Old Fashioned Salmon Loaf

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on August 20, 2009

Photo by Heidi Schempp Fournier

This is a classic and frugal recipe.  Canned salmon may be more expensive than tuna fish, but it is still a relatively inexpensive source of protein.  And with all the buzz in the health community about omega 3‘s being good for you, salmon is an even better choice.  Leave the bones in* and you’ve added calcium as well!

I personally like to use canned tuna and salmon to try to meet my goal of having one fish meal a week. Some weeks I’m more successful than others.

Old Fashioned Salmon Loaf

1 15 1/2 oz can of Salmon
1 C Cracker Crumbs
2 TBS Lemon Juice
2 TBS Melted Butter
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Egg (beaten)
dash Pepper
2/3 C Milk

Preheat oven to 375
Drain & flake salmon. Crush any bones.*
Mix all ingredients together.
Press mixture into a greased loaf pan.
Bake 1 hour.
Let stand aprox 10 min before slicing.

Substitute Tuna for some or all of the canned salmon.
Use leftover cooked flaked fish.
Use any combination of cracker, bread or chip crumbs.
Top with a basic white sauce & peas
Top with hollandaise & old bay seasoning.

*The bones are very soft from the canning and totally edible. As a matter of fact they are a very good source of calcium.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather @ Not a DIY Life August 20, 2009 at 7:11 am

I have a similar recipe that I make in a small crockpot. I add cheddar cheese and it’s a HUGE hit with both Hubby AND the toddler!


Bucksome August 20, 2009 at 8:26 am

Thanks for the recipe. I grew up eating salmon patties, but they’re more work.

This sounds good; I’ll give it a try.


Lora August 20, 2009 at 9:12 am

Thank you for the recipe. We’ve enjoyed salmon loaf in the past, but I hadn’t thought of it in quite a long time.


Daniel B. August 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, canned salmon is a great choice for fish. That is because the majority of it is wild Alaskan salmon. Check the label to be sure.

Wild Alaskan salmon has been reported to be better for your health, the environment, and your palate.

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/MGaFz
For other good choices you could read this: http://bit.ly/Hea4p


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate August 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Daniel-I can always count on you to make a positive comment when I mention canned salmon :)


Terra August 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

I read a tweet from you and came on over here. We like salmon patties at our house, served with plain yogurt on the side.
Like you we use canned salmon and sometimes leftover fresh salmon.
Your recipe sounds delicious.


TheRoosterChick December 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Never thought to try it in the loaf form, thanks for sharing.


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate December 26, 2009 at 11:07 am

TheRoosterChick-The loaf tastes a bit different than the patties, mostly because it isn’t fried. I guess that would also make it much better for you! If you try it I’d love to have you pop back by and let me know what you think.


Marilyn January 11, 2011 at 11:26 am

This looks like a great recipe. I am going to try it. My son in law has told my daughter and myself about a Salmon loaf his deceased Mom made and he just loved; maybe this it is. Will give it a try, thank you!


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate January 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

Marilyn-I hope the recipe is close! Please let me know how it works out for your son in law :)


Maxine February 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I grew up with salmon patties served with creamd peas and I love em. I haven`t made the salmon loaf in years but I think I will try it thanks for reminding me how good it is.


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate February 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

I’m so glad to bring up a happy memory-and to give you a dinner idea :)

Thanks for reading :)


Erika February 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I have a can of salmon sitting patiently in the pantry, but I was overwhelmed by the thought of trying to make patties for the first time. Problem solved! I’ll give this a try soon!


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