Whole30 Salmon Croquettes

Whole30 Salmon Croquettes

Growing up, one of my mom’s go-to weeknight dinners was Salmon Croquettes. It’s one of those pantry meals that end up being fabulous and that the whole family loves. She would take a few cans of salmon, add some other classic ingredients, and what made them OH-SO delicious… the crumbled ritz crackers instead of breadcrumbs. YUM. While I’d love to keep the crackers, I decided to create my own rendition with these Whole30 Salmon Croquettes. 

Here is a delicious Whole30 compliant rendition of Salmon Croquette’s that will make everyone gather around for seconds. They couldn’t be easier to make and one of those things that I know I will be making for my family for forever! 

Whole30 Salmon Croquettes

I love serving these cleaned-up southern staple Whole30 Salmon Croquettes with my fantastic Whole30 Tartar Sauce. It really takes them to the next level! But if you are in a hurry, serving them with Primal Kitchens No-Sugar Ketchup is a great option, too. 

Salmon Croquettes

whole30 salmon croquettes
5 from 3 votes


  • 2 [6-ounce] cans salmon, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white or yellow onion, very finely diced
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp Louisiana-style hot sauce (I use Crystal's)
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil, for frying


  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients (except for the avocado oil). Using a fork, mix until well combined.
  • Using your hands, scoop about 2 tbsp of the mixture at a time and form it into a croquette (an oval shape, almost like an egg). Set aside on a clean plate until all are formed.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, heat the safflower oil until hot but not yet smoking. When hot, gently lay the croquettes in a single layer and fry until a deep golden crust forms on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer cooked croquettes to a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil. Serve alone or with desired dipping sauce. I serve mine with Whole30 Tartar Sauce.


  • Reply
    Lauren Dietrich
    January 7, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    These look amazing but I’m sadly not a salmon fan…I’ve tried! Could you substitute shredded chicken??

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    December 9, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    how many does this recipe serve?

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      December 21, 2022 at 8:56 pm

      it serves 4, sorry about that

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    April 12, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    What could you use in place of tapioca starch? I have all the other ingredients and would like to try these.

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      April 13, 2022 at 11:40 am

      For this recipe, you could use all purpose flour or even cornstarch. Just anything to bind the croquettes together so they hold their form.

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    March 16, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    How many servings goes this recipe make?

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    March 2, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    5 stars
    These look delicious and I can’t wait to add these into the Fridays of Lent meal rotation at my home! Can you substitute a cooked salmon filet instead of the canned salmon?

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      March 4, 2022 at 8:11 pm

      yes absolutely! leftover salmon that you can flake with a fork is perfect

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    July 30, 2021 at 1:29 am

    What do you typically serve this with?

    • Reply
      July 30, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      Roasted or sauteed veggies, or a big salad!

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    June 7, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    5 stars
    These are so good. I make them regularly.

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    February 8, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Could I make these with freshly cooked salmon? Excited to try these!

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      March 1, 2021 at 1:13 pm

      yes you could for sure!

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      August 28, 2021 at 11:06 pm

      Do you have a preferred brand of canned salmon?

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    Allison Youness
    January 31, 2021 at 1:03 am

    5 stars
    These salmon croquettes are amazing! They are a staple in my rotation. I love how easy and flavorful they are- thanks Alex!!

    • Reply
      January 31, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      so glad, thank you!!!

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