What to do with leftover salmon: 22 amazing recipes plus storage tips

Wondering what to do with leftover salmon? Use this collection of 22 delicious recipes. These breakfast ideas, appetizers, salads, and dinners are perfect for using up your cooked fish. Your leftovers may be just as good as the original dinner.

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Leftover Salmon Recipes

Salmon can be such a delicious dinner. But what do you do with the leftover cooked salmon?

So many collections make you cook the salmon first, or use smoked salmon or canned salmon, but these recipes actually use leftover fish. So you know that everything works.

These leftover salmon recipes include everything from breakfast to dinner, making them a great way to eat your leftover seafood the next day.

The best part? You can get all the good fat and versatile proteins with a new and easy recipe.

How to store leftover salmon

Don’t let all that flaky salmon go to waste. Make sure you store it correctly in the refrigerator or freezer.

  • Let the salmon cool completely.
  • Store within 2 hours or you will risk growing harmful bacteria on the fish.
  • Choose your storage technique
    • Use a shallow airtight container.
    • Wrap it tightly in aluminum foil.
    • Place it in plastic wrap. To prevent your fridge from smelling like fish, you may want to wrap it in foil as well.
  • Make sure you label and date your fish.

Can you reheat cooked salmon?

Absolutely! But it will not be the same as the first time around. It will lose flavor and the texture will be different. Instead of just reheating, try one of the recipes below instead.

How long does cooked salmon last?

  • If you cooked the salmon at home, you should be able to store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • If you are bringing home salmon leftovers from a restaurant, keep it for only 2 days.
  • Storing salmon in the freezer gives you up to 3 months to enjoy your leftovers.

Other recipe ideas you may enjoy!

Each of these leftover cooked fish recipes will tell you:

  • Type of recipe
  • Number of ingredients
  • How much fish you will need.
  • The complexity of ingredients (aka, whether or not you might need to hit the grocery store first)
  • How long it takes to prepare (including cook time)
  • Special diet (Keto, Gluten-free, etc)
  • Equipment needed. (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, etc.)

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What to make with extra salmon

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Ingredients that work well with fish

These ingredients will pop up in a lot of the recipes below. So if you have them on hand, you will be able to find more ideas to make.

  • fresh herbs like dill
  • lemon zest or a little lemon juice
  • green onions
  • bell pepper
  • ripe avocado
  • white rice
  • greek yogurt
  • parmesan cheese
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • homemade tartar sauce
  • sesame seeds
  • panko bread crumbs
  • crunchy croutons

Leftover cooked salmon recipes

Our goal is to help people find ideas for the food they already have.

Each of these leftover salmon recipes will give you the key info so that you can pick the dish that works for your family.

Check out the bloggers that created each idea to use their tips and get the full recipe.

Note: pantry ingredients include dry ingredient pantry staples like olive oil, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, corn starch, salt, black pepper, spices, etc. Please check the recipe to make sure that you have the ingredients needed to create the dish. If you are making gluten-free recipes, it may include things like almond flour and other common gluten-free pantry items

Which leftover salmon idea are you looking forward to trying first?

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