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Homemade Salmon Dog Food Recipe

Salmon Dog Food Recipe

Homemade dog food is all the rage these days - here is another variation in case your dog has allergies or needs to be on a fish-based dog food. It is easy and economical - and the best thing of all is that you KNOW exactly what ingredients they are eating since you make it yourself!

This is another of my son Jonathan's recipes that he passed on to me and I am unsure of the source of it but added a few suggestions of my own. I don't feed our malamutes salmon any longer but did for a number of years. With fish though, especially salmon, please keep in mind it has to be COOKED salmon, as it can be poisonous for dogs.

There are lots of 'wild' natural dog foods on the market currently and they are super pricey. This is a good alternative and without all the fillers and protein that are not necessarily digestible, it is definitely worth taking a look at.

I have heard that you can substitute mackerel for the salmon as well and did that when I was feeding our dogs salmon but again, would stress that it should be cooked or canned fish. I have talked to some breeders and mushers who are into the raw diet (BARF) but I have also heard many down sides to that type of diet. I could personally not stomach making it so decided against it from the beginning!

As in all things, talk to your vet, talk to breeders, and research, research to find out what best suits your lifestyle and your individual dog!

Photo by Audrey Kirchner

Photo by Audrey Kirchner

Salmon Dog Food Recipe


  • 1 can of salmon - 14-15 ounces (remove bones)
  • 1 beaten egg (or if intolerant to eggs could use egg substitute)
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal - I prefer using the coarser kind
  • Canola oil or other oil - or use cooking spray
  • 1 potato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery


  1. Combine the salmon, egg or substitute and cornmeal - mix well.
  2. Form this mixture into patties.
  3. Coat them with a little more cornmeal.
  4. Then fry in a tiny amount of canola oil until brown on both sides.
  5. Chop potato, carrot and celery into chunks.
  6. Boil potato, carrot and celery until soft but not mushy.
  7. Chop the salmon patties into small bites and stir together with the chopped and boiled vegetables.
  8. A spoonful of cottage cheese can be added for moisture if needed.

NOTE: Feeding RAW salmon to dogs if never recommended. Canned salmon is okay to use because it has been heavily cooked - just remember to remove the bones! You can substitute fresh salmon (as from a fillet) but make sure that it is cooked, then flaked, removing all bones.

Salmon Roll For Dogs? What's Next California Rolls?

Okay - this sounds like a sushi roll for dogs - but I checked on the lactose percentage. It is not that high for cream cheese and lactose products are not bad for dogs! This is again my son Jonathan's forwarded recipe to me although this one I know comes from the Three Dogs Bakery Cookbook! Try it and see how your Fido likes it!


  • 2 cups canned salmon
  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon beef broth.
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
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  1. Drain and flake the salmon, removing any skin and bones.
  2. Combine salmon, cream cheese and beef broth.
  3. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  4. Shape salmon mixture into a 2 x 8 inch log and roll in pecans and parsley.
  5. Slice into 8 pieces and serve.
  6. Store unused portion in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Dog Food Content Recommendations -

Chart from Dr. Sheefy/Js. Baker - Institute for Animal Health Cornell

 Non-working Adult Young AdultPuppy or Lactating Dog 













Calories from protein




Vitamins and minerals




A - Values recommended by National Research Council 

B- Values for "A" + 10% 

 C - Values for "A" + 10%

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Andrea on October 06, 2016:

Be careful of recipes like this, cornmeal is terrible for dogs, potatoes feed yeast and are inflammatory. There is no organ meat. Raw salmon is fine as long as its,been frozen for 3 weeks. And vegetable oil are terrible so is,rice. Leave the skin on the canned fish and the bones in. Silly to remove them since they have vital nutrients! Calcium from the bones or from ground dried eggshell is required as is organ meat.

vonlobos on August 15, 2011:

Question: how much salt is in a can of salmon? How much is too much?

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 14, 2010:

I'll keep that in mind - I've never heard that nuts were bad for dogs though. Thanks for commenting and will have to check it out.

Janey on April 14, 2010:

Whoa! Pecans should not be given to dogs --NO tree nuts...bad,bad, bad!

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