Curried Salmon Balls

Fondation OLO | Recette | Boulettes de saumon miel et cari
the illustrated version
of this recipe

Balls… A favourite with kids! Why not try them with fish?

  • Servings: 4 servings of 4 balls per person (makes 16 balls)
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Cost per serving: $1.61
  • Storage: 3 days in the fridge. Can be frozen.
  • Kitchen tools: Can opener, measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, sharp knife, vegetable peeler, grater, small bowl, fork, baking sheet, parchment paper (or oil), large bowl
  • This original recipe was developed by Extenso—the Université de Montréal reference centre on human nutrition


  • 2 cans (2 x 213 g) pink salmon, drained
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 frozen spinach nuggets (about 80 ml/1/3 cup), thawed and well-drained
    Thaw in the microwave for 1 minute and press with a fork to get rid of the excess water.
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) mustard
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) curry powder
  • Salt, pepper and Tabasco-style hot sauce, to taste


1. Place oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 180oC (350oF). Oil a baking sheet or cover with parchment paper.

2. Pour the contents of both cans of salmon into a large bowl. Remove the skins with your fingers. Do not remove the bones and cartilage — simply crush them between your fingers.

3. Add the breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, carrot, spinach, mustard, curry powder, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Mix with a fork.

4. With your hands, take a small amount of the salmon mixture and make 16 balls. Place the balls on the baking sheet.

5. Bake for about 15 minutes.

Tip: Use the cooking time to prepare your side dishes.

Variation: You can serve this dish many ways: On rice or pasta with vegetables, as an appetizer with tartar sauce (see our Sole Fillets with Tartar Sauce recipe at, or even in a submarine sandwich!

Nutritional balance

This recipe provides foods from the following food groups:

  • Meat and alternatives

Serve with:

  • A grain product (pasta, rice or a submarine bun, for example)
  • Vegetables (salad or cooked vegetables, for example) and a fruit
  • A glass of milk or fortified soy beverage