Recipe: Salmon Squares

This simple gourmet appetizer is perfect for holiday parties

Credit: Flickr/Markus Varha

Flickr/Markus Varha

These salmon squares are pan-fried and served with a simple garnish

For a simple gourmet appetizer perfect for any holiday party, try these easy-to-make pan-fried salmon squares


  • 2 lbs. whole fillet of wild B.C. salmon

  • 1/2 cup favourite dry rub

  • 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil for frying

  • 24 flat-sided mini bamboo forks (two-pronged)

  • 24 fresh cilantro (or chervil) leaves for garnish


  1. Place the salmon on your work surface.
  2. Trim the belly from the head end to the tail end in a straight line.
  3. Cut most of the tail end off and square the collar end. You should have a perfect rectangle. (You can always make a stir-fry with the leftover ends.)
  4. Slice into smaller squares or rectangles so that you end up with 24 pieces.
  5. Pat the non-skin sides with the rub. The longer the rub sits on the salmon, the better, but in a pinch, you don’t need to wait because the rub is flavourful enough.
  6. Heat grapeseed oil in a nonstick pan.
  7. Place salmon pieces in the pan skin-side down and fry until the pieces are just opaque in the middle.
  8. Remove from pan and place on a serving platter.
  9. Insert bamboo fork into the centre of each and garnish top with one whole cilantro leaf.

Makes 24.

Recipe courtesy Caren McSherry from the Gourmet Warehouse

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