Cured salmon with pickled cucumber salad, apple gel, purslane and horseradish mousse

  • medium
  • 15–20
  • 1 hour 15 minutes plus 3 hours curing time and overnight infusing time

This impressive salmon starter recipe is an excellent dish to make when you're feeding a big crowd – a whole side will provide a good 15–20 portions. The cured fish is served with pickled cucumber, apple gel and a horseradish cream, all of which can be made in advance so all you have to do is plate up on the day. Leftover salmon can be frozen.

First published in 2021





Horseradish cream

Pickled cucumber salad

Apple gel

  • 500ml of apple juice, freshly squeezed
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 7g of agar agar

To serve


  • Blender
  • Electric hand whisk



Begin preparing the salmon a day in advance. Mix together all the ingredients (apart from the salmon), ensuring they are well combined by rubbing the mixture between your hands


Sprinkle half the mixture onto a tray large enough to hold the salmon. Lay the fish on top, then add the remaining curing mixture on top, ensuring it is thoroughly coated. Tightly wrap the tray in cling film, then set aside at room temperature for 90 minutes

  • 1 side of salmon, skinned and pin-boned

While you wait, begin preparing the horseradish cream. Grate the fresh horseradish, cucumber and apples into a bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and leave to infuse in the fridge overnight


You can also make the apple gel the day before. Warm the apple juice in a pan and mix together the agar agar and sugar. Whisk the agar mixture into the warm apple juice, then bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Allow to cool, then blitz in a blender to make a fluid gel. Transfer to a squeezy bottle and reserve in the fridge

  • 500ml of apple juice, freshly squeezed
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 7g of agar agar

After 90 minutes, flip the fish over, working the now wet mixture into the fish, then cover in cling film again and leave for another 90 minutes


Quickly but thoroughly rinse the curing mixture off the fish, then pat dry and leave in the fridge uncovered overnight to dry out and set firm


The next day, make the salad. Bring the water, sugar and vinegar to the boil, then set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, sprinkle the diced cucumber with salt and leave to drain in a colander for 15 minutes 

  • 300ml of water
  • 200ml of white wine vinegar
  • 100g of Demerara sugar
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1cm dice

When the pickle liquor has cooled slightly (but is still warm), add the mustard seeds and leave for 10 minutes. After this time, add the cucumber to the liquor and bring back to the boil. As soon as it is boiling, remove from the heat, add the honey and capers, then leave to cool completely


While you wait, strain the horseradish cream mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl. Use an electric whisk to whisk the cream to soft peaks, then season to taste. Transfer to a piping bag


Once the pickled cucumber has cooled, strain off the liquor and mix the cucumber with the diced apple, dill and shallots. Dress to taste with the Chardonnay vinegar and olive oil, then set aside


When ready to serve, slice the cured salmon into thick strips on a 45-degree angle. You should get 15-20 slices


To serve, place a slice of salmon to the left of each serving plate. Spoon over some trout roe and add a few fronds of dill. Squeeze a large dot of apple gel next to it and dust it with the blitzed nori powder. Add a small pile of the cucumber salad, then garnish it with purslane leaves. Finally, pipe a dot of the horseradish cream and garnish with a sprig of bronze fennel

Tony Fleming built a reputation off sophisticated fish and seafood dishes at Angler, but now he's showing the full extent of his armoury at legendary restaurant Le Pont de La Tour, where he cooks classical, comforting food to the highest standards.

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