Skinny Salmon Rillettes (aka. salmon spread)

Serve my Skinny Salmon Rillettes as a light version of the Classic French appetizer. Made with both smoked and  fresh salmon, this healthy rillettes has more depth of flavour and a better texture than any other fish pate!  Skinny Salmon Rillettes spread on two slices of toasted baguette on a white napkin with more bread and a glass of rillettes in the background

Before I tell you how to make the best ever Salmon Rillettes, I want to chat about a new concept I want to try out for the next weeks! I’m on vacation in Europe in June so I decided to share recipes on the blog that are inspired by the places I’m visiting. I’ve been in Cherbourg, Normandy since last Tuesday.

My father and step-mother live there now with my 5-month old twin sister and brother. Later this week, my sisters, niece and nephew joined us and Solal arrived this weekend too.

I was so happy to have all my father’s side family together! I don’t get to see them often so it really was a precious time.

a hand holding a slice of toasted baguette topped with a generous amount of French Salmon Rillettes made from smoked and fresh salmon

The recipe for salmon rillettes I’m sharing today is inspired by my step-mother’s parents mackerel rillettes that I love. They make it using fresh fish they just caught in the sea! So fresh and delicious!

If you’re not familiar with salmon rillettes, it is are basically a sort of French pâté or spread made with meat or fish (traditionally pork and goose). For my version of fish rillettes I used a combo of fresh and smoked salmon.

Salmon rillettes is usually made with creme fraiche but I used Greek yogurt instead to make it lighter and healthier. The recipe for my salmon rillettes is pretty simple but the result is very tasty. It’s perfect for summer entertaining!

overhead shot of three slices of toasted baguette topped with homemade salmon rillettes with some chives, baguette slices and a half-filled jar or rillettes on the side

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Skinny Salmon Rillettes (Salmon Spread)

Serve my Skinny Salmon Rillettes as a light version of the Classic French appetizer. Made with both smoked and cooked salmon fillets, this healthy rillettes has more depth of flavour and a better texture than any other fish pate!  

Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Keyword appetizer, dip, easy, elegant, entertaining, finger food, French, party, salmon, smoked, spread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 tablespoons - 1.5 cups
Calories 18 kcal


  • 7 oz skin-less salmon filets 200 g
  • 3.5 oz smoked salmon 100 g, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp shallots finely minced (about 1/4 of a medium shallot) - you can also use red onion
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsps fresh chives a heaped tbsp, finely minced
  • 1 French baguette or sourdough loaf sliced and toasted, or cucumber slices, to serve


  1. Place skinless salmon fillets in a skillet and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cook 2 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from skillet using a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl. Flake into pieces and let cool a little.

  2. In the bowl of your food processor, combine salmon flakes, smoked salmon, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, mustard and shallots. Season with salt and pepper. 

  3. Process until chopped and combined, but stop before it's a paste (I like to leave a few chunks). Add chives and pulse just a few seconds until combined. Adjust seasoning if needed.

  4. Transfer into a jar and store in the fridge. You can eat it straight away but it's even better the next day. Serve on toasts or cucumber slices.

Nutrition Facts
Skinny Salmon Rillettes (Salmon Spread)
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 18
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 53mg2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. This recipe reminds me of the sardine spread my Hungarian grandmother used to make. I never knew how she made it, but when I read this recipe, it sounds like it would taste pretty similar. Definitely worth trying. I hope you continue to have a wonderful vacation.

  2. Marie, your “Skinny Salmon Rillettes (aka salmon spread)” sound really delicious! I love salmon and I’m always looking for a light snack to have after a run. This definitely fits the bill. Thank you for a great low calorie snack, can’t wait to try it!

  3. I love salmon but I don’t think I have ever had salmon rillettes before. Only meat versions! This sounds right down my alley!

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