Smoked salmon mousse with crème fraîche, lime and dill

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Galton Blackiston serves up a stunning smoked salmon mousse recipe, which is incredibly simple to make in a Vitamix. The powerful motor makes light work of blending the smoked salmon and cream to a silky-smooth, lightly whipped consistency, which is then simply mixed with chives and diced cucumber for a little texture and encased in smoked salmon-lined moulds. Serve with a little salmon roe or caviar for a touch of luxury, perfect for a Christmas starter.

First published in 2017




Smoked salmon mousse

For the moulds

Crème fraîche sauce

To garnish


  • 8cm dariole moulds 8
  • Vitamix Pro750 fitted with 2.0l low profile container


To make the mousse, add the smoked salmon to a Vitamix and select Variable 1. Press start, increase the speed to Variable 3 and blend the smoked salmon to a smooth paste
Reduce the speed to Variable 2, remove the lid plug and gradually pour in the cream, with the Vitamix running. You might need to use the tamper to stir the ingredients around a little
  • 570ml of cream
Once the mixture is smooth and lightly whipped, transfer to a bowl and fold in the lemon juice, 3 tbsp of the diced cucumber, the chives and black pepper, to taste. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour, along with the remaining diced cucumber in a separate container
Brush each dariole mould with groundnut oil and use the smoked salmon to line each one, starting by placing strips around the edges (with a slight overhang over the top) then placing some in the bases. Ensure that there are no gaps
Remove the mousse from the fridge and spoon some into each mould, leaving a 1.5cm gap at the top. Fold the overhanging smoked salmon over the top of the mousse so it is completely sealed, then cover each mould in cling film and place in the fridge. Remove the moulds for 15 minutes before serving
To make the sauce, lightly mix the crème fraîche in a bowl to loosen it. Add the lime segments and the chopped dill. Taste, season and add a little runny honey to sweeten
To serve, carefully run a knife around the edge of each mould to loosen the smoked salmon mousse and turn out onto serving dishes. Add a spoonful of the sauce to each dish, and dress the plate with chopped chives, salmon roe, dill tips, diced cucumber and a few lime segments

There can't be many Michelin-starred chefs who started out selling homemade cakes, biscuits and preserves on a market stall in Rye in 1979. Yet, the quietly spoken, endearingly eccentric Galton Blackiston isn't like other chefs.

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