Christmas Salmon Quick Recipe Ideas

Whether it's smoked, baked or confit, salmon is mainstay of the Christmas kitchen. From canapés to Christmas eve feasts, it's such a versatile fish and above all brimming with great flavour. We've picked a few of our favourite salmon recipes, perfect for the festive season.

Smoked Salmon Starters & Canapés

We've picked some of the quickest and simplest smoked salmon canapés, so you can spend a bit more with family or guests and a little less time in the kitchen. You cannot go wrong with the tried and tested combinations of smoked salmon and cream cheese or crème fraîche. We recommend having some fresh herbs too as they really liven up soft cheeses.

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Toasts

Mix a little chopped dill or chives into some cream cheese and set aside. A really simple way of serving this with smoked salmon is on some oven toasted bread. Thinly slice a baguette and pop the slices on a baking tray and heat for about 8 minutes in a 180°C oven. Let the bread cool for a few minutes and simply serve your smoked salmon on your cheese mix on the crunchy bread; simple and very tasty.

Smoked Salmon & Celeriac Salad

This works great as a light starter and it involves no cooking whatsoever. Celeriac has a lovely earthiness about it but it's subtle enough to match with stronger flavours. Celeriac remoulade is a classic way of serving the vegetable, grating it and mixing it with a classic Dijon mayonnaise. You simply serve your salmon with the celeriac salad. Here's a simple recipe for remoulade. You can also serve with thinly sliced crusty bread, toasted.

Classic Nicky's Organic Smoked Salmon & Brown Bread

You can't beat smoked salmon and brown bread. Our Irish Organic Oak-Smoked Salmon is a favourite for Christmas among our customers and it's perfect with this traditional brown bread recipe from Odlum's, especially if the bread's baked on the day. 

Fresh Side of Salmon Dishes

Whether you've had enough of turkey and ham or whether you just want to have a different option, you can always opt for a side of fresh salmon. It's not difficult to cook and can make an appealing centrepiece for any table. We've picked a few of our favourite, easy to make side of salmon dishes.

Roast Side of Salmon

If you are looking for a no-fuss recipe with a few ingredients, you can't go wrong with this one from Food & Wine; roasted side of salmon with sugar and Dijon creating a glaze that's bubbly and brown on cooking. You can view the recipe here.

Baked Salmon with Lemon & Herbs

For a baked salmon dish that looks attractive, think about dressing it with lemon and herbs. Place the side of salmon in greaseproof paper or tin foil, skin side down and arrange sliced lemons with dill or even a few sprigs of rosemary on top. Cover lightly with the paper and bake at Gas Mark 6, 200°C or 180°C (fan oven) for about 25 minutes. A crowd pleaser in no time.

Add Some Spice

If you've kept some fresh salmon aside for Christmas, but would like something a little different, why not try mix it up with the some aromatic herbs and spices? We particularly like Clodagh McKenna's twenty minute ginger and soy salmon which also uses some fresh chillies for a bit of a kick; perfect for a warming winter meal.

This Indian Spiced Salmon recipe has lots of aromatic spices like coriander and cumin, which add the perfect blend and don't overwhelm the fish. 

For more Christmas fish food ideas, visit our Favourite International Christmas Fish Dishes blog.

About Nicky's Plaice

We're a family run business on the West Pier in the Dublin fishing village of Howth. Opened in 1961 by fisherman Nicky McLoughlin, we've now three generations of the family working together to bring you the best in fresh fish and seafood. Our award winning smoked salmon is smoked here on the West Pier in Howth in the last open fire fish smokehouse in Dublin.

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