Recipe courtesy of Marie-Pierre Moine

Rillettes de Saumon (Salmon Rillettes)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: Serves 6 to 8
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About 1 pound good smoked salmon offcuts, trimmed and snipped into small pieces

Tiny leaves from a few sprigs of thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)

Juice and finely grated zest of 1 small unwaxed lemon

2 tablespoons soft unsalted butter

3 1/2 ounces plain Boursin cheese

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Cayenne pepper

Sea salt

Thinly sliced, buttered, light rye bread and a handful of watercress leaves, to serve


  1. In a food processor, briefly whiz the pieces of smoked salmon with the thyme and lemon juice and zest. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the butter and Boursin. Season lightly with the paprika, a touch of cayenne, and black pepper. Whiz again briefly until the mixture is combined, but still a little rough. Taste, and adjust the seasoning, salt, pepper or paprika. Chill for at least 20 minutes, longer if convenient. Remove from the refrigerator at least 10 minutes before serving.
  2. Serve with or on slices of buttered rye bread, with a few watercress leaves.