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Zucchini Salmon Fritters

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

gray plate with fries and salmon burger with spiralized zucchini on a bun

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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), a side of lemon tahini hummus, air fryer parsnips, 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 salmon and zucchini patties, too, because you don’t need any fancy equipment.

overhead view of table with zucchini turmeric salmon patties on white plate with fries and side of tomatoes and ketchup

Ingredients For Zucchini Salmon Fritters

These salmon fritters have zucchini, turmeric and salmon? A delicious combination!

The zoodles offer some extra vegetables, which makes these some of the best baby led weaning foods! I also have several baby friendly muffins recipes if you’re interested in that route. 

white bowls with ingredients to make salmon patties

How To Make Salmon and Zucchini Fritters

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 (like sweet potato spaghetti), and a fun way to sneak veggies in a non-traditional way. 

You’ll just miz spiralized zucchini with eggs, canned salmon and some spices and you have your meal.

clear bowl with canned salmon, zucchini, eggs and breadcrumbs before mixing and forming into salmon and zucchini fritters

So easy, and did I mention, ready in under 20 minutes? Ideal Thursday night dinner idea.

If you prefer baked salmon patties, you can just toss them in the oven.

I didn’t test this but I would guess for around 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Mixing bowl with spiralized zucchini and canned salmon before cooking

Form your batter into patties, mine made about 6. And then you’ll cook them for about 4-6 minutes per side, until they reach your desired crispiness.

white plate with raw zucchini salmon fritters before baking

Reasons to Make This 20 Minute Salmon Zucchini Fritters

If you need extra convincing, make these salmon zucchini fritters for all of these reasons.

  • Budget friendly – Canned salmon patties are just the best weeknight meal and a budget friendly source of protein, iron, zinc, healthy fats, etc. And it’s way cheaper than my beloved salmon fillets.
  • Balanced – You have a fun and balanced plate with carbs, healthy fats, protein and veggies all in one. Add buns or a sandwich or salad if you’d like to make them more filling.
  • Kid Friendly – Kids may “yuck” at typical fish dishes, but the fish is hidden in these patties, in a crispy filling. They won’t even taste it!

I’ve figured out how to make dreams come true: I’ve used canned salmon and molded it into mini burger patties with these zucchini salmon fritters.

Interested in trying a different fish sliders recipe? These alaska cod sliders have more of a neutral whitefish taste and are delicious topped with the homemade cranberry chutney!

overhead shot of turmeric salmon cakes on a white plate with beige napkin

Recipe FAQ

Can you freeze salmon patties?

Yes, you may choose to freeze the salmon patties cooked or uncooked, though I prefer cooked. To do so, let them cool completely before storing in a freezer-safe airtight container or ziplock bag. I like to use parchment paper or fax paper to help prevent them from ticking. When ready to cook, let them thaw in the fridge overnight and heat.

Can you replace canned salmon with canned tuna?

Yes, you can. The taste will be a little different, and likely milder.

I especially recommend pairing these canned salmon patties with some fries, fruit, or hummus pasta salad to make these a more complete meal option.

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Salmon Zucchini Fritters

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These zucchini salmon fritters can be made in less than 20 minutes and are high in protein and healthy fats!

Ingredients

Instructions

  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 ¼ cup measurement size) and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until browned

Notes

*The black pepper will help with the absorption of turmeric

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 336mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

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  1. Yummy. I just finished making the salmon cakes and it was great. I didn’t have panko bread crumbs so I used Italian seasoned bread crumbs.
    I put it on a bunch with lettuce, tomato, mayo and a drop of lemon juice.
    Then I ate another salmon cake with just lemon juice on it.
    Next time I will shred vs spiral the zucchini and add a little more tumeric.
    I loved it. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Yes, you can! I just added instructions to the blog post. Just let them cool and then store them in freezer friendly bags or containers. I like to keep wax or freezer paper around them to prevent them from sticking!

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