Smoked salmon terrine with cucumber and quail's eggs


A dreamy smoked salmon terrine recipe from Shaun Rankin which comes served with cucumber and quail's eggs. This is definitely one to prepare when the weather is good enough to enjoy the terrine al-fresco. The terrine needs a few hours to set so you will need to prepare this in advance. It would be delicious served with Shaun Rankin's tomato bread recipe.

First published in 2015




Smoked salmon terrine

To serve


  • Food processor or blender
  • Terrine mould


Prepare for the terrine by making the clarified butter. Melt the butter completely in a saucepan. Once it has separated, use a spoon to carefully remove the milky residue on top and discard. Pour the golden liquid butter left slowly into another pan, leaving the milky water behind
Weigh out 150g smoked salmon. Slice and lay the slices across the inside of a terrine mould, ensuring they overlap and are long enough to reach up the sides of the terrine and cover the top when filled. Place the remaining salmon in a food processor and blend until smooth
In separate pans, warm the cream and clarified butter. Slowly add the cream and then the butter to the processed smoked salmon and blend until smooth. Season with crushed pink peppercorns
Pour the salmon mixture into the terrine mould, and fold over the overhanging salmon slices to cover the top. Cover the whole terrine with cling film and place in the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours, preferably 6-8 hours
Just prior to serving, peel the cucumber and then, with a peeler, create cucumber ribbons. Set aside
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Carefully add the quail eggs and cook for 2 minutes 45 seconds. Remove the eggs from the saucepan and leave them in ice water before peeling and slicing in half
Serve by adding a slice of terrine to 4 serving plates, accompanied with a swirl of cucumber ribbons, half of a quail's egg and slices of bread
  • 4 slices of bread
First published in 2015

Shaun Rankin’s cooking exudes effortless self-confidence.

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