Salmon Falafel (Healthy, Low Calorie)

Thanks to Chicken of the Sea for sponsoring this recipe for Salmon Falafel. I am an official ambassador  and received free samples and compensation in exchange for my honest opinion and recipe development.

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Love these - salmon cake meets a falafel. What a fun and healthy recipe - gluten free

Making falafel has been on my bucket list for a while. I love those deep-fried nuggets of chickpea flavor, but we rarely eat fried food. When Chicken of the Sea® asked me to make a recipe with their EZ-open cans of salmon, I immediately thought of a salmon falafel instead of a chickpea falafel. Salmon adds protein to the recipe, in addition to helping people meet the 2016 Dietary Guidelines advising Americans to eat 2 to 3 servings of seafood per week.

These salmon falafel are simple to make. The ingredients get thrown into a food processor cutting down your prep time.  While the salmon falafel are in the refrigerator, make the tzatziki sauce. Then with four to five minutes of cooking time your Salmon Falafel are done. You either have a delicious healthy dinner or appetizer. In fact, they make a terrific lunch, too.

Salmoncakes that taste like falafel but with more protein

Finding new ways to enjoy an old favorite continues to be my guide for healthy eating. Instead of deep-frying my salmon falafel, I cooked them in a non-stick skillet with a minimum of oil. In addition to lowering the fat, I increased the protein by adding salmon. As a result, I hit another goal, increasing my protein intake. With New Year’s resolutions in mind, Chicken of the Sea is making it easy for us to find healthy solutions to dinner with a variety of sustainable seafood products in delicious and convenient recipes. They like to say “It’s easy to Go Fish”. So cute!

Consequently to go with Chicken of the Sea’s Go Fish promotion, they are stacking the deck in your favor! Each week there will be five virtual cards posted on their social channels and website offering healthy tips and tricks. Also you will find healthy recipe suggestions. In addition they are running a contest from January 9 through March 15, 2017. You can enter through a digital form on Chicken of the Sea’s website or Facebook page or use the hashtag #EatMoreSeafood on Twitter or Instagram.

Ten weekly winners will be chosen from their comments of shared tips, recipes, fats or inspiration and featured in the final deck of cards. Each weekly winner will receive $100 VISA gift card and Chicken of the Sea Eat More Seafood resource deck of cards. The grand prize winner will win Chicken of the Sea seafood for a year.

What an easy idea for dinner - salmon burger that tastes like a falafel too

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Love these - salmon cake meets a falafel. What a fun and healthy recipe

Salmon Falafel

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 288 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1 cup chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cans Chicken of the Sea® Boneless Pink Salmon in EZ-Open cans
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil
  • !Tzatziki Sauce:
  • ¾ cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ medium English cucumber shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped dill
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. In a food processor, process first 5 ingredients until a paste forms.
  2. Add cumin through salmon, processing until mixture is completely combined.
  3. Form into 8 balls.
  4. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. Dredge each falafel twice in chickpea flour
  6. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Cook half the falafel for 2-3 minutes per side.
  8. Place on a plate.
  9. Repeat steps six and through 8 with remaining falafel.
  10. !For Tzatziki Sauce:
  11. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  12. Serve with Tzatziki sauce.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 2 salmon about ¼ cup tzatziki

I calculated 8 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Salmon Falafel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 5g
Protein 23g 46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,


What a fantastic recipe - easy, quick salmon burger but like a falafel with extra protein #ad #EatMoreSeafood

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  1. I am also a HUGE falafel fan but I don't think I've ever actually made them myself? That's shocking isn't it! These look great. Love the idea of adding flaked salmon to the mix. A real treat and ten times better than store bought!
  2. I've never thought of using fish in falafel before, what a great idea. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious!
  3. This is such a fun promotion -- and I always have a few cans of tuna in my pantry! I want to try this recipe -- it's such a unique combo!
  4. I adore both falafel and salmon patties, so I know that combining the two would be delicious! Saving this to try soon.
  5. What a great alternative to falafel and not something I would think of. A great way to get some extra omega 3s too!
  6. Fabulous! I love falafels and these look so delicious! Can't wait to try it!
  7. I love salmon and this makes a great dish for Lent. Pinned!
  8. I've never tried salmon in a can before but I love tuna so this should be a great recipe to try!! Thanks for sharing!! :)
  9. Oh! Cross between salmon patties and falafel, with the best of both (and gluten free!) I like this!
  10. I lvoe falafel and these patties look incredible. I bet they taste as good as they look! :)


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