Salmon rillettes

Salmon rillettes
A terrine of two kinds of salmon (cooked and smoked) with butter and lemon.
238,0624.4/5 for 28 ratings
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Last modified on: March 26th 2013

For 6 people, you will need:

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PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
28 min.2 hours10 min.2 hours 38 min.
Keeping: 1 or 2 days in the fridge, protected from air.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 10 min.
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Cook 250 g fresh salmon in a pan of salted simmering water (with the powdered fish fumet if desired).

Stage 2 - 2 min.
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As soon as it becomes opaque, and therefore cooked, remove from pan and drain.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Pick over salmon, keeping only flesh and break into flakes.

Set aside.

Stage 4 - 7 min.
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Cut 120 g smoked salmon into fine strips, then cut these into small pieces. The pieces should be as small as possible.

Set aside.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
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Put 120 g butter in a bowl, and mix with a fork until smooth.

Season, then mix again with fork.

Stage 6 - 3 min.
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Add cooked salmon, mix with fork.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
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Add diced smoked salmon, 1 lemon juice and 2 tablespoons Herb olive oil, mix with fork.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
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Chop chives and parsley, add them and mix with fork.

Check seasoning.

Stage 9 - 2 hours
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Fill one or more small terrines, cover with plastic film and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.

Serve as a starter with toasted bread.


If you prefer a stronger flavour, you can add a half teaspoon of powdered fish fumet when cooking the salmon.

And to drink?

A good dry white wine.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,770 Kcal or 7,411 Kj79 gr12 gr156 gr
89 %30 %1 %24 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
266 Kcal or 1,114 Kj12 gr2 gr23 gr
13 %5 %<1 %4 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
295 Kcal or 1,235 Kj13 gr2 gr26 gr
15 %5 %<1 %4 %
% 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).

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ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Beurre d'escargot, Pistachio shortbread biscuits, Puff or flaky pastry (pâte feuilletée), Baked apples from St Aubin le Vertueux, Chocolate mousse, ... All
Smoked salmonSmoked salmon: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Cubed salad, Spaghetti with smoked salmon, Crispy smoked salmon and herb rolls, Potatoes with smoked salmon, Avocado and smoked salmon terrine , ... All
Herb olive oilHerb olive oil: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Quick flaky pizza, Light herb sauce, Oven-roasted Sprouts, Fine multi-tomato tart, Italian toast, ... All

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