DIY: Salmon Quinoa Homemade Dog Food

homemade salmon dog food in white bowl

Wholesome and Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipe – Keep Your Pup Happy and Healthy

Try this healthy homemade dog food recipe for your dogs! It’s full of antioxidants, healthy fats and omegas. My French bulldogs do so well on salmon — it’s definitely become their favorite.

Salmon for dogs?

Salmon is an excellent source of nutrition for dogs due to its high protein content, as well as amino and omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to their health. These nutrients can provide several potential benefits to dogs, such as boosting their immune system, reducing inflammation, and even helping to alleviate skin allergies. It helps boosts their immune system, reduce inflammation and even reduce skin allergies. Amino acids are a must in an animal’s diet. Dogs that do not get enough of the essential amino acids can have healthy issues ranging from: weakened immune systems and skin and coat allergies.

Incorporating salmon into your dog’s diet can be as easy as making a homemade salmon-based meal or even adding salmon oil to their food. 

This homemade dog food recipe includes baked salmon, raw shredded veggies, cooked quinoa and pureed pumpkin (lots of fiber). This one’s a variation of the original dog food recipe I’ve posted before. Weston can be really picky and has been known to skip meals but with this version, he hasn’t missed a meal yet!

homemade dog food ingredients salmon vegetables pumpkin


Total cost of this recipe: $94.24 (not including the Canine Complete + coconut oil, so we could round this up to $100)

This number changes depending on the cost of the salmon and produce. The salmon cost me $84.22 for 6 lbs at $13.99/pound, but you can definitely plan for deals + sales. To lower the price of the recipe, you can do half salmon, half turkey or beef instead, too. 


1. Bake salmon in oven 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

salmon fillets in oven

2. Cook quinoa with water until quinoa soaks up all liquid and fluff with fork. You’ll have over 4 cups of cooked quinoa.

3. Shred all veggies with grater.

4. Mix all ingredients together!

How many servings for this recipe?

This recipe makes 26 cups of food.

I feed Weston (24 lbs) about a cup of food per meal; breakfast and dinner. I store all the food in a few gallon-size ziploc bags and freeze them. They’re easy to thaw (just transfer a bag to the fridge the night before) and easy to portion. This recipe should last 2 weeks for one dog.

homemade dog food in ziploc bags

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  • 6 lbs salmon
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 cans pureed pumpkin
  • 7 oz melted coconut oil (almost a cup)
  • Any supplement/vitamin you like or recommended by vet (try Canine Complete)
  • Bake salmon in oven 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Cook quinoa with water until quinoa soaks up all liquid and fluff with fork. You’ll have over 4 cups of cooked quinoa.
  • Shred all veggies with grater.
  • Mix all ingredients together!



Don’t have time to make your own homemade dog food?

Here are a few fresh dog food companies I recommend…

Just Food For Dogs is the first fresh dog food company that I tried, which was almost a decade ago! They specialize in providing high-quality, human-grade food for dogs. Their meals are prepared in their own kitchens, following strict food safety standards, and are tested for nutritional content by accredited vets. There’s a decent variety of flavors like beef + potato, lamb + rice, white fish + sweet potato and turkey + macaroni. 

With over 200 locations nationwide, including all Petco stores, I find myself easily picking up Just Food For Dogs when I’m running low on dog food and need to get it fast! 

The Farmer’s Dog is also one of the more popular dog food brands out there! Did you see their most recent Superbowl commercial? *tear jerker*

The meals are pre-portioned and personalized for your dogs’ specific needs based on a profile you create when signing up. The food is gently cooked to maintain whole food integrity and natural nutrients, then frozen and shipped directly to your door. Sign up and get 50% off your first order!

PetPlate also offers delicious, balanced dog food that looks like real food. They come in convenient little containers and and an easy subscription plan (a full plan could cost as little as $1.29/day!). Your dog will thank you!


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  3. I could just sing at the top of my lungs!!(would sound more like a scream coming from me ;)) ?AWWWWWW? I rescued Tuck (a Frengle) 5 months ago. I’ve been cooking for him a little over 3 months now! When we adopted him the poor guy had to be miserable for who knows how long, terrible red itchy inflamed skin. Not to mention covered with fleas. I’ve been involved in the pet or zoological nutrition for over 20yrs now. And i also own an All Natural canine bakery So I consider myself well educated and very passionate in this area (always learning tho) I set on a quest to research & lean all I could about Homemade or Raw for him. Won’t eat & doesn’t like raw so that’s out. Homemade it was. The improvements for him have been outstanding. I feel blessed to improve his life in this way! But…recently the vomiting has started. At first usually only in evening I thought hunger pukes maybe. Spaced smaller portion through out the day. Didn’t help much and just recently it’s become more frequent and sometimes up too three time a day. Your website has been by most related and useful I have come across!! I’m so excited to try these new recipes And the little notes about Weston sound like your talking about Tuck!! Thank You Thank You Thank You. I’m headed to store now. And hopefully and confidently will have updates on how he has adjusted!! Thank You your new fans ?❤️?

  4. Hello,

    I’d like to ask how big your frenchies are, you mentioned Weston is 22 lbs, I used google to exchange lbs to KG, it says its around 10kg ~, is it true? My dog is about 12 KG now, 1years old, thats around 26LBS.
    Also how do you heat the food after taking out from fridge in the morning? Microwave or on gas-cooker?

    • Hi! Yes, Weston is 22 pounds! We usually just serve them the food cold (thawed from the fridge) and sprinkle some hot water on top. Only sometimes do we heat it up—special occasions 🙂

  5. Can i substitute coconut oil for something else? Also, this recipe gives you how many servings? 6 lbs of salmon sounds a lot!


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