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Enjoy healthy fish and chips this National Fish & Chip Day

Healthy fish and chips with John Ross Jr for National Fish and Chip Day

Healthy fish and chips with John Ross Jr for National Fish and Chip Day


It’s National Fish & Chip Day 2020 on 4thSeptember. And if you love fish and chips but hate the fact that it’s generally not the healthiest of dishes, then you’ll love this healthy fish and chipsrecipe. Not only that, but we’ve used fresh salmon to make it even healthier – and, let’s face it, tastier.

So, move over cod, hake and haddock. This year’s National Fish & Chip Day is all about fresh salmon – with chips, of course.

Healthy fish and chips recipe

Ingredients (serves 4)

For the fish and chips

  • Four John Ross salmon fillets(skin on)
  • Juice – and zest – of a lime
  • 1 x teaspoon of paprika
  • 3 x tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 x sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced equally
  • Lime wedges (to serve)

For the salsa

  • Handful of coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • ½ red onion (finely chopped)
  • ¼ cucumber (finely chopped)
  • Four finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 red chilli (finely chopped)
  • Handful of parsley (finely chopped)


Heat an oven to 190˚C and place the four salmon fillets in a roasting tray. In a small bowl – or cup – mix the lime zest, juice, paprika and olive oil, and brush the salmon with it. Season if you want to. Once the oven’s up to temperature, cook for 20 minutes.

Grab another roasting tin and add the sweet potato strips. Toss with oil and seasoning, and cook for around 15 minutes – so that it finishes cooking at the same time as the salmon.

Whilst they’re both cooking, mix together all the salsa ingredients. Then serve with the cooked salmon and chips.

But if that’s a little too healthy for you, then here’s a more traditional fish and chips recipe.

Battered salmon and chips

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • Four John Ross salmon fillets
  • 150g plain flour
  • 200ml lager
  • 750g potatoes – cut into chips
  • 1 x teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 x teaspoon sea salt
  • Sunflower oil (1 litre)
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • 1 x lemon (cut into quarters)


Combine the salt, baking powder and flour in a large bowl. Whisk in the lager until the batter’s smooth.

Boil the potatoes in a pan of hot water for approx. 10 minutes before draining and setting aside to dry. Then heat the oil in a pan and fry the potatoes until golden and remove with a slotted spoon – making sure you take care.

Then dip the salmon fillets in the batter and place in the hot oil and cook until the batter is cooked and golden.

Serve with salt and vinegar, a wedge of lemon and, if you’re going the whole way, some peas.

Will you be making salmon and chips as part of National Fish & Chip Day? If so, share your dish pictures with us via Facebook, Instagramand Twitter.

Smoked salmon and sourdough

Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs

Who’s been baking bread over recent months – during lockdown in particular? We certainly have. Although the one that’s just that little harder to prepare is sourdough, mainly as it requires a starter. However, as Sourdough Septemberis almost upon us, it’s a good excuse to share our favourite sourdough bread recipe, provide you with our favourite smoked salmon and sourdough bread recipe, and get baking.

Part one: the sourdough

This easy sourdough bread recipe from BBC Good Food is our favourite. Not only because it’s easy, but because it’s delicious, too.


For the starter

  • 100g strong white flour
  • 100g dark rye flour
  • 5 x 7g sachet of yeast (fast action)


For the main dough

  • 400g strong white flour
  • 5 x 7g sachet of yeast (fast action)


Place the starter ingredients in a bowl, add 250ml of cold water and mix together until the texture becomes spongy. Cover with Clingfilm and leave overnight at room temperature.

When ready, tip the dough ingredients into a new bowl, add one tablespoon of salt, 200ml cold water and then the starter. Combine all ingredients. Knead for 10 minutes – or until smooth – and then place in a clean, well-oiled bowl (so it doesn’t stick when you pull it out). Leave until its doubled in size.

Place on a work surface and shape into a round before placing on a piece of parchment paper, on a baking tray, and leaving to double in size once again. Whilst proving, heat an oven to 220C. When risen, place in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.  Transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool.


So, now you have the bread, let’s move onto the smoked salmon and sourdough bread recipe.


Part two: the smoked salmon recipe

Smoked salmon bruschetta on sourdough (serves 2)

  • 150g traditional smoked salmon (we recommend you buy smoked salmon in the 200g pack so you have some leftover)
  • 60g tomato salsa
  • 2 x tablespoons of crème fraiche
  • 1 x lemon
  • 2 x garlic cloves
  • 1 x shallot
  • 3 x ripe tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh herbs such as coriander and basil
  • Your freshly made sourdough bread



Quarter the tomato and dice into 5mm cubes. Dice the shallot and mince the garlic and fresh herbs. Mix everything together with lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Then add half a cup of olive oil. Mix further.

Slice your bread and brush each slice with oil before toasting in a pan. Mix four tablespoons of crème fraiche with the juice of quarter of a lemon.

When the bread’s toasted, spread the crème fraiche mixture on top onto each slice. Then add a large spoonful of salsa before adding a layer (or two) of smoked salmon slices on top. Garnish with any leftover herbs and enjoy.

Got any smoked salmon and sourdough recipes you’d like to share? If so, share them with us – and receive smoked salmon offers – via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Also, you can get involved with Sourdough September via social using #SourdoughSeptember.

Get your grill on this National BBQ Week

‘Barbi for Britain’ is this year’s mantra from the team at National BBQ Week, which takes place from 25 – 31 May. This year’s event will add extra sizzle by using its Biggest Backyard BBQ Bash to say ‘thank you’ to NHS and supermarket staff.


To help you prepare for the event (and let’s hope the good weather continues), here are two fantastic BBQ fish recipesdesigned for outdoor cooking. Afterall, aren’t we all a little tired of burgers and sausages?


But before we get to the food, here are three top tips for grilling fish on the BBQ:


  1. A clean grill = clean fish. Heat the grill for 10-15 minutes and scrape it clean before fish and flame make contact


  1. Handling/flipping fish on the BBQ is easy – but you need the tools at the ready. Get everything you need prior to placing the fish on the grill


  1. Leave the skin on. Not only can it taste delicious when crisp, but it also helps prevent the fish from breaking apart


Now, onto the recipes.


Barbeque Roasted Salmon


As a Scottish smoked salmon producer, you probably won’t be surprised to find that these are BBQ salmon recipes. And if you like our Kiln Roasted Salmon then you’ll love this.




4 x John Ross salmon fillets

100ml pineapple juice

2 x tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)

2 x tablespoons brown sugar

1 x tablespoon chilli powder

1 x teaspoon lemon rind

1 x teaspoon of cumin

½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

A generous pinch of salt




Take all the ingredients except the salmon and mix in a large bowl, forming a marinade. Once mixed, gently place the salmon fillets in there and spoon over the marinade. Leave for as long as possible – preferably overnight.


When ready to BBQ, heat the grill to around 200 degrees Celsius and brush oil over the surface you’ll be using to grill the salmon. When ready, place the fillets on the grill and cook each side four around 5 – 7 minutes.


Serve with salad.


Sticky BBQ salmon


This Jamie Oliver-inspired dish is delicious and can stretch to six people.




1 x side of John Ross fresh salmon

2 x lemongrass sticks

30g fresh coriander

5cm block of fresh ginger

4 x cloves garlic

4 x tablespoons of soy sauce

4 x tablespoons maple syrup (although Jamie uses honey)

2 x red chillies

4 x spring onions

2 x limes




Trim and smash up the lemongrass, finely chop the coriander and garlic, and peel and grate the ginger.  In a bowl, mix this with the soy sauce and then rub it over the John Ross salmon side. Leave to marinade as long as possible.


When marinated and ready to cook, heat the BBQ for 10 – 15 minutes. Before placing the salmon on the grill, brush the entire salmon with the honey. Cook skin side down, with the lid down, for around 10 – 15 minutes.


Whilst cooking, deseed the chillies and slice the spring onions. When the salmon’s cooked, place on a large plate and sprinkle with the chillies, onions and any excess coriander. Squeeze over the lime juice and serve with salad.


Got any BBQ fish recipes you’d like to share? If so, get in touch via our Facebook, Instagram or Twitterpages.

Could these be the best smoked salmon pancake recipes… ever?

Eggs and flour at the ready as Pancake Day (25 February) is only around the corner. And although we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Pancake Day doesn’t just have to be about a squirt of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar, or chopped bananas and syrup. No, Pancake Day is just another excuse to widen your smoked salmon pancake recipe repertoire and discover some delicious savoury pancake recipes.


So, in our bid to give sugary pancakes the elbow and savoury pancakes the credit they deserve, here are our two favourite Scottish smoked salmon pancake recipes for 2020.


  1. Pancakes with smoked salmon and shrimp


Serves 4


For the pancakes:


  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 x teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • ½ x teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 x egg
  • 115ml milk
  • ½ x teaspoon of butter


For the topping:


  • 200g John Ross smoked salmon (separated into 15 – 20 slices)
  • 100g Saint Agur cheese
  • 1 baby gem lettuce
  • 1 x lemon cut into four quarters
  • 25g brown shrimp
  • Red onion jam




Beat the egg in a cup and then sift the flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Combine the two until the batter becomes thick and creamy – but not too thick. Use the milk to thin. Mix well.


Grab a pan and heat with a splash of oil. When hot, drop four spoonfuls of the mixture onto the pan. You’ll know when to flip the pancakes, as bubbles will form. When cooked, place each of the four pancakes on separate plates.


First, add the smoked salmon, making sure that each pancake is covered in a generous helping. Rest a leaf of the baby gem lettuce on top of each before sharing the Saint Agur amongst each lettuce, adding a little red onion jam and brown shrimp. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper and serve with the lemon wedge.


  1. Smoked salmon pancakes with spinach and herbs


We first came across this one on the website of one of our customers – Waitrose. It sounded so good that we had to share it. However, as always, we’ve tried to give it a John Ross twist.


Serves 4



  • 100g plain flour
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 x medium eggs
  • 50g butter
  • 50g spinach
  • Handful of freshly chopped herbs including coriander, basil and parsley
  • 200g John Ross Traditional Smoked Salmon
  • 125g soft cheese
  • Spoonful of chopped chives (to serve)




In a food processer, blitz together the pancake batter ingredients, spinach and herbs.

Heat a large frying pan and pour in the batter. Flip and cook the other side. Place on a plate when cooked and repeat, with three new plates.


When cooked, spread the cream cheese on each pancake and place the smoked salmon on top. Sprinkle each one with chopped chives and roll, before cutting each pancake into ‘sushi slices’ and serving with cracked black pepper and a wedge of lemon.


Share your favourite pancake recipes with us via our Facebook page and Instagram – and have a very tasty Pancake Day from everyone at John Ross.

If you love smoked salmon…

… then you’ll love these Valentine’s Day smoked salmon recipes. Food is the language of love, after all.


But as a ‘starter’ – and before we reveal our top two Scottish smoked salmon recipes for Valentine’s Day – we’d like to share our news that we’ve just launched our smoked salmon for smoked salmon lovers pack in over 300 Waitrose stores around the UK.


Building on our recently rebranded Waitrose pack, which now features a striking white and gold foil block pack design with a blue, saltire-inspired* motif, we’ve added a Valentine’s Day label for a limited time only.


If you love smoked salmon then you’ll love our Valentine’s Day pack – available in Waitrose for a limited time only


The Valentine’s Day pack hits Waitrose shelves this week and will run until 15 February, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on a Valentine’s Day food competition that we’re planning on launching soon.


Right, then – onto the main course.


These two delicious smoked salmon recipes are guaranteed to get your partner’s heart racing. What’s more, they’re easy to make smoked salmon dishes, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time… well… enjoying Valentine’s Day.


Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl with brown rice and toppings (serves 2)


  • 2 x cups of brown rice / sushi rice
  • 1 x avocado
  • 2 x handful soy edamame beans
  • 2 x tbsp sushi ginger
  • 2 x tsp sesame seeds
  • 150g x John Ross smoked salmon




  1. Boil the brown rice according to the packet whilst in another pan boil the edamame beans until cooked.
  2. Place the rice in bowl and top with the avocado, edamame beans, ginger and smoked salmon.
  3. Layer the smoked salmon on top, sprinkle sesame seeds and serve with soy sauce


Smoked Salmon and Fresh Pea Pasta (serves 2)


  • 250g pasta
  • 100ml crème fraiche
  • ½ lemon juice and zest
  • 100g John Ross smoked salmon
  • 100g fresh peas
  • ½ handful of spinach
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook according to the packet, for the final minute add the fresh peas.


  1. Once the pasta and peas are cooked, drain and keep some of the cooking water.

Return to the pasta and peas to the pan and add the crème fraiche, peas, lemon juice and zest.


  1. Toss the pasta until well mixed, put the lid back on to keep the heat in and allow the spinach to wilt. Add the reserved cooking water, 1 tbsp at a time to thin the sauce if it becomes too thick.


  1. Finally, tear up the salmon and add to the pasta, season with salt and pepper and toss again.


*The Flag of Scotland, called The Saltire or Saint Andrew’s Cross, is a blue field with a white saltire. According to tradition, it represents Saint Andrew, who is supposed to have been crucified on a cross of that form (called a crux decussata) at Patras, Greece.

Buy Scottish smoked salmon and get baking this National Baking Week

It’s National Baking Week 2019 (14 – 20 October), which provides the perfect excuse for you to buy Scottish smoked salmon and try three of our favourite baked smoked salmon recipes.


And with the much-loved Great British Bake Off in full flow, could the timing be any better? Also, we should point out that National Baking Week pre-dates the nation’s favourite show by three years, when it was launched in 2007 to encourage people of all abilities to bake at home. Oh, and according to the organisers, baking doesn’t just result in delicious food, but also has other benefits including:


  • Stimulation of the senses
  • It’s a meditative process
  • A great channel for creativity
  • Giving people delicious food makes them happy


Now, when it comes to smoked salmon and baking, you might think that the two aren’t comfortable bedfellows. But dig a bit deeper and you’ll find a number of tasty – and often traditional – recipes that will make you view cooked smoked salmon in a different light.


Here are our top three baked salmon recipes for this year.


  1. Smoked salmon tart with dill and potato



 200g pack of John Ross Jr’s Traditional Scottish Smoked Salmon

300g of Shop-bought short crust pastry

2 x medium eggs

3 x tablespoons of chopped dill (plus a little extra for serving

Small pot of single cream

350g sliced new potatoes

Pinch of salt and pepper

The zest of one lime




Heat an oven to 190 degrees and grab a 28cm tart/flan tin. Roll out the pastry wide enough to line the tin, trim the edges and then line with baking paper before adding baking bins to flatten down. Place on a baking sheet before cooking for 8-10 minutes. Remove the beans and paper and then bake for five more minutes.


Boil the sliced potatoes until tender, then drain. Beat together the eggs, cream, dill, salt, pepper and lime zest. When the potatoes have cooled slightly, spread half into the pastry case and, in the gaps, add half the John Ross smoked salmon. Take half the beaten mixture and pour over the top, and then repeat the process.


Bake for 25 minutes until lightly golden and firm to touch. Serve when at room temperature with a sprinkle of dill.


  1. Smoked salmon and mature cheddar scones



100g John Ross Scottish Smoked Salmon, chopped into tiny pieces 

225 self-raising flour

100g of the strongest cheddar you can find – grated

150ml semi-skimmed milk

50g butter (salted)

150g soft cheese

1 x teaspoon baking powder


Heat an oven to 220 degrees. Mix the flour and baking powder together before rubbing in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in 75 per cent of the cheese and then add the milk, stirring until it becomes doughy. Then add the chopped smoked salmon pieces and stir once more.


Flour a surface and spread the dough out until it’s approximately 2cm thick before stamping out rounds of about 5cm in diameter. Make as many as you can (probably about 12) and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Brush with milk, sprinkle on any leftover cheese and bake for 10 minutes.


Place on a rack, leave to cool and enjoy whist warm.


Savoury Scottish smoked salmon and dill cake



 100g John Ross Scottish Smoked Salmon


½ cup of dill (finely chopped)

1 ½ cups of flour

½ cup of cheddar (grated)

½ cup of milk

1 x teaspoon of sugar

3 x tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 x tablespoon of baking powder

Salt and pepper to taste

3 x large eggs




Heat oven to 180 degrees. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and then add the oil and milk. When smooth, add the flour, baking powder, sugar, pepper and salt and mix until everything is nicely blended. Then add the Scottish smoked salmon, cheese and dill until combined.


Butter a loaf pan and pour in the mixture. Place in the over and cook for 45 minutes (or until cooked). Tip out onto a wire rack to cool before enjoying slightly warm.


For more smoked salmon ideas, inspiration and special offers visit our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Smoked salmon science

Smoked salmon science: five health benefits of eating smoked salmon

Yes, there is such a thing. Well, kind of. And before you stop reading this on the basis that you’re not interested in the science behind smoked salmon, look at the delicious images we’ve recently prepared.


Gorgeous, aren’t they.


So, now that we (hopefully) have your attention, let’s get down to business.


This week is National Obesity Week (14 – 20 January) – an awareness campaign that’s tapping into the nation’s inevitable post-Christmas health kick to raise awareness of the growing issues around obesity.


Now, for many people, January is a month when the brakes are applied, the indulgences reigned in and all things nice are given a wide berth in favour of diets and detoxes. As we all know, moderation is key, yet things tend to become a little black and white, all or nothing at the start of a New Year.


However, the good news with smoked salmon is that you can have your cake AND eat it. Why? Because it’s one indulgence that you can retain in January – and guilt free, too.


On to the science bit, then.


  1. D for Delicious


Or, rather, Vitamin D. Yes, smoked salmon is packed full of it, with an 85g portion of smoked salmon providing a staggering 97 per cent of your daily intake.


  1. The power of three


Omega-3, to be precise. Oily fish is well known for providing a rich source of this essential fatty acid, which helps you sleep, lowers blood pressure and boosts memory.


  1. Salute the selenium


Selenium is a powerful antioxidant – and one that that helps defend the body from chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. The good news is that smoked salmon is loaded with it.


  1. Bursting with B vitamins


Smoked salmon is jam-packed with B vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12. Could smoked salmon B any better?


  1. Packing potassium


Potassium is a mineral that helps to regulate the heartbeat and blood pressure, as well as help keep your muscles and digestive system in order. It’s also found in abundance in smoked salmon, too.


If these top 5 reasons to eat smoked salmon aren’t enough to inspire a healthy-but-tasty January, then visit our serving suggestions section or delve deeper into our blogs to find a selection of delicious – and healthy – smoked salmon recipes. Alternatively, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for offers and competitions.

Buy smoked salmon this Black Friday

There is no longer a day that isn’t reserved for some celebration (our last blog, which was a nod to ‘pomegranate month’, is probably a good example). However, one day that’s really starting to resonate is Black Friday – and why wouldn’t it, when it’s based on bagging bargains. And if you can’t beat them then you may as well join them, which is why we’re offering 25% OFF WHEN YOU BUY SMOKED SALMON PRODUCTS this Friday (23rd).

But there is a catch (pun intended) – although it’s a nice catch.

We would like to keep you updated with smoked salmon special offers, future competitions and recipes from John Ross Jr. In order for us to do that outside of Facebook and Instagram, we would need you to sign up to our newsletter on the homepage.

It’s not essential, as anybody with the code will benefit from our Black Friday food offer, however, in return for signing up we will keep you updated with news, special offers and competitions.

To benefit from 25% off enter the following code at checkout: 2ZU5FIBUZFQD

Thank you, from everyone at John Ross Jr – and happy shopping!

(Oh, and as it’s Black Friday, here’s a black-inspired fish recipe that we think you’ll enjoy, too.)


Black miso and sake cod

This is DELICIOUS. And our fresh cod provides an extra delicate texture, too.

Serves 2



2 x John Ross Jr fresh cod fillets

1/8 cup of Sake

1/8 cup of Mirin

2 x tablespoons of white miso paste

1.5 tablespoons sugar

In advance of making the dish – anywhere up to three days, in fact – prepare the miso

marinade and marinate the cod. To do this, you need to bring the sake and Mirin to the boil on a high heat. Then, once the alcohol has evaporated, turn down the heat, add the miso paste and stir until the miso has dissolved. Add the sugar, stirring all the time, so that the sugar doesn’t burn. Once everything has been dissolved, remove from the heat and leave to cool. Once room temperature, you can cover the cod fillets in the marinade and leave in a sealed bowl.

To cook preheat an oven to 190° Celsius. Grease a baking dish. Lightly fry the fillets in a pan on both sides for around three minutes each side. Then transfer the fillets to the baking dish and cook in the oven for five to ten minutes. Enjoy on its own or with wilted spinach.

Enjoy 25% off this Black Friday (23rd November) on all John Ross Jr products bought online

Enjoy 25% off this Black Friday (23rd November) on all John Ross Jr products bought online



Smoked salmon sandwich ideas

Open sandwiches with smoked salmon

Three delicious sandwich ideas for National Sandwich Day


It’s National Sandwich Day on Saturday 3 November. And if, like us, you love the traditional smoked salmon sandwich options (smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel; smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches) but are looking to widen your smoked salmon sandwich repertoire, then you’ll love these three interesting smoked salmon sandwich ideas.

Whilst National Sandwich Day was essentially created by a well known high street sandwich brand in order to sell more sandwiches, let’s take a little time to celebrate this much loved meal – but with a smoked salmon twist, of course.


Smoked salmon club sandwich

Serves 1


  • 3 x slices of the freshest bread you can find (brown or white)
  • 2 x tablespoons of Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 x tablespoon of Neufchatel cheese
  • 1 x teaspoon freshly chopped dill
  • 1 x pack of John Ross Jr’s Traditional Smoked Salmon
  • 3 x leaves of iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 x slices of a fresh, large tomato
  • 1/2 x teaspoon capers (chopped)
  • 1 x pinch of salt



Grab a bowl and mix together the yogurt, cheese, salt and the dill until thoroughly blended. Then toast the bread. Layer the mixture on each slice, add a third of the lettuce on top and then, on top of that, add a third of the smoked salmon. If you like capers, add a sprinkle here, too, before adding one slice of tomato. Repeat the process and stack on top. Use the last piece of toast as the lid. Cut into triangles and enjoy.

Smoked salmon sub (but not as you know it)

This bread-free option probably goes against the grain (no pun intended) and the spirit of National Sandwich Day, but it’s healthy and tasty – and not everyone loves bread.

Serves 1


  • 1 x cucumber
  • Heaped spoonful of cream cheese
  • Heaped spoonful of chopped red onion
  • Teaspoon of freshly chopped dill
  • 50g – 100g John Ross Jr Smoked Salmon (depending on the size of your cucumber!)



Peel the cucumber and lose the ends by cutting them off. Cut the cucumber in half – lengthways – and scoop out most of the cucumber’s inner flesh to make room for the filling. Mix the cheese, dill and onion in a bowl before spreading it on each side of the hollowed out cucumber. Lay as much smoked salmon as you can on one of the sides and then sandwich the smoked salmon in using the other half of the cucumber.


3. Smoked salmon sandwiches with curried almonds

This is without doubt the most interesting smoked salmon sandwich recipe we came across. And whilst we haven’t tried it, we couldn’t overlook a recipe that included the words ‘smoked salmon’ and ‘curried’ in the same sentence!

Serves 2


  • 1 x teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 4 x slices of fresh, wholemeal bread
  • 1/3 cup of sliced, unblanched almonds
  • ½ x teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 100g pack of John Ross Jr
  • 2 radishes, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, chopped into slices


Heat the oil in a pain, add the almonds and cook until golden. Coat the almonds in the curry powder and stir until well covered. Take off the heat and leave to cool. Once cool, stir in the yoghurt and season to taste. Spread the mixture over the bread, share the smoked salmon amongst the two sandwiches and top with the apple and radish. Serve when ready.

Do you have any interesting smoked salmon sandwich recipes you’d like to share with us? Share them via our or Facebook or Instagram pages and we’ll send you a 100g pack of our Scottish smoked salmon – for FREE.

Smoked salmon Halloween ideas

Smoked salmon recipes to get you in the mood for Halloween

Smoked salmon recipes to get you in the mood for Halloween


Halloween is upon us – but it doesn’t have to be all about pumpkins, chocolate and candy.


To help ensure that everyone benefits from this year’s celebrations (and not just those with a sweet tooth), we’ve pulled together our favourite fun Halloween recipes that are just as likely to impress your guests, as they are scare them!


Halloween smoked salmon sushi brain


Yes, you have read it correctly. And regardless of how unappealing it sounds, this step-by-step video will not fail to get you thinking about the possibilities for ‘grown ups’ when it comes to Halloween party food ideas.


The video, which is less than a minute long, can be viewed here.


Whilst there’s no quantity given for the smoked salmon, we would recommend that you purchase a 200g pack of our Traditional Smoked Salmon just to be on the safe side (and assuming that you’ll only be preparing one!).


Halloween sushi coffins


This is another creative crowd pleaser that looks fantastic and offers a fun take on traditional sushi. Thanks to netmums for this one, however to make it easier for you we’ve listed the ingredients and the ‘how to’ information below.


Serves 6




  • 125g sushi rice
  • 5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 x tablespoon sugar
  • 5 teaspoon of salt
  • Black sesame seeds
  • 1 x Nori sheet
  • 1 x 100g pack of John Ross smoked salmon




Wash and drain 125g of sushi rice with a sieve four times. When thoroughly rinsed, place in a pan, cover with water and boil for around 10 minutes, with the lid on, before turning off the heat and leaving to stand for 25 minutes – making sure that the lid is left on at all times.


Mix the vinegar, salt and sugar and then mix this into the rice once cooled. Shape the rice into mini coffins and leave to set in the fridge.


When ready to use, sprinkle a few spoonfuls of the seeds onto a plate of board and ‘dip’ the sides of the coffins into them. Take a piece of smoked salmon, around a mouthful in size or enough to cover the length of the coffin, and place on the top of the coffin. Repeat until all coffins are topped.


Finally, cut the shape of the lid of the coffin out of the nori sheet and loosely place on top.


Mackerel witches brooms


Despite the fact that this recipe, which we stumbled across on Fish is the Dish, is SO easy to make, it’s so visually effective and a great party food snack.


The concept is simple. For the broomsticks you use breadsticks, long batons of carrot and celery sticks. For the broom heads, you used flaked mackerel.







For the breadsticks, snap them into the desired ‘broom’ length. Then cut the vegetable brooms to the same size.


Flake the mackerel into pieces that are approximately a quarter of the length of the ‘brooms’.


Take a plate, and place small dollops of mash at various points on the plate. These form the ‘glue’ for the broom heads so make sure they’re not too big or not too small in relation to the sticks. Gently push the broom handles into each of the mounds of mash and then shape in a triangular shape, similar to the end of a witch’s broom.


Finally, take the smoked mackerel flakes and gently stick/lean them against the mash potato so that they resemble twigs.


Serve when ready.


We love the smoked salmon sushi brain. So much so, in fact, then anybody who makes one and shares an image of it with via our or Facebook or Instagram pages will be sent a 200g pack of our Scottish smoked salmon – for FREE.