Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Salmon tea sandwiches are super with afternoon tea. I love both smoked salmon and poached equally. I couldn't choose between them, so I've given both recipes here.

I love plain smoked salmon, with a little lemon - but gravadlax is just that bit more special. You can buy gravadlax at the deli counter of most supermarkets. It is salmon that has been cured with salt and sugar and flavoured with dill. This is perfection to me....

Poached salmon sandwiches are so moist and delicious. I poach my own salmon, or sometimes I bake it in foil with some water or lemon juice. It stays wonderfully moist that way. It's not hard to do, and it tastes infinitely better than salmon from the deli counter.

If you do poach your own salmon, there are some wonderful flavours that you can choose to go with it. Poached salmon actually tastes wonderful with smoked salmon and lemon juice with a little freshly milled pepper and a sprinkle of dill or chives.

Or you could try poached salmon with sorrel, black pepper and a little dijon mustard on buttered bread.

However, sometimes, I just use left overs from frying or grilling salmon the night before. In this case, I often add lemon and mayonnaise.

Smoked salmon tea sandwiches are particularly pretty, I think. The colour is lovely. Also, they are very quick and easy to make, which is important if you are making lots of sandwiches for afternoon tea.

Quite a few of my favourite recipes for tea sandwiches have got mayonnaise in them. It's nice to have some of them that are not overly creamy.

Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Makes four small tea sandwiches

2 slices of smoked salmon or
2 slices brown bread
Soft butter
Fresh ground black pepper

  • Butter both slices of bread.

  • Lay the smoked salmon on one of the slices. You need to be reasonably generous. Two layers is good, or folding over the slice to make folds is pretty.

  • Squeeze a little lemon over the salmon, and grind over a sprinkling of black pepper.

  • Put the second slice of bread on top. Press down gently, and trim the crusts away using a serrated or very sharp knife.

  • Cut the sandwich into fingers, squares or triangles.

This simple White Porcelain 12 inch by 6 inch Sandwich Platter from Amazon would be lovely to serve salmon sandwiches.

Poached Salmon Tea Sandwiches

Makes 4 small sandwiches

Poached or baked salmon
4 slices of bread
Soft butter
Mayonnaise (optional)
Black pepper

  • Lay out 2 slices of bread, and butter each slice.

  • Spread mayonnaise on one of the slices. Lemon mayonnaise is a good choice with the sorrel.

  • Place the salmon on one side of bread.

  • Lay the sorrel leaves on top of the salmon and grind a little black pepper over it.

  • Lay the other slice of bread over the top and press down lightly. Cut off the crusts with a very sharp knife, and cut the sandwich into four fingers, squares or triangles.

Poached Salmon

This recipe is enough to serve two people for a supper dish, and leave enough over for making tea sandwiches the next day.

1lb salmon fillet
White wine vinegar
1 tsp salt

  • Measure 3 inches of water into a wide-rimmed saucepan.

  • Add the salt and 3 tablespoons wine vinegar for every quart of water.

  • Bring to a boil.

  • Add the salmon. Bring the water to a low simmer and cook for 6 or 7 minutes. The fish should feel slightly springy and the flesh will be translucent. It's important not to overdo salmon, but if you do, rest easy that it still tastes lovely in sandwiches, especially with lemon mayonnaise.

  • Remove the salmon from the pan with a slotted spatula. Put it on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the liquid.

Serve with

I love to serve smoked salmon sandwiches with cucumber sandwiches and egg mayonnaise sandwiches. It's a delicious combination for a gently flavoured afternoon tea. Try serving this combination with lemon scones, delicate Melting Moment cookies and vanilla cupcakes for a very pretty afternoon tea layout.

I would serve this combination with Lapsang Souchong or Mint tea.

Or you could try poached salmon sandwiches with more robust choices, such as ham sandwiches, cheese and pickles sandwiches and watercress sandwiches served with dark chocolate cupcakes, hot buttered pikelets and buttermilk scones for a filling winter afternoon feast. I would serve this combination with English Breakfast or Rooibos.

If you loved these Salmon Tea Sandwiches, you might also like
our Roast Beef Sandwich recipe.