Bones In Canned Salmon – Are They Edible?

Posted on Aug 11 2008 - 4:35pm by Christine

We received the following message from Susan in Wyoming, who was concerned about the presence of bones in a can of salmon she had just opened…

I don’t like fish at all, but my pediatrician told me that’s it’s good for my child, so I’m making an effort to include it in her meals when I can!

Today, I bought a can of salmon, which I thought I could use to make a sandwich for her – but when I opened it, it was full of bones! I have never used canned salmon before – is it supposed to look like this? How on earth do I remove all these bones?

Well, the good news is that you don’t have to, Susan – the bones in canned salmon are not just SAFE to eat… they’re actually packed with calcium, making them GOOD to eat!

Unlike the bones you may encounter in fresh fish – which, of course, pose an extreme choking hazard to young children AND adults – the bones in canned salmon are soft and easily crushed with a fork. For a baby already coping well with eating sandwiches, the crushed bones from canned salmon should pose no problem and will not be noticeable within the fish.

Personally, I LOVE the bones in canned salmon – they give it an interesting texture and I never crush them before eating! Older babies who are biting and chewing well should have no problems in dealing with this crumbly texture, either!

But despite their being a great source of calcium, some people do find the sight of all those bones in a little off-putting (and canned salmon often contains skin, too!). If you’re one of those people, then you may prefer to look for cans of boneless, skinless salmon instead (although you will probably have to pay a little more).

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  1. JLauren73 August 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm -

    The bones are SO GOOD and nutritious.  SO GOOD for you, especially as you get older in years.  Try canned salmon with sliced strawberries and a handful of blueberries, on a bed of baby spinach.  Yum!!!

  2. JLauren73 August 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm -

    Try canned salmon with bones (they’re so good for you) with some sliced strawberries and a handful of blueberries, with some chopped walnuts on a bed of organic baby spinach.  Yum!!!

  3. dave October 5, 2016 at 11:19 am -

    I have been eating canned salmon and bones since I was an infant. My mum used to give me the brine and the backbones as a treat which I loved every time she opened a can of salmon. Good for you and good for me at age 65 now. Never a bad experience. Add a touch of malt vinegar and mash with a fork. Put in white bread sandwiches using real butter. Enjoy!

  4. Will August 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm -

    Canned salmon on grits is the bomb! Thanks to my granddaddy for that one

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