Got a can of salmon? Try these canned salmon recipes: inventive ways to use this delicious, pantry-friendly ingredient!

Salmon Salad

Call us crazy, but canned salmon is one genius ingredient to keep stocked in your pantry. Sure, it’s a bit more expensive than canned tuna. But prepared correctly, it transforms into loads of quick and easy meal ideas! The best part: unopened canned salmon is shelf stable for 3 years. That’s one shelf-stable protein! Stock up your pantry with a few cans and use it for whipping up salmon salad sandwiches for quick lunches or salmon and rice bowls for dinner. Keep reading to browse some favorite recipes for canned salmon from this website and a few others around the web.

And now…10 tasty canned salmon recipes!

Another salmon option: try smoked salmon!

Want a no-cook meal with salmon? Try smoked salmon instead of canned salmon! There are lots of creative smoked salmon recipes to get your wheels turning:

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Canned salmon recipes

10 Tasty Canned Salmon Recipes

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches 1x


A salmon salad sandwich is a quick and easy lunch idea! Creamy and savory, it’s a tasty spin on the classic tuna. For the other canned salmon recipes, see above.


  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 dill pickle, finely chopped (¼ cup)
  • 1 5-ounce can salmon (2/3 cup cooked flaked salmon)
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt or plain yogurt*
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 slices bread
  • Lettuce leaves, tomato, etc: for garnish


  1. Prep the celery, red onion and dill pickle as noted above.
  2. Drain the salmon and place it in a medium bowl: mash it lightly with a fork. Add the chopped vegetables, capers, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and kosher salt and stir to combine. Taste and add more salt if desired.
  3. If desired, spread the bread with mayonnaise. Add lettuce or other sandwich toppings. Spread the salmon salad onto one half of the bread and top with the other slice of bread.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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