Salmon Rillettes

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Rillettes are a sort of rough pate, usually made from the less-than-prime cuts. (Pork rillettes are great too). They are great as a spread on bagels, popular when set out as an appetizer and travel well on camping trips. These salmon rilletes are made from the collar and belly of a king salmon. You can view the Instructable on How To Break Down a Whole Salmon to butcher these fatty, delicious parts. You are going to smoke about half of the salmon, and then just poach or quickly saute the other part of the salmon. Bellies and collars smoke well due to their fat content, so set aside scrapings from the bones, or meat from another part of the salmon for the unsmoked half.

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Step 1: Marinate the Belly, Collar and Bones

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Soak 1 cup of wood chips in water for about 1 hour. While these are soaking, marinate your fish parts.

Use 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup coarse sea salt & 1 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper, 1 tsp. chili flakes and 3 tbsp. Tamari or Soy Sauce. Marinate the fish parts for about 1 hour.

Drain the chips and lay them in your pan. Put the rack over this and lay the fish parts on it. Cover it tightly with foil and put it over a burner on your stovetop at low heat. Smoke for about 1 hour.

Step 2: Unsmoked salmon

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While the salmon is smoking, poach or lightly sautee the other part of your salmon. Scraping bones with the back of a spoon works well for getting the flesh off.

Listonic7 months ago

And we have a tip on buying salmons. It's good to know how to choose nice salmon for jummy rillettes. ;-) @Maria, do you have your own tips on buying good salmon? Willing to hear about that.