Salmon Rillettes

Salmon RillettesRecipe
Leo Gong; Dan Becker
Rillettes are coarse, pâté-like French spreads typically made from duck, pork, or rabbit. Our salmon version is a lighter take on the traditional dish. It's good with toasted baguette slices or sturdy crackers, and a nice cold flute of dry sparkling rosé wouldn't be a bad idea either. Prep and Cook Time: about 10 minutes.


Makes about 1 1/2 cups; 8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 157
Caloriesfromfat 69 %
Protein 15 g
Fat 12 g
Satfat 6.7 g
Carbohydrate 3.3 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Sodium 502 mg
Cholesterol 38 mg


1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup finely minced onion
1/2 pound hot-smoked salmon, skinned and broken into chunks
3 ounces cold-smoked salmon, torn into pieces
2/3 cup crème fraîche
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Melt butter in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft but not browned, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly.

2. Scrape onion into a food processor and add hot- and cold-smoked salmon. Pulse mixture until fish is coarsely chopped. (Do not overblend, or mixture will become pasty.)

3. Scrape into a medium bowl and gently stir in crème fraîche, chives, and lemon juice. Season to taste with pepper.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 3-Tbsp. serving.