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15 Canned Salmon Recipes: Canned Fish That’s Not Tuna ๐ŸŸ

15 Canned Salmon Recipes: Canned Fish That’s Not Tuna 🐟

Canned salmon recipes sure do come in handy! Of course, fresh salmon is exquisite, but sometimes it is not available or not at a budget-friendly price point for a season, so canned salmon can help fill that craving! 

You may be wondering what to do with canned salmon since its presentation is different from a fresh filet. 

Well, anything! 

We know recipes are converted from chicken and tuna filets into using the canned variety with ease. 

It’s the exact same with canned salmon. 

Both red or pink salmon recipes all work well interchangeably and add a great protein source into a meal with the added benefit of being shelf-stable. 

Many canned salmon recipes are also low-carb if that is something that guides your recipe selection.  

Trust me, recipes for canned salmon are NOT boring! 

Canned salmon recipes can make nachos(Southwestern Salmon Nachos) or sliders or pasta dishes(Salmon Spinach Pasta) or patties or salads(Classic Salmon Composed Nicoise Salad) or even the traditional casserole!

Just be sure to check the expiration dates before purchasing! 

Canned salmon is actually cleaned and cooked before being canned, so it can safely be eaten or served directly after opening.

One curious fact to note is that sometimes there are bones in canned salmon but no worries as they are completely edible and have lots of calcium. 

If a smooth texture is needed for canned salmon recipes, they can be mashed up or they can be removed by spreading out on a surface and going through it. 

Also, there are some cans that say “boneless” which may be more to your liking! 

I know these recipes will be a bit more budget-friendly and I especially love #12

I hope one or more of these recipes absolutely makes you smile! 

Canned salmon recipes are so amazingly convenient! 

This go-round all that is needed is five ingredients and five minutes to create this simple salad! 

The key is having the canned salmon on hand. 

Here’s the skinny; drain the salmon and chop the red onions and celery. 

Mix together and add mayo for desired creaminess. 

Salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice are optional but lovely. 

There is a myriad of ways to serve it as well. 

On bread, in a tortilla, on a lettuce leaf, on crackers or cucumber slices, or on top of a bed of salad greens are all excellent options!

This luxurious meal with canned salmon may win your heart and your taste buds. 

It is a balanced bowlful of fresh spinach, flavorful salmon, and comforting pasta!  

If that isn’t delicious enough, there is a creamy sauce as well. 

It’s made of butter, flour, milk, vegetable stock, mustard, and cream cheese and I must say it really pulls the whole meal together! 

This is best served as soon as it is assembled.

Some recipes for canned salmon take an investment of time in preparation. 

This one, on the other hand, is quick to assemble, and the time is spent in the oven baking. 

This quiche recipe calls for a frozen deep-dish pie crust. 

The filling is all the other yummy ingredients of canned salmon, heavy cream, eggs, mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper! 

Couldn’t be easier! 

Variations could include using a different cheese like swiss or adding in some veggies like spinach, onions, or broccoli. 

A slice of this Salmon Quiche will seriously satisfy you!

Often can salmon recipes mimic other popular recipes. 

For example, here we have a Salmon Loaf similar in design to meatloaf with ground beef. 

Since it cooks for a long time at a lower temperature, it comes out tender and soft. 

It does have carbs included with the breadcrumbs so a great side option is some type of salad. 

The loaf is made of canned salmon flaked apart and mixed with breadcrumbs, onion, fresh dill, eggs, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. 

Simply slice and serve!

Many pink salmon recipes have additional cooking included, but not this one. 

This salad uses the salmon straight out of the can. 

Lots of wiggle room for personalization here! 

The recipe calls for creating a wonderful salad with ingredients like romaine lettuce, hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, steamed beets, and diced avocado. 

The canned salmon is simply placed on top. 

The dressing whisked together is olive oil, vinegar, salt, and mustard. 

Any lettuce or veggie preferences could easily be added or substituted. 

Easy perfection!

If you have not-so-happy memories of a thick and way too fishy tuna casserole with way too many peas, I assure you this salmon casserole will right your world again! 

A Salmon Noodle Casserole is absolutely what to do with canned salmon! 

Pre-cooked wide egg noodles for the win here. 

Saute celery and green onion whites with milk and seasonings till a thick sauce forms. 

Add the sauce, sour cream, shredded cheese, salmon to the noodles and stir well. 

Pour it into a casserole dish. 

Last, make a panko mixture for sprinkling on top and then bake! 


Salmon Chowder canned salmon recipes may be few and far between, but this one totally checks all the boxes! 

Chowder is just that special recipe that warms from the inside out! 

It starts with bacon frying, and onions and garlic sauteing. 

Next, chicken stock, canned salmon, frozen corn, and a diced potato simmer. 

Last stir in the cream with some Old Bay seasoning. 

The amount of liquid can be adjusted if a thicker or thinner chowder is wanted. 

It’s fabulous!

Need a little canned salmon in your life? 

Need a break from the usual? 

These Salmon Patties can certainly do that! 

They totally deliver a creamy inside with a crispy outside and are full of flavor!  

Excellent instructions and pictures walk you step by step on how to make these patties! 

All that’s left is gathering together all the needed ingredients to mix, form, and pay fry! 

What can be more fitting than a dollop of Greek yogurt and a fresh squeeze of lemon on top?

Do not worry, there is no compromising flavor with recipes for canned salmon. 

Especially not with this particular eggs benedict. 

Several parts to prepare. 

First, the salmon needs to be flaked out and any obvious bones removed. 

Second, the hollandaise sauce can be prepared with egg yolks and lemon juice. 

Third, poach the eggs. 

Then the assembly line can be put into action! 

Toasted English muffins are then topped with the salmon mixture, a poached egg, and a drizzle of hollandaise. 

Oh, these will make everyone happy!

A very different take on a canned salmon recipe here! 

Instead of the usual bed of lettuce with salmon and seasonings put on top, here we have more of a salmon veggie bowl creation! 

Just look at this lineup that gets mixed with a lovely mixture of mayo, Greek yogurt, parsley, salt, and pepper. 

We’ve got bell peppers, avocado, shredded carrots, capers, and canned salmon. 

A couple of hours of chilling in the refrigerator will allow the flavors to fully incorporate!

Dairy-free can salmon recipes are exactly what some folks are looking for and here is a fantastic one! 

It’s got a flavor for miles without a fancy cost! 

This makes a batter that is then dropped by spoonfuls into a skillet and pan-fried. 

They do puff up, so give them room and flatten them out! 

They are made with canned salmon, a corn muffin mix, canned corn, egg, applesauce, and of course, oil for the frying. 

Served with a dip or not, these are mouthwatering!

Stuffing avocados is one terrific idea for what to do with canned salmon! 

Prepare the avocado by cutting it in half and removing the seed. 

Scoop out a bit of flesh to make a decent area to refill. 

Mix together the removed avocado, salmon, green onions, dill, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, oil, apple cider vinegar, salt with a pinch of cayenne pepper. 

Then simply fill each avocado with the salmon mixture and top with a squeeze of lemon or sriracha if that’s your speed!

A few strategic ingredients can make canned salmon recipes your go-to source for quick lunches! 

This post is really three recipes in one and yes, there is a video to show you each one. 

First up is salmon caesar salad wraps with crunchy romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, caesar dressing, and salmon! 

Second, everything bagel salmon wraps with a layer of cream cheese, sprinkles of everything bagel seasoning, salmon, and slices of cucumber and bell peppers. 

Third, are salmon sushi wraps with rice, seasonings, cucumber, carrots, and avocado. 

Tons of swap options too!  

Wraps may never have tasted so good!

I do not think I have ever been able to say ‘no’ to a plate of nachos in my life! 

Colorful and flavorful and the textures are simply amazing! 

Here’s a glimpse of all that can be loaded onto a baking sheet of tortilla chips already sprinkled with seasoned salmon. 

All the Tex-Mex favorites like black beans, corn, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, minced red onions, cilantro, green onions, jalapenos, red chiles, and sour cream. 

That’s a mouthful and a plateful!

I leave you with perhaps the most eye-catching of recipes for canned salmon, a Nicoise salad! 

Instead of tossing all the ingredients into a bowl and mixing, this salad is beautifully and intentionally laid out on a plate. 

Some of the options could include butter lettuce, cooked potatoes, bell pepper, green beans, hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, black olives, cherry tomatoes, capers, and salmon. 

Pick and choose ingredients you or your family would particularly enjoy. 

The homemade vinaigrette is most definitely worth the time to make! 

Beautiful and nutritional all at the same time!

The bottom line

Next time you find yourself needing some canned salmon recipes, I hope one of these inspires you and your taste buds!  

Canned salmon recipes really can come to the rescue when time is short and tummies are hungry!

15 BEST Ways To Use Canned Salmon

15 BEST Ways To Use Canned Salmon

These 15 Canned Salmon Recipes can come to the rescue when you’re short on time and everyone is hungry!


  • 5-Minute Salmon Salad
  • Salmon Spinach Pasta
  • Salmon Quiche Recipe With Canned Salmon
  • Salmon Loaf
  • Canned Salmon Salad
  • Lightened Up Salmon Noodle Casserole
  • Quick Salmon Chowder
  • Salmon Patties
  • Eggs Benedict With Canned Salmon & Herby Hollandaise
  • Canned Salmon Salad
  • Salmon And Corn Fritters
  • Stuffed Avocados
  • Salmon Wraps 3 Ways
  • Southwestern Salmon Nachos
  • Classic Salmon Composed Nicoise Salad


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