A Delightful Brunch Treat: Irish Smoked Salmon Pancakes

n Elegant Brunch Delight with Rich, Smoky Flavors
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Are you ready to indulge in a dish that brings a touch of elegance to your table? Irish smoked salmon pancakes offer a perfect blend of rich, smoky flavors and creamy textures, ideal for a sophisticated brunch, a light lunch, or an impressive appetizer.

History of Smoked Salmon Pancakes

A Taste of Irish Heritage

Irish smoked salmon has a storied history, with roots tracing back to ancient preservation techniques used by the Celts. Smoking was a method to extend the shelf life of the salmon, a prized catch in Ireland’s abundant rivers. Over time, this technique evolved, and today, Irish smoked salmon is celebrated worldwide for its distinct flavor and quality. Combining it with pancakes, another traditional staple, creates a dish that is both comforting and gourmet.

Serving Suggestions

Perfect Pairings and Presentation

Serve your Irish smoked salmon pancakes with a fresh green salad or a medley of roasted vegetables to balance the rich flavors. For an added touch of elegance, garnish the plates with edible flowers or microgreens. A crisp white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc, complements this dish beautifully. For a non-alcoholic option, consider a sparkling water with a twist of lemon.

Storing Instructions

Keeping It Fresh

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where they will stay fresh for up to two days. If you wish to freeze them, place the pancakes and the topping in separate freezer-safe containers. The pancakes can be frozen for up to three months, while the topping should be consumed within one month.

Reheating Instructions

Enjoy It Again

To reheat the pancakes, preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the pancakes on a baking tray and cover with aluminum foil to prevent drying out. Warm them in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until heated through. For the topping, it’s best to prepare a fresh batch when you’re ready to enjoy your leftovers.


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A Delightful Brunch Treat: Irish Smoked Salmon Pancakes

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 15 mins Cook Time 20 mins Rest Time 5 mins Total Time 40 mins
Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 4 Calories: 320 kcal per serving
Best Season: Spring


Indulge in the exquisite flavors of Irish smoked salmon pancakes, a dish that combines the light and fluffy texture of chive-infused pancakes with the rich, smoky taste of premium smoked salmon. Each pancake is folded to elegantly encase the salmon, topped with a tangy and creamy mixture of crème fraîche, wholegrain mustard, and horseradish cream. Garnished with fresh chives and served with lemon wedges, this dish is perfect for a sophisticated brunch, a light lunch, or as a stunning appetizer. Enjoy the harmonious blend of savory and tangy notes that will surely impress your guests.


For the Pancakes:

For the Topping:


Prepare the Pancake Batter:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and milk together.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg and milk mixture. Stir until smooth and thick.
  4. Fold in the chopped chives and season with salt and pepper.

Cook the Pancakes:

  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and lightly grease with vegetable oil.
  2. Spoon a ladleful of the batter into the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter. Set the pancakes aside to cool slightly.

Prepare the Topping:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the crème fraîche, wholegrain mustard, and horseradish cream. Stir in the chopped chives and season with pepper.

Assemble the Dish:

  1. Place the pancakes on serving plates and fold them in half.
  2. Place thin slices of smoked salmon inside each folded pancake.
  3. Spoon a dollop of the crème fraîche mixture on top of each pancake.
  4. Garnish with extra chives and serve with lemon wedges on the side.
Nutrition Facts

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 320kcal
Calories from Fat 162kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 480mg20%
Potassium 200mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 25g9%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 15g30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


For best results, use high-quality smoked salmon. You can adjust the amount of horseradish cream to suit your taste—add more if you prefer a stronger kick. Fresh chives add a delightful flavor, but if they are not available, you can use finely chopped green onions as a substitute. Enjoy these pancakes fresh for the best texture and taste.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I make the pancake batter ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the pancake batter a few hours in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Just give it a good stir before cooking.

What can I use if I don't have crème fraîche?

If you don’t have crème fraîche, you can substitute it with sour cream or Greek yogurt for a similar creamy texture and tangy flavor.

Can I add other herbs to the pancake batter?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with other herbs such as dill, parsley, or even a touch of tarragon for a different flavor profile.

Is it possible to make this dish dairy-free?

To make this dish dairy-free, use a plant-based milk for the pancake batter and replace the crème fraîche with a dairy-free alternative, such as coconut yogurt or a vegan sour cream.

How do I prevent the pancakes from sticking to the pan?

Ensure your frying pan is non-stick and preheat it before adding the batter. Also, lightly grease the pan with vegetable oil before cooking each batch of pancakes.

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Fiona O'Sullivan is the passionate editor of Great Food Ireland, a popular blog dedicated to celebrating traditional Irish cuisine and culinary heritage. With a rich background in food writing and a deep love for Ireland's gastronomic culture, Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She curates authentic recipes, shares culinary stories, and explores the vibrant food scene across Ireland. Fiona's dedication to promoting Irish food traditions has made Great Food Ireland a beloved resource for food enthusiasts around the world.

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