Salmon Rillettes with Cream Cheese and Chive

salmon rillettes dip with cream cheese and chive

An ideal do-ahead spread for a lovely appetizer, very simple and quick to prepare. all you need to do is cook salmon, combine with cream cheese and season. Serve on fresh baguette or as a dip.

The recipe is very simple. All you need is to cook fresh salmon, crunch it with a fork to be able to combine it with cream cheese (Philadelphia or the French saint Môret) and a bit of lemon juice. I don’t use a food processor because it would be too smooth. In my opinion, it’s tastier when it’s coarsely crunched.
Season with salt and pepper and the spices of your taste: for example the French piment d’Espelette (Espelette pepper), cumin… And fresh herbs give a nice twist. I use chive, tell me in comment if you choose another fresh herb.

With this recipe, I want to show you that you can prepare a delicious and festive treat with few ingredients, no complicated techniques, and limited time. The kind of French home cooking I love.

Rillettes is a French term for paté used for long-cooked salted pork, rabbit, or goose that are shredded then mashed with fat to produce a paste for spreading on bread. Rillettes can also be done with fish and are much lighter.

salmon rillettes dip with cream cheese and chive

Salmon rillettes with cream cheese and chives

Fabulous dip for appetizer, healthy with steamed salmon combined with cream cheese. Seasoned with chives.
4 de 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Servings 6


  • 250 gr salmon fillet
  • 100 gr cream cheese French Saint Môret or Philadelphia
  • ½ bunch chives
  • 1 small lemon for juice
  • salt
  • Pepper
  • spices Espelette pepper, cumin ...


Cook fish

  • Cook salmon for about 8-10 minutes, depending of the thickness of salmon. Either steam, wrap in aluminium foil and cook in the oven with a dash of lemon juice or fry in the pan with a bit of oil.

Prepare dip

  • Coarsely crumble salmon with a fork.
  • Finely chop the chives and add it.
  • Add cream cheese and combine. Optionally if you want a very creamy texture, add more cream cheese (or a tablespoon of greek yoghurt).
  • Season according to your taste with a dash of lemon juice, salt and pepper, and add the spices you like, for example Espelette pepper.
  • Refrigerate before serving, on toast or as a dip to dig in.


Leave in the refrigerator before serving.
Serve on bread slices (ideally fresh baguette) or as a dip.
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