Settlement Cookbook Salmon Loaf

When I got my first apartment, my Mom gave me her 1954 Settlement Cook Book. The book is well worn with tape holding it together.

The Salmon Loaf is one of my favorite recipes from the book.

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When I was a kid, we would have it hot for dinner with a white sauce over the top or some Durkee’s Sauce on the side.

It is even better the next day as leftovers served cold.

This recipe is very mild, so some people may find it bland, but I love it.

While it is already a great source of calcium, I add a little extra powdered milk to make it even more healthy.

Salmon Loaf

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6 ounces canned salmon, skin and bones removed (approx size, use a small can)
1 onion, chopped
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon Italian spices (or your favorite herbs)
salt (to taste)
pepper (to taste)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1⁄4 cup powdered milk (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat milk in the microwave or on the stove until hot but not boiling.
  3. While milk is heating, place salmon in a large mixing bowl, flaking it with a fork. Add bread crumbs, onions, seasonings, eggs and powdered milk. Stir well.
  4. Add butter to hot milk and stir to melt. Add milk to salmon mixture and stir.
  5. Spray 1 quart casserole dish or loaf pan with cooking spray, then pour salmon into dish. Place casserole dish in a larger baking dish filled with 1 inch of water.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. Serve topped with white sauce.

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2 Responses

  1. Mikekey says:

    Just like mom used to make. Very tasty. I had never done the water bath method before. Iserved with white sauce and hard boiled egg slices, which is how we always had it.

  2. ForeverMama says:

    This salmon loaf is great! I used double the amount of salmon because I couldn’t find that smaller cans so used more which worked out well. I will definitively make again and I’m curious as to the results when using fresh salmon and using white sauce (didn’t have time). I also used the powdered milk option. I can’t wait to have it for my work lunch tomorrow. Thank you Karen for sharing. Made it for Went to Market tag game.

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