Food glorious food! Salmon Rillettes

Ricotta, honey, and banana toast

One of the things I dislike about pregnancy is the restricted diet. Australian guidelines are very full-on regarding what pregnant women can and cannot eat. Of course my pregnancy hormones appeared to have taken a look at the ‘do not eat’ list and decided to crave everything on it, well and truly putting my willpower to the test!

The very same day I gave birth my darling husband went out and bought me a great big hunk of blue vein cheese. Be still my beating heart.

Coffee time!

I’ve very much enjoyed my coffee (not too much as I’m breastfeeding), soft cheese, and charcuterie post-birth. And smoked salmon! Oh how I love smoked salmon. It can be cost effective if you just use a little in a dish too.

I’ve made this Salmon Rillettes recipe a couple of times since Earle was born. It’s a  great recipe for us as I take the kids for a walk down to the fish markets to pick up the salmon fillets (I use tail as it’s boneless, cheap and gets flaked up anyway) and smoked salmon. It doesn’t involve a lot of cooking or fussing as you can prepare the salmon by pouring boiling water over it and leaving it to poach. Too easy! It’s a wonderful dish for summer as it doesn’t require you to heat up the kitchen.

Salmon Rillettes spread

Salmon Rillettes

2 x 150g salmon fillets
75g smoked salmon, roughly chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 tbs capers, finely chopped
2 tbs lemon zest
handful of dill, finely chopped
3 tbs natural yoghurt (you could also use creme fraiche or sour cream but I make my own natural yoghurt so this is cheaper & easier for me)
salt, to season


  1. Poach the salmon by placing the fillets in a bowl, pour boiling water over the fillets, and leaving the bowl covered with a plate for 15 min
  2. Remove salmon skin (it peels away very easily after poaching) and flake the flesh into a bowl
  3. Add all the other ingredient and mix well
  4. D0ne!

Serve with crusty bread. You can toast any stale bread you have lying around or purchase a French baguette and slice it up into little rounds. It’s great as an hors d’oeuvre for a dinner party, or as part of a larger spread for a casual light dinner (how we usually enjoy it as per the image above). Hope you like it as much as we do!



  1. Sounds so easy.I love the poaching method – why didn’t I think of that myself? Should be perfect on toasted sourdough on a Sunday night!

    1. I know! It’s a recent discovery for me and I can’t believe it hadn’t occurred to me earlier! It really is ridiculously easy. And delicious 😉

  2. This sounds great, Co! I’m very partial to the delicious but pricey Ocean Trout rillettes they sell at the Everleigh Markets – I think the company is Brilliant Foods. But having a go at my own sounds a great idea! It’s funny how ridiculously easy things are often the hardest things to think to do! x

  3. Mmmmm….sounds so wonderful and lightly refreshing….it make my hasty dinner of Pizza sound poor.
    But what else to do after a couple of days of long distance driving interstate 🙂
    Congratulations on your new daughter and again your wonderful photography. You make me want to get back to my blog writing, hopefully soon?

  4. Reblogged this on Alexa – A Simple Life and commented:
    Having just arrived home from a lovely driving visit interstate with family and friends I came across this refreshing recipe. It would be wonderful as an entree or for a gathering of friends and supper. Light but I would say very moorish. Add a sprig of fresh Dill as well.
    Dill brings back memories of my dear mother when she still had her own garden and little herb patch. She always chopped up some Dill and added it to her wonderful mixed salad and home made dressing.

  5. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. My daughter in law was the same as you. She really missed pate and blue cheeses during her pregnancies. When our first grandson was born in hospital we took her lunch of french bread, pate and Saint Agur cheese – she was so hungry she ate most of it at one sitting! Her second son was born at home. We were privilaged to be with them and the next day bought her a selection of blue cheeses so she could indulge. Second grandson is now 1 year old, born two days before his mum’s birthday so we again took her a blue cheese selection for her birthday present. Both boys adore cheese.

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