Salmon Melts Recipe

Salmon melt
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 4 mins
Total: 19 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
523 Calories
29g Fat
30g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 523
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 1227mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 679mg 52%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 540mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Canned fish like tuna and salmon are excellent sources of nutrition and budget-friendly alternatives to fresh fish. Classics like melts using canned tuna have been around for decades. Packed with generous amounts of seasoned canned fish, the melts are generously topped with cheese and melted to gooey perfection to make a wonderful and easy meal. Our take on the classic tuna melt uses canned salmon instead for a perfectly balanced meal that kids and adults alike are going to love. These easy open-faced sandwiches make a casual lunch or dinner and can be served with a light salad on the side, some crudités, or oven fries for a heartier meal. The filling of the sandwiches can be made ahead of time, up to 2 days, and kept in the refrigerator until it's time to use it. You need just 20 minutes to prep and serve these melts, but if prepping the salmon ahead of time you simply need 5 minutes to assemble and melt the cheese.  

Salmon such as pink and sockeye are commonly available in canned form. Many of the brands come from wild-caught salmon and some others from farmed. Though they're slightly different in price, choose wild-caught when possible as it's a healthier option free of antibiotics and unnecessary preservatives. A 3-ounce serving of drained canned pink salmon, without bones or skin, like you'll be using per person for our recipe, has 124 calories, 22.4 grams of protein, and plenty of key minerals and vitamins, such as selenium, a key mineral that helps with cognition and proper immune system function. This serving size has 30 micrograms of selenium, or close to 55 percent of the recommended daily intake.

Use whole wheat or regular English muffins, and if needed go for the gluten-free type. If you need to keep the recipe egg-free, replace the mayonnaise with vegan mayo or use the same amount of full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream. Season the salmon mixture to your liking: more or less hot sauce, or perhaps and an extra touch of chili flakes if spicy food is what you like. These melts make great additions to brunch spreads if you don't want to go with the classic egg dishes, and are also a satisfying after-school snack. The filling itself can be used to stuff lettuce cups, mixed with pasta for a cold pasta salad, or used in wraps or any other type of bread you have at hand.


For the Salmon Mixture:

  • 2 (5- to 6-ounce) cans salmon, drained

  • 2 stalks celery, minced

  • 2 medium green onions, white and light green parts, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons diced dill pickle, or pickle relish

  • 2 teaspoons pickle juice

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 dash hot sauce

For Serving:

  • 4 English muffins, sliced

  • 8 thin slices colby cheese, about 3 ounces total

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine salmon, celery, onions, dill pickle and pickle juice or relish, mustard, mayonnaise, and dill. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and hot sauce.

  3. In a toaster oven or broiler, toast the English muffin halves. Arrange toasted muffins cut side up on a baking sheet, and spread about 1/4 cup salmon salad mixture over each one. Top each with a slice of cheese.

  4. Place salmon melts in an oven or toaster oven set to broil, and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 4 minutes. Serve hot.

  5. Enjoy!

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  1. Salmon, Sockeye, Canned, Drained Solids, Skinless and Boneless. FoodData Central. United States Department of Agriculture.