Treat yourself to the exquisite flavors of our fresh and smoked salmon rillettes! This effortless appetizer elevates a package of smoked salmon for a delicious and luxurious experience. Our rillettes are perfect as a pâté alternative and can be enjoyed on a slice of healthy rye bread or elegantly presented in delicate chicory leaves. Immerse yourself in the freshness and richness of this delicious dish and savor every bite.
- 150 ml of vermouth
- ½ onion, sliced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus a squeeze
- small bunch of parsley, stems only (use the leaves at the bottom)
- 8 black peppercorns
- 280g salmon fillet
- 125 g smoked salmon, cut into small pieces
- 30g butter, melted
- 1 tbsp chopped chervil (or chives if you can’t get chervil)
- Rye bread and chicory leaves for serving (optional)
- 200g crème fraîche
- 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley and chives
- 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed with salt or brine
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- lemon juice, to taste
- Put the vermouth, onion, lemon juice, parsley stalks and peppercorns in a pot with 150 ml of water and bring to the boil.
- Let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to a very gentle simmer, add the salmon fillet and poach for 4 minutes.
- Let the salmon rest in the liquid and cool.
- Remove the salmon from the poaching liquid, remove the skin and roughly chop the meat.
- Mix the meat with the smoked salmon, a good squeeze of lemon, the butter, chervil and a little pepper.
- Place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate (be sure to bring back to room temperature to serve).
- Season the crème fraîche with herbs, capers, shallot, oil and lemon juice.
- Serve the rillettes with chicory leaves – the bitterness harmonizes very well with the richness of the salmon -, the caper crème fraîche and, if you like, some rye bread.
Equipment and tools
- Knife and cutting board
- Frying pan or frying pan
- Food processor or blender
- Measuring cups and spoons
- mixing bowls
- Spatula or spoon for mixing
This recipe contains fish, dairy and wheat. Please note that it may not be suitable for those with allergies or dietary restrictions.
Storage and leftovers
Store leftover salmon rillettes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is best consumed within 2-3 days.
The health benefits of fresh and smoked salmon rillettes
Salmon rillettes, a creamy and flavorful spread made from fresh and smoked salmon, are not only delicious but also offer a number of health benefits. Packed with essential nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, this appetizer can be a great addition to your diet. Let’s explore the health benefits of fresh and smoked salmon rillettes:
1. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
Both fresh and smoked salmon are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids are associated with numerous health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving heart health, and supporting brain function.
2. Rich in protein
Salmon is a high-quality source of protein that is essential for building and repairing tissue, promoting muscle growth, and supporting a healthy immune system. Including protein-rich foods like salmon in your diet can help you feel fuller for longer and maintain a healthy weight.
3. Source of essential nutrients
Salmon is rich in essential nutrients, including vitamins B12, D and selenium. Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in maintaining nerve function and red blood cell production. Vitamin D is essential for bone health, while selenium acts as a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from damage and supporting a healthy immune system.
4. Beneficial for heart health
The omega-3 fatty acids contained in salmon have been proven to have a positive impact on heart health. They help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, lower triglyceride levels and improve overall heart function. Including fresh and smoked salmon rillettes in your diet can contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system.
5. Supports brain function
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain health and development. They have been linked to improvements in cognitive function, memory and mood. Eating fresh and smoked salmon rillettes, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, may support brain health and reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
6. Provides antioxidant protection
Salmon contains natural antioxidants such as vitamin D and selenium, which help protect the body from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between free radicals and the body’s antioxidant defenses, leading to cell damage and inflammation. Including fresh and smoked salmon rillettes in your diet can help neutralize harmful free radicals and promote overall health.
To enjoy the health benefits of fresh and smoked salmon rillettes, prepare the recipe using the listed ingredients. Serve the rillettes with rye bread and chicory leaves for a complete and nutritious appetizer.