain quality.

Remember, practice makes perfect! The more tikkis you make, the better you’ll become at crafting these scrumptious Indian-inspired salmon delights. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Salmon Cakes Recipe

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  • Author: Mish
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


Dive into a seafood delight with this gluten-free salmon cake recipe, where succulent salmon blends with the medley of herbs and spices, creating a golden and crispy patties. It give out a burst of flavors that makes a perfect appetizer or main course.


  • 2 pounds salmon fillet
  • 1 medium onion chopped (any variety of onion will do)
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoons of garlic 
  • 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (depending on your tolerance level)
  • 1 small bunch cilantro finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 4 Green chillies
  • 3 tablespoon neutral oil, like avocado oil.


  1. Steam or boil the salmon, cool and mash in a large mixing blowl.
  2. To this add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger, Sriracha sauce, salt, cilantro and chilies (if using). Note: Cilantro (also called coriander leaves) is optional because some people do not like them. I like the flavor so I always use it but leave it out if you’re not a fan.
  3. Mix everything together well using a fork or your hands.
  4. Now add the oat flour little by little so it absorbs the liquid and forms a “dough”.
  5. Test to see if you can form patties. If so, don’t add any more oat flour. If not add and keep adding till you can form patties.
  6. Shallow fry the patties and enjoy!


Feel free to use canned salmon. You will need 4-5 cans.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
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