Make quick and easy crispy salmon skin dog treats in the air fryer. This is a great way of making a homemade dog treat with leftover salmon skins, as long as they are unseasoned.
This simple homemade dog treat recipe is wheat-free, gluten free as well as low carb. Making it a good option for any dogs with allergies. Unless they are allergic to salmon!
Using an air fryer is a heathier alternative to frying the salmon skins as it uses a lot less oil, and it's quicker than baking them too. It takes just 10 minutes to make crispy salmon treats. And 10 seconds for your dog to eat them!
A great thing about this recipe is that you can have a tasty dog treat for free if you are using left over salmon skins. My husband hates the skin on salmon so it is often removed and rather than wastefully throwing it away, it is cooked for a dog treat.
If you want to make a dog treat with a whole fillet of salmon try our Salmon Jerky Dogs Treats
CAN DOGS EAT SALMON SKIN?
Salmon skin is safe for dogs as long as it is cooked. Raw fish skin may contain parasites and bacteria that can be harmful to your dog.
Unlike human salmon skin recipes, the skin should not be seasoned as some seasonings can be harmful to dogs, such as onion and garlic.
BENEFITS OF SALMON FOR DOGS
Salmon is a great food for your dogs as it is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, a natural source of collagen, vitamin B12 and high in protein. The fatty acids in salmon help to give your dog a healthy coat.
Salmon is good for:
- Skin and coat
- Arthritis and joints
- Cognitive decline
Always check with your veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog’s diet.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRIED SALMON SKIN DOG TREATS
Air frying salmon skin are an easy recipe. You will need to ensure that your basket is sprayed with oil (we use a coconut oil spray) so the skin does not stick to the basket. Otherwise you have a horrid washing up job ahead of you.
Salmon skins are lightly tossed in a small amount of coconut oil to help make them crispy in the air fryer. If you don't have coconut oil another safe cooking oil for dogs such as olive oil can be used.
Once cooled, store the salmon skins in a sealed container in a cool dry place. They should keep for a month. Theoretically, they may last longer but this recipe is for 2 skins and I have 4 dogs so didn't get to test the longevity of the treats.
SALMON SKIN TREATS FOR CATS
Our cat took a keen interest in these salmon skin treats to. Salmon skin is safe for cats as long as it is cooked. So these air fried salmon treats can double up as a treat for the cats too. Just ensure that there is portion control as it's a treat, not a meal.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Once cooled, place the treats in a zip lock bag, remove the air and freeze. They should last up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before use.
If you don't have an air fryer you can bake, dehydrate or fry the skins until crispy.
MORE AIR FRIED DOG TREATS
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Air Fried Salmon Skin Dog Treats
- 2 salmon skins from 2 salmon fillets
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Preheat the air fryer for 5 mins at 200C/400F degrees.
- Slice the salmon skin into pieces or strips with a sharp knife and toss in the coconut oil.
- Lightly spray the air fryer basket with oil (you don't want the skin sticking).
- Place the salmon pieces in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook at 200C/400F degrees for 10 minutes, turning over half way through cooking.
- Allow to cool before serving.