Salmon Mousse

By • May 12, 2010 12 Comments

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Author Notes: This is one of those "chain recipes" that made the rounds in my family one summer long ago. It came to me through my mother, who had gotten a copy from her mother. Actually, the recipe originated from my grandfather's secretary's sister, Helen! This is a very forgiving recipe and can be prepared either used fresh or canned salmon. I had a nice piece of wild salmon, so I poached and chilled it. Spring onions in the fridge replaced the small onion, and I was generous with the fresh dill. This is a great addition to a cocktail party buffet and makes an annual appearance at our neighborhood New Year's Eve party. Lizthechef

Serves 10-12 as an hors d'oeuvre

  • 14 ounces poached and chilled salmon
  • 1 cup canola oil mayo
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 package plain gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, preferably Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  1. Using a food processor, blend together the salmon, mayo, onion, dill and paprika. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water. Mix well and stir in the lemon juice. Add the gelatin mixture and cream to the processor. Blend. Pour mousse in oiled mold and refrigerate at least 8 hours. NOTE: I used a 5 cup ring mold.

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18 days ago Naomi Chudy

Thanks for this recipe. Only one problem. You say use a packet of Gelatin. It would be better to say one teaspoon say what weight the packet of Gelatin is. We get it in Zimbabwe but in various sizes.


over 4 years ago MyCommunalTable

I have never made anything like this, but it sounds great. I can see why you would go to it year round. Love it.


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, it took away my anxiety about dealing with gelatin - it is foolproof!


over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

If we DO end up having a holiday open house I will make this for sure!


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

It travels well too ...Sturdier than it looks!


over 5 years ago Maefly

professional looking pic!


almost 5 years ago Lizthechef

Just found your comment, six months later - thanks so much...Your Mom loved this recipe.


over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

Okay, I want an invite to one of your cocktail parties. YUM!


over 5 years ago Lizthechef

You are definitely on the "A" list ;) Thanks...


over 5 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Pretty Pretty! Love the pic - you and your camera have bonded, I see! I can't wait to serve this at a tea party I'm planning later this summer.


over 5 years ago Lizthechef

I hope the tea party will be in your beautiful garden...Thanks!


over 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

THAT looks gorgeous! And sounds delish! Gr8 job with the new camera.