Leftover salmon? Not a problem. Here are 15 ways to enjoy every single bite.
There’s something I love to tell students when I teach cooking classes—it’s rarely twice the work to make twice the batch. So make more cookie dough than you need, more soup, more roast chicken, stashing the leftovers in the fridge or freezer. And then the next time you want cookies, homemade soup, or a chicken dinner, you’re halfway there (if not more).
Salmon is no exception. Make extra today and you’ll have tons of salmon deliciousness tomorrow.
Here Are Fifteen Ways To Enjoy Leftover Salmon.
Turn your favorite green, grain, or vegetable salad into a hearty lunch or dinner entrée by plunking some salmon on top—either a whole fillet or a few broken up chunks. One of my favorites? Salmon Caesar.
The Other Kind Of Salmon Salad
Use the salmon to make the salad, mixing flakes of it with mayonnaise, celery, scallions, and parsley. Then serve it on a bun a la a lobster or shrimp roll. Or in half an avocado a la chicken salad. Or with lettuce leaves for lettuce cups.
A salmon fillet or chunks would be great on a good roll with aioli, arugula, and sliced tomato or cucumber. Or how about an SLT—salmon, lettuce, and tomatoes on toasted crusty bread? A salmon-and-slaw sandwich is killer, as is a salmon banh mi. And a salmon club—a club sandwich with salmon instead of chicken—would be awesome!
Salmon Hash, Scramble, Or Benedict
Make your favorite hash recipe, adding flakes of leftover salmon, and serve it with a fried or poached egg on top. Or use eggs as a base, making your favorite version of scrambled eggs or a frittata, then add some salmon. And it’s relatively common to use smoked salmon in a variation of eggs Benedict, so why not flaked leftover salmon?
Need I say more? You’re welcome.
Salmon Dips And Spreads
Any salmon dip or spread recipe that uses canned salmon or even smoked salmon can be made using leftover cooked salmon. With some crackers and crudités, it makes a light lunch or a great starter for a brunch, lunch, or dinner party.
We all know and love crab cakes. Use your favorite recipe for those but substitute salmon for the crab.
Salmon is delicious added to carbonara or pesto pasta. Or primavera. Or risotto. Add it to a white wine pasta with other seafood and shellfish. Or any pasta with asparagus.
Salmon Soup Or Chowder
Chunks of salmon would be right at home in most any creamy soup. But they’d also be good in split pea soup, cold cucumber soup, borscht, and even matzo ball soup.
Top a bowl of rice or grains with chunks of salmon. Add thinly sliced cucumber and radishes, sliced avocado, maybe scallions, maybe some thinly shredded carrots or cabbage. Then drizzle it with an Asian-y sauce like teriyaki or sweet chili sauce or with your favorite salad dressing and dig in.
Other Ideas For Salmon
Quiche. Fried Rice. Spring rolls. With bagels. And you can even nosh on leftover salmon all by itself.
It all sounds amazing, right? So make extra, on purpose. It won’t take much effort, and you’ll be making it easy to have lots and lots of great eating ahead.