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Dec 2, 2010 12:44 PM

Seeking recipe to use "juice" from canned salmon

I've been saving and freezing the water and salmon oil that I drain off when I open a can. Do you think the flavored water is not worth it, and I should only 'harvest' the salmon oil?

In either case, what ingredients (see note below) would pair well in using this? I don't know much about cooking with fish. I'd like to find a few recipes I can use to make with the water, or at least the oil.

PLEASE NOTE: I need recipes that do *NOT* contain:
-- corn
-- potatoes
-- any kind of grain (including flour, pasta, rice, etc).

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  1. I don't know about human consumption, but if you have a dog, adding salmon water/oil to its food will make its coat really soft and shiny. Not to mention it will probably love it.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      And my cats love it as well. Other than that, I occasionally use it to moisten salmon loaf or salmon salad, or as a base for a cream sauce for fish cakes or salmon soups/chowders. But mostly it's for the cats. Not a big call in recipes for that liquid.

      To the OP - Salmon oil? I guess you mean salmon fat, but I've never seen that in canned salmon.

      1. re: bushwickgirl

        awww, bushwickgirl, that's what I do...give the salmon juice to Kermit & Simba, my kits...they lap it up!

        1. re: bushwickgirl

          It's liquid, so I call it oil. I consider "(fill in the blank) fat" to be a solid, blubbery substance/texture.

          It's really good canned salmon, not farmed stuff, or what's available in most grocery stores.

          I haven't yet seen a salmon soup/chowder recipe that doesn't use a starch--either flour or potatoes, and there's probably a reason for that so that omitting it would be somewhat less than delicious. That's my theory, anyway.

        2. re: Ruth Lafler

          That's funny! When I read the header for this post the first "recipe" that came to mind was "Pour liquid into small bowl and feed to awaiting "cat" "dog".

          Our chow-hound and feline foodie line up too when they hear the can opener!

          Alternatively, I suppose I could use the salmon water in a salmon chowder. Much to the dismay of the animals!

        3. I was going to suggest such waters will get the attention of the pickiest feline.

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          1. re: shallots

            Oh, yes, there is joyous kitty dancing in my kitchen when mommy opens a can of salmon.

          2. You can use it as part of the stock in a fish stew like bouillabaisse or cioppino.

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            1. re: visciole

              That's a very good idea Visciole - I only use the 'juice' to add to salmon loaf w/ oatmeal. Or crackers but the OP stated that they're off the grains. So maybe oatmeal but it will need some extra salt or dill to match it.

              I don't have pets so I wouldn't save it for that.

              1. re: visciole

                I don't know nothing about those furin foods! ;-) I guess I'll spend a little time with my teacher, Prof. Google. UPDATE: chow-spouse is allergic to shellfish, so scratch the boui... or ciop...

                Salmon load would be a good use, but I don't think one could make a successful one without grains, such as oatmeal... Maybe a salmon mousse with lots of eggs instead? Doesn't sound too appetizing to me.

                And no pets in this house. I want to use this stuff for us people.

                  1. re: Enso

                    You could definitely make a salmon chowder, with vegetables, no potatoes, no corn, and no need to thicken with flour, maybe tomato based. Use the canning liquid for stock and add the salmon at the end of cooking, just to heat through. I never use any thickener in my chowders, anyway.

                  2. re: Enso

                    Just make it with mixed fish and no shellfish. It won't be the same but it'll still be good.

                1. I use it in the thick white sauce used to bind croquettes.

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                  1. re: robt5265

                    i've never seen a croquette without at least some potato, or flour, or bread, or bread crumbs...or a bechamel without flour.

                      1. re: robt5265

                        it's not - that was my point. you said you use it in the "thick white sauce" to bind your croquettes. that sauce is a bechamel, isn't it? so it contains flour. the OP specifically requested suggestions that *don't* contain flour or potato, so i was wondering why you mentioned croquettes and white sauce, since, as i said, i've never seen a bechamel made without flour or a croquette made without potato or a bread/flour product.

                  2. Glad to see I'm not the only one who calls it "juice". I'm surprised they don't sell it as just that at Petco, they could collect it from all the delis after they make their tuna salad. Wish I was more of an entrepreneur.