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3 Minute Salmon Pate

A super quick 3 minute salmon pate recipe that will surely delight your guests and as a special treat for you too!  Just a handful of ingredients mixed into a bowl and you are done!  Too easy:)  Serve this gem on toasted baguettes or pumpernickel toast points.  This is great on a Scandinavian Snitter too!

3 Minute Salmon Pate, perfect for a baguette, pumpernickel and open faced sandwiches. Tasty,easy and fast. Try this as an appetizer or on a Scandinavian Snitter.

What is a paté?

A Patè is a spreadable paste made of cooked minced meat mixed with fat.  This is uber easy to make and so good too!  I first made a 3 Minute Sardine Patè you should try also:)  The recipe can be found here.  No excuse if you are in a hurry, this whips up in just 3 minutes!  For a Syn-free version of either one of these patés, simply substitute plain, non-fat yogurt for the butter.

I was first inspired to make this by how popular my French Sardine Patè has become and also by perusing a Scandinavian cookbook.  In Scandinavian Comfort Food, Trine Hahnemann shares her favorite recipes from her childhood as well as modern twists on the Danish classics.  Trine makes a lot of what I would call open faced sandwiches which look absolutely amazing!  

On one particular sandwich she used smoked herring, which I can not find where I live.  I have adapted this recipe to something you should be able to find anywhere, canned salmon.  You could also use cold or hot smoked salmon, YUM!  The canned salmon is what really makes it a 3 minute appetizer or light lunch.

How do you make salmon pate?

Simple.  Just mix the ingredients, mashing the salmon with a fork.  That’s IT!  This recipe, is highly adaptable and scalable.  If you have a large party just multiply the ingredients by 4, or even more!  There’s no cooking so you don’t have to worry about recipe conversions adapting well.

I eat this on toasted bread, namely sourdough or pumpernickel rye.  You can also serve this on crackers, pita chips, pita pockets with some cucumbers and greens, and maybe some cream cheese, radish….make-me-stop!

This salmon pate recipe is also a great basis for Danish Snitter, an open-faced sandwich concept meal.  I just had snitter for lunch and I would have licked the bowl if my head could fit in it.  Not proud of that but that’s the truth.  By the way, that recipe is coming soon:)

Step by Step

3 Minute Salmon Pate, perfect for a baguette, pumpernickel and open faced sandwiches. Tasty,easy and fast. Try this as an appetizer or on a Scandinavian Snitter.
3 Minute Salmon Pate, perfect for a baguette, pumpernickel and open faced sandwiches. Tasty,easy and fast. Try this as an appetizer or on a Scandinavian Snitter.
3 Minute Salmon Pate, perfect for a baguette, pumpernickel and open faced sandwiches. Tasty,easy and fast. Try this as an appetizer or on a Scandinavian Snitter.
3 Minute Salmon Pate, perfect for a baguette, pumpernickel and open faced sandwiches. Tasty,easy and fast. Try this as an appetizer or on a Scandinavian Snitter.

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3 Minute Salmon Pate, perfect for a baguette, pumpernickel and open faced sandwiches. Tasty,easy and fast. Try this as an appetizer or on a Scandinavian Snitter.

3 Minute Salmon Pate

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A super quick 3 minute salmon pate recipe that will surely delight your guests and as a special treat for you too!  Just a handful of ingredients mixed into a bowl and you are done!  Too easy:)  Serve this gem on toasted baguettes or pumpernickel toast points.  This is great on a Scandinavian Snitter too!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz of canned Salmon
  • 3 Tbs salted butter, softened or 3-4 Tbs nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbs fresh dill or 1/2 Tbs dried dill
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients with a fork in a small bowl until well incorporated.
  2. May use more butter if necessary.
  3. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  4. Serve on toasted baguette or on some greens or in a Scandinavian Snitter.

Notes

You can jazz this up a notch by adding shallots, scallions, smoked paprika etc. This is a very flexible recipe as well as can be scaled up easily for more servings.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 338mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

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Kathie

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Do I add the liquid from the can to the recipe? It's just "salmon juice."

Tina

Monday 9th of November 2020

Hi Kathie, I didn't add the juices which made may pate thicker. You can definitely add the juices, just know it will make the pate softer but easier to spread so its actually a matter of preference, GREAT question!

Lovey

Saturday 30th of May 2020

I am making this tomorrow. Thanks so much. When out of salmon could tuna be substituted?

Tina

Monday 1st of June 2020

Absolutely! Cheers!

Bianca

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

This is a great argument for keeping canned salmon in your pantry 'just in case'. This looks amazing and I'll probably even eat this for dinner. Pinning for my appetizer board, thank you!

Megan

Sunday 18th of June 2017

This looks so simple to make, but sounds so fancy. I think this is perfect for a last minute dinner party appetizer!

Tina

Sunday 18th of June 2017

I totally agree Megan, nobody has to know how easy this is;)

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