Old Fashioned Salmon Loaf

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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  1. Lora says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

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    • Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says

      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.

  3. Marilyn says

    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!

  4. Maxine says

    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.

  5. Erika says

    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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