Smoked salmon fillets with dill-pickled vegetables, crème fraîche & salmon roe served on a plate

Smoked salmon fillets with dill-pickled vegetables, crème fraîche & salmon roe

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 20 mins plus draining and 2 days pickling


6 as a starter

Pickle vegetables and serve with smoked salmon for a fabulous festive starter. Keep the leftover veg in the fridge to have with cold cuts over Christmas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal444
  • fat34g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein27g
  • salt2.1g


  • 6 lightly smoked salmon fillets



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 15g unsalted butter, melted



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • 50g salmon roe

For the vegetables

  • 100g cucumber
  • 3 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 350ml white wine vinegar
  • 2½ tbsp granulated sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn, bruised
  • 150g carrots



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 100g radishes



    The root of a member of the mustard family, radishes have a peppery flavour and a crisp, crunchy…

  • 150g cauliflower, cut into small florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • ½ red onion, finely sliced
  • ½ small bunch dill, torn into little sprigs


  1. First, for the pickles, cut the cucumber into rounds and layer it in a sieve, sprinkling with 2 tsp salt as you go. Set over a bowl and leave for a couple of hours – the salt will draw out the moisture.

  2. Bring 200ml water to the boil in a pan with the white wine vinegar, sugar, 1 tsp salt, celery seeds and black peppercorns. Leave to cool. 

  3. Peel the carrots and cut them into batons. Clean the radishes really well, then cut them in half lengthways. Squeeze the drained cucumbers of excess moisture.

  4. Put all the vegetables in a 1-litre sterilised jar with the dill and pour the cooled vinegar over them, then seal with a lid. Leave to sit at room temperature for two days before serving, or keep chilled. Will keep in the fridge for four weeks. 

  5. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and put the salmon fillets on a baking sheet. Brush the fillets with the melted butter and scatter with black pepper. Cook for 14 mins.

  6. Serve the salmon with some of the pickled vegetables, a generous tablespoon of crème fraîche on each fillet, finished with a spoonful of salmon roe on top.

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