Salmon marinated like herring

Salmon marinated like herring
In this recipe, the salmon is cured in coarse salt, then left to marinate in oil with herbs, spices, carrots and onions. Salmon prepared like this is served sliced thinly on a bed of potatoes.
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Last modified on: December 4th 2011

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Spread about one third of 400 g coarse salt in a single layer on a baking sheet and place 1 fillet fresh salmon on top (use salmon fillets of around 300g).

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Cover the salmon completely with the remaining salt and leave like this for 24 hours in the fridge.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
After this time, remove the fish from the salt and rinse thoroughly under running water.

Stage 4 - 1 day
Salmon marinated like herring
Leave the salmon to soak in cold water for 24 hours, changing the water after 12 hours.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Peel, wash and and slice 1 carrot into rounds.

Peel, wash and slice 1 onion thinly.

Wash and dry 2 bayleaves and 3 sprigs thyme. Cut the bayleaves into 2 or 3 pieces.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Put 5 g peppercorns in the bottom of a terrine, then add half the onions, carrots, thyme and bayleaves.

Stage 7 - 1 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Place the drained and dried salmon fillet on the top.

Stage 8 - 4 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Add the rest of the carrots, onion, thyme and bayleaves, then cover with the groundnut oil.

Leave to marinate for at least 48 hours.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
On the day when you want to eat it, drain the salmon, wipe with absorbant paper and slice thinly.

Stage 10 - 4 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Slice 4 cookeds potatoes and arrange on a plate.

Tip: if the potatoes are cold, put the plate in the microwave for a few seconds to heat them throgh.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Spread the carrots and onions over the potatoes. Don't drain them too thoroughly, but let some of the oil marinade trickle over the potatoes.

Stage 12 - 2 min.
Salmon marinated like herring
Arrange the sliced salmon on the top.

Serve without delay before the potatoes go cold.
Don't throw the marinade away. The oil will have absorbed the flavour of the herbs and spices, so it can be used for cooking.
And to drink?
A dry white wine, such as a muscadet.
Several days, or even weeks in its marinade in the fridge.
Based on a recipe in the Libération newspaper from Jean-Pierre Vigato.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,458 Kcal or 10,291 Kj16 gr147 gr201 gr
123 %6 %14 %30 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
158 Kcal or 662 Kj1 gr9 gr13 gr
8 %<1 %1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
615 Kcal or 2,575 Kj4 gr37 gr50 gr
31 %2 %3 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Fish
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 4.23 €
  • Per person : 1.06 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Coarse saltCoarse salt: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Preserved lemons, Stock-pot fish , How to cook pasta properly, How to prepare spinach, Roast potatoes "à la provençale", ... All
OilOil: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Bourguignon potatoes , Gratin Parmentier, Gratin du Nord, Chicken with spinach in a cream sauce , Eggs Arsène, ... All
PeppercornsPeppercorns: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Preserved lemons, Feta in olive oil with herbs, Red mixed pickle, Herb olive oil, Home-made chilli oil, ... All
Cooked potatoesCooked potatoes: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Pollack Parmentier, Potato and cheese pie, Winemaker's toast, Potato galette, Comtois surprise bread, ... All
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  • I really like this recipe. I have "modified" it in that I slice the salmon very thinly, then place each small strip on a small "biscuit" that has some herby soft cheese and serve it with aperros. Always popular.
    Posted by marty august 19th 2013 at 18:33 n° 4
  • Having prepared the salmon fillet as shown, had it last night - absolutely delicious. Definitely have this again - and soon.
    Posted by marty december 15th 2011 at 08:45 n° 3
  • Hi Marty,

    Small bug with the "For..." converter, but the amount of salt is quite the same (and very approximative) you just need enough salt to totally cover the salmon fillet, so about 400g for a fillet of about 300g.
    Posted by jh december 7th 2011 at 19:25 n° 2
  • Hi JH, I'm very interested in this recipe. As there is only me, I changed the number of people from 4 to 2 (I eat a lot!). The amount of salmon didn't change but the amount of salt had halved. How much salt should I use to cure the salmon for 2 people and how big the fillet? Many thanks for you previous comments.
    Posted by marty december 7th 2011 at 10:12 n° 1
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