Turmeric Zucchini Salmon Cakes

  Feb 10, 2019  |  #baby led weaning

These turmeric zucchini salmon cakes are the perfect quick and healthy dinner. These patties can be made in less than 20 minutes and are high in protein and healthy fats!

Photos updated: February 2019. 

I’m coming off a weekend of lots of lounging. We didn’t know if we would get hit by Hurricane Matthew. Saturday we saw tons of rain and heavy winds, so we didn’t really leave the house. I actually had to run to Sam’s Club to get some essentials for a cooking class I’m hosting this week, but that was it.

I think we’re going to have more people in attendance than we planned for, which is great! But, it means I need to step my cooking game up and make sure I put out some good products. I’m thinking I’ll do some crockpot cheesy potatoes (that I would start earlier in the day), and then some 30 minute meal options to show families that dinner doesn’t have to be extravagant. I think it’s a must to include these canned salmon patties.

final shot of zucchini turmeric salmon patties with fries and toppings overhead

As for the rest of the weekend? There was lots of cooking and baking going on here. I’m leaving town on Friday, so I’m stocking up on food for Ed to have while I’m gone. I made loads and loads of these zucchini turmeric salmon cakes. Turmeric salmon? I said that right, a delicious combination! And there’s also shredded and zoodled zucchini in there for some extra vegetables.

zucchini salmon cakes before baking

Why You Should Add Canned Salmon Patties To Your Week


Speaking of, I keep telling Ed how much I love salmon right now. Canned salmon, specifically, because it’s so budget friendly, and canned salmon patties are just the best weeknight meal. I’m very into this meal idea lately. Perhaps because it’s already prepared, high in protein and healthy fats, and super easy to throw on a sandwich or over a salad. And it’s way cheaper than my beloved salmon fillets.

Although, if you need help in your frozen meal department, this post has tons of freezer meal ideas.

Anyway, through buying so much canned salmon, I can only make so much “salmon salad.” I’ve also enjoyed eating it on bagels and english muffins, and mixing it in with quinoa and other grains, but I was ready for something different. Enter zucchini salmon cakes.

I’ve figured out how to make dreams come true: I’ve used canned salmon and molded it into mini burger patties! Yeah, I know.

How to Make Turmeric Salmon Zucchini Cakes


First and foremost, buy yourself a spiralizer!  If you haven’t purchased one of these yet, it will be the best $9.00 you’ve ever spent. It’s a great way to add in veggies, fiber and nutrients into your next meal, and a fun way to sneak veggies in a non traditional way.

What You Need

  • canned salmon
  • eggs
  • spices (turmeric is the star)
  • zucchini

ingredients for turmeric salmon burgers

You’ll just miz spiralized zucchini with eggs, canned salmon and some spices and you have your meal. So easy, and did I mention, ready in under 20 minutes?

mixed ingredients for turmeric salmon burgers

You may realize that the turmeric makes these guys quite golden. Let’s chat about some of the health benefits of turmeric, which has been used in Indian foods for millions of years. Because turmeric is made of curcumin, it has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an antioxidant, which is great because it can help neutralize free radicals that we suffer from daily life activities. There is also research touting turmeric’s benefits in reducing blood sugar, improving cognitive function and improving blood pressure and cardiovascular function. All the more reason to throw it in this recipe and add it to salmon.

Turmeric salmon is a potent combination. I don’t know about you, but to me, it’s worth sprinkling on to many dishes with health powers like that!

And before you know it, these turmeric salmon zucchini patties are all done and ready to eat.

overhead shot of turmeric salmon cakes

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open faced zucchini salmon cake with canned salmon in the background
Zucchini Turmeric Salmon Patties
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

These turmeric zucchini salmon cakes are the perfect quick and healthy dinner. These patties can be made in less than 20 minutes and are high in protein and healthy fats!

Course: Dinner, vegetarian
Cuisine: burger, dinner, vegetarian, veggies
Servings: 6
Author: Sarah Schlichter
  • 1 cup zucchini noodles about 1 medium zucchini
  • Two 5 oz cans of salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ΒΎ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Using a spiralizer, zoodle one zucchini.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix zucchini, salmon, eggs, spices and panko.
  3. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Form salmon patties (I used ΒΌ cup measurement size) and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until browned


I especially recommend pairing them with some fries, fruit, or hummus pasta salad to make these a more complete meal option. Enjoy! These zucchini salmon patties are good year round.

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37 responses to “Turmeric Zucchini Salmon Cakes

  1. ooo i love this recipe!! im always looking for new ways to use canned salmon, and these sound delicious. also turmeric is so good for you, so i’m pumped whenever it can be added into a recipe on the slyyyy haha.

  2. Ooh yummy; these look really good! I”ve never made salmon cakes before, and these would be the perfect quick dinner or quick lunch. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh yes! I’ve only made salmon patties once before, but I loved the idea of them so much. Salmon is so, so good for you but as you say – I can’t really afford the fresh good stuff. I couldn’t believe what I had been missing out on when I finally discovered canned salmon. I also always want to find more ways to incorporate turmeric as I’ve heard so many things about its magical health properties. Bam.
    I ALSO just got a new spiralizer in the mail!! So this is perrrrffeccttt timing. I can’t wait to get my zoodle on. And on. And on.

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