These Easy Salmon & Sweet Potato Cakes (Baby Led Weaning) are one of our favorite ways to offer salmon to my baby girl. They can be made in less than 20 minutes using leftover cooked salmon (or canned), and they freeze beautifully for a quick weeknight dinner!

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We love having salmon for dinner at our house, but we are not so eager to eat leftovers the next day. This is one of our go-to recipes to use up that last salmon filet no one wants to eat!

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Reasons to Love These Kid and Baby-Friendly Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes

  • Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Many children won’t eat fish, but they are more likely to try fun salmon burgers.
  • Easy to make with simple ingredients.
  • Great source of protein and is nutrient rich.
  • It’s a great recipe to freeze.
  • The whole family will enjoy it! You can add your favorite dip!
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Ingredients to Make These Easy Salmon & Sweet Potato Cakes (Baby-Led Weaning)

  • Cooked Salmon: You can use leftover cooked salmon or canned. I like to use skinless, boneless, fresh salmon fillets. If your salmon has skin on, remove it using a sharp knife.
  • Mashed Sweet Potato: Steamed.
  • Egg: Will add protein and act as a binder in this recipe.
  • Corn meal: Coating the patties before cooking helps keep the shape when frying and makes it easier for babies to hold. It also gives the salmon burgers a beautiful golden brown crust.
  • Green onion: I love adding green onions to savory recipes. You can also use fresh parsley or dill.
  • All-purpose flour:  Helps with texture and binds the muffin together.
  • Spices: I used smoked paprika and garlic powder.
  • Olive oil: For cooking. Use high-quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Salt: Omit for babies <12m old.
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Step by Step Instructions

  • With a fork, shred the leftover salmon fillets into small pieces.
  • Mash the cooked sweet potatoes.
  • In a medium size bowl, add all the ingredients (except the corn meal) and combine well.
  • Spoon the salmon mixture (or use a cookie scoop), making small salmon burgers or cakes.
  • Coat with corn meal or bread crumbs.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add some olive oil, and cook the salmon patties for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Enjoy warm or let the salmon patties cool, add them to an airtight container and freeze for later!

Sweet Potato Fishcakes Recipe Tips

  • When offering to babies between 6-9 months, cut the salmon cakes into “fingers” for palmar grasp.
  • For babies >9m old you can cut the patties into small bite size pieces to practice pincer grasp.
  • When offering to older babies >12m old and toddlers you may add ¼ tsp salt.

Storage Instructions

Let the cooked salmon patties cool and store them in an airtight container or freezer bag.

  • Refrigerated: 3 days
  • Frozen: 3 months.

To defrost, let the patties overnight in the fridge, or microwave from frozen in 30s increments until completely defrosted.

Serving Suggestions and Substitutions

  • Corn meal: You may substitute it with breadcrumbs. Make sure to use breadcrumbs free of salt and sugar for babies.
  • Egg: You may use a chia egg if your baby is allergic to eggs.
  • Sweet potato: You may use a combination of white and sweet potato or 100% white potatoes in this recipe.
  • All-purpose flour: You can use oat flour instead.
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Frequently Asked Questions

When can babies eat salmon?

Salmon, when fully cooked, can be introduced around 6 months of age, as soon as the baby is ready to start solids.

Is salmon healthy for babies?

Yes, absolutely! Salmon is one of the top seafood sources of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, which is critical for visual and cognitive development. Salmon is also a fish low in mercury.

Can babies have canned salmon?

The first choice should be the fish in a homemade preparation, however, if you find a good quality canned salmon that is also marked “no salt added”, it can be offered to babies.

Is salmon a common allergen?

Yes. Fish is a common allergen.

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Easy Salmon & Sweet Potato Cakes (Baby-Led Weaning)

These Easy Salmon & Sweet Potato Cakes (Baby Led Weaning) can be made in less than 20 minutes using leftover cooked salmon (or canned) and freeze beautifully for a quick weeknight dinner!
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Course: dinner, lunch, Lunchbox, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: hamburger de salmao para bebes, salmon cake recipe, salmon fishcakes, salmon patties, sweet potato cakes, sweet potato fishcakes, sweet potato salmon cakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Steam cooking the potato: 18 minutes
Servings: 12 patties
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Carol Pecora

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 250 g salmon cooked (about 2 fillets)
  • 200 g sweet potato cooked (about 1 medium)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp green onion
  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for cooking
  • 1/4 tsp salt omit for babies <12m old

Instructions

  • With a fork, shred the leftover salmon fillets into small pieces.
  • Mash the cooked sweet potatoes.
  • In a medium size bowl, add all the ingredients (except the corn meal) and combine well.
  • Spoon the mixture, making small salmon burgers or cakes.
  • Coat the salmon patties with corn meal or breadcrumbs.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add some olive oil and cook the salmon patties for about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Enjoy warm or let the salmon patties cool, add them to an airtight container and freeze for later!

Notes

  • When offering to babies between 6-9 months, cut the salmon cakes into “fingers” for palmar grasp.
  • For babies >9m old you can cut the patties into small bite size pieces to practice pincer grasp.
  • When offering to older babies >12m old and toddlers you may add ¼ tsp salt.
  • Let the cooked salmon patties cool and store them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
    • Refrigerated: 3 days
    • Frozen: 3 months.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Salmon & Sweet Potato Cakes (Baby-Led Weaning)
Amount per Serving
Calories
97
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.002
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
25
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
24
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
185
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
2439
IU
49
%
Vitamin C
 
0.5
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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