Toasty Salmon Melts

I’m always looking for great recipes that make use of canned salmon because it’s an inexpensive way to incorporate more of that healthy wild-caught fish into our diets. I don’t really love canned salmon, to be honest, but along the way I’ve discovered some great ways to cook it that are truly delicious. Our whole family enjoys eating fish, which I love!

I stumbled across this recipe for grilled salmon and cheese when searching for more canned salmon inspiration. I changed it up a little bit and turned it into these hot and toasty open-faced sandwiches that are great for lunch or dinner, served with a green salad and/or some fresh fruit. Easy, quick, and healthy. (There’s a reason my blog used to be called Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy!)

You could also eat this fresh and raw, without baking, but please don’t tell me if you do. Blech. 

What’s your favorite way to prepare canned salmon?



  1. These look a lot like my Tuna Melts – but I never thought to use salmon. Hmmmmm. :-) Yummy!

  2. These look absolutely delicious!!!

  3. This looks really yummy. I use canned tuna to stir fry with chopped onion and garlic then serve over noodles or pasta when I need a simple meal. I guess I can do it to canned salmon too. :)

  4. I’m drooling…I mean, I am naturally a drooler, but now I’m REALLY drooling! These look terrific and very doable on the road. Plus, we’re always looking for more affordable ways to serve salmon, since my kids l-o-v-e it, and Mama loves the health benefits. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Pinning!

  5. These look so yummy, and simple, too! Thanks for sharing at Fabulously Frugal Thursdays! I’m pinning your recipe on my FFT linky board.

  6. Yum! My kids love salmon quesadillas (add just a touch of smoke flavoring to canned salmon and a few dabs of cream cheese in with your regular cheese choice!) and salmon gravy over sourdough toast or biscuits. We eat a LOT of salmon in this house! (it helps that we live in Alaska ;))

  7. These look really, really good Anne! Thank you for sharing this recipe at Thrifty Thursday this week! Here’s my “beef” with canned salmon (ha ha): I don’t like the bones inside of them, can I get canned salmon without the bones? Or can you give me an easy method for removing the bones? It makes me want to give up so I hardly buy it that way :)

    • Hey Jenn! I answered you on FB, but just in case anybody else is wondering… I don’t think you can get boneless salmon in a can, not that I”m aware of anyway. And this is how I remove the bones: I drain the can and then place the salmon in a shallow bowl, using a fork to separate it into chunks, exposing the bones. Then I use the fork to scrape the bones together in a heap that I scoop out of the bowl. It doesn’t take long at all!

      • Thanks so much for answering my question–twice! :) I replied to it on FB as well but sometimes I don’t get notified when people comment on my comments, etc, so I don’t know how that works for you. Not sure how to change that…. any suggestions?

        • You know what, I’m not sure. Sometimes I get notifications and sometimes I don’t. I know there are settings you can change, but I haven’t fiddled with mine much so I’m not sure what to tell you. And that’s OK! I answered here, too just in case someone was curious what my answer was. I need one of those FB plugins that shows the FB convos here, too!


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