Smoked salmon with beetroot & vodka crème fraîche

Smoked salmon with beetroot & vodka crème fraîche

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins No cook


Serves 6
A hit of vodka gives this classic a new edge. Serve with a shot of vodka for full effect

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal189
  • fat15g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.37g
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  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 3 tsp vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

  • 2 tsp hot horseradish sauce
  • 6 slices smoked salmon
  • 250g pack small, cooked beetroot (not in vinegar), thinly sliced, then shredded



    A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…

  • salmon caviar (optional)



    Caviar is salted fish eggs (roe) and is widely regarded as the most luxurious food item in the…

  • few small, torn dill sprigs


  1. Beat the crème fraîche with the vodka and a little seasoning until it holds its shape, then stir in the horseradish. Chill in the fridge.

  2. Lay the slices of salmon over plates, then top with the beetroot and a spoonful of the crème fraîche. Top with the salmon caviar, if using, then scatter with the dill. Grind over some black pepper and serve.

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Comments (39)

cvlewis1's picture

Perfect Christmas Dinner starter. Stress free but special and delicious. We got some lumpfish caviar which worked really well.

halcyondays's picture

This is an easy recipe with a big WOW factor. 5 stars from me

baz868's picture

Glorious. Just Glorious! And very simple to prepare. Brilliant.

chrissie2689's picture

Easy for a dinner party - you can prepare the creme fraiche (definitely with more horseradish than stated) and beetroot in advance and store in separate tubs, then assemble just before serving. I used ordinary caviar as couldn't get salmon, just as nice.
It received great praise, will be making it again.

adamj1984's picture

Looks great on the plate. I served with a shot of vodka to add to the dinner party fun!

helpinghand's picture

This was fab and very easy to put together. Yummy taste and everybody enjoyed it.

chef-supreme's picture

Wow! This was simply delicious!
I made this for my New Year's Day dinner party and the combination of flavours was amazing.
I did as ChefCaston suggested and added lemon zest and dill, and served it on a bed of rocket-gorgeous!
I found that I couldn't get the creme fraiche to thicken, so I folded whipped double cream through it. I found that made it even lighter and even more delicious!

onlinechef's picture

A spectacular looking starter (especially with ChefCaston's suggestion of an added bed of rocket). Brilliant colours, topped with a sprinkling of salmon roe like precious jewels, plus the bonus that it is dead easy to prepare.

I'd agree that more horseradish helps, but the vodka didn't add that much to be honest. If you want to o/d on the added flavourings, the creme fraiche can go sloppy, although strenuous whipping should bring it back.

All in all, "minimum effort ... maximum satisfaction", to coin a phrase!

jaffacakes's picture

Great starter simple to make but looks and tastes fab, served with a shot of Grey Goose. Would add more horseradish next time.

angelasilcock's picture

Made this for family last night went down a treat so much so am going to do it again on Thursday. Made it half an hour before eating to let the smoke salmon breath.

irritable's picture

One of the few receipes I've done that actually looks like the picture! Agree with people's advice. A little less crème fraîche and a lttle more vodka and horseradish makes sense as the first time I made I had lots of crème fraîche left over and I couldn't really taste the vodka. Need to be careful though not to make too liquidy. Excellent starter - that can be made a few hours in advance - so long as its kept chilled throughout - otherwise the crème fraîche starts to lose its shape

spongemaker1's picture

I changed the recipe slightly as I can't get creme fraiche here in Bulgaria so had sour cream instead & also used wasabi instead of horseradish. My husband won't eat beetroot so substituted for red cabbage (from a jar) Served on small grainy crackers as nibbles before dinner they were so delicious I had to make a second plateful!

sydneysunshine's picture

Did this really easy starter for Christmas last year - went down well and the shot of vodka was a good start to the meal

mrsg59's picture

WOW ! made this for friends last night - the only problem was that you just wanted more ! Perfect as a starter - just gets your taste buds going ! Would be a great canape.

katieb47's picture

Was looking for something quick for a mid week dinner party and this fitted the bill perfectly. Very simple, impressive and tasty. Added more horseradish and dash more vodka as suggested above, and served with carrot and walnut bread (fantastic quick recipe which I made after getting home from work the same evening as the dinner party). Adding a little salmon caviar was worth it from a presentation and taste point of view. Will definitely do again.

Jeanucks's picture

I made this for a dinner party and was delighted with the result. I used lumpfish caviar instead of salmon caviar and took heed of earlier comments to add a little more vodka and horseradish. I will definately make this again. Looked great and tasted great.

jacaline13's picture

Love this, nice easy starter!

lauramurray's picture

Was nice but not as tasty as I was expecting it to be

eleanormayo's picture

A great starter and so easy to put together, although there was way too much creme fraiche, so there is a half a tub of vodka and horseradish creme fraiche left in my fridge!

seward's picture

Fantastic ! My guests wanted to take a photo it looked so good. I added an extra half a teaspoon of horseradish the 2nd time I made it which gave it a bit more of a kick. I served it with the carrot and walnut bread (recipe on this site) which was also scrummy!


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