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Salmon Rillettes: A French, open faced sandwich spread that’s perfect for a light lunch!

Salmon Rillettes on toasts on a white platter

Salmon Rillettes

The time has come for the third and final seafood rillette recipe from Around My French Table. And we saved the best for last. Although I enjoyed the sardine and tuna versions, these salmon rilettes trumped them all.


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What Are Rillettes?

As a quick review,  rillettes are a meat spread similar to pΓ’tΓ©. More typically made of pork or goose meat, Dorie Greenspan has shared three scrumptious fish options.

This may be a shocker to some of my Dorista friends, but Bill loved this dish! I had some corn chips on the counter for some mango salsa so I offered him that or the salmon rillettes. Without hesitation, he chose the salmon…then dove in again and again. I should have made a double batch.

Salmon Rillettes on a white tray with a terrine of the salmon spread

How to Make This Fresh Salmon Spread

I whipped up a terrine of this spread in no time. Fresh salmon chunks were poached in a bath of white wine, bay, lemon peel, a sliver of chile pepper, coriander seed, white peppercorns and spring onion greens.

The cooked salmon was then mashed and mixed with diced smoked salmon, lemon zest, minced onion, minced chile and finally some softened butter. Packed in either a small serving dish or canning jar, this salmon spread was refrigerated a few hours before serving with crackers or hearty bread slices.

Salmon Rillettes with a jar of salmon caviar


The Recipe for Salmon Rillettes

This recipe can be viewed and printed from the PBS website.

Today, I am on an 8 hour road trip to Iowa for my high school reunion. I’m sure we’ll pretend we are 18 again and can endure late lights of  cocktails, laughter and reminiscing. We’ll be remembering our dear friend, Steve Gradwohl, who unexpectedly passed away last May.

Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #11: Eat nutrient dense food. Don’t waste your calories. Good fats (avocado, olive oil, salmon) and fiber rich foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains) will actually satisfy your hunger better than junk food.

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35 comments on “Salmon Rillettes”

  1. So glad you both enjoyed this recipe! It looks pretty delicious; I’m a salmon lover. Enjoy your high school reunion!

  2. Looks awesome! I love the color. No wonder why Bill did several rounds πŸ™‚

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  3. Bill tested and approved-has to be tasty! Enjoy your reunion:@)

  4. Your rillettes look wonderful – I’ll try these the next time I host book group. Have a great time at your reunion!

  5. I’m speechless! Bill LOVED IT? No wonder, it looks so pretty!

  6. This sound delicious and healthy!!! Safe travels and have a blast (from the past) at you reunion. I will be checking our your skinny tips for sure……oh boy do I need to!

  7. Wow, I’m super surprised your picky eater loved this! Can’t blame him though, as it looks totally delicious…esp with that roe on top. YUM!

  8. Have a fabulous time at your reunion, Liz! I’m sure you’re going to look amazing, dance up a crazy storm ‘n drink the rest of your class under the table πŸ˜‰ I’m glad that Bill had the good sense to devour this rilette – it looks delicious! I adore salmon and I’d be all over this too. Happy Friday, my friend!

  9. Salmon is the best and this looks delicious! Have fun at your reunion!

  10. Your surprise re Bill’s reaction is precious! LOL Looks good, Liz. I don’t blame him. πŸ™‚

  11. LOVE the skinny tips!! You may not know, but I have alost a lot of weight (over 70 pounds!) so on my blog I have a Summer Weight Loss Challenge. So this is a GREAT tip! Also I never ever tried this, but the recipe sounds fabulous!! So fabulously French! Wine and butter- yum!

  12. I think this is my favorite seafood rillettes in this trilogy πŸ™‚ Look wonderful and great for a picnic.

  13. These look delicious! I love salmon and it is so good for you with all those great omegas. πŸ˜€ I love your skinny tip, Liz. have a great weekend πŸ˜€

  14. Your salmon rillettes look very pretty. I love the presentation on the pretty grain bread. And the touch of dill is great for flavour and colour. That’s a great skinny tip! xx

  15. Have fun in Iowa. I liked the sardines the best, but may be the distance of time has put rose coloured glasses on it.

  16. This looks beautiful, I love salmon. This would make an amazing dip for a party then again I don’t now if it would last to the party as I think I may finish it before the party started! Enjoy your High School reunion πŸ˜€

  17. e x q u i s i t e.
    Truly. xx

  18. Liz,
    love the salmon rilettes!!!! can I tell you how much I love your skinny tips?!!! I’m reading your posts just to read those! hope you have a great time this weekend at your high school reunion and I’m so sorry to hear about your friend, Steve.

  19. O my Lizzy I think one of my favorites fish is salmon and this look georgeous!
    Have a nice weekend my friend!

  20. Salmon Rillettes were my favorite of the three also. They were also the fishiest-tasting, I think. That’s why I’m surprised your husband liked this mixture – although anything spread on that wonderful-looking bread would taste good. Fritos are my one and only junk food of choice and vice so I would have taken that and the mango salsa off your hands. Another lovely presentation. I am enjoying the Skinny Tips although I guess “corn chips” are out. You’re no fun. I hope your travels back to Iowa were wonderful as well as bittersweet. Ames High Aims High.

  21. I love love salmon! This is something I can eat every day and still wanting more.
    Enjoy your weekend, Liz.

  22. Aww you decorated with ikura (salmon roe) too! So pretty! Salmon is our family favorite. Salmon rillettes are very nice dish to serve at a party. I look forward to your skinny tips. It’s always good to get a reminder, especially from someone skinny. πŸ˜€

  23. Wow Liz, this sounds delicious! Truly divine! Pinned.

  24. Beautiful little appetizers…would go well with champagne…

    ela h.

  25. Yummy! I think recipe with salmon is my favorite πŸ™‚

  26. Anything bathed in white wine is sublime! Seriously, Liz, mille foie merci pour le elegante salmon rillette introduction.

    Have fun in Iowa <3 Undoubtedly your friend will be celebrating with you from Heaven <3

  27. I wish I liked fish–it’s so good and low cal! We went to a fancy tapas restaurant in North Carolina–the pictures reminds me of that!

  28. Dear Liz, have a smashing time at your High School Reunion!
    This was a wonderful recipe – glad that we were not the only ones who enjoyed this so much!
    Beautiful presentation!

  29. Liz, this sounds and looks so posh! Have a wonderful time at your reunion!

  30. Looks so good, it’s good idea for a pot luck this summer, love the color, hope you had a great time πŸ™‚

  31. Have a wonderful time at your reunion Liz! So glad Bill enjoyed this dish – I am a salmon lover and would gobble this up in no time too – it looks fantastic πŸ™‚

  32. I’ve never made a rillette before and I can’t wait to make Dori’s salmon version. It looks amazing!

    I hope you had a great time being 18 again!

  33. My Bill loved this too! Although I was not surprised…he really enjoys fish! Yours looks absolutely delish!! Pretty presentation! Enjoy your reunion!

  34. If Bill ate then I have to try it also!

  35. It looks great, especially with the salmon roe. I would never have expected Bill to like this one, especially based on the ones he passes on. I hope your reunion was a blast. My dear friend from high school (and junior high) who now lives in Michigan just spent the weekend visiting in Maine. We certainly felt 18 again, even with her 18-yr-old daughter hanging out with us.

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