Spicy Jalapeño Salmon Cakes | Keto

by Kristal C

These jalapeño salmon cakes pack a nice punch of heat! A way to spice up breakfast (or any meal)!

Since starting Keto, I have found myself repeating the following recipes:

  • Quiche muffins
  • Pan-fried chicken (on a good old cast iron skillet, yum!)
  • Fat bombs (sweet lifesavers!)
  • Energy Balls
  • Protein smoothies
  • and lastly, these delicious spicy jalapeño salmon cakes!

If you are not the spicy type, no worries! Simply leave out the peppers. But here’s a piece of information: the heat is in the seeds! Therefore, you can still use the peppers without the seeds to enjoy a mild spiciness to the cakes. My intention is to share recipes that are versatile and serve as a base for your cooking creativity. I like to add old bay and cayenne to my salmon cakes while my husband prefers otherwise. The end goal is to enjoy what you spent your time in the kitchen creating. In my opinion, it is pretty hard to mess these up!

Jalapeno Salmon Cakes

I prefer using boneless and skinless salmon because I am creeped out looking at those bits in the can. My husband on the other hand does not mind one bit about those extra nutrients! As a result, I end up making two batches which gets us through for a few days. We both agree that the avocado adds a nice richness to the cakes plus some good healthy fats. The hint of almond is completely unnoticeable in flour when other seasonings are added.

I have cooked these on an electric griddle and my beloved cast iron skillet. Both methods work well. I can get more cakes cooked on the electric griddle at one time. However, there is something to be said about the crispiness created by the skillet. Nevertheless, these cakes are a hit for my husband and me and serve as another great grab and go meal!

Toddler Smiling
He hung around patiently as I cooked and snapped pictures. Cannot believe he is two! He loves salmon cakes, too!

Spicy Jalapeno Salmon Cakes

Kristal C These jalapeño salmon cakes pack a nice punch of heat! A way to spice up breakfast (or any meal)! Since starting Keto, I have found myself repeating the following recipes:… Black Women Wellness Keto, Salmon Cakes, Batch Keto, Spicy Keto Print Recipe
Servings: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition Facts: 320 calories 4 net carbs
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 3 Cans Boneless Salmon, drained (Can use bone + skin-on version, too)
  • 1 Cup Almond Flour (I use Nature's Eats Blanched Almond Flour)
  • 1/2 Small Red Onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice (Equivalent to half a fresh lemon)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt (If using unsalted salmon, add a pinch more salt if desired)
  • 3 Tbsp Ghee (Butter works but has a lower heating point)
  • 2 Jalapeños, diced (optional)


  1. In large bowl, mix together eggs, lemon juice, salt, and garlic powder.
  2. Add salmon, almond flour, onion, and jalapeños to the egg mixture. (Note, the more jalapeño seeds added, the spicier the salmon cakes. First time I added jalapeño peppers, I added no seeds which gave a mild kick. Now I add the seeds of one pepper to give a nice kick to the salmon cakes.)
  3. Shape the salmon mixture into twelve cakes (approximately 2.5 inches in diameter).
  4. Using a griddle on medium high heat, add ghee to surface. 
  5. Once melted, add salmon cakes and cook on each side approximately 7 minutes (or until a nice brown crust forms on the bottom).
  6. Flip the cakes and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
  7. Eat and enjoy! These taste great with avocado mayo!

Quick Nutritional Facts** per serving (2 cakes):

  • Calories: 320 kcal
  • Total Fat: 15 g
  • Total Carbs: 7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 g
  • Net Carbs: 4 g
  • Protein: 26 g

**I use the Carb Manager Android App to track my nutrition facts. These numbers may come out different from your food tracking apps/methods so double check.


I am not a professional nutritionist or dietitian. I am simply sharing my recipes I try as I embark this Keto journey. Try at your own risk and feel free to leave any comments below. Thanks!

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