Paleo Recipes - Chipotle Lime Salmon Croquettes

Chipotle Lime Salmon Croquettes

I mentioned on my Facebook page a few days ago we got the new 4 Hour Chef book and are more than a little in love with it. My husband has been poring over it pretty much any free moment he has had and I’ve been able to read a snippet here or there. So far we have improved our scrambled eggs (extra yolks), set a long burning high heat fire and tonight after a quick flip through, I introduced a new twist on salmon croquettes.

Salmon croquettes, patties, cakes, call them what you will, are a favorite of mine. My mom made them. Steve’s mom makes them. Steve and I once even had a cooking competition amongst ourselves making these and had our then 7-year-old nephew be the judge. Even then(11 years ago) he was a diplomat as I don’t recall a clear decision for one over the other in terms of which he preferred… I’m sure mine were better;)

Paleo Recipes - Chipotle Lime Salmon Croquettes

Anyway, Tim Ferris talks a lot about flavor combinations. I was looking at his recipe for crab cakes which utilizes all the egg whites you end up with after making the snotty scrambled eggs he recommends. I have been trying to work through all of the stuff in our pantry recently and decided to make some salmon patties and apply his recommendation of a hot and sour combo plus use up the egg whites in our fridge(I already had some macaroons from another batch…)… I chose to use chipotle for the hot and lime for the sour… It was fabulous…

Final note…. every time I post a Paleo diet recipe like this or for meatballs someone messages me to ask about the “binder”…. eggs are enough, in this case, egg whites… you do not need flour (in nut or wheat or any other form) in everything…

Chipotle Lime Salmon Croquettes
Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Fish
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Salmon croquettes that aren't only delicious to eat but also simple to make and everyone will want seconds.
  • 2 Cans Salmon
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 2 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Green Onions - Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Red Pepper – Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.5 g) Chipotle Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Fresh Black Pepper
  • Coconut Oil for Cooking
  1. Drain canned salmon and dump all of the contents into a large bowl and to this add the lime juice and some lime zest
  2. Sautee green onions and red pepper in coconut oil over medium high heat until soft
  3. Add to bowl with salmon
  4. Let this mixture cool for a few minutes
  5. Add chipotle powder, salt, and fresh black pepper
  6. Pour in egg whites
  7. Mix thoroughly with hands
  8. Form 8-10 patties
  9. Heat remaining coconut oil in large skillet over medium heat (do not make it high…. I have set one too many grease fires in my day- be vigilant with this!!!)
  10. Test oil by dropping a small piece of the patty into it. If it sizzles, it’s ready (highly technical….)
  11. Place your salmon patties in the oil and cook for 4 minutes
  12. Flip over and repeat on opposite side
  13. Drain on paper towels
  14. Garnish with scallions, red pepper and lots of lime
  15. Ravage and repeat- these are delicious!!!!
This recipe can bring even your kids to the table without the need  for any arguing (it happens). What makes this recipe so good is the salmon. Yes, salmon – one of the healthiest fishes not just in the Paleo diet but in almost all types of diet. Salmon is not just delicious, it has loads of nutrients that can outshine all other fishes and seafood. These nutrients help in keeping the body functioning well, keeping us strong and live a longer life.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Paleo Food - Salmon

We all know how Omega 3-fatty acids can affect our bodies in a positive way. This wonderful nutrient can help us have a healthy cardiovascular system. Omega 3 is also a powerful antioxidant that cannot only help the body eliminate those nasty free radicals it can also complement and bring out the best from another antioxidant – Vitamin C. When you eat those brilliant greens full of Vitamin C with salmon this is being boosted by the Omega 3. Omega 3 also helps you fight off cancer, which is one of the most notorious diseases in our present generation.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another type of antioxidant that can help you from head to toe. Let’s start from the top. Vitamin E helps the hair look thick and healthy, and makes our skin look fresher and more radiant by locking in the moisture in the scalp, skin, and hair. Vitamin E also helps keep our vision at its best, keeps our minds sharp, and our moods in balance by keeping our hormones in check. If you also want to have muscle strength and physical endurance through Vitamin E, eating salmon can provide you with the right amount for you.

B Vitamins

If you want to have a healthy baby, have a healthy heart and blood, then include salmon in your Paleolithic diet. The B Vitamins in salmon not only act as an antioxidant that can help in lowering the risk of a stroke, it also helps as a building block for your baby’s health whilst they are still in your tummy. You can even avoid anemia by having a good amount of Vitamin B12, which is present in salmon.

Paleo Diet


If you want a sustainable form of energy for your body without fear of gaining weight, having a protein rich food can do you the best favor. Salmon is known for its high protein content and can top every other seafood in terms of protein content. Protein helps provide a good amount of energy that can be utilized before your next meal. Protein eliminates your cravings for more food to fuel your body, which helps your body burn even the fats you have stored in your body. Because of this, protein in salmon actively helps with weight loss goals.

High Levels of DHA

Much like B Vitamins, a high level of DHA found in salmon helps a developing baby especially in relation to their brain and cognition. Even while nursing, mothers can help their babies develop a healthy body and mind by eating food rich in DHA. As we grow old, DHA helps us have a healthy brain since it is the main structural fatty acid in our whole central nervous system. In short, DHA helps us from our mother’s tummy till we grow old.

Approved Paleo Diet Food

Whilst salmon offers these amazing benefits, people are still torn between wild-caught and farmed salmon. But on this matter, wild-caught wins hands down. Besides being Paleo diet food list approved, wild caught salmon is tastier and contains more nutrients than farmed salmon including healthy fats. Besides the taste, farmed salmon live in a restricted environment where their food is controlled and is made up of ingredients that may contain grains, pesticides, and chemicals that can alter the salmon’s nutrient content.

Though some argue that wild-caught salmon have high risks in containing contaminants, recent studies suggest that farmed salmon contains more contaminants. These contaminants do not just cause simple diseases, these contaminants can cause cancer which is one of the worst diseases today. This negates almost all the supposed benefits you can get from salmon as part of your Paleo diet. So getting wild-caught salmon is still the best option that you have if you choose to make this recipe and other salmon Paleo diet recipes you have in mind. If wild-caught is not available, make sure you choose a salmon that comes from a reputable farm. Knowing what to choose when it comes to salmon lessens the risks and helps you enjoy this beautiful fish better.

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