Quinoa Salmon Cakes

Quinoa Salmon Cakes with Creamy Dijon Sauce

Gluten-free and delicious, these Quinoa Salmon Cakes make for an easy and healthy weeknight meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 268kcal
Author Tempie


Creamy Dijon Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley (or 1 tbsp fresh)

Salmon Cakes:

  • 1/2 cup dried quinoa plus
  • water
  • 2 tbsp ghee , coconut oil, or olive oil, divided
  • 2 (6 oz.) cans of wild pink salmon
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion (green parts only)
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp -3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs , lightly beaten


  • In a small bowl, mix together all of the dressing ingredients, cover and place into fridge until ready to serve. Can be made a day ahead.
  • About an hour and a half before you want to make salmon cakes, cook quinoa according to package directions (omitting any salt), then spread out onto a cookie sheet to cool.
  • In a large bowl, add the salmon and flake with a fork. Add the cooled quinoa, seasonings, and green onions to the bowl and toss to combine. Add the eggs and mix to combine.
  • Shape into 10 patties. I took mounded 1/4 cup full amounts to portion mine out, then shaped them into patties.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add half of the patties to the skillet and let cook until golden brown on the bottom and cooked through, about 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. Flip the patties and continue cooking for another 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. Remove from pan and place onto paper towel-lined plate. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet and repeat with the rest of the patties.


If using leftover quinoa, you would need 2 cups for this recipe. Troubleshooting: If mixture seems to dry, you can try adding an egg yolk or a tablespoon of mayo to it.