paleo recipe uk salmon fish cakes

Paleo Recipe: Thai Inspired Salmon Fishcakes

Fishcakes had always been my favourite thing to order from any Thai restaurant before I started living Paleo. In the UK we have a ton of Thai and Thai inspired restaurants, ingredients, recipes everywhere. One I started going to a few years ago is Rosa’s in Spitalfields. Prior to being wheat free I’d order fish cakes or their amazing Pad Thai noodles. I miss them but not as much as I don’t miss the feel after demolishing a plate full at lunch. I started thinking about how easy it would be to make gluten-free fishcakes but how could I create a true Paleo recipe? I instantly thought about almond flour, but that doesn’t scream Thai to me. When I found fine coconut flour I couldn’t wait to make my version of Thai fishcakes.

paleo recipe uk salmon fishcakes

Paleo recipes – UK ingredients

In general Paleo recipes can be hard to make in the UK due to a smaller supply of ingredients used to substitute flour. Getting Almond or coconut flour can be a little tricky.

You can buy them from Amazon with no issue but if you want it and can’t wait shops like Holland and Barrett have a better range than simply gluten free flour (which is essentially rice flour, so not grain free). Here is the coconut flour I’ve used for this recipe:

 paleo recipes uk coconut flour

Traditionally fish cakes are made with breadcrumbs so to avoid that I’ve used sweet potato and an egg to bind the mixture together. 

paleo recipe uk fishcakes

Thai Inspired Salmon Fishcakes
Serves 2
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
45 min
810 calories
37 g
288 g
35 g
87 g
5 g
581 g
1437 g
7 g
0 g
20 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 810
Calories from Fat 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 288mg
Sodium 1437mg
Total Carbohydrates 37g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 7g
Protein 87g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 small Shallots
  2. 3 Garlic Cloves
  3. 2 Green thin Fiery Chillies
  4. Juice from 1 Lime
  5. Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  6. 1 Medium sweet potato
  7. 2 Fillets of Salmon
  8. 10g of fresh chopped Chives
  9. 10g fresh Coriander
  10. 4 tsp of Fish sauce
  11. 1 Egg
  12. 30g, or 1/4 cup of Coconut Flour
  13. Drizzle of oil
  14. 1 extra Lime to accompany when serving.
  1. Preheat your oven to 190ยฐC, gas mark 5, 375ยฐF.
  2. Finely chop the shallots, garlic, herbs.
  3. Remove the skin and roughly chop the salmon.
  4. Peel and grate the sweet potato.
  1. Brown off the garlic and shallot. Using a drizzle of oil and half the juice from the lime.
  2. In a large bowl place all ingredients and mix. Add the coconut flour last, if you feel it needs more, add more. 30g should keep the cakes together without drying them out.
  3. Cover a baking tray with some grease proof paper (optional - splash a small amount of oil on the paper)
  4. Take a bowl of cold water and use this to wet your hands before moulding.
  5. Mould the cakes and pat down onto the tray.
  6. Place in the oven for 20 minutes, turn after 15 minutes.
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Production line!

I wanted to share this great tip – “make a mini production line”. Start with cold water and wet your hands, scoop up some of the fishcake mixture, roll around, place in some coconut flour, coat and pat down onto the tray. Repeat, repeat, repeat. 

paleo recipe uk salmon fishcakes production line

That’s it, ready to wow

Serve with a large handful of fresh coriander, or even more sweet potato fries or mash, and crucially a decent sized wedge of lime. Lime makes things taste fresher ๐Ÿ™‚

paleo recipe uk

More Paleo recipes?

If you’re thinking what is Paleo, check out my interpretation here, there will be more Paleo recipes coming soon. Enjoy and don’t forget to send me your feedback, I’m always open to improving what I cook. Comments welcome.

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    1. Hi Peter, I’m glad you like the recipe, yes you can add prawn! That would be a great addition. Let me know how they work out.
      – Caroline


  1. I am making these! They look awesome, thanks Caroline! Go Paleo! ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Thanks Louis, let me know what they turn out like!
      – Caroline


    1. Hi Helen,
      You’d need around 220g of salmon, not sure how many g in a tin ๐Ÿ™‚
      – Let me know how it works out!
      ~ Caroline


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