Rocky’s Salmon Loaf

Salmon Loaf mix

Salmon Loaf mix

I’m pretty lucky with the fact that my kid is a good eater.  He loves mom’s cooking and will pretty much inhale whatever it is that I give him.  Of course there are some exceptions and there are a few things he’s allergic too, but overall he’s pretty easy to please.

I try to make sure he gets a wide variety of food through the week and that includes fish.  For Rocky, Fridays are known as “Fishie Fridays” and if you say “Fishie” to him, he knows exactly what you’re talking about.

Normally he gets a tin of sardines packed in spring water.  All the health benefits fish provide for humans, also benefit dogs.  Which for doggies, includes a healthy shiny coat.
I like to change it up every so often so that sardines aren’t the only fish Rocky gets exposed to.  I started toying around with other ideas and finally decided I could make a fish loaf that included eggs and other items to provide a more rounded meal.

Rocky’s Salmon Loaf

  • 4 six ounce cans of boneless skinless salmon (packed in water)
  • 1 clove of garlic grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C of quick oats
  • 14 baby carrots (or 4 large carrots) finely chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery finely chopped
  • 1/4 C of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 C of chopped spinach

Preheat the oven to 350.  In a large mixing bowl, dump in the salmon.  Go through the salmon and make sure there are no bones that got over looked.  Then add all the other ingredients and combine well.  Spray a 1 1/2 QT loaf pan with no stick spray and add in the salmon mix.  Bake for 30-40 minutes until the loaf is set and starts pulling away from the sides.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into portions.  Portion out slices according to your dog’s size.

Rocky is 60lbs, 1/2 thick slice makes a meal.

Ready to be portioned

Ready to be portioned

I like using the canned salmon as opposed to the salmon in a pouch because the canned has a little bit more moisture to it and since this is baked, I wanted it to not dry out too much.  The veggies and eggs also help keep this moist and the oatmeal provides a nice whole grain as well as acting as the binder holding everything together.

You can portion this out into smaller loaf pans if that’s what you have on hand.  I just happen to have that size, before I would put the mixture in bread loaf pans.  Not filling it all the way to the top, but splitting it between two.

Yes the house will smell like fish as this is baking, if you like fish it’s not a problem.  And feel free to sample some if it smells too inviting. ;)

This also freezes very well.  When I make my portions, I wrap them in plastic wrap and then place them in freezer bags.  I can just pull out portions and thaw for feeding.  And I crumble it up into a bowl for his meal.  Add a dollop of yogurt or cottage cheese, and I have a very happy kid.

Pardon me Mother, but did you say fishie?

Pardon me Mother, but did you say fishie?

Have fun guys, and give your doggie something special every so often!

10 thoughts on “Rocky’s Salmon Loaf

  1. Aw, your baby is so cute. He has such a wonderful mommy that makes him yummy food!! My Lily Bird would LOVE that loaf. Her kibble is salmon based (makes for one shiny coat, and good joint health, too), and she loves. Would you feed Rocky this loaf (sans eggs) raw?

  2. Hi Kersten! This could be fed raw but you would have to omit the oatmeal since that needs to be cooked. And I would keep the eggs. Rocky gets raw eggs every so often (and with the shells crushed up for extra calcium) in his meals and with his veggies. Raw eggs are okay. :D I would also make sure the veggies are more finely chopped if feeding raw for easier digestion. Good question!

  3. Oh my gosh thanks for posting this! I mix up cans of salmon with random things all the time but usually eat it cold like a tuna salad, this looks wonderful

  4. I made a modified salmon loaf for Anna last night. She seemed to like it. Next time I will add some cooked rice (she can’t have grains). Man my house smells today! Hee Hee!!

    • Ashley, Yup! He gets fresh stuff every day. :D He’s going to be 8 this year and has been on it for his whole life (save for a couple months while I was researching foods!).

  5. Cynthia Phuphanich says:

    I am looking for a salmon loaf recipe for my dog, & came upon yours. It sounds great, but was wondering why you had garlic in the ingredients. Everything I have read, says dogs should not have garlic, as it could be toxic to them.

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