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Fish on a Budget

There are SO many health benefits to making salmon and other fish a part of your diet. However, there are NOT many benefits to your grocery budget when it comes to making salmon part of your diet.

I live in a land-locked area. The only fresh fish we get around here is trout or catfish – neither of which am I a fan…but I LOVE salmon and tuna. Because it’s important to me to feed my family good quality food, I’ve made adjustments in my budget for buying this type of thing.

People who live on the coast are blessed to be able to find good quality fish products for a great price – but they’re not rolling in venison like I am. No matter where you live, there are benefits and set-backs when it comes to food.

There are two main ways that I feed my family seafood without breaking my monthly grocery budget.

  1. Buy frozen: frozen fish is almost always cheaper than fresh. It’s usually frozen on the boat or at its peak of freshness, so in my opinion it’s even better than buying “fresh” from the meat department.

    I also try to buy in bulk when buying frozen fish – it’s usually cheaper from a big-box store like Sam’s or Costco.

  2. Buy canned: I was raised on canned salmon and canned tuna. I love it. I know some people are not fans of canned meats, but I feel fine feeding it to my family. It’s way better for us than to sit down to a can of Vienna sausages. ;-)

I wait for sales and then purchase in bulk. This morning I purchased 20 cans of fish because it was on a good sale – and I would have bought more, but the shelf was bare. ;-) Raincheck!

How do you save on seafood?

Print Recipe

Salmon Patties

Cuisine: Seafood

Serves: 4


  • I can salmon (14.75 ounce size), drained skin and bones removed (or you can crush up the bones)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs or oatmeal,
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine salmon, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Combine well with hands.
  2. Form into patties (I make 4 patties).
  3. Heat coconut oil or butter in a skillet.
  4. Place patties in skillet and fry over medium heat for about 6 minutes on each side.

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**We like ours served with macaroni and cheese.

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  • I am making this, fer sure! I have some cans of salmon, which I bought on a whim, and never did know what to do with them – lol! Now I do! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I’ll pretty much follow it, except I don’t have mayo. (I haven’t gotten around to making my own). I might put kefir in it instead to substitute for the mayo. :)

    Tracy | Screaming Sardine May 22, 2013 AT 11:33 am
  • We used canned salmon, tuna and sardines, also! I used to make my salmon patties very similar to yours, but now I just take a can of salmon and drain it partially, mash it up and add 1 eggs, some fresh bread crumbs and a little liquid smoke and fry them in coconut oil. Easy, fast and delicious!

    Yolanda May 22, 2013 AT 6:51 am
  • You all probably aren’t going to want to here this, but here goes. Pressure canned carp. I know, they’re considered (at least here in the south) a trash fish. I thought the same until my mother told me that my Czech grandmother regularly canned carp to supplement what they grew on the farm in the early part of the 20th century. I tried it and it turns out that it smells and tastes just like mild salmon after canning. The processing softens the bones like store-bought salmon, as well. In doing research I found that carp, while generally associated with Asian cultures, was brought to the United States by Eastern Europeans like my Czech ancestors who wished to continue enjoying it here as they had in the old country.

    Judy On Big Turtle Creek

    Judy May 21, 2013 AT 10:10 am

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