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Easy Keto Mackerel Patties

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Looking for an easy low-carb recipe that is freezer-friendly?

These keto mackerel patties are a great option when you don’t have any fresh protein in the fridge. I used tinned mackerel here, but any tinned fish will do to make these tasty little patties. They can be eaten on their own as a snack, with some garlic mayonnaise, added to a power bowl for lunch, or served with vegetables for a simple keto dinner.

These keto mackerel patties would go well with our Pepita Guacamole, Italian Salsa Verde or Easy Keto Berry Side Salad. For more options, check out our recipes and use the filtering tool to find more sides to go with this meal.

I used almond flour to keep this recipe gluten-free and grain-free so you won'r need to use any starches. If you can't eat nuts, use coconut flour for a nut-free version.

You'll also need an egg to help the patties bind. If you can't eat eggs, skip the mayo and use flax eggs or chia eggs instead. To make one flax (or chia) egg, simply mix about 1/4 cup (60 ml) water with 1 tablespoon of flax meal or ground chia seeds.

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Serving size 3 patties

Allergy information for Easy Keto Mackerel Patties

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Shellfish free
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Nutritional values (per serving, 3 patties)

Net carbs2.9 grams
Protein37.8 grams
Fat34.8 grams
Calories486 kcal

Calories from carbs 2%, protein 32%, fat 66%

Total carbs5.4 gramsFiber2.4 gramsSugars1.1 gramsSaturated fat10.4 gramsSodium992 mg(43% RDA)Magnesium110 mg(27% RDA)Potassium444 mg(22% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 9 patties)

  • 400 g tinned mackerel, drained (14.1 oz)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp almond flour (60 g/ 2.1 oz) or 3 tbsp coconut flour (24 g/ 0.9 oz)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp paleo mayonnaise (15 ml)
  • 1 tbsp Dijon or yellow mustard (15 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley or 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp ghee or extra virgin avocado oil (15 ml)


  1. Add the mackerel to a large bowl and mash well with a fork.
    Easy Keto Mackerel Patties
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except the olive oil and about 1/4 cup (25 g/ 0.9 oz) of the almond flour. (If you're using coconut flour, add all of it as you won'r be using any for topping.) Mix well.
    Easy Keto Mackerel Patties
  3. Use your hands or 1/4 cup to measure out 9 patties (about 60 g/ 2 oz each), flattening slightly, and then coating in the remaining 1/4 cup almond meal. Easy Keto Mackerel Patties
  4. Heat a fry pan on medium heat and add the ghee. Cook the patties 3 to 4 minutes on each side until browned.
    Easy Keto Mackerel Patties
  5. Store in the fridge up to four days, reheat before serving.
    Easy Keto Mackerel Patties

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 3 patties)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Fish, mackerel, jack, canned, drained solids
0 g30.9 g8.4 g208 kcal
Onion powder, spices
0.5 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Garlic powder, spices
0.3 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
1.8 g4.3 g10.5 g118 kcal
Eggs, free-range or organic
0.1 g2.1 g1.6 g24 kcal
0 g0.1 g4.2 g37 kcal
Dijon mustard
0.1 g0.2 g0.2 g3 kcal
Parsley, dried (spices)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
0 g0 g10 g91 kcal
Total per serving, 3 patties
2.9 g37.8 g34.8 g486 kcal

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