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All Recipes, Tapas / January 22, 2024

Classic Spanish Salmon Fritters | EASY 20 Minute Tapas Recipe

These Classic Spanish Salmon Fritters, known as Tortillitas de Salmon, have an incredible light crispy texture on the outside, with a delicious flavor in the inside, they’re easy to make and all done in about 20 minutes. Serve these fritters as a tapas appetizer or even as a main course, next to some roasted potatoes.

Spanish Salmon Fritters
To make this recipe, I used canned salmon. If you can’t find canned salmon in your area, just bake some frozen or fresh salmon and then flake it into small pieces. To make the batter, I used all-purpose flour. If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, just use any type of gluten-free flour, such as almond flour.

Spanish Salmon Fritters
I served these salmon fritters next to a very simple mayo aioli. Which truly takes the fritters to another level. I used a mortar & pestle to make the aioli. If you don’t have one, you can also use a handheld blender, food processor or even a nutri-bullet.

Spanish Salmon Fritters

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You can make the batter ahead of time and add into the fridge. It will hold for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. Important to fry the fritters on a medium heat and nothing higher. Otherwise, they will brown too quickly on the outside and not fully cook in the inside.

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make these Spanish Salmon Fritters

Classic Spanish Salmon Fritters

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 Fritters
Calories 141 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour 60 grams
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup club soda 90 ml
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill 9 grams
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cans salmon 6 oz / 170 grams each
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayonnaise 120 grams
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 5 ml
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 120 ml


  1. Add the flour into a large bowl and make a well, crack in the egg and whisk the egg, then add in the club soda and whisk everything together until you get a creamy batter, then add in the chopped shallot, chopped garlic, chopped fresh dill and finely grate the zest of 1/2 a lemon, season with sea salt & black pepper and mix until well mixed

  2. Drain the cans of salmon into a fine sieve with a bowl underneath, gently flake the salmon, add into the batter and mix until well mixed

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  4. Once the olive oil is nice and hot, start adding spoonfuls of the batter, all in a single layer and evenly spaced out, cook in batches, fry the fritters for 3 minutes per side or until golden fried all around, transfer the fritters into a plate with paper towels as you finish each batch

  5. To make the mayo aioli, add in the chopped garlic into a mortar, along with the saffron and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down on the mixture until you form a paste-like texture, then add in the mayonnaise, olive oil and lemon juice, season with a kiss of sea salt & black pepper and whisk together until you get a creamy texture, transfer the aioli into a small bowl

  6. Add the aioli over a serving dish and decorate the fritters around it, serve warm or at room temperature, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Classic Spanish Salmon Fritters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 290mg13%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 52IU1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu i never had classic spanish salmon fritters before perfect for my after office snacks love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    23 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      24 . Jan . 2024

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