Fish rillettes using salmon recipe

By delicious. team

  1. Serves 6 as a starter
  2. Takes 5 minutes to make and 10 minutes to cook, plus cooling and chilling
  3. Rating

Rillettes is the French word for meat or fish that has been gently cooked, then shredded and potted with a layer of its juices and fat on top to preserve it. Serve with a trio of relishes.

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Fish rillettes using salmon


  1. 350g skinless salmon fillets
  2. 150g hot or lightly smoked salmon fillets
  3. 175g unsalted butter
  4. 1 tbsp green peppercorns in brine, drained and rinsed
  5. 2 tbsp snipped fresh chives
  6. The grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon


  1. 1. Cut the salmon fillets into 2cm chunks. Melt the butter in a large shallow pan, add the salmon and cook gently until just cooked through – this will take about 3-4 minutes. Stir very gently, taking care not to break up the fish too much.
  2. 2. Add 1 tbsp green peppercorns, 2 tbsp snipped fresh chives, and the grated lemon zest. Season well with salt and black pepper.
  3. 3. Pack the salmon and butter into a ceramic dish and cool. Chill until ready to serve with a pickled cucumber salad and ciabatta melba toasts.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 359kcals, 31.9g fat (17.1g saturated), 18.7g protein, 0.1g carbs, 0.1g sugar, 1.3g salt


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