French Recipe – Salmon Rillettes

Summer is finally here and that means pic-nic season is in full swing! So why not have a go at making your own perfect pic-nic snack with these salmon rillettes? If you like salmon terrine, you’re bound to love these rillettes that can be paired with a crusty baguette or crudités.

Our recipe is very simple and we have used both smoked salmon and poached salmon for texture purposes. Top it all off by mixing a little mayonnaise or crème fraîche for a rich, creamy finish.

Number of servings: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes



  • 500g skinless salmon fillet
  • 200g smoked salmon
  • 1 shallot
  • Dill sprigs
  • Zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • 5 tbsp crème fraîche/mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Baguette or crudités to serve

Poaching Liquid:

  • 500ml dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sprinkle of black peppercorns


  • Step 1: Add the wine into a pan with the lemon juice, bay leaf, and peppercorns and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and add the salmon fillet. Gently poach the salmon for about 5-10 minutes.

  • Step 2: Once poached, drain the liquid, cover the salmon and leave it in the fridge to chill whilst you prepare the smoked salmon.
  • Step 3: In a medium-sized bowl, add together the smoked salmon, a finely chopped shallot, crème fraîche/mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and zest and stir well to combine.
  • Step 4: Once cool, flake the poached salmon and add it to the mixture, trying to keep it as chunky as possible. Add salt, pepper, and more lemon juice to taste.
  • Step 5: Top the mixture with sprigs of dill and serve on a crusty baguette or dip crudités into it.


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