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Chipotle Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes from One Lovely Life

Chipotle Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


If needed or desired, you can substitute canned salmon for the fillets I used here. You’ll need 12 oz canned salmon, drained and any bones removed. I like using fresh or (thawed) frozen fillets. I bake them at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, then flake them. See notes for more tips!


  • 12oz cooked salmon, like Alaska salmon
  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato, lightly mashed
  • 4 Tbsp finely minced red onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro (can sub dill or parsley)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard (see notes for Whole30)
  • juice & zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine salmon, sweet potato, onion, egg, cilantro, mustard, lime zest/juice, and seasonings. Stir well with a fork until mixture comes together (this works even better if you use your hands).
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Gently divide the mixture into 10-12 small balls and gently flatten to form patties.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees 20-25 minutes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (I like chipotle ranch, guacamole, or avocado ranch!)


COOKING THE SALMON AHEAD OF TIME: I bake my salmon 10-12 minutes at 375. You can use leftover cooked salmon from the night before, or cook it earlier in the day to speed up prep time.

COOKED SWEET POTATO: Similarly, you use cooked sweet potato for this recipe. I use leftover baked sweet potatoes, but you can also simply steam or boil a small, diced sweet potato while you’re cooking your salmon.

PAN FRY THEM INSTEAD: If you want crispier cakes, you can pan fry them. I’ve found that I can have some trouble with sticking or breaking when I pan fry them unless I add quite a bit of cooking fat to the pan. I’ve found it’s just easier to bake them, but if you’re missing that crispy crust, go ahead and pan fry them!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: main dish, appetizer
  • Method: pan-fry, bake, oven

Keywords: salmon, chipotle, sweet potato salmon cakes, paleo salmon cakes, salmon cakes, gluten free, alaska salmon, alaskan salmon