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What to do with leftover salmon? Try these genius leftover salmon recipes that bring new life to this healthy fish.

Leftover salmon recipes

Got leftover salmon and not sure how to use it? Seafood can be tricky, and we’ll admit: often it’s not the most appetizing as a leftover. But there are a few ideas we use when we’re looking to revitalize this healthy fish into a fun new meal! Here are all our top leftover salmon recipes for the best ways to bring new life to leftovers. Make it into a salmon salad sandwich, fry it up into salmon cakes, or even throw it into omelettes and creamy dips.

And now…the best leftover salmon recipes!

More ways to cook salmon

Of course, we couldn’t leave you without some of our favorite ways to cook this tender, flaky fish! Outside of these leftover salmon recipes, here are a few favorite ways to cook salmon:

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Salmon Salad

10 Genius Leftover Salmon Recipes: Salmon Salad & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


This salmon salad recipe is quick and healthy: an easy lunch or dinner! Make it with canned salmon or as a way to use leftover salmon.


  • 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


  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. Stores up to 3 days refrigerated.


*For dairy free, skip the yogurt and use 3 total tablespoons mayonnaise: add more to taste if desired.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Leftover salmon recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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