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Hot Smoked Salmon Pâté

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I’ve thoroughly preached the gospel of the Camerons Stovetop Smoker in previous entries (see: smoked avocado, smoked corn), but my favorite thing to smoke is fish – especially salmon. It’s a quick 25 minutes from start to finish, and since it’s starting to get hot as all get out here in San Diego, I love any recipe that doesn’t involve turning on the oven.

If investing in a stovetop smoker isn’t in the cards for you, you can make your own DIY stovetop smoker with a few normal kitchen items:

large pot
metal steamer insert
aluminum foil
wood chips (I like alder wood for fish)

Grab the video instructions here: Saveur DIY Smoker

I smoked some salmon for dinner the other night (I ate it with the broccolini and farro salad) and decided to make a pâté with the leftovers. This is very basic, but you can add all kinds of delicious things – capers, red onion, chives, parsley, horseradish, cream cheese, goat cheese… the list is endless! This is a good base recipe to start.

hot smoked salmon pate recipe on fmitk.com

You’ll need smoked salmon, lemon, olive oil, pepper, butter and salt (not pictured).

hot smoked salmon pate recipe on fmitk.com

A stovetop smoker makes smoking fish easy – throw wood chips in the base (I use alder wood for fish), place the drip tray and rack over the chips and place the salmon on the rack. Cover and crank on the heat to medium and wait 20 patient minutes. That’s it!

hot smoked salmon pate recipe on fmitk.com

Skin the salmon and flake into small pieces. Place in a blender or food processor along with butter, lemon zest and juice and olive oil. Buzz until smooth.

hot smoked salmon pate recipe on fmitk.com

Taste it. Does it need salt? Pepper? More lemon juice? Add it in and give it another pulse or two.

hot smoked salmon pate recipe on fmitk.com

That’s it. Really. That’s it.

hot smoked salmon pate recipe on fmitk.com

Cover tightly and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

hot smoked salmon pate recipe on fmitk.com

I can eat this with crackers alllllll day. I may have done that today. Don’t judge me.

Hot Smoked Salmon Pâté

smoked salmon: 25 mins
pâté: 5 mins

Ingredients

1 lb hot smoked salmon fillet, skin removed and flaked into small pieces
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Season salmon with a squeeze of lemon juice and black pepper. Smoke over 1 1/2 tbsp of alder wood chips (or your favorite light wood) for 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then remove skin and any bones, and flake into small pieces.

In a food processor or blender, add in flaked salmon, butter, remaining lemon juice and zest, and olive oil. Puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste with salt (I added 1/4 tsp), pepper and additional lemon juice. Cover tightly and chill for at least 2 hours.

Serve with anything. It goes well with spoons and fingers. Keep refrigerated and tightly covered. Eat within a couple days.

Hot Smoked Salmon Pâté
Hot Smoked Salmon Pâté
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Hot smoked salmon pate

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

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3 replies
  1. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence says:

    So simple! Love it. I could probably eat one of those entire ramekins in one sitting. Smoked salmon is a favorite!

    Reply
    • holly
      holly says:

      It’s just so stinkin’ easy! I buy big ol’ sides of salmon from Costco and throw it in the stovetop smoker, and snack / pick at it all week lol

      Reply

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