Monday, 22 August 2016

{RECIPE} Salmon Snackers Dog Treats

School of fish shaped homemade salmon dog treats

I have had this cute little fish sitting in my cookie cutter jar for ages (a little AliExpress (affiliate link) pressie from hubby for my pet treat baking) and it was just begging for some fishilicious treats.  The dough was a little tricky to pop out without cracking the tails, so I use the side of a knife which left a small mark that made me think fish I used my knife to trace a design on each fish, just for fun!  The little bubble bites are made with my fondant/cookie plunger cutters, which is my go-to method for using the in-betweens of rolled dough after cutting shapes as well as rapidly making small treats for carrying on walks/runs.

Salmon Snacker Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 small (95g) can of water packed salmon (or tuna if you prefer), undrained
1 egg
2 tbsp flax
1 tsp kelp powder (optional)
Approximately 3/4 cup brown rice flour, plus extra for rolling

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Mix all ingredients together until very well combined (a food processor works very well), incrementally adding the flour until the dough has a nice workable play-dough like consistency. Flour quantity will depending on the salmon and your add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of water/stock or a small drizzle of olive oil to adjust. Rest dough (optional).

Roll, cut, place on a prepared baking tray, and bake for approximately 10 minutes (and a little longer for the larger fish treats).  Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven.  Cool before storage and serving.

Step-by-step making fish shaped homemade salmon dog treats

Tips and Tricks:
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, ingredient/ambient temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • Rice flour is a great option for making a smooth rolling dough. 
  • Dipping the cookie cutter lightly in flour before you cut will help with release, especially if cutting complex shapes. 
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time. 
  • Homemade treats are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage. 
🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Dalmatian dog begging for a fish shaped homemade salmon dog treat

P.S.  Check out our collaboration with Creativity Unmasked on how to make a recycled t-shirt quilt (or bed bed cushion cover).  It's perfect for a little virtual snuggle for pets who can't seem to get enough of their fur-parents, and a good way to get a little extra use out of those old shirts.  Green in Real Life will be sharing uses for t-shirt scraps showing how we used the offcuts from this project, and we are helping out with a special off-cut DIY for you coming on's a sneak peek:

Dalmatian dog playing with homemade t-shirt dog toys


  1. Too many treats to choose from! :-) What are your dog's favorites or maybe the easiest to start with?

    1. It all depends on your dog, any dietary/health factors, and what ingredients you typically have in your kitchen. One of our favourites (and the treat I probably make most often) is jerky for dogs - very simple and healthy.

      Other treats are for fun, variety, special occasions etc as well as the important practical use of taking with us on walks/runs. For out and about, I like to take little baked biscuits, although a pocket full of jerky would probably also make me very popular with all the dogs in the hood! :) Be easy on yourself too - dogs are all about the taste/smell, so making them pretty or cute is more us us humans than it is for them. Hope that helps, and have fun!

  2. What is the storage method of these treats?

    1. Hi there! These and most of our baked treats store similarly to home baked human cookies. For these, I would recommend cooling thoroughly before container storage and either using fresh within a couple of days or freezing (see below). Countertop life will depend on how much moisture is in the baked treat (dehydrating extends life somewhat) and the ambient conditions in your kitchen, as well as the type of ingredients in any treat.

      Since home baked dog treats don't have preservatives, I never keep any of mine fresh on the counter for more than a day or two max, even if they are lower-spoilage recipes or I have dehydrated them after baking. I like to freeze the treats and remove them to thaw in small quantities so I always have fresh tasty treats on hand without worrying. It also makes it very easy to mix things up by having a few different types of treats in the freezer. For pocket treats on walkies, they often go straight from the freezer to the treat bag. Easy peasy...although sometimes a little chilly against my leg when they first go in! :)

      Hope that helps!

  3. Hi, how much salmon/tuna would you recommend if I would like to use fresh fish?

    1. Hi there! It depends on the the specific fish you use and how much natural moisture/oil it has. No need to limit your options to salmon and tuna either, which is a nice bonus if using fresh fish instead of tinned.

      You could easily puree your own and swap it into the recipe above. A similar measure (~100g) would be an easy starting point. Use more/less flour or add some liquid to adjust the consistency. I'd also suggest lowering your temp slightly and baking a little longer as well, just to be on the safe side.

      Check out our Fish Bone Dog Treats (Made with Fresh Fish) for an example. That recipe was a just-for-fun experiment and includes extra ingredients that soak up more moisture (and help bind), but can be made without by slightly increasing the flour.

      Hope that helps! :)


We love comments almost as much as treats! 💌 Say hello and share your thoughts.