Fresh Salmon Kelaguen

Kelaguen in Chamorro describes a dish that’s prepared by mixing the main ingredient (usually chicken, beef, deer, or seafood) with lemon or lime juice, onions, salt, and hot pepper.  Chicken kelaguen is usually prepared with cooked (grilled, broiled or boiled) chicken.  The other types of kelaguen–beef, deer, shrimp, and various types of fish–are most often prepared raw, with the meat or seafood getting cooked with the addition of an acid, usually lemon or lime juice.

Kelaguen is a staple dish at Chamorro parties.  Sometimes, especially on Guam, an entire table is devoted to several types of kelaguen.

Salmon kelaguen is a favorite in our house.  I know, I know…I’ve said a lot of the dishes I make are favorites.  But really…this one is a REAL favorite (after shrimp kelaguen, that is). 😉

I prefer fresh salmon with this recipe.  If you’re in a pinch, canned salmon kelaguen is also tasty, but I still prefer fresh salmon any day.

Give my recipe a try.  If you like sushi, ceviche, or any type of kelaguen, then I know you’ll like this. 😀

Fresh Salmon Kelaguen 

Salmon Kelaguen - Annie's


  • 2 pounds fresh salmon (red salmon, preferably)
  • 4 stalks green onions, sliced
  • The juice of 5-6 limes, more or less, to taste (or you can use lemon powder, mixed with a little bit of water)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, diced
  • Hot pepper, optional


1.  Rinse the salmon filet.  Pull out any salmon bones.  Remove the skin, or leave it on if you prefer.  I like the skin removed for kelaguen.


2.  Cut the salmon into small pieces.


3.  Thinly slice the green onions.


4.  Mix the salmon and green onions together in a small bowl.


5.  Squeeze about 1 cup of lime juice over the salmon and onions.  Sprinkle salt over the mixture; start with about 1 teaspoon.  Stir gently to combine all the ingredients and to dissolve the salt into the lime juice.  Add more or less lime juice and/or salt, to taste.


6.  Stir in the diced tomatoes.  Optional:  Add hot pepper, as much as you like.  Serve with hot rice or titiyas.  ENJOY!


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  1. Yvonne McGee says:

    Thank you. I’m wondering would you do the caloric intake of your meals and recepies?

  2. Roy Leon-Guerrero says:

    Haven’t been back home for decades, your recipes sure brings back memories of guamanian food growing up with. Tks for the recipes which I’ve been trying. I must say though that nothing beats the authentic food on the island especially during parties and fiestas.

  3. Dawn S says:

    In 1971 we lived in Dededo. As a small child the neighbors were always welcoming to me, a skinny little girl. When my neighbors would catch deer they would make deer kelaquen with the boonie peppers. They taught me how to make green pickled papaya. I feel privileged to have these recipes passed down to me. So yummy!!!!

  4. Ron Loney says:

    Do you have a recipe for beef kelaguen?

    • I don’t have one posted, but to make it, thinly slice lean beef (flank steak is good). Add lemon juice, onions, salt to taste, and hot pepper (optional). Let the meat soak in the lemon juice mixture until it “cooks”. Serve with rice or tortillas and enjoy.

  5. tini says:

    My cousin married a beautiful woman from Guam, whom I refer to as my sister….this dish is so tasty and I love it every time she makes it….YUMMMY!!

  6. Roland Quidachay says:

    This was the best salmon kelaguen. Fresh limes are the key ingredient to this delicious dish made by my beautiful wife, Annie!

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