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Newcastle Potted Salmon

This recipe comes from The Geat British Kitchen web site and has been reproduced with the permission of The British Food Trust which runs the site.

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Potted salmon was very popular in the eighteenth century. There are a number of variations and this one comes from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


4 x 175g Salmon steaks (6 oz)
15g Ground mace and ground cloves well mixed
White pepper
50g Butter (2 oz)
Melted butter


  • Set the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4.
  • Wipe the salmon steaks and season with the spices and a little pepper.
  • Place in a well-buttered ovenproof dish and dot with butter. Cover with a lid or piece of foil and bake for 30 - 40 minutes, occasionally basting the steaks with the liquid.
  • Lift out the salmon steaks and allow to drain well. Allow to cool a little, then remove all skin and bones and flake the flesh finely.
  • Place in 4 - 6 ramekin dishes and press down well.
  • Spoon the melted butter over the fish to seal, and leave to set.
  • Serve well chilled, as a starter, with buttered crusty bread or toast.

Serves 4