Salmon is full of healthy goodness and great at any meal. The variety of recipes available to you are limitless and delicious!
Packed with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant properties that boost heart and brain health, salmon is the perfect main ingredient. Add some vegetables or a side of your favorite carb and you have a dinner that takes care of the whole family.
If you have some leftover salmon you should never let it go to waste. Try one of the many leftover salmon recipes below.
17 Best Leftover Salmon Ideas with Recipes
If you didn’t think salmon could make a great “second” meal, think again! Grab your leftover salmon and throw together something surprising for your next meal.
1. Salmon burgers
Burgers are a staple in homes across the country. If you are looking for something a little different, look no further than this leftover salmon patty burger.
If you are using uncooked leftover salmon, chopping it up into very small pieces (a mince) is going to be key to making these patties come together.
2. Salmon cakes
Crab cakes are popular in seafaring towns across the nation. But did you know you could make crab cakes out of leftover salmon?
Cooked salmon crumbled up and combined with panko flakes, egg, and seasonings to suit your taste is what makes up your salmon patties. A light fry will give the whole thing a delightfully crispy outside.
3. Salmon dip
Dips and chips make for a great appetizer at the start of any meal. They’re also a fanciful way to bring a touch of class to your party, especially when you’re making a salmon dip.
If you have some leftover smoked salmon lying around, throw it together with a combination of cheeses, mayo, and fresh dill and chives to create this elegant dip.
4. Salmon fried rice
Whether you’re a newbie or an old hand at preparing fried rice at home, you will want to give this salmon fried rice a try.
Rather than using pork or chicken in your fried rice, add salmon to the mix. Bits of leftover salmon, cooked or uncooked (it will cook in the pan) are perfect for making this seafood-inspired fried rice.
5. Salmon pasta salad
Pasta salad is a great addition to any picnic or BBQ. Filling and delicious this leftover salmon pasta salad is crunchy, zesty, and full of summer flavor.
This recipe is quick and easy to make. It combines the flavor of salmon with spinach, asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes, but you can put anything you like in this cold pasta salad to make it uniquely yours.
6. Salmon scalloped potatoes
Scalloped potatoes are named as such for the thin rounds of russet or Yukon potatoes it’s made from. The cheesy, creamy roux it sits in makes it an irresistible side dish. Add salmon and you have a meal!
While most recipes call for whole milk or heavy cream, this dairy-free version is still creamy and delicious. Use leftover cooked salmon or packaged salmon to complete this dish.
7. Seafood crepes
Crepes (very thin pancakes) can be stuffed with many fillings. If you prefer something savory with your crepes try making these seafood crepes with your salmon leftovers.
This is a great recipe if you happen to have a handful of seafood in the fridge. Fill your crepes, serve them up and watch them disappear off the dinner table.
8. Salmon BLT
A classic BLT sandwich is made of bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Swap out your bacon with salmon and get your protein kick while enjoying a lunch worthy sandwich.
This particular recipe calls for a slider bun and a mouth-watering chipotle mayo that pairs exceptionally well with salmon. Sandwiched between bacon, lettuce, and a hunk of juicy tomato, you have yourself a healthy, hearty meal.
9. Salmon fajita boats
That’s right, little boats of goodness await you when you put this amazing salmon fajita recipe together. Packed with Mexican flavors, this salmon is an unbeatable way to get your daily nutrients.
You’ll be happy to know, all of the ingredients needed to make this salmon fajita can be found in your local supermarket. For a quick and easy version, get fajita mix and soft tortilla boats, and voila, dinner is served!
10. Salmon noodle casserole
Casseroles are great when you need a quick yet filling dinner. Make one with salmon and you not only have a hearty meal, but you also have something healthy for the whole family.
The recipe here is truly comforting food at its most soul-warming best. Creamy, rich, and full of flavor, this salmon casserole is a welcome relief when you need to warm something up that’s fast and delicious.
11. Salmon bisque
A bisque is a creamy soup that uses a variety of seafood. Some will make it with lobster, others with shellfish. But if you have some leftover salmon lying around, why not make yourself a rich salmon bisque tonight.
While a traditional bisque can be time-consuming in its preparation, there are ways to get around the long process of making the stock by using salmon and clam juice.
12. Salmon quiche
Salmon by no means should be reserved for dinnertime. You’ll agree when you get your hands on this salmon quiche recipe. It’s simply perfect for breakfast!
Quiche is an easy way to make a sophisticated breakfast that everyone will enjoy. A variety of ingredients can go in a quiche but try using chunks of leftover salmon, or smoked salmon for a kick of flavor.
13. Greek salmon salad bowl
Greek flavors complement salmon to the tee. Fresh olive oil and lemon come to mind so don’t be shy with these ingredients when preparing a salmon salad bowl.
This particular recipe uses red wine vinegar but feel free to try different dressings and fresh lemon juice. You’ll love how the combination of salmon with the arugula spice up your life.
14. Salmon Cobb salad
Cobb salads are some of the most loved salads of them all. Of course, they would be with their myriad of colorful vegetables.
Rather than using the traditional chicken in your cobb, swap it out with your leftover salmon. Drizzle the whole thing with the goddess dressing included with this recipe and you have a meal to die for.
15. Salmon souffle with herbs
Souffle is the name for a fluffy egg white-based batter that gives your meal a little extra puff. Not quite a cake, this light, and airy pastry-like dough is incorporated with your favorite ingredients to make it an extra sophisticated meal.
Try using leftover salmon in this cream cheese and dill souffle recipe that will have your diners wondering what French cooking school you just graduated from.
16. Salmon spaghetti carbonara
Carbonara is a great way to get the family to clear their plates. Why? Because no one can resist the creamy rich flavor of the carbonara.
Add salmon and bacon bits to the mix to give your pasta a touch of saltiness and a whole lot of goodness. And here’s a tip, don’t be shy with the cheese!
17. Salmon corn chowder
Unlike a bisque which is creamy and smooth, chowder is hearty in that it has chunks of vegetables and seafood. Thick and delicious, chowder warms the tummy for the meal ahead or works great as a light dinner.
While a traditional chowder boasts clams and potatoes, try this twist that uses leftover salmon and jalapeno for some spice.
Delicious and good for you, you can’t go wrong with salmon, the fish everyone can get behind. However you choose to cook it, salmon is sure to please your family at mealtime.
Whether you are looking to turn your leftover salmon into breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the possibilities are endless. Get creative and make your extra salmon into a dish that’s new and bursting with flavor.