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What to do with canned smoked salmon in oil

I have some canned Alaskan smoked salmon in oil and am at a loss for what to cook with it since it is both smoked a and in oil. Any thoughts?

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  1. Love mixing any smoked salmon with enough cream cheese to mellow it out for a spread or dip. Holiday food or super bowl yummies. Hope you are not looking for lo-cal.

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    1. re: glbtrtr

      Do the cream cheese thing above but add some grated onion, lemon juice and horseradish.

    2. A twist on "tuna salad" with mayo, scallions, capers and fresh dill? Or chopped dill pickle instead of the capers and dill. Drain salmon very well to remove the oil, and maybe add some panko bread crumbs to soak up some of the oil and get the right texture/flavor balance. Serve with/on bagels or rye bread.

      First thing would be to open the can and taste it, to decide the best use. I also really like the cream cheese recommendations already given.

      1. I bet it 'd make great croquettes. Perilagu Khan posted this recipe on another thread:


        1. Toss it, drained, with pasta, scallions, frozen peas and lemon/wine/butter sauce; maybe some chopped capers.

          Use it with potatoes, bacon, cream and veggies to make a smoked salmon chowder

          Use to make smoked salmon cakes with a little panko, lemon zest, etc. Serve with remoulade.

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          1. re: Cherylptw

            Is there a way to recommend just the first two words of your reply? ;-) If the OP likes smoked salmon, fine. But I have a good friend who has forgotten that I can't bear it, and keeps sending me what I'm sure is top-quality jarred and vacuum-sealed stuff from Alaska. I've taken to regifting it, after having choked my way through a chowder I made, thinking I could dilute the (to me) overwhelming smokiness by making soup. I tried feeding the next package to the dog, who picked at it listlessly. She apparently preferred to restrict her smoked vittles to pig ears.

            1. re: greygarious

              have you thought of telling her that for some reason, your tastebuds have "changed" and/or your tummy doesn't "agree" with salmon? LOL

              1. re: greygarious

                Lol...I'm with Alkapal; just tell her it does not agree with you and perhaps someone else would appreciate it more, since it "won't go to waste" for lack of a better term. You get the jist of what I'm trying to say.... But, dang, if the dog won't eat it....lol

            2. Pasta (as previously mentioned)

              Fried rice, especially with a bit of kimchi thrown in.

              Salmon hash

              1. Canned Smoked has quite a metallic flavour-not my fave.

                I'd go for the pasta recommendation but make it spicy and add some lemon along the way-probably right @ the end.

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                1. re: Sam Salmon

                  The fat in creamed cheese hides off tastes.

                  1. re: sal_acid

                    ....and the herbs such as chives or chopped onion :) I would even add schiracha to zing it.

                  2. re: Sam Salmon

                    Quote: Canned Smoked has quite a metallic flavour-not my fave.

                    This was my experience the one time I've tried it - and I was stuck with a 3 pack. Never bought it again.

                    Perhaps some posters will identify the brands they've found palatable.

                  3. Mix with cream cheese and herbs -- spread on cracker and top with thinly sliced cucumber and some red roe would make a beautiful appetizer.

                      1. minced shallots/red onion, dill, dash worcestershire, lemon juice, cream cheese, blend. maybe chopped capers, too.

                        lay out some pastry…phyllo or refrigerated rolls from pillsbury

                        spread the dough with cheese blend, then layer on drained flaked salmon. roll up, cut so you have spirals. bake.

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                        1. re: alkapal

                          Toast some Panko or bread crumbs. Add just the oil and a few drops of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of Kosher salt.
                          Make a bed of lettuce leaves in some small bowls. Break up the salmon into chunks then onto the lettuce leaves. Sprinkle on a few capers and a few drops of Ponzu sauce or Murin. Put the toasted Panko/bread crumbs on top and add a light sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Serve with chop sticks.
                          I make this once in a while using good sardines in place of salmon.

                        2. Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions. This is my first post and I SO love the enthusiasm of the chow community. I'm going to taste the salmon, then (hopefully) try your cream cheese ideas. I'm thinking the spread with lemons, capers, shallots and perhaps some sun-dried tomatoes might work out and disguise any off tastes. I could serve it with toast points or crackers.

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                          1. re: BrettiePage

                            Sounds like a good plan. Let us know how it works out!

                            1. re: BrettiePage

                              I'm surprised no one mentioned adding to eggs! Drain it very well and add some to scrambled eggs with scallions or super fine onion

                              1. re: BrettiePage

                                Hopefully the smoked salmon doesn't have any off-taste. It shouldn't.