15 Creative Ways to Use Up Leftover Salmon

Simple and Tasty Fish Dishes

Looking for ways to reinvent leftover salmon? We've got easy, creative recipes for how to use up cooked salmon in your fridge, and transform it into delicious second-day lunches and dinners.

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    Salmon Cakes

    Salmon Cakes

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    Juicy, full of meaty salmon chunks, and with an irresistible crunchy coating, salmon cakes make a special appetizer for entertaining, or a nice light lunch anytime. Cooked salmon fillets, and a few other simple ingredients, come together to form patties that you chill to set, then fry until crispy and golden-brown.

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    Pesto Salmon Pasta

    Pesto Salmon Pasta

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    Transform leftover cooked salmon into an elegant, company-worthy pasta entree. Be sure to remove any skin and bones from cooked salmon, before folding the fish into hot cooked noodles coated with a creamy basil pesto sauce. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and black pepper to finish.

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    Creamy Salmon Spread

    Creamy Salmon Spread

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    Use cooked salmon fillets for this creamy spread to enjoy on crackers and crostini. This is a great holiday party recipe that needs only a handful of ingredients, and simple seasonings. Make it a few hours ahead, if time permits, and chill in the fridge to let flavors blend.

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    Salmon Scalloped Potatoes

    Salmon Scalloped Potatoes

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    Upgrade the usual scalloped potatoes with this easy, indulgent variation. Layer chunks of cooked salmon fillet together with sliced potatoes, Swiss or Havarti cheese, and frozen peas, pour on cream, and top with Parmesan. The bonus is that this dish can be assembled ahead and put in the fridge, so when guests arrive all you need to do is bake.

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    Salmon Fried Rice

    Salmon Fried Ric

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    If your fridge contains leftover salmon, cold cooked rice, and frozen peas, you've got the basics for a tasty Chinese-American style dinner. A hot wok or skillet turns it into salmon fried rice, with only a couple of egg and some soy sauce.

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    Shrimp and Salmon Filled Pancakes

    Shrimp and Salmon Filled Pancakes

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    Crepe-like pancakes filled with tender pink shrimp, flaked salmon, and mushrooms in a creamy sauce are perfect for Mother's Day brunch, and other special occasions. The easy batter should be lump-free before you add it to your pan (a non-stick skillet is ideal for this purpose). Top the seafood-stuffed pancakes with Parmesan and snipped fresh dill to serve.

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    Easy Creamy Salmon Bisque

    Easy Creamy Salmon Bisque

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    Creamy salmon bisque makes a sophisticated first course at dinner parties, or a warming lunch with crusty bread. Use an 8-ounce portion of leftover cooked salmon in place of canned fish, for an upscale version of this easy soup. It's simple to make in about 30 minutes, with a basic roux, chicken broth, and seasonings.

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    Salmon Noodle Casserole

    Salmon Noodle Casserole

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    Use last night's salmon as the protein in this hearty, budget-conscious casserole the whole family will love. Cheddar cheese and condensed cream of celery soup combine to create the indulgent sauce, and a buttery breadcrumb crust adds fantastic crunch. Make it again with tinned salmon on days without leftovers.

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    Salmon Souffle With Herbs

    Salmon Souffle With Herbs

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    If you've never made a savory souffle, this is a simple and delicious one to start with. All you need is a good amount of leftover salmon (or use tinned), and a few common pantry ingredients, to produce an impressively light and airy souffle. Plan to serve it immediately, before it has a chance to deflate.

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    Salmon Pasta Salad

    Salmon Pasta Salad

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    Cold pasta salad is a popular potluck dish in summer, when you don't want to turn on the oven. This yummy version includes salmon, Havarti cheese, and a tangy honey-mustard dressing. Make it up to a day ahead, and chill in the fridge until serving time.

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    Salmon Quiche

    Salmon Quiche

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    Turn last night's salmon into today's lunch by including it in a rich, French-style quiche. Use a store-bought pastry shell to make preparation easy. You can serve this quiche straight from the oven, or freeze up to two months, wrapped in foil and stored in an air-tight freezer bag.

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    Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara

    Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara

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    When you're craving comfort food, treat yourself to a bowl of salmon spaghetti carbonara. The ingredients are simple — long pasta noodles, leftover salmon, eggs, bacon, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese — but the results are stunningly delicious.

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    Salmon Corn Chowder

    Salmon Corn Chowder

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    Cozy up to a big bowl of creamy corn chowder with chunks of tender salmon. This is a great main course soup to enjoy all year-round, and it's easy to make with either fresh or frozen corn. Leave it chunky, or puree a portion in the blender for a smoother soup if you prefer. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

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    Salmon Newburg

    Salmon Newburg

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    Salmon Newburg is a classic dinner party dish that is typically ladled over pastry shells, but you could also serve it with split biscuits, or even toast points at brunch. With sweet morsels of salmon, and a sherry-laced cream sauce, it makes a rich and delicious meal, however you plate it.

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    Spicy Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes

    Spicy Salmon and Sweet Potato Fishcakes

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    Spicy, Thai-style salmon and sweet potato cakes make a tasty light lunch, or a stylish appetizer. Form the patties with a mixture of par-boiled grated sweet potato, cooked salmon, cilantro, and Thai green curry paste. Fry in a pan, and serve warm, with aioli or tartar sauce for dipping.