Salmon terrine with tarragon sauce

    1 hour 35 min

    A creamy fish terrine makes a sophisticated starter for a special occasion – and requires a surprisingly small quantity of salmon.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 tbsp butter, melted
    • 200g salmon fillet, cut into chunks
    • 4 eggs
    • 250ml full-fat milk
    • pinch of mixed spice
    • 1 tbsp brandy
    • dash of Tabasco
    • 2 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp freshly ground white pepper
    • 200ml whipping cream, chilled
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon
    • TO SERVE
    • leafy herb salad
    • small sprigs of fresh tarragon to garnish

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (gas 3). Thoroughly grease a 750ml loaf tin with the melted butter.
    2. Put the salmon in a blender or food processor with the eggs, milk, mixed spice, brandy, Tabasco and chopped tarragon. Blend together, then season with salt and pepper.
    3. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, cover with buttered foil and place in a roasting pan. Pour sufficient boiling water into the pan to come about half way up the sides of the loaf tin. Bake for 40–50 minutes until set – insert a knife point and it should come out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then place in the fridge and chill overnight.
    4. Remove the terrine from the fridge 30 minutes before serving so that it isn't too cold. Just before serving, prepare the sauce. Add a pinch of salt to the cream and beat until thick. Blend in the lemon juice and tarragon.
    5. Carefully run the blade of a knife all around the inside of the tin, then turn the terrine out onto a long platter, so that it comes out cleanly. Slice and arrange on individual plates. Place a small spoonful of dressing on each serving, then offer the remaining sauce in a separate dish. Serve with salad leaves and garnish with tarragon sprigs.


    You can buy fresh tarragon during the summer months. Even better, grow some yourself and freeze for year-round use.

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    Despite the fact that I used an extra 70grms of salmon, this dish was so subtle it was almost tasteless. Very disappointing  -  08 Aug 2015


    This was just so easy! Everyone loved it and I think it will be a regular for supper parties.  -  22 Nov 2013