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Since we might as well be walking on the sun here at Casa de Kolchak, baking dog treats is out of the question.

It’s too darn hot. Most of our time is spent on the deck, sitting still and trying not to overheat. The idea of turning on the oven and raising the temperature in here is laughable. Luckily making dehydrator dog treats is a great way to make your dog a homemade chew that they will love, plus it’s SUPER easy.

Even if you don’t have a countertop dehydrator, you can dehydrate fish chews in the oven at a super low temperature and they’ll still turn out great.

I’m pretty sure my dogs would eat pieces of dehydrated white fish no matter WHAT I flavour it like, but I like to marinate the fish in a tasty concoction, just to kick the flavour up a notch and make my treats a little fancy. Wrap up a handful of these healthy, homemade dog treats in a cellophane bag or in a jar and you’ve got a really nice gift for dog loving friends and neighbours that makes it look like your slaved over gourmet treats, when in reality these take 5 minutes to prep, then you can forget about them until they’re done.

Do you want to make DIY Dehydrated Fish Chews for your dog?

Let’s do it.

Homemade Dehydrated Fish Chew Dog Treats

Make these low-fat, healthy dehydrated dog chews that your pooch will love with white fish and fresh herbs.

Prep Time10 minutes Cook Time8 hours Total Time8 hours 10 minutes


Fish Chews

  • 1 lb. of fresh or frozen/defrosted white fish pieces – You can use Tilapia, Sole, Haddock, Cod, Pollock etc. I use what ever is on sale.

OPTIONAL: Ginger Cilantro Marinade

  • 1 tbsp. greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped fresh cilantro

OPTIONAL: Mango Parsley Marinade

  • 1/2 pureé
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped parsley

OPTIONAL: Anchovy Marinade

  • 1/4 c. anchovy paste
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. chopped parsley

OPTIONAL: Yogurt Dill Marinade

  • 1/4 c. greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. If desired, trim the whitefish into bite-sized pieces. (Kol’s Note: The fish will shrink by about 50% as it dehydrates, so cut your whitefish pieces larger than the size of chew you want to end up with.)
  2. If you are marinading your chews, choose your marinade flavour and whisk the ingredients together. Place your fish pieces in a bowl or zip-top bag, pour the marinade over them and toss the fish to coat well.
  3. Place in the fridge and marinate for as long as you like. (I prefer to make the marinade the night before and let it sit all night.)
  4. Layout fish pieces on your dehydrator trays and turn on. Allow your fish chews to dehydrate for 6 – 10 hours. (Actual drying time will depend on the moisture in the fish and the humidity in your area.)
  5. Fish chews are done when they are firm, no longer flexible, and break cleanly in half.
  6. Once fully dried, preheat your oven to 275F. Lay your fish chews out on a baking sheet. Allow the oven to come all the way to temperature, then bake the chews for 10 minutes to kill off any harmful bacteria.
  7. Allow treats to cool completely before storing or packaging.


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

© Jodi ChickCategory: Dehydrator Dog Treat Recipes
I think he likes them. A lot.

 Have you ever made dehydrator dog treats for your dog? Do you have any cool flavour suggestions for us?


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