A basic salmon ball recipe

Easy and tasty no starch recipes can be challenging to find. These little balls of salmon tastiness fit the bill perfectly in our household. We can go from breaking the egg to eating the result in less than half an hour, and that even allows for doing other essential things, like making my coffee, at the same time.

It gives me an emergency school lunch to make quickly when I’ve nothing else prepared, which is really important on those badly organised mornings.

We serve them with a salad and a yummy sauce, like eggy mayonnaise (no starch) or a simple soy-ginger dipping sauce (no egg).

Salmon balls: paleo and no starch

Salmon balls: paleo and no starch

Beware, though, they pack a good calorie punch with about 70 calories a ball, plus the energy from any coconut oil absorbed during the cooking. We find adults usually can eat about 5 of these little balls with salad and dipping sauce, teenagers can eat about 10!

  • Servings: makes about 20 balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • a 400-gram tin of salmon
  • ½ cup of ground almond (also called almond meal)
  • 2 eggs
  • up to ½ cup of dessicated coconut
  • coconut oil for frying


  1. Drain the salmon.
  2. Heat a heavy-based frying ban and melt some coconut oil. We use about a tablespoon, which is enough to fill the pan to a depth of about 5 to 10 mm.
  3. Mix everything else together. Add half the coconut to begin with, mix that in, then add as much of the rest as you need to create a stiff paste that you can roll into a ball. (The amount you need will depend on how big the egg is and how well you drained the salmon.)
  4. Use your hands to roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls. Drop them into the hot pan as you go. Every 6 balls or so, turn all the partly cooked salmon balls over (around) so they crisp up evenly in the pan.
  5. Serve with a salad and a yummy sauce, like eggy mayonnaise (no starch) or a simple soy-ginger dipping sauce (no egg).


This is a basic recipe. It’s paleo and also low starch in its current form.

You can add to it as you like. Try herbs: parsely, coriander, basil, or dill. Or try some veggies like grated zucchini or carrot.

Salmon balls: paleo and no starch

Salmon balls: paleo and no starch

Submitted to Fat Tuesday, Tell ’em Tuesday

18 thoughts on “A basic salmon ball recipe

  1. I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to get more fish into my diet, this sounds great! Thanks 😊


  2. This recipe looks amazing, thank you for sharing. I’m not a huge fan of salmon on its own, but don’t mind it in a fishcake/pasta etc so I’m going to try this tonight! I also love it can be completely dairy and gluten free!


  3. Hi
    I’d like to try these, I am trying to bring my family closer together on the food we all eat. Anything that can add to the healthy snacking would help. Have you tried with fresh poached salmon? What is the almond meal you use? Is this the same as ground almond? Im not in the US – and not sure we have this here. Sorry for all the questions.
    Have a look at my latest post for a healthy family share idea – you’d probably like it based on this post.
    I’ll follow you for more ideas thank you!


    • We’re not in the US either. The almond meal is ground almond (which is what I call it here too!). We sometimes buy it blanched, but mostly not. It’s fine enough to use in cakes, but it’s not as fine as triple sifted white cake flour. We haven’t tried this with fresh salmon. It’s expensive here and I don’t think people in this house would want to waste fresh fish on salmon balls. They’d prefer to eat the salmon straight (cooked of course), with all its own flavours!

      Going over to check your blog now …


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