Salmon Rillette on Crispy Rice Chips

By Justin Shoults + Melissa Lee

 

Over the years, I have tasted many of Justin’s delicious dishes (lucky me!). If you ask me which one is my favorite, I would say crudo. Crudo, which translates as “raw” in Italian, is just that: raw fish. Justin is the master of seafood. He gets the best quality seafood and dresses the crudo with EVOO, lemon, and Maldon sea salt. Or he jazzes it up with seasonal herbs and shaved veggies. He keeps it simple and highlights the very best that the sea has to offer. 

 

If you want to create a chef-y appetizer at home, you can’t miss this recipe. If deep frying sounds intimidating to you, forget about the crispy rice chips. You can thinly slice a French baguette, brush them with EVOO, and toast them. You will create a salmon rillette crostini. This is a versatile dish. Go East with fish sauce and rice wrappers or go West with crostinis. It’s up to you! 

 

While teaching Asian cooking classes at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, crispy spring egg rolls have been a fan favorite. There are different styles of spring rolls from various regions across Asia: Thai-style, Cantonese-style, and Vietnamese-style spring egg rolls come to mind. The fillings, condiments, and dipping sauces may vary, but they are all wrapped in wheat wrappers and deep-fried. Deep-fried egg spring rolls are popular because of the crispy texture. Inspired by dips and chips, Justin created deconstructed spring roll chips by using Vietnamese rice paper rolls.  

 

Vietnamese rice paper rolls are also extremely popular in the United States. You have probably seen them in ready-to-eat food packages at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, or Wegmans. In the States, these rolls are called by several different English names, including “salad roll,” “spring roll,” and “summer roll.” It’s confusing. Spring or summer? 

 

The name “summer roll” was popularized by Vietnamese American restaurants for easier marketing and as a seasonal play on the term “spring roll.” But many Vietnamese American restaurants still use “spring roll” as the English translation. As William Shakespeare wrote in Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” You can call this dish salmon rillette on a crispy spring roll or summer roll. We promise it will taste delicious by any other name (such as crispy rice chips!).

 

Prep Time: 25 Minutes   

Cook Time: 5 Minutes 

Feeds 4 People for a Snack 

 

List of the tools and special equipment

Cutlery 
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife
  • Microplane grater
Bakeware
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Medium mixing bowl 
Cookware
  • Small pot
  • High sided large pot 
Hand Tools/Gadgets
  • Spoons
  • Plates   
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber spatula 
  • Whisk
  • Tongs
  • Instant-read thermometer

 

Ingredients

 

Salmon Rillette:

8 oz. fillet of Atlantic farm-raised salmon 

½ onion peeled and sliced  

2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 

1 cup white wine 

4 cups water 

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 

1 tablespoon salt 

2 tablespoons cream cheese (room temperature) 

4 tablespoons butter (room temperature) 

1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar 

½ teaspoon fish sauce 

1  ½” piece of ginger, peeled and grated 

A pinch cayenne pepper 

1 teaspoon dill, sliced 

¼ cup scallions, sliced  

 

Crispy Rice Chips:

4 sheets of Vietnamese spring roll wrappers with sesame seeds 

4 cups canola oil, or other high smoking point oil 

salt 

white pepper

 

Directions

To Make the Rillettes:

  1. Let butter and cream cheese sit out at room temperature.
  2. Place the piece of salmon on a plate. Season on all sides with a light layer of salt. Let the salmon sit to absorb the salt while you make the poaching liquid. 
  3. In a small pot, add the onion, garlic, wine, water, 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of salt. Bring this liquid to a boil and shut off immediately. Allow the liquid to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes. 
  4. Bring the water and wine stock back up to a boil and turn off the heat. Add in the piece of seasoned salmon. Poach the salmon with the heat off for about 5–7 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon. Remove the salmon from the liquid and place on a plate lined with a paper towel. The salmon should be nicely cooked through and flake easily. Allow the salmon to cool. 
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and butter. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. Add in a teaspoon of rice wine vinegar, the fish sauce, grated ginger, a pinch of cayenne, a pinch of salt, and the dill and scallion. Mix well. 
  6. Flake the cooled salmon into a medium bowl with the seasoned cream cheese. Gently fold in the flaked salmon until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. 
  7. Serve immediately or chill the rillettes in the refrigerator until ready to eat. You should pull the rillettes out for 15 minutes to temper before serving. 

 

To Make Crispy Rice Chips:

  1. Place the canola oil in a high sided pot that has at least 4 inches above the oil line. Place on medium-high heat. 
  2. Bring the oil up to 350F. 
  3. Break the Vietnamese spring roll wrappers in half. Using a pair of tongs, gently place the wrappers into the 350F oil. Using the tongs, press them to the bottom of the pot. They will expand and float but keep pressing down until the bubbles subside. 
  4. Once the bubbles have subsided and the wrappers are bubbly everywhere, pull the cracker out onto a plate lined with paper towels. Season immediately with salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

 

To Assemble:

  1. Break the crispy rice cracker into 2 bite pieces. 
  2. Take the tempered salmon rillettes and spoon about 1 tablespoon on each cracker. 
  3. Top with sliced scallions and serve immediately. 

 

Storage Tips

The rillettes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days. The rice crackers are best done fresh but can be made early in the day, cooled, and placed in a container with an airtight lid. 

 

Chef’s Tips

If salmon is not available, you could do the same method with any flaky white fish such as cod, hake, or haddock. You could also serve this dish as “DIY salmon rillettes and chips.” Simply place the salmon rillettes in a nice glass jar and serve on a platter with the rice crackers on the side for people to build their own. 

 

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Here are the Amazon affiliate links for you to order the ingredients and tools to create this delicious dish.

 

Cutlery

Epicurean Gourmet Series Cutting Board, 17.5-Inch by 13-Inch, Natural/Slate

Miyabi 34313-213 Fusion Morimoto Edition Chef’s Knife, 8-inch, Black w/Red Accent/Stainless Steel

 

Electrics

Breville BDF500XL Smart Fryer

 

Cookware

Le Creuset LS2518-1617 Signature Enameled Cast Iron Saucepan, 1-3/4-Quart, Caribbean

 

 

Bakeware

OXO Good Grips Measuring Cups and Spoons Set, Stainless Steel

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup Set (3-Piece, Microwave and Oven Safe)

OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set

 

 

Hand Tools/Gedgets

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -58℉~1022℉ (-50℃~550℃), Yellow and Black

by Etekcity

Lavatools Javelin PRO Duo Ambidextrous Backlit Professional Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Kitchen, Food Cooking, Grill, BBQ, Smoker, Candy, Home Brewing, Coffee, and Oil Deep Frying

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic 3-1/2-inch Ceramic Grater

Microplane 46720 Premium Classic Series Zester Grater, 18/8, Green

OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Whisk

Le Creuset JS410-17 Craft Series Medium Spatula, 11 1/8″ x 2 1/4″, Caribbean

Helen’s Asian Kitchen Stainless Steel Mesh Spider Food Dumpling Noodle Strainer, 7-Inch Strainer Basket

OXO Good Grips 16″ Tongs Stainless Kitchen Tool

 

 

Food

 

Three Crabs Brand Fish Sauce, 24-Ounce Bottle

 

 

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