Easy, mouthwatering smoked salmon recipes to bring the flavors of Ireland to your table, no matter where you are! Smoked salmon is a beloved ingredient in both Irish homes and restaurants. Growing up in Italy, I reserved this delicacy for special occasions like Christmas. However, after spending over 15 years in Ireland, I’ve come to appreciate smoked salmon as a regular menu item. Here are some tried and tested recipe ideas that never fail to impress.
Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon Breakfast
Adding a touch of luxury to a traditional Irish breakfast, smoked salmon pairs perfectly with eggs, a beloved staple. For a delightful twist, place scrambled eggs (not too runny to avoid soggy toast) and a generous slice of smoked salmon on brown toast or soda bread. Garnish with chopped chives or parsley for an extra burst of flavor and a beautiful presentation.
Eggs Benedict with Irish Smoked Salmon and Hollandaise Sauce
The combination of smoked salmon and eggs also shines in this variation of the classic Eggs Benedict. Poached eggs dressed with silky hollandaise sauce are complemented by the richness of Irish smoked salmon. My fondest memory of this dish is enjoying it in Waterford, served on the famous Waterford Blaa bun during a leisurely brunch. You can even try making your own Hollandaise sauce with this super easy recipe.
Smoked Salmon Tartine on Irish Wholemeal Bread
Create an impressive yet effortless appetizer by serving smoked salmon tartines. The possibilities are endless! Try Irish brown soda bread topped with a thin layer of butter or multigrain crackers with or without a dollop of creme fraiche or cream cheese. For a carb or gluten-free option, skip the crackers and roll up small portions of salmon with spreadable cream cheese inside. These bite-sized treats are simply delicious!
Super Spreadable Salmon Pate
Another delightful and simple way to enjoy smoked salmon as an appetizer is by preparing a flavorful salmon pate. This quick and easy recipe elevates smoked salmon to a sophisticated level. Serve the pate on crackers or small crostini for an elegant touch. Get the recipe here!
Spaghetti and Smoked Salmon Pasta Main
While this recipe may veer away from traditional Irish cuisine, the marriage of Irish smoked salmon and pasta is a match made in culinary heaven. There are countless ways to prepare pasta with smoked salmon, many of which include cream. However, I prefer a version without cream to allow the full flavor of the salmon to shine through. Saute finely chopped onions, shredded smoked salmon, and halved cherry tomatoes in a large pan. Use this simple yet flavorful mixture as a sauce for your pasta. Quick, easy, and delicious! Sprinkle with fresh parsley for an extra burst of freshness.
Smoked Salmon Slices with Fresh Lemon and Dill
Sometimes, the simplest preparation is the most delightful. Serve smoked salmon plain with a squeeze of lemon juice, a sprinkle of dill or chopped chives, and capers for an added kick of saltiness. This effortless appetizer is suitable for any season and makes for a light lunch option. To ensure perfect slices, use a sharp knife or choose pre-sliced salmon to your desired thickness. Keep the slices covered until the last moment, using cling film for the best results.
Irish Smoked Salmon Quiche
We began with an egg and salmon combination, and now we end with one: the quiche. Quiche is a beloved dish in Irish cafes, and you can recreate it at home by adding your favorite ingredients. Personally, I find that combining smoked salmon with creamy goat’s cheese yields incredible results. If you’ve never made a quiche before, you can find a basic recipe here, which you can adapt to suit your taste.
I hope these easy and delectable ideas inspire you to prepare your own Irish smoked salmon feast soon. Now, get cooking and enjoy a taste of Ireland, no matter where you are! Happy eating!