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26 Best Pink Salmon Recipe Ideas

We all have tuna cans at home, but have you thought about using canned salmon instead? I think salmon is healthier and better tasting than tuna, yet we don’t eat it as much.

The Best Canned Salmon Recipes:

If you are wondering what to do with canned salmon, keep reading and find out! These 25 canned salmon recipes will make you re-think your meals and give you new and easy ways to bring a delicious meal.

1. Salmon Patties Recipe

Flaky salmon patties that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside are a great way to cook canned pink salmon. They are perfectly seasoned with onion, bell pepper, garlic salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Just drizzle lemon juice on top and enjoy over a salad or in a sandwich!

2. Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl

This high-protein, low-calorie rice bowl is not only one of the easiest canned salmon recipes but is also healthy and delicious. Brown rice, sliced cucumbers, canned pink salmon, scallions, furikake, mayo, and sriracha make for an amazing bowl! Who says you can’t have a budget-friendly salmon meal?

3. Baked Salmon Balls

Meatballs don’t always have to be made with ground beef, you can also use ground chicken, pork, and even canned salmon! Minced garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and chopped green onions give these amazing meatballs an Asian twist that you’ll fall in love with!

4. Salmon Croquettes

If you are wondering about salmon in can recipes, these croquettes or patties, which are full of flavor from ingredients like chopped bell peppers, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, cilantro, mayo, and panko breadcrumbs are the answer. They are quick to make and even the little ones will enjoy them!

5. Quick Salmon Chowder

Yes, you can make salmon chowder! It is hearty and delicious and full of yummy ingredients like bacon, potatoes, whole kernel corn, onions, garlic, and half and half, all perfectly seasoned with Old Bay. I like to add a splash of lemon juice for flavor enhancement!

6. Salmon Wraps 3 Ways

Three pink salmon can recipes in one post you will definitely enjoy. Caesar Salad Salmon Wraps, Everything Bagel Salmon Wraps, and Salmon Sushi Wraps are three delicious and very simple ways to enjoy canned salmon. They are all so good, it’s hard to choose just one!

7. Salmon Salad

Just like canned tuna salad, this delicious canned salmon salad with red onion, pickles, celery, and capers is made with a mixture of mayo and yogurt that not only cuts the calories but also makes the most delicious sauce. Use it for sandwiches or as a dip to enjoy a fresh, low-calorie meal!

8. Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll-Ups

Spicy salmon, crunchy carrots, cucumbers, creamy avocado, sushi rice, and fresh cilantro all wrapped in nori sheets makes the perfect most easy sushi rolls. No need for takeout, you can make your own and I bet it will be way better!

9. Salmon Black Bean Burrito Bake

Who says you can’t use canned salmon in Mexican-inspired dishes like burritos? Spice things up with this delicious twist on the everyday burrito recipe.

Changing the protein to salmon and using it with regular burrito ingredients like corn, black beans, tomatoes, and shredded Jack cheese makes for a wonderful meal!

10. Mediterranean Salmon Orzo Salad

Orzo has a beautiful shape and I love the way it is small enough to use in salads and not be overwhelmingly large. It’s like rice but with the mouthfeel of pasta.

Mixed with canned salmon, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh parsley, lemon, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil, this salad will make your mouth very happy!

11. Eggs Benedict with Canned Salmon

This is one of the best-canned salmon recipes I’ve tried. It is a fantastic way to make canned salmon into a fancy meal. English muffins are topped with flaky lemon-infused salmon, followed by perfectly poached eggs, all topped with a dreamy and herby Hollandaise sauce!

12. Salmon Cream Cheese Ball

Looking for the perfect appetizer? Canned salmon to the rescue! Combine cream cheese, pink canned salmon, chopped chives, lemon juice, and garlic salt, make them into a ball and roll the ball in chopped pecans, and chives. Serve with crackers or celery sticks and enjoy!

13. Salmon Caesar Salad

Just when I thought Caesar Salad couldn’t get any better, I come to realize Salmon takes Caesar Salad to a whole new level of deliciousness! You can use fresh, canned, or smoked salmon and your salad will be instantly transformed into a complete and fantastic meal.

14. Spicy Salmon Burgers

Red curry and lemongrass paste make these spicy salmon burgers irresistible. So, if you’re wondering what to make with canned salmon, I urge you to try these spicy and delicious burgers! Eat them on top of Asian-style cole slaw, or stuff them inside fresh, steamy bao buns!

15. Canned Salmon Alfredo

This creamy pasta is packed with veggies, and flaky canned salmon, and tossed in the creamiest sauce made easily by using evaporated milk and Parmesan cheese. Mushrooms and sweet peas make it very interesting not only flavor-wise but also very visually appealing!

16. Easy Salmon Cracker Spread

As the name implies, this easy canned salmon recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes and makes a unique spread to use on crackers or toast. Dill, lemon juice, and zest make it a fresh alternative to the creamier spreads that rely on cream cheese as the base ingredient.

17. Air Fryer Salmon Patties

I have become quite a fan of salmon patties, so I’m always looking for the best-canned salmon recipes I can find. Using the air fryer makes them healthier and these patties with Dijon mustard, sour cream, lemon juice, dill, and hot sauce are one of my favorites!

18. Salmon Salad

This unique take on salmon salad adds radishes, crispy celery, red onion, and dill weed to flaky canned salmon. The result is a crunchy, tangy, and spicy mix that when tossed with a creamy and lemony dressing becomes an absolute flavor bomb!

19. Canned Salmon Pasta with Spinach and Lemon

Broccoli, spinach, and basil along with canned salmon are the key ingredients in this healthy and fresh-tasting pasta that is simply dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, sauteed garlic, and parmesan cheese.

It takes only a few minutes to make sure to satisfy your pasta cravings!

20. Salmon Casserole

Macaroni pasta and canned salmon are combined with cream of mushroom soup, evaporated milk, shredded cheddar, and crushed crackers and baked to creamy perfection. Of all my ideas for canned salmon, this one is the one that tastes more like home. Like your mom’s warm hug!

21. Salmon Quiche

This recipe for canned salmon can be served as breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner. Eggs, whipping cream, and shredded cheese are baked to custardy perfection and the flavor of salmon really comes through. Served along with a side salad, this makes a great meal to serve to guests or family.

22. Salmon Stuffed Zucchini

Not only do salmon boats look amazing, but they also taste divine. This creative and fun meal comes together quickly and Gruyere cheese makes it taste luxurious and rich.

Green onions, bell peppers, and parsley give it a fresh twist, while the cheese makes them rich and satisfying!

23. Parmesan Crusted Salmon Casserole

Fresh pink salmon recipes are one of my favorite ways to give my family a nutritious meal but the kiddos don’t always appreciate it. By mixing it with cheese and baking it to gooey perfection, they not only gobble it up, but it soon became one of their favorites too! The Parmesan crust is the best part!

24. Smoked Salmon Mousse

Talk about a fancy and carb-free way to serve the most beautiful appetizers! This pink mousse looks absolutely beautiful when piped on top of sliced green cucumbers. Creamy Neufchatel cheese gives it a smooth and rich consistency while lemon juice and freshly cracked pepper infuse it a with fresh peppery flavor!

25. Salmon Quinoa Burgers

These salmon burgers have an entire cup of chopped herbs and one of quinoa, both of which give them amazing flavor and nutritional value. Quinoa is rich in protein as is salmon, so it makes a perfect recipe for a high-protein meal. No need for beef! These burgers are healthy and full of good kinds of stuff!

26. Salmon Pot Pie

Who wants boring old chicken pot pie when you can have salmon pot pie? Give your old recipe a delicious new twist.

Using refrigerated pie crust, you cut the prepping time in half, and placing it on top instead of at the bottom makes the pies look absolutely beautiful! You can make one pie or several individual ones.

Now that you know you can make delicious meals using canned salmon, add it to your next grocery list and ditch the tuna! If your family has grown tired of your regular recipes, surprise them with a new twist on them and replace them with a fresh new set.

Canned salmon is a lifesaver! It’s a cheap protein-rich ingredient that will make your meals so much better! Following is my favorite recipe for salmon patties. I hope you enjoy it!

Salmon Recipe Ideas

26 Best Pink Salmon Recipe Ideas

These 26 canned salmon recipes will make you re-think your meals and give you new and easy ways to bring a delicious meal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 YIELDS


  • 1-14.5 oz can pink salmon, drained
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cp Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the salmon, chives, dill, parsley, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, mayo, egg, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Form the mixture into 5-6 patties.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties until golden brown on both sides.
  • Place the cooked patties on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.
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