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March 14, 2013 2:12 PM
I think canned salmon is less fishy than frozen. If you can get red salmon and not pink it a whole lot better. Red coho is the best, I think that's what I bought at Costco. It is really delicious.
March 14, 2013 2:16 PM



Honestly, just stick with frozen. I've never really understood what you are supposed to do with a whole fish crammed in a can. The bones get so soft you can't pick them out.

eat the soft bones! They are a buffet of calcium!

I was gonna say this! The bones are awesome for you, and because they're so soft they aren't a choking/get-stuck-in-your-throat hazard!

I like canned salmon... I usually mix it with light Philadelphia cheese and light Mayo and then use as a wrap/sandwich filler, salad topper... it's pretty good mixed with some pasta, light Philadelphia cheese, lightly sauteed onions and cherry tomatoes :)

This is a great recipe. I do this (although I never thought about putting cherry tomatoes in it, yum!) and also do salmon cakes/patties. I've tried it in salads (cause I put tuna in salads a lot) but it just didn't taste right to me.

As far as the fishiness goes, the "canned" salmon i eat is canned by my MIL after she pulls them straight out of the Columbia River, and I've never bought commercially processed canned salmon so I can't comment on that, but I don't find the canned stuff I eat to be any more or less fishy than fresh salmon.
March 14, 2013 2:41 PM
I have never had canned salmon before-- though I like tuna-- but tonight I am trying it, to make Zatarain's Salmon Cakes. They seem a bit high-calorie (1 can and 1 box of mix makes 7 cakes, roughly 350 cals each), but I will post back later if they turn out well! :)
March 14, 2013 5:21 PM
1. Nasty
2. Leave it on the shelf at the store.
March 14, 2013 7:15 PM
I grew up in on canned salmon. Love the stuff. I used to beg my Mom to give me the bones - soft and yummy. Maybe that's one reason why I don't have problems with osteopenia now.

Now, I use the stuff in pouches to put on salads.
Edited by evie_wundt On March 14, 2013 7:15 PM
March 14, 2013 7:36 PM
I am so thankful that growing up and living in Alaska has made me not know the answer to this question. Someone gave me a can of salmon once and being out of tuna I opened it up and saw the bones and skin jammed in there and threw it away. I would agree with everyone that said go to Costco and buy the real thing, and make sure you get wild not farmed.
March 15, 2013 5:36 AM

Delicious canned salmon dip!

1. Can of salmon, skin and bones removed
2. Dot of olive oil (or oil of choice)
3. Celery (diced, and in sticks)
4. A few big scoops of fat free greek yogurt
5. Sriracha
6. Freshly ground black pepper

1. In a pan on the stove, heat up a tiny bit of oil, then add salmon. Dry it out/cook it for a while
2. Let cool
3. Mix all ingredients except for celery sticks together well. Proportion as desired
4. Eat the dip by using the celery sticks as dippers

There is mad protein in this, and healthy fats!

AWESOME idea! I've had a can of salmon sitting in my cabinet for awhile. I tried salmon cakes but they came out way too bread-y(?) so this is an even better alternative!
March 15, 2013 5:41 AM
My grandmother used to get canned Salmon all the time, so I figured I'd give it a shot about a week ago because I really love salmon, and thought the canned stuff would be super convenient.

Well, needless to say I didn't like it at all. My cats wouldn't even eat it when I tried to unload it on them.

However, that's my personal taste and I'm sure there are some people who really love it. I do know that my grandmother used to make salmon patties with the canned stuff on the stove. I really don't recall how she did it though.

I tried the salmon on top of a bed of spinach and fashioned it into some sort of salad.
March 15, 2013 5:55 AM
bump for later. going to try some salmon patties. I already make tuna and chicken patties which are very good for protein count. I wrap them individually and freeze. so convenient to take out for lunch. I am going to try the same for salmon
March 15, 2013 6:00 AM
What is a fish doing in a can?
March 15, 2013 6:00 AM
BLECH! I can occasionally stomach fresh salmon with some good seasoning...but it is definitely a "fishy" tasting fish. Canned salmon is like tuna but stronger tasting to me. Mum in law used to make sandwiches with it and hubby LOVES them. I would skip lunch those days. It all depends on the person, too fishy for me.
March 15, 2013 6:01 AM
I add pesto and pasta. It's yummy!
March 15, 2013 6:06 AM
Salmon Tofu Croquette with Mango Salsa
March 15, 2013 6:11 AM
So I had a can of salmon sitting in my pantry for quite awhile. (Still to this day have no idea how it got in there) After reading this thread, I looked up some recipes and decided to make some use of it. We went with Salmon Patties, and it came out awesome, I ended up eating 3 of them with some hot sauce. My kids also loved it, but I had to tell them it was Crabby Patties.. haha!

There was a slight tuna smell to it, but I love tuna so it didnt bother me.
March 15, 2013 6:14 AM
I leave it at the store! lol
March 15, 2013 6:19 AM
French Canadain Salmon pie, at our house was a friday staple, Made with red salmon (only) mashed potatos, onions, milk, black pepper, all mixed together like a hash an put into 2 pie crusts with crust tops and baked for about 30mins,
March 15, 2013 6:23 AM
My favorite is to make a New England seafood chowder using coconut milk instead of heavy cream. Use canned salmon, clams with juice and frozen shrimp. Surprisingly affordable luxury meal. Sometimes I make it Thai style with green curry and lemongrass, chilis, lime, etc. The kids love it.

Also, EVERYONE.....pullease quit complaing about the bones. They are an excellent, highly digestible source of calcium.. The reason they don't pick them out in the cannery is that you would lose (and waste) about 1/3 of the meat in the process and it would raise the cost exponentially. Mash the fish up and you can't see or taste the bones.

THings to add to your fish spread neutralize the fishy taste:

fresh lemon or lime juice
fresh chopped parsley
March 15, 2013 6:25 AM
You can totally pimp canned salmon.

Try these ideas:

-Flaked through cooked linguini/ spahetti/ fettucini with a little lemon juice, chopped fresh red chilli, evoo, rocket (arugula).

- Salmon burgers (as others have suggested).

- Oriental Salmon 'meatballs' - add beaten egg, chopped fresh spring onions (scallions), fresh grated garlic & ginger, chopped chilli and either a dash of teriyaki marinade OR thai red curry paste. Oven bake and serve with stir fry veggies / rice/ noodles or poach in an oriental broth.

- Mix with chopped spring onions, chilli, lime juice, chopped bell peppers, S & P and spoon into destoned avocado halves.

- Salmon pate/ dip (Cheats taramasalata!) add greek yoghurt, lemon juice & dill. serve with cucumber slices & pitta chips.

- Creamy Salmon filo parcels- mix with sauteed leeks, gratd mature chedder and creme fraiche/ yohurt. Season well and wrap in filo pastry. Glaze with eggwash and bake.
March 15, 2013 6:26 AM
Trader Joe's has wild Alaskan canned salmon without salt. (red can) I also buy their "Healthy 8" chopped vegetables (it has things like broccoli, celery, carrots, jicama, etc.), mix in the whole can, add a couple tablespoons of low-fat mayo (I like Kraft, with olive oil), add some fresh dill, and voila - salmon salad! I like to eat it right out of the bowl, but you could put it in a sandwich, too. It doesn't seem terribly "fishy" to me, but then maybe I'm just used to it! Salmon patties are good, too. There were a lot of good recipes posted already; I don't have a special one.
March 15, 2013 6:27 AM
Hi Jodie! My family loves canned salmon. It's not terribly fishy. You can use it to top a salad. Often, I make salmon patties...mix chopped onions, clove crushed garlic, pepper, 1 egg, 1/2 cup coarse corn meal, little bit salt, 1/4 cup flour, 1/8 tsp crushed red peppers to the salmon. Don't drain the juice. Just de-bone the salmon. Consistency should be that of thick pancake mix. If too stiff, add lil non-fat milk to get desired consistency. Cook in EVOO or Coconut Oil on low/medium heat til browned on both sides. Enjoy!
March 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Bumping Bo bo
March 15, 2013 12:00 PM
Still loving all these ideas!

Fish balls - totally will try
Lemon and capers - two of my favorite things and finally a reason to buy capers!
In coconut milk soup - sounds amazing
Eating the bones - we'll see

Now I have to get my butt to the store. :D
April 3, 2013 9:21 PM
April 3, 2013 9:40 PM
i boil a couple eggs, cook some green beans, add some black olives and diced onions and some lemon pepper, it may not be that good but its high in protein and somewhat healthy... Eat for function not for taste
April 3, 2013 9:41 PM
TOPIC: What do you all do with canned salmon?

Throw it in the trash.


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