How to Prepare Canned Fish 3 Ways

October 18, 2021

In a recipe rut? Short on time or running low on ingredients? These three simple, delicious canned fish recipes make the most of even a sparse pantry stock! Try these three unique ways to prepare canned sardines, canned tuna, and canned salmon the Primal Kitchen way.

If you’re on the fence about canned fish, take it from a Refinery29 staffer who claims PK Mayo and tinned fish saved her from cooking boredom during quarantine.

Canned Fish Recipes

Keto ready, quick from the kitchen to table, and a snap to prepare, these meals are packed with flavor from your fave Primal Kitchen products. Follow along with Brian in the video below or keep scrolling to learn how to make this tasty tinned fish trio.

West African Sardine Omelet

This West African-inspired omelet is video host-with-the-most Brian’s favorite canned sardines recipe. Carnivores looking for the perfect recipe to start the day needn’t look any further!


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can sardines
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/2 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Fish Sauce
  • Avocado Oil


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Heat up a layer of avocado oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.
  3. Cook omelet on both sides.
  4. Serve with Primal Kitchen Ketchup and enjoy!

A white bowl shows Sisson's Salmon, with a can of salmon and a silver spoon nearby.

Sisson's Canned Salmon

If you’re subscribed to PK founder Mark Sisson’s “Sundays with Sisson” emails, you might recognize the following canned salmon recipe! This is Mark’s go-to way to prepare canned Salmon: the ingredients may seem unconventional, but the result is a spicy, fully-flavor dish that’s perfect for a busy weekday lunch.


  • 1 can salmon
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 small onion sliced thin
  • 1 TBSP capers
  • 1/4 Cup Pickle Juice Primal Kitchen Jalapeño Buffalo OR Hot Sauce to taste
  • Salt + Pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

Crunchy Chipotle Lime Tuna

Primal Kitchen mayos are the perfect pairing for canned fish of all kinds! Update classic canned tuna fish recipes with your favorite flavor of Primal Kitchen Mayo–like this zesty take on tuna salad made with Chipotle Lime. Scoop it on top of a salad, or make a refreshing taco in just two minutes.



Mix all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

A white bowl holds a canned tuna recipe, with chipotle lime mayo nearby and a silver spoon next to it.

What is Canned Fish?

Considered a processed food, canned fish is fish that has been hermetically sealed into an airtight container. Many folks turn to canned fish as a way to reduce food waste, as it can last up to five years and is shelf-stable. Canned fish doesn’t require refrigeration until it’s opened, and is more cost-effective to transport and purchase.

Does Canned Fish Have Mercury?

Mercury amounts will vary based on the fish you’re consuming. Generally speaking, albacore tuna will have a higher mercury content than skipjack tuna. Whenever consuming fish, be mindful of moderation–especially with children.

More Carnivore Diet Recipes

Wondering what to eat on a carnivore diet? Fish on a carnivore diet is a great way to change up the routine! If you’re trying out the carnivore diet, or looking for more meat-based recipes, give these suggestions a try.

 Buffalo Chicken Breast Smoked or Grilled

Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Chimichurri Sauce

Air Fryer Steak Bites

Breakfast Meatza


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