Marinated Smoked Salmon with Poppy Seeds

This is a lovely way to serve smoked salmon, Scandinavian style.

It’s very simple to do and brilliant as a sharing starter.


  • 1tbsp poppy seeds

    lightly toasted

  • 2 oranges

    zest of both, juice of one

  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • half tsp sesame oil
  • 300g smoked salmon
  • 85g radish

    trimmed and finely sliced

  • 3 spring onions

    finely sliced

  • rye or soda bread

    lightly toasted, to serve


  • 1.

    In a bowl, whisk together the poppy seeds, orange zest/juice, vinegar and oils with some black pepper and little salt, bearing in mind that smoked salmon is already quite salty.

  • 2.

    Carefully separate the slices of salmon, then put in a mixing bowl with most of the radishes and spring onions. Drizzle over the dressing and gently toss together lightly – using your hands is best. Let the salmon marinate for just 5-10 mins while you toast the bread – any longer and the vinegar will begin to 'cook' the fish

  • 3.

    Spread the salmon over a large plate or platter, pour over any dressing left in the bowl, then scatter over the reserved radishes and spring onions. Bring to the table with a few forks and the toasted bread cut into fingers and let everyone help themselves

With thanks to BBC Good Food for the idea

Preparation Time

15 minutes