A simple tweak can transform your favorite salmon dishes into easy, gluten-free meals that honor your dietary needs while satisfying your love of good, healthy food.
Whether you’re taking advantage of gluten-free substitutes or exploring different approaches to classic preparations, we’ve got you covered with a list of gluten-free salmon recipes for dinners, snacks, and everything in between.
Gluten-Free Salmon Wrap
Collard greens are an easy swap for flour tortillas. Using a large, dark leafy green rather than a traditional wrap isn’t just a gluten-free compromise: The slightly bitter flavor of collards actually works well with salmon, especially if you’re using robust sockeye. This recipe from Food52 suggests using leftovers of any salmon you’ve glazed with a sweet sauce, a flavor profile that will also complement the bitterness of collards.
For other gluten-free wrap ideas, check out our blog post featuring seafood wrap and roll recipes that make use of greens, rice paper, and seaweed to hold your meals together.
Gluten-Free Crusted Salmon
We love how crusts can completely change the flavor profile and texture of any dish. And when you want crusted salmon without the breadcrumbs, there are so many ways to make salmon recipes gluten free.
Walnuts, pistachios, pecans, macadamias — there’s a variety of nuts you can use to add texture, flavor, and a nutritional boost to your salmon. Epicurious’s recipe for walnut-crusted salmon has you create an easy paste with walnuts and pomegranate molasses to paint over your fillets before baking them.
You can go beyond nuts adding texture to your fish with other gluten-free options like potato chips, coconut flakes, cereal, or even toasted herbs. [LINK TO BREADING AND CRUSTS: HOW TO ADD TEXTURE TO YOUR FISH?]
Gluten-Free Alternatives to Quiche
Instead of quiche for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner), try your hand at making a salmon souffle. Think of it as quiche’s lighter, crustless cousin, a dish that can integrate last night’s leftovers just as easily. And souffle also happens to be as easy to make as quiche. We’ve got a step-by-step guide to making a souffle with smoked salmon, but you can adapt it by adding in flaked, cooked salmon and even some veggies or herbs.
For mornings when you don’t have time for a souffle batter to rise, try out this recipe for a smoked salmon and green pea frittata from BBC Good Food, or use it as a customizable template to build your own frittata.
Gluten-Free Salmon Blinis
This recipe from BBC exclusively uses buckwheat flour (rather than a mix of buckwheat and wheat flours) in its batter for breakfast blinis with eggs and smoked salmon, making them naturally gluten-free. The recipe itself is non-traditional, as it integrates cheddar into the batter.
For something more classic, you can adapt our recipe for quick and easy smoked salmon blinis by subbing in a gluten-free flour blend for white flour. These blinis will have a less intense buckwheat flavor — still nutty and rich, but balanced out with a bit of lightness that the gluten-free flour blend adds to the batter.
Gluten-Free Salmon Cakes
Many recipes for salmon cakes rely on the starchiness of breadcrumbs, crushed up crackers, or something similar to help bind together all of your salmon cake ingredients.
But you’ve got gluten-free options that work just as well as breadcrumbs. Leftover mashed potatoes or even almond flour can be mixed in with raw or cooked salmon to create fish cakes. If you’re using ground salmon to make salmon cakes, you can even skip adding a starchy binder altogether, forming patties that are held together with the addition of an egg or vegan alternative like chia seed gel.
For an effortless overview on how to make fish cakes with anything in your kitchen, check out our how-to blog post on the topic.
Other Gluten-Free Salmon Recipe Ideas
A fillet of salmon pan-seared simply until the skin is golden and crisp
Wild salmon poke bowl
Sockeye teriyaki skewers
Salmon quinoa taco bowls
Chili-spiced salmon tacos
Photo courtesy of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.