Gluten-free Starter: Salmon Tartare (French Recipe)

If you love sushi, you will love salmon tartare. Usually served as a starter in France, tartare au saumon is an easy recipe everyone is sure to love.
Gluten-free Starter: Salmon Tartare (French Recipe)
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If you enjoy sushi and sashimi, you will love salmon tartare. Known as tartare au saumon, the French recipe is gluten-free starter that features the delicate taste of fresh wild salmon with very little accompaniments, similar to the Japanese sushi. The word “tartare” is used to designate other raw and chopped dishes such as steak tartare, tuna, zucchini, etc.

Usually served as an appetizer or starter in France, the salmon tartare is very easy to prepare. And as long as you get your salmon from a reputed poissonerie (fish store), you know the dish is going to be delicious. (If you are not sure about eating raw salmon, you can also substitute in smoked salmon.)

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Frequently asked questions

What main dishes should you serve with a salmon tartare?


Since the tartare is quite light, you could serve a main dish such as potatoes au gratin, or a coq au vin. For dessert, why not a chocolate mousse and an Armagnac digestif?

What drinks should you serve?

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Since the taste of the fish is rather nuanced, you will want to avoid red wine with the tartare. A light chilled white, such as an Alsace Pinot Blanc or a Reisling will bring out the flavors of the salmon.

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salmon tartare recipe

Salmon Tartare Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A salmon tartare the whole family will love.


  • 450 g of fresh salmon fillets, boneless with skin removed
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of chives
  • 2 tablespoons of capers or chopped small pickles (cornichons)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 1 chopped avocado


  1. Cut the fresh salmon filet into thin slices lengthwise, and then crosswise into small cubes.
  2. In a bowl, combine the other ingredients for the flavoring (olive oil, juice of the lemon, salt, pepper, chives, capers, etc.)
  3. Mix the salmon, flavoring, and any optional ingredients together.
  4. Place a cookie cutter about 7.5 cm (3 in) in diameter on a plate and fill with tartare. (Alternatively, you can serve it in a glass.)
  5. Press the tartare with the back of a spoon to even the surface.
  6. Unmold gently. Repeat to form the other portions.
  7. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve when ready.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 25g

Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for informational purposes only.


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Gluten-free Starter: Salmon Tartare (French Recipe)

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