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17 Best Canned Salmon Recipes

If you’re looking for some awesome canned salmon recipes, you’ve come to the right place!

We always hear, “The fresher the fish, the better it tastes,” and most of the time, that’s true. 

However, these recipes prove that sometimes, fish can taste just as yummy when it comes from a can.

Salmon Patties with Dipping Sauce and Lime
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Easy Canned Salmon Recipes

Of course, canned salmon doesn’t look as lovely or as elegant as fresh, whole fish, but it’s just as tasty.

It also requires a lot less work when making things like salmon meatballs, spring rolls, and pasta.

So, if you have a few cans of salmon sitting around on your shelves at home and don’t know what to do with them, I think you’ll appreciate this list. 

Salmon Patties
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1. Salmon Patties

With this recipe, you can make simple salmon patties in 30 minutes or less. It’s a must-add to your weekly meal rotation.

They are slightly crispy on the outside but have tender, creamy insides.

The intense flavor comes from the addition of cayenne pepper, garlic and onion powders, white vinegar, and Dijon mustard.

The breadcrumbs add texture and help them stick together better, and the Greek yogurt gives them their inner creaminess. It’s a great recipe.

Salmon Salad
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2. Salmon Salad

Whether you eat it by itself, on crackers, or as a sandwich, this simple salmon salad is sure to be a hit. 

The carrots, bell peppers, avocados, capers, parsley, salt, & pepper add so much flavor to the relatively mild salmon. 

The mayo & yogurt give this simple salmon side dish a smooth creaminess that brings everything together. 

Best of all, this salmon recipe involves zero cooking.

Salmon Pasta
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3. Salmon Pasta

Picture this: perfectly al pasta coated in a luxurious blend of cream, garlic, and herbs, adorned with chunks of flaked salmon.

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If this canned salmon pasta doesn’t make your taste buds tingle, I don’t know what will.

One bite and you’ll be hooked (get it?), craving for more of this delectable main dish.

If you’re looking for romantic dinner recipes, this one perfectly fits the bill.

Salmon Cracker Spread
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4. Salmon Cracker Spread

If you’re looking for a way to add more seafood to your party platter, this canned salmon recipe is the way to do it. 

It’s simple, taking only 20 minutes to cook if you’re using fresh salmon.

If you’re using canned fish, it comes together in half the time!

Simply mix some pantry staples and let the mixture chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

Salmon Spring Rolls
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5. Salmon Spring Rolls

Usually, when it comes to spring rolls, I like them vegetarian-friendly or with chicken. However, these flaked salmon spring rolls are phenomenal. 

I love their fresh, minty taste and how the flavorful ingredients, from the vermicelli to the cilantro, complement the salmon. 

There’s also a delightful crunchiness from the carrots, bok choy, and cilantro that I just love.

Salmon Salad Sandwich
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6. Salmon Salad Sandwich

This canned salmon salad is smoother than the chunky version I mentioned earlier.

This simple salmon dish is more like a classic chicken salad or tuna salad equivalent, and it’s made with simple pantry ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

All you need to make it is canned salmon, mayo, green onions, celery, dill, and lemon. It tastes better the next day, too, making it ideal for meal prep.

Kale Salmon Caesar Salad
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7. Kale Salmon Caesar Salad

Need more salmon recipes to add to your menu rotation? This canned salmon pasta salad is ready in no time – just 25 minutes, tops!

It’s creamy and delicious, but the overall flavor is somewhat milder than I usually like.

To offset that, I usually add a pinch of garlic and some diced scallions.

Enjoy this salad on its own for a light lunch or with a rice bowl for a satisfying meal. 

Salmon Souffle
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8. Salmon Souffle

This recipe takes a little over an hour to make, but if you want to impress everyone with your culinary skills, this is the way to do it. 

It’s light, fluffy, and airy, and it has a spectacular herby taste, thanks to the nutmeg, chives, parsley, and pepper. 

This dish is a little high in calories, but with only 15 carbs per serving, the carb count is pretty reasonable for a complete meal.

Salmon Wraps
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9. Salmon Wraps

This recipe provides you with three different ways to make salmon wraps, and each one is quick, simple, and ideal for lunch on days when you don’t have a lot of time.

Whether you go with the “everything bagel,” “sushi,” or “Caesar salad lettuce wraps”, it shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes to pull it together.

The resulting dish will undoubtedly be appetizing. 

Salmon Chowder
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10. Salmon Chowder

Salmon chowder is thick, warm, and delicious. 

With flavorful ingredients like potatoes, bacon, onions, corn, and half-and-half cream, it’s simple yet incredibly filling. It’s a good idea for those long, cold fall and winter nights. 

This main dish (or complete meal) is uses everyday pantry staples, so you probably have almost everything you need for it in your kitchen right now. 

But if you’re feeling fancy, try smoked salmon instead of using canned salmon.

Salmon Croquettes
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11. Salmon Croquettes

Salmon croquettes are crispy little cakes perfect for a last-minute lunch or dinner. 

A mixture of salmon, breadcrumbs, eggs, onions, and spices, is formed into patties, and fried until golden brown. 

If you’re more of a tuna person, by all means, swap out the fish.

Serve them up with a side salad, lemon wedges, and maybe even a dollop of tartar sauce with fresh dill. 

Or, if you’re feeling extra hungry, serve it with a heaping serving of white or brown rice.

Salmon Burgers
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12. Salmon Burgers

Who says burgers have to be beefy? Shake things up with these salmon burgers that are just as juicy and delicious! 

The best part? You can cook them up with just a few pantry ingredients.

The recipe calls for fresh salmon, but you can easily swap in canned fish for a quicker meal. 

Load up your bun with all the classic burger fixings like fresh tomatoes, melty cheddar cheese, lettuce, yogurt sauce, and your favorite condiments. 

Baked Salmon Meatballs with Avocado Crema
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13. Baked Salmon Meatballs with Avocado Crema

Spice up your meatball game with a delicious twist – baked salmon meatballs! 

Taking these little patties to the next level is a luscious avocado crema made with avocado, Greek yogurt, & garlic. 

Feeling extra indulgent? Top them off with some melted cheddar cheese for a burst of gooey, cheesy goodness. 

Serve them with rice or a la sliders for a fun and healthy meal. 

Salmon Rice Bowl
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14. Salmon Rice Bowl

When it comes to salmon, rice is always a good idea.

This rice bowl features cooked salmon, rainbow veggies, and a zesty mayo sriracha sauce that ties all the flavors together. 

Whether you prefer white, red, or brown rice, this meal can be customized to your taste. 

Vibrant, delicious, and satisfying, this rice bowl is a fun way to switch up your typical rice routine.

Salmon Cakes
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15. Salmon Cakes

Salmon cakes are a great recipe to use up canned or leftover cooked salmon. 

Rich, briny, and flaky, this party must-have is addictive, especially when serve with tartar sauce.

Smoked Salmon Dip
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16. Smoked Salmon Dip

Make this creamy smoked salmon dip for a party appetizer you won’t soon forget. 

This delectable dip is made with cream cheese, sour cream, smoked salmon, and a few simple seasonings. 

But don’t worry if you don’t have smoked salmon on hand – you can use canned or cooked salmon instead convenience. 

Serve it up with some crackers or toasted baguette slices for all your party guests to enjoy.

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17. Onigiri

These Japanese rice balls are a fun way to eat rice and a perfect on-the-go meal. 

The best part is you can customize the filling to suit your taste. Sometimes, I like to mix cream cheese with the fish for a richer flavor and consistency.

Also, while I prefer spicy salmon, you can also try tuna salad or any other seafood filling for a different twist.

17 Best Ways to Use Canned Salmon

Try these canned salmon recipes for easy meals you can throw together in a few minutes. From patties to salad to pasta, canned salmon is as versatile as it gets.


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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