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salmon rillettes in a small white bowl with bowls of crispy baguette slices on either side

Salmon Rillettes

An elegant spread for your next party, these easy Salmon Rillettes hail from Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City. A combination of lightly poached fresh salmon and diced smoked salmon is the ultimate example of sophistication. Seafood lovers will flip for this starter.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 6 servings; makes about 3 cups
Calories 287 kcal


  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 pound fresh salmon fillet cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 ounces smoked salmon diced
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • Toasted baguette slices for serving


  • Combine the white wine and shallots in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium-low heat until the shallots are tender, about 2 minutes. Add the salmon pieces and poach until they are just barely opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the salmon pieces from the wine and immediately drain them on a baking sheet lined with a paper towel. Strain the wine, reserving the shallots. Place the salmon and shallots in the refrigerator to cool completely.
  • Combine the poached salmon pieces, reserved cooked shallots, smoked salmon, chives, and the mayonnaise and lemon juice in a stainless steel bowl. There should be just enough mayonnaise and lemon juice to moisten the mixture. Gently stir the mixture until thoroughly combined; the salmon will break up a little–do not over-mix or mix too hard or it will become a paste. Season the rillettes with salt and pepper. Serve cold with toasted baguette slices.
  • Rillettes can be made 1 day in advance and covered and chilled until needed.

Notes & Nutrition

Adapted from Avec Eric
Servings 6.0 * calories 287 * Total Fat 22 g * Saturated Fat 8 g * Monounsaturated Fat 2 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 14 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 164 mg * Sodium 313 mg * Potassium 263 mg * Total Carbohydrate 1 g * Dietary Fiber 0 g * Sugars 0 g * Protein 21 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*