Fresh Salmon Pate

Fresh Salmon Pate

  • Prep: 12 hr
  • Cook Time: 14 min
  • Total: 12 hr 14 min
  • Serving: Makes 4-6 servings

The ultimate in luxurious hors d'oeuvres, serve this pate with thin slices of warm toast and Gewürztraminer wine.


  • 4 ounces skinless salmon fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or Cognac
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. In a small saucepan, add the fresh salmon fillets and the wine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and then remove from the heat and drain.
  2. In another small saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the salmon, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and then pour in the brandy and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  3. In a third saucepan, add the 3 tablespoons of butter and melt over medium heat. Drop in the smoked salmon and sauté for 4 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
  4. In a food processor, process the smoked salmon with the additional 3 tablespoons of butter until smooth. Transfer into a serving bowl and add the fresh salmon and a pinch of salt and pepper, mixing to combine.
  5. Cover the pate and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Before serving, remove pate from refrigerator 20 minutes ahead.

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