While canned tuna is a pantry staple for many, canned salmon receives little attention (despite the fact that it's just as versatile). That's a shame, because it's packed with all the same healthy fats as fresh salmon, and you can get it at a fraction of the price. These 10 ideas prove that a can (or three) of salmon is worth a spot in your pantry.
1. Make fish cakes or burgers.
Give canned salmon the crab cake treatment by forming it into patties, breading the patties, and pan-frying until crispy. Or turn that salmon into budget-friendly burgers.
Get a recipe: Spicy Canned Salmon Cakes
2. Flake it into pasta.
Add protein to your pasta dinner by mixing in a can of salmon. It's especially nice in pasta dishes where butter or lemon are involved, since both are natural pairings with salmon.
Get a recipe: Lemon Butter Pasta & Veggies
3. Add it to a salad.
Turn any salad into a meal by topping it with canned salmon. Simple green salads could certainly use the boost, but we also like adding it to bean salads for some extra protein.
Get a recipe: Spicy Salmon Black Bean Salad
4. Stuff it into wraps.
Swap out shredded chicken for canned salmon in wraps and pita pockets. We especially love it in this riff on Caesar salad wraps.
Get a recipe: Salmon and Kale Caesar Wraps
5. Bake it into a frittata or quiche.
Frittatas and quiches taste great with just about any ingredient you throw at them — including canned salmon.
Get a recipe: How to Make a Frittata with Whatever You Have on Hand
6. Make hash.
Forget sausage — canned salmon is really the protein you should reach for the next time you're building a breakfast hash (or any hash, really!). Add a poached egg to each serving to make it even heartier.
Get a recipe: Salmon Hash with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Herbs
7. Flake it into fried rice.
Fried rice is another dish that's perfect for your pantry odds and ends. While chicken is more common, canned salmon requires less prep.
Get a recipe: How to Make Fried Rice
8. Bulk up potato salad.
Take potato salad from side dish to star by mixing in canned salmon. The result feels fancy enough that you might want to break out some chilled white wine.
Get a recipe: Warm Potato and Salmon Salad
9. Top a grain bowl.
If you think you've already run through the gamut of grain bowl ingredients, it's time to consider canned salmon. Swap it in for fresh salmon in a favorite recipe, or just build your own bowl.
Get a recipe: Farro Bowl with Crispy Salmon and Toasted Sesame Seeds
10. Swap it in for tuna.
Canned tuna and salmon can be used interchangeable in most recipes. Toss with mayo for a riff on a classic tuna salad or use it in a retro tuna casserole.
Get a recipe: Crisp Tuna-Cabbage Salad