25+ Simple and Healthy Canned Salmon Recipes

Using canned salmon is an easy and budget-friendly way to put together an impressive dinner or lunch. Check out these 25+ delicious canned salmon recipes that are sure to please the whole family.

Canned salmon can be used in a variety of dishes. It is commonly used in salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta dishes, casseroles, and salmon cakes. It can also be added to soups, stews, and chowders for extra flavor and nutrition.

Whether you need a quick lunch idea or want to impress guests at dinner, these recipes will help you use canned salmon in a variety of delicious and unique ways.

Simple Canned Salmon Recipes

Tuna chickpea salad in bowl with lemon wedges and serving spoon.
Swap canned salmon in this Mediterranean Chickpea Tuna Salad. It's the perfect dish for when you’re trying to eat lighter but still want a delicious meal. 
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This Canned Salmon Salad Sandwich is a quick and easy lunch option. An on-the-go meal or a light lunch at home, this sandwich is a great choice!
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This Creamy Canned Salmon Pasta is the perfect dinner to make on a busy weekday night! It’s restaurant worthy and takes less than 30 minutes to make.
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This quick and easy Sushi-inspired Spicy Canned Salmon Rice Bowl makes a great budget-friendly, high protein lunch!
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This 20-minute canned salmon pasta recipe is fresh, light, and incredibly simple to throw together with everyday ingredients! It’s an effortless weeknight meal.
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This salmon salad takes 5 minutes to make with only a few simple ingredients. It is a healthy light salmon recipe that is fully diary free!
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These stuffed avocados are packed with a delicious and light canned salmon salad with fresh herbs and, lemon juice, and more!
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The BEST Canned Salmon Burger Recipe
Using canned salmon and cooked quinoa, this recipe for super-healthy salmon burgers takes just 20-minutes. Patties can be made ahead!
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Using canned salmon and greek yogurt, this mayo-free potato salad recipe is a delicious, healthy alternative to traditional store-bought potato salads.
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This easy canned salmon dip is ready in just 15 minutes! Made with simple ingredients like cream cheese, greek yogurt, lemon, and fresh herbs.
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Easy salmon patties that are simple but delicious. Made with leftover salmon or canned and served with a creamy lemon garlic sauce.
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I love a good savoury tart (or quiche). Buttery pastry and a rich savoury filling are balanced out with a fresh green salad. Using canned salmon, this savoury salmon tart is a delicious, inexpensive meal.
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Quick Salmon Chowder
This quick salmon chowder relies on canned salmon and pantry staples. It comes together in a flash, making it a perfect choice for a busy weeknight!
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Fall Seafood Charcuterie Board. A beautiful seafood board (seacuterie board!) with shrimp, tuna jerky, smoked salmon and more. Perfect fall appetizer!
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This fresh spring roll recipe with salmon and vegetables makes a great Spring and Summer meal! It'll be your new go to!
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Salmon and Kale Caesar Salad with diced avocado, sunflower seeds and shaved parmesan. Canned salmon makes this salad protein packed!
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These three salmon wraps deliver big on flavor, are simple to prepare, and are perfect for an easy lunch! Made with simple ingredients.
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These salmon onigiri are as simple as they are delicious — just rice and salty, slightly spicy canned salmon, wrapped up in snappy seaweed.
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This salmon salad is made with canned salmon and comes together quickly! It’s similar to tuna salad, so it’s great in sandwiches for lunches.
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Inexpensive, super flavorful, and fast, this easy salmon patties recipe is your new favorite meal for busy weeknights when you’re craving seafood! They’re crispy yet so juicy inside.
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Check out these 3 different ways to make easy canned salmon crostini. They’re perfect for a simple and nutritious party appetizer!
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These Mini Spicy Canned Salmon Patties are a delicious appetizer that can be made in 30 minutes and features pan-fried canned salmon.
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Salmon Pasta Salad combines cooked salmon, pasta, peas, red bell pepper, and slivers of red onion in a flavorful, creamy dressing.
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Salmon Croquettes – fried, protein-packed, crunchy rolls made with salmon and aromatics. A quick and tasty appetizer, breakfast, or dinner.
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This salmon casserole is filled with so much deliciousness.  It combines tender, flakey salmon with a rich and creamy filling, all topped with melty cheese and buttery, crunchy Ritz crackers. Who could resist that? 
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Mediterranean Salmon Salad is a light and fresh salad classic. Made with a few simple ingredients, an easy Mediterranean salad dressing (that is also a salmon marinade) is served with beds of greens, tomatoes, red onion, and olives.
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How long does canned salmon last?

Canned salmon has a long shelf life. When stored properly in a cool, dry place, unopened canned salmon can typically last for up to two to four years, depending on the specific product. However, it is always advisable to check the expiration date on the can.

How should canned salmon be stored?

Unopened canned salmon should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Once opened, any unused portion should be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated. It is best to consume the opened canned salmon within two to three days.

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25+ Tasty Canned Salmon Recipes

Canned salmon is such a budget-friendly ingredient. Check out these 25+ delicious canned salmon recipes that are sure to please everyone! Try it in this Mediterranean Chickpea Salad. It's the perfect dish for when you’re trying to eat lighter but still want a delicious meal. 
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people




  • Drain the tuna and flake it into a salad bowl.
  • Add the chickpeas, cucumber, red pepper, onion, Kalamata olives and parsley. Toss gently.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients and add them to the salad bowl. Toss everything together to coat.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!


Will keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. 
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Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 875mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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