Salmon Patties, AKA “Fish Cookies”–Gluten Free

My oldest daughter was recently diagnosed with a wheat allergy, so since then she has gone gluten-free. I have tried to switch over many of our family meals to gluten-free as well, because, let’s face it, I don’t have time to be cooking 2 different dinners every night!

As it turned out, I already made many things without that pesky gluten in them. And for the things I did make with a gluten ingredient, it has been fairly easy to switch it out for an acceptable substitute.

Growing up, my dad would often make salmon patties for dinner. I always loved eating them with rice, so a few years ago I started making them for my family as well. This was when my son was in his terribly picky stage, so I didn’t really expect him to like them. Then my husband had the brilliant idea of calling them “fish cookies,” and they instantly became one of his favorite meals!

My dad always made them with smashed up crackers, but I have substituted them with gluten-free oatmeal (and I actually like them a little better, but don’t tell my dad!) Usually I bake them, but this time I fried them in coconut oil because it was way too hot to turn on the oven. Frying them isn’t quite as healthy, but it does make the outside nice and crispy.

Here is the recipe, in case you would like to try them as well. If you are a nursing mom, like me, this recipe is an added bonus because the salmon has great nutrients for you and baby! I serve them with a side of white rice and usually steamed vegetables. And don’t forget the soy sauce and Sriracha! (Soy sauce usually has gluten, so my teenager didn’t get any this time-I think she used ranch for a dipping sauce instead.)

This recipe also makes a good amount of food, so it is great and economical for large families.

Salmon Patties-AKA Fish Cookies-Gluten Free

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Approx. 16 two-inch patties


  • 2 (15 oz.) cans of salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of gluten-free oats
  • 2 TB mayo
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil for frying


  1. Open the cans of salmon into a large mixing bowl and remove spines. (Tiny bones are fine to leave in, they soften up when cooked.)
  2. Add eggs, oats, mayo, and seasoning.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Heat oil in frying pan.
  5. While oil is heating, form small balls of salmon mixture with your hands and then flatten into patties.
  6. Fry on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
  8. Serve with rice and vegetables.
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  • Tayler

    Those look good…I’ may have to try them.

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Let me know how you like them!

  • Melissa M. Miller

    I have those plates! I think we’ve talked about this before!!

    I’m glad you shared this recipe because I’ve been trying to taper off the meat and potatoes (and carbs and carbs and gluten that accompany them, OH MY!). Over the past year, we’ve really had to adapt with the addition of Travis into our family.

    My meals did a total 360. I went from organic, non-GMO, Gluten-free to the epitome of everything but…I feel like poo. As you mentioned in your comment reply when you first shared your daughter’s wheat allergy, gluten in today’s foods is really messing with people’s systems!

    We’re slowly incorporating my lifestyle again, while finding ways to allow Travis to enjoy mac & cheese still (Amy’s makes a great mac & cheese). Travis doesn’t really like vegetables, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have them. Plus, I’m finding gluten-free “carb” choices.

    We’re definitely going to try this recipe!

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      So happy you are trying to get back to eating healthier. I know how hard it can be! And yes, my kids love Amy’s mac & cheese–they love calling it the “healthy” one, lol. My hubby isn’t big on veggies either, but I try to make them every meal and put a little on his plate, so he is getting used to them.

      Let me know how you like them. And yes, I think I used the same plate on my Chile Rellenos recipe 🙂 That one is definitely NOT healthy and gluten-free though.

  • Rachael Private

    Wow, I love the idea of making these with oats! I grew up eating salmon patties too, but they were almost always made with bread crumbs. I am a huge oatmeal fan and love to throw oats into any recipe it works in. Pinning this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Miranda Gonzalez

      Thanks for pinning, I hope you like them!

  • Brandi @

    We’re gluten free too! We used to make salmon patties with GF bread crumbs but my husband fell ill after a bad batch and refuses to eat them (which I completely understand). Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned to the Bloggers Brags Broad.