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Salmon Snack Dehydrator Dog Treats

Salmon Snack Dehydrator Dog Treats

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It’s been a while since I made dehydrator dog treats! 

I don’t know why. I love to make dehydrator dog treats because they are quick, easy and you can “set it & forget it”. The dogs love them because they’re meaty and delicious. 

They had frozen salmon on sale at our local grocery store this week, so I jumped at the chance to buy up a bunch and make a big batch of homemade dog treats. All it takes is 5 minutes prep and they drive my dogs wild. Kolchak will do pretty much anything for a piece of these Salmon dog treats.

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Salmon dog treats are a huge hit at Casa de Kolchak.

But the dogs rarely get them. They’re just. so. pricey. I get it! Fish shrinks a lot when you dehydrate it, so it takes a whole lot of fish to make a small amount of treats, plus deboning fish can be a bit of a pain, but so important in making a safe finished treat. That’s why I was so thrilled to find frozen deboned salmon filets as this week’s sale. 

I always use frozen or canned salmon when I’m making dog treats.

Particularly here on the West Coast, where Salmon are prone to something called salmon flukes – a parasite that is transferred to your dog can be fatal. The parasite is killed by deep-freezing the fish for several months or fully cooking it. I can’t be too careful, so I like to do both.

How to make Salmon Dog Treats in the Dehydrator

Salmon Jerky Dehydrator Dog Treats

Salmon Jerky Dehydrator Dog Treats | Kol's Notes - the DIY dog

These dehydrated salmon jerky dog treats are so easy to make and are a delicious, healthy treat to give with your dog.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours 6 seconds
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 25 minutes 6 seconds


  • 1 lb. frozen salmon
  • 1 tbsp. real maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce


  1. Remove salmon from the freezer and allow to thaw for 10- 15 minutes, until pliable, but still frozen. (This will make it easier to slice.)
  2. Slice the salmon across the width into 1/4" - 1/2" strips.
  3. Place salmon in the dehydrator and set it to the highest temperature or "meat" setting. Dry salmon for 6 -10 hours until cruncy and dried all the way through.
  4. Preheat your oven to 275F and place salmon treats on a baking sheet. Allow the oven to come all the way to temperature, then cook treats for 15 minutes to kill off any harmful bacteria.
  5. Allow treats to cool completely before storing or packaging.


Store in an airtight container in a dark space for 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to three months.

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I think he likes them?

Is your dog a fan of salmon? Try the treats, snap a pic and send it to us! We’d love to see! 

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Barbara Gini

Monday 5th of October 2020

Hi, The salmon I have still has the skin. Should I remove it before drying it? Also, how long do you keep the salmon in the freezer? Will a couple of weeks be enough?

Thank you!


Thursday 6th of January 2022

How long does the dehydrated salmon stay good to give to dogs?

Jodi Chick

Saturday 10th of October 2020

I usually leave my salmon in the freezer 2-3 weeks. And yes, the skin is fine, in fact, Kol LOVES it, just be sure to remove any scales whichwill get brittle when dehydrated.

Shirley Tam

Saturday 12th of September 2020

I have another recipe according to them we suppose to bake salmon for 20 minutes in 200° before you put the salmon in dehydrator. Which one is right?

Jodi Chick

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Both methods will work.

If you use my method, where you dry it from raw, then flash cook it in the oven to kill off bacteria, you'll end up with a rubbery, chewy traditional style jerky.

If you use their method, where you cook it first, then dry it, you'll end up with a drier, crumbly style treat.

Both methods are totally safe and equally valid. It just depends on what style of treat you want to end up with. I use both methods, depending on my mood. Here is a post where I made trout jerky , but precooked it so you can see the difference in how the treats end up looking.


Saturday 27th of June 2020

do you marinate in the maple syrup and soy sauce? thanks


Sunday 28th of June 2020

Yes! Sorry I should have been more clear :) If you want to make these flavoured, mix together the maple syrup and soy sauce, place the fish in it and allow to marinate 4 hours or over night. Thanks!

Rob M

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

In this recipe you didn’t mention the temperature the dehydrated has to be at.


Sunday 29th of March 2020

Hi Rob, All meat or fish should be dried on the highest temp your machine allows, or the "meat" setting if it does not offer temperatures. Thanks!

Beverly Westcott

Sunday 17th of March 2019

I've been dehydrating my little Japanese Chin's treats for a very long time - chicken and turkey mainly, but until I saw your site today dehydrating salmon had somehow, never occurred to me. And we eat salmon a lot! ahaha! Tomorrow will be salmon treat day! Thanks so much!

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