Recipe Review

Salmon Rillettes Sounds Fancy, but Is Easy to Make

updated May 1, 2019
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Salmon Rillettes (Image credit: Tara Donne)

Sure, it may sound fancy, but rillettes is far from it. The spread, made from smoked salmon and plenty of butter, is a rich treat enjoyed on bread or crackers, and it’s surprisingly simple to make. Plus, it keeps well for up to two weeks in the fridge, which means it’s a good item to have on hand all holiday season long for an easy appetizer when friends and family drop in.

(Image credit: Tara Donne)

A Fast & Fancy, Extra-Flavorful Spread

Making salmon rillettes barely requires any cooking. You gather both cold and hot smoked salmon (both of which are readily available at specialty grocery stores, fish markets, and even Costco); chop up both; and combine them with softened butter, sautéed shallots, horseradish, and chopped parsley. That’s it. Seriously.

Even though it’s ridiculously simple to make, salmon rillettes tastes fancy. That’s because of the incredible flavor that comes by way of the smoked fish and spicy horseradish. Also, butter always makes things taste luxurious. It’s the ideal way to kick off any and all holiday festivities — it’s just a matter of gathering up a crusty baguette or crackers to serve it along with glasses of crisp white wine.

Get the recipe: Salmon Rillettes