Salmon Terrine


Salmon, butter, Dijon mustard, and fresh tarragon are just some of what make this traditional French fare so delicious. This no-bake version is more like a spread, which is perfect for casual parties, and you can make it in any kind of crock or bowl. Pair it with toasted baguette slices for an appetizer or eat as a salad.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 12 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
3 cups


  • 5 cups water

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 (12 ounce) fresh salmon fillet

  • 8 ounces smoked salmon, chopped

  • cup chopped green onion

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon, or to taste

  • 7 tablespoons butter, softened

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan and add salt. Add salmon fillet, reduce to a simmer, and cook until just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer salmon to a plate using a slotted spoon and let cool 10 minutes. Flake salmon into a large bowl, discarding skin, and toss with smoked salmon, green onion, parsley, and tarragon.

  2. Whisk together butter, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and pepper in a bowl until smooth. Add mayonnaise mixture to salmon mixture and gently stir until well combined.

  3. Cover and chill 3 hours. Serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers.


From our kitchen: This can be made up to 1 day ahead. We liked the flavor and texture best at room temperature.

This recipe is very easy, and can be served as an appetizer on toasted bread or as a light main meal paired with a salad. -KIMNANTES

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
18g Fat
1g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 687mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 155mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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