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Salmon Meatballs with Quinoa on a wooden plate with leaves under each meatball
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Salmon Meatballs with Quinoa (Gluten-free)

Ready for a healthy twist on meatballs? These salmon meatballs with quinoa are high in protein, gluten-free, and make a great appetizer or light dinner!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Fish & Seafood, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Keyword: salmon, salmon meatballs
Servings: 4
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Diabetic Foodie


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup white wine or vegetable stock
  • 12 ounces salmon fillet
  • ½ cup quinoa (cooked and cooled)
  • 1 large shallot (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • cup red bell pepper (minced)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Add the water and white wine to a large skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Add the salmon fillet, skin side down, and cover. Cook 5 to 10 minutes until the salmon is barely opaque in the center, then remove from heat and set aside until the fish is cool enough to handle.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Flake the salmon into a large bowl, removing the skin as you go.
  • Add the quinoa, shallot, parsley, garlic, red pepper, eggs, salt, and pepper. Mix gently to combine the ingredients without breaking up the salmon bits too much.
  • Form the mixture into 1½ inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked through.


This recipe is for 4 servings. If you make 16 salmon meatballs total, each serving will be 4 meatballs.
To save time, use leftover cooked salmon or canned salmon and skip the cooking steps. Also, cook the quinoa in advance and refrigerate. 
I recommend serving these meatballs with cucumber raita.
Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 294.5mg | Potassium: 167.4mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 2.8g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 35.5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.6mg | Net carbs: 10g