Our Best Canned Salmon Recipes

Are you wondering what to do with canned salmon? If you’ve got some canned salmon in your pantry, consider this your lucky day because we’re going to show you exactly what to do with it.

It’s always nice to have a well-stocked pantry for those days when you can’t get to the grocery store. Also, when canned salmon goes on sale, you can stock up so that you’ve got it handy for tasty salmon patties, chowder, and more. Canned salmon is super healthy.

Sure, fresh salmon is best, but fish is canned when it is fresh. In fact, it’s hard to get fresh fish at the market that is fresher than the fish that was canned.


Canned salmon has become an indispensable item in many kitchens due to its versatility, convenience, and nutritional benefits. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and high-quality protein, canned salmon provides a excellent base ingredient for a variety of delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes. From tasty dips to mouthwatering casseroles, there is no shortage of opportunities to incorporate this nutrient-dense fish into everyday dishes.

When it comes to canned salmon recipes, there is something to suit everyone’s taste preferences. Whether a person is seeking a quick lunch option, a sumptuous dinner, or a simple appetizer, the possibilities are endless. In the following article, several creative and scrumptious canned salmon recipes will be explored, showcasing the diverse ways this humble ingredient can transform simple recipes into culinary masterpieces.

You can use canned salmon to make chowder, salads, pasta dishes, sandwich spread, and even burritos.

Ready for some creative ideas for your canned salmon? Let’s explore these 11 amazing canned salmon recipes.

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1. Salmon Black Bean Burritos

We just had to include a Mexican food recipe on this list of canned salmon recipes.

This canned salmon recipe is loaded with veggies, including black beans, tomatoes, green chiles, and onion.

The seasoning for this recipe comes from cumin, chili pepper, sea salt, and black pepper. Salsa also adds tons of flavor.

Serve these tasty burritos with guacamole, sour cream (or Greek yogurt), and pico de gallo.

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2. Salmon Chowder

If you love seafood chowder, you should try this delicious recipe.

This homemade chowder tastes gourmet, but it’s ready to serve in minutes unless you opt to use fresh salmon (or leftover cooked salmon).

The veggies are super filling. With diced potato, sliced carrots, chopped celery, corn, and onion, you’re going to be full when you finish a bowl of steaming chowder.

Shredded cheddar cheese makes this chowder recipe so cheesy, and the milk and butter ensure that it’s nice and creamy.

Garlic, fresh dill, black pepper, and bacon send this chowder over the top.

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3. Salmon Spring Rolls

If you want a light lunch menu item, you will love this recipe for delicious salmon spring rolls.

The sweet chili marinade is made with fresh lime juice, sesame oil, Asian red chili paste, toasted sesame seeds, honey, and garlic.

These spring rolls are full of delicious fresh veggies, including purple cabbage, carrot, cucumber, red bell pepper, and lettuce.

Spices and fresh herbs include fresh mint leaves, fresh cilantro, and fresh basil leaves.

For dipping, serve these spring rolls with homemade peanut sauce, soy sauce, lemon wedges, or your favorite Asian-inspired sauce.

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4. Salmon Patties

The first recipe that pops into your head when you think of “canned salmon” is probably a salmon patty, salmon croquettes, or salmon burger. And why not? All of these are yummy.

Salmon cakes are easy to make and most of the ingredients are right there in your pantry. You can also use fresh salmon or smoked salmon, too.

This salmon cakes recipe calls for panko bread crumbs, but you can also use cornmeal, almond flour, or cracker crumbs. Add some bell pepper for color and flavor.

Sprinkle your salmon cakes with lemon juice and tartar sauce.

Serve your salmon cakes with potato wedges, french fries, or a side salad and you’ve got dinner on the table.

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5. Salmon Salad

We love this canned pink salmon recipe. You’ve probably had canned tuna salad, and salmon salad is very similar.

This recipe takes 15 minutes to pull together.

Dijon mustard gives this canned salmon salad recipe tons of wonderful flavor, and the capers are a delightful surprise.

The only seasoning ingredients you need for this salmon salad recipe are 1 tablespoon of hot pepper sauce and black pepper.

Make this salmon salad with heart-healthy ingredients like avocado oil mayonnaise or your favorite mayonnaise.

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6. Salmon Salad Sandwich

Sometimes you just want a tasty sandwich, but that doesn’t mean lunch has to be boring.

This salmon sandwich salad recipe is exciting in all the ways a sandwich can be.

With both extra-virgin olive oil and cream cheese, this salmon salad is super creamy.

The flavor comes from lemon juice, red onion, and black pepper.

Layer up your sandwich with leafy romaine lettuce and slices of tomato.

You can serve your salmon salad on pumpernickel bread, sourdough bread, or whatever type of bread you love.

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7. Salmon Souffle

Julia Child created a recipe for salmon souffle that was divine, and this recipe looks just as good.

The recipe calls for flaked cooked salmon, but you can use canned salmon just as easily.

Most of the seasoning in this dish comes from the mustard and cayenne pepper, along with salt and pepper.

A souffle isn’t the quickest dish to make, but it sure does make a great impression when you serve it.

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8. Salmon Pasta

If you want a quick and easy casserole that is on the table in less than 20 minutes, this salmon pasta may be your new go-to recipe.

This recipe is especially nice when you want a light meal. It’s filling without being heavy.

All of the flavor you need comes from ingredients like minced garlic, fresh parsley, and lemon juice.

You can use any type of pasta, including spaghetti, linguini, or even angel hair pasta (as long as you watch your cooking time). Whole wheat pasta will make this dish even more nutritious.

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9. Kale Salmon Caesar Salad

There are times when you just want a light but filling salad. This kale salmon Caesar salad is here for you.

With both canned salmon and sunflower seeds, his scrumptious salad is full of protein and nutrients, and it’s really easy to make.

Avocado and olive oil provide some healthy fat. Shaved parmesan cheese loads up even more protein and flavor.

The homemade salad dressing is delicious, but you can also use a store-bought Caesar salad dressing if you prefer.

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10. Salmon Cracker Spread

When you need an appetizer in a hurry, dips can save the day.

Have a can of salmon in your pantry? Just whip up this quick and easy salmon spread and serve it with crackers.

This salmon recipe is as easy as can be. You need only three ingredients, plus salt and pepper.

The cream cheese makes this spread super creamy, and the horseradish adds a nice kick.

You can also use this salmon spread as a dip for veggies, bread, and even potato chips.

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11. Salmon Wraps

Salmon wraps are an easy way to get some snacks or lunch ready quickly.

The salsa adds tons of flavor to these wraps, and dried cilantro gives a nice punch, too.

You can use regular cream cheese with this recipe or use low-fat cream cheese. Be sure to soften it to room temperature a couple of hours before you make your wraps.

You can eat these salmon wraps whole for a quick and easy light lunch. However, we love chilling wraps and then slicing them into cute little bite-sized pinwheels.

Watch the video below to learn how to make a delicious Caribbean dish using canned salmon.


Salmon Patties (+11 Tasty Canned Salmon Recipes)

These recipes are sure to please. So, gather your family and friends and enjoy. Let us know your thoughts!
5 from 10 votes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 300 kcal


  • 2 cans pink salmon
  • 6 minced green onions
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice


  • Drain the salmon and discard the skin and bone.
  • Combine all ingredients except the oil in a bowl.
  • Form into patties.
  • Fry in the oil for 5-10 minutes on each side.


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Calories: 300kcal
Keyword canned salmon recipes, salmon patties
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