Fish loaf with smoked salmon and basil

June 17, 2010  •  Category:


Prepared by charming Eva, this is the most ethereal fish pâté I have ever tasted;  the secret lies in the fact that she used only egg whites, and baked it in a water bath. It contains white fish and some smoked salmon for added color and taste along with fresh basil.


  • 2 pounds white fish in fillets
  • 1 white onion, chopped (can replace with one leek, white part only)
  • A handful of basil
  • 8 ounces of smoked salmon, chopped
  • salt, pepper, dash of paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups of whipping cream
  • 2 or 3 egg whites
  • 2 lemons, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of white wine (optional)
  • juice of 1 lemon

  1. Marinate the smoked salmon for 30 minutes in 1/4 cup of white wine and some pepper.
  2. Sauté the chopped onion in a skillet with a teaspoon of oil until golden. Cool. Chop the basil and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, place the fish fillets, sautéed onion or leek, lemon juice, salt, pepper and paprika, whipping cream and egg whites. Process for one or two minutes until the mixture is homogenous.
  4. Reserve 1/4 of that mixture. Place the rest in a bowl. Add the basil to the remaining mixture and process for 30 seconds.
  5. Grease or spray a loaf pan and place the lemon slices at the bottom overlapping. Add in spoonfuls about 1/2  of the white mixture. Add the basil mixture. Place the salmon on top. Cover with the remaining white mixture.
  6. Place the loaf pan in a bigger pan in which you will pour enough hot water to come up to 2 inches of the pan. Bake in a 350F oven for about 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the loaf comes out clean. Remove from the pan and cool a bit.
  7. Flip onto a serving platter, slice and serve.


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  1. Susan says:

    How visually appealing this is and the ingredients sound fresh and delicious! Thank you to you and Eva for sharing the recipe 🙂

  2. Suman Singh says:

    WOW..never seen anything like this before..looks fabulous..and thanks for stopping by at my blog and for your kind words…appreciated…

  3. Rosa says:

    A wonderful fish loaf! I bet it tastes divine!



  4. Cooking with Kait says:

    Thank you Eva for this wonderful recipe. It sounds so wonderful.

  5. Pamela says:

    I’m turning an addict to your blog, every recipe is exceptional and amazing, I cn’t wait to try this fish paté!

  6. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    I’ll have to try this. I love salmon of all kinds.

  7. tigerfish says:

    Almost look like a multi-grain sandwich!

  8. Faith says:

    This looks incredible. I bet the basil and lemon bring such a bright, refreshing flavor to it.

    I have to tell you — the other day I made shawarma for my hubby. He enjoyed it, but he said back home they make a certain kind of mayo and it’s got garlic (he really didn’t know anything more about it than that). I showed him the mayo recipe you posted recently and he got so excited — he said that’s the one! I’m making it for him this weekend. He loves your blog! 🙂

  9. Christine @ Fresh says:

    I’m really impressed with the versatility of Lebanese food and your cooking. I’m imagining how good this must taste.

  10. 5 Star Foodie says:

    What a gorgeous pate! It sounds incredibly delicious with white fish and smoked salmon and basil!

  11. Devaki says:

    Dear Joumana – This looks absolutely wonderful!!! I LOVE terrines and a fish one like this with basil is so very delicate and is absolutely mouth watering. My huby would absolutely dig the smoked salmon in it.

    You have inspired me to pull out my old fish terrine recipes from India. Thank You 🙂

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  12. citronetvanille says:

    Oh superbe cette terrine de saumon!, tu sais j’utilise exactement la même recette quand je fais de la terrine de poisson blanc :o) comme quoi…j’adore la terrine de poisson parsemée de fleur de sel, et servie avec un aïoli ou sauce au fromage blanc, hmmm ca me donne faim! je vois que tu t’amuses bien, profite!!

  13. Patty Price says:

    Hi, I love this light fish loaf recipe, such wonderful flavors, what a nice recipe to serve this summer, thanks for sharing!

  14. Anh says:

    This looks so wonderful! Love it!

  15. Ivy says:

    What a unique recipe. I know I would love this.

  16. Sushma Mallya says:

    Wow that looks very beautiful…just like a cake

  17. SYLVIA says:

    Joumana, this recipe is so elegant and different, perfect aphrodisiac appetizer, great for seafood enthusiasts.
    I love how the aroma of fresh basil permeates a kitchen, the smell that reminds you of summer. Thank you Eva,

  18. Cherine says:

    A perfect fish loaf. Looks so good!

  19. Priya says:

    Fabulous fish loaf,looksdelicious.

  20. Sue Stephens says:

    Gorgeous summer recipe – thanks Joumana!

  21. Sridevi says:

    Fish loaf looks delicious…

  22. Magdalena says:

    O, a lot of new recipes! I will read them in the evening, as now I have to take my husband to the airport (he has to come back to Paris for 2 weeks)

  23. Katerina says:

    Looks very elegant. I am sure it tastes great.

  24. Edda says:

    The taste of the freshness, the summer… 🙂 Love it!

  25. peanutts says:

    hello, your fish loaf caught my eye, very interesting recipe

  26. Samantha Angela says:

    This dish looks phenomenal. What a great summer recipe!

  27. gourmandelise says:

    Elle a l’ait excellente cette recette avec le saumon et le basilic!!

  28. peter says:

    You should be back from the beach by now, perhaps having a slice of this fish terrine and a salad? A very elegant offering, m’lady.

  29. Magdalena says:

    I love the fish pates and “terrines”. In Poland, there was a tradition (inspired by French cooking) to prepare them with soft water fish; I have in plans to make one soon. In France, they are forgotten a bit, too. Very nice recipe – I am sure I would love it 🙂

  30. TastyTrix says:

    I would really love to hang out with the delightful Eva and sample some of these foods, how lucky you are!

  31. 3hungrytummies says:

    I have never had fish pate before. It looks so much lighter and fresher too!

  32. Doc says:

    Oh Dear!!! Yet another recipe I must steal from you!!!

  33. Sophie says:

    Georgous food & it all looks so appetizing too!

    A grand fish paté terrine!

  34. A Canadian Foodie says:

    And who is Eva? I love your description. Ethereal, eh? Says the Canadian! I will definitley have to try this. YUM. AN dschool is almost over and I will have time to cook – and more fish is on the menu for the summer.
    🙂 Valerie

  35. Mimi says:

    Your description is fantastic. It looks so perfect for a light meal.

  36. Isabelle says:

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I will try to prepare it when I am back home.Thanks to Eva and you for sharing it.

  37. tom says:

    Doesn’t anyone here, cook? Not one taste critique.

  38. Lucy @ Salmon Recipes says:

    In case it is perhaps maybe not homade this really is a superb recipe and also also your sauce it’s not the same! I have been shifting the recipe in your home and made an Asian model having a hot broccoli slaw to consume top!

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