French Fridays with Dorie: Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar

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Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar

Well this was a nice change.

The last few Dorie projects were, for the lack of better words, easy. Not that this was hard – not at all – but it took time to prepare. In fact, these jars filled with salmon and potatoes took an entire 24 hours to come together.

Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar

Was it worth the wait?

Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar


Packed in a jar with carrots, onions, and some herbs and spices, the fish and the potatoes resulted in a finger-licking type-of-a-dinner.

Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar

One thing I have to admit is that I chickened out. I could not serve the fish without roasting it first. Cured meat of any other type is fine, but fish, well, it’s just too fishy for me. 🙂 

Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar


French Fridays with Dorie: Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar

8 8 8
WW Freestyle: 8
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2
Calories: 318
Author: Katerina | Diethood


  • 1/2 pound salmon fillet , skinned
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 pound small yellow potatoes
  • 20 coriander seeds
  • 20 peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves , halved
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 small carrot , peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion , thinly sliced
  • olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • Lemon wedges and crusty bread , for serving


  • Slice the salmon into 6 pieces and place in s small dish.
  • Add the salt and sugar, turning to coat each piece of salmon evenly.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  • In the morning, the salmon will be deep pink and very firm. Run under water to wash off the brine.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the potatoes until they are soft and can be pierced easily with a fork – about 10 minutes; Drain.
  • Add half the salmon to a pint-sized canning jar and half the potatoes to a second jar.
  • Add carrot, onion, and spices to each jar and top with a second layer of salmon or potatoes. Top with remaining vegetables and spices.
  • Pour in olive oil enough to cover the ingredients.
  • Add the vinegar to the jar with the potatoes.
  • Cover both jars and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
  • Serve with lemons and bread.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 8
Nutrition Facts
French Fridays with Dorie: Salmon and Potatoes in a Jar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 7064mg294%
Potassium 1328mg38%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 5140IU103%
Vitamin C 20.9mg25%
Calcium 141mg14%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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27 Responses
  1. Irena

    Salmon it is…..great looking dish:)

  2. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    i’m the same way when serving fish. i need to bake it first or its too fishy! i never heard of curing potatoes and carrots. that is so new for me…~~~

  3. Adriana

    The roasted salmon must have been delicious after that delicious, if oily bath! What a great post, Kate. It almost makes me wish I hadn’t ‘outsourced’ this one.

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I really admire of food bloggers who’s doing this French Fridays with Dorie. I nearly can challenge myself thinking that I can do this. Your dish looks beautiful and I just finished reading about composition of photos and noticed you have great composition of food…. =) Sorry I was distracted a bit analyzing food styling as well. But anyway you have great styling and food on the table!

  5. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    Looking at your pictures first, I thought you tried the roasted option. But then I read your post and had a good giggle. It’s funny the things we do when we’re unsure about eating something, isn’t it? In any case, your dish looks great!

  6. Kristy

    I’m with you – I would have cooked the fish too. What a great idea to marinate the salmon and potatoes in a jar with all the trimmings. I bet that was super moist and flavorful!

  7. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I probably would have chickened out too. In fact, I don’t know that I could have used salmon (not a fan). But, it is an extraordinary looking dish. I have the book and every time I see a recipe that’s been made, I think I really need to get cracking on some of those dishes. This one looks beautiful.

  8. Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    This sounds so interesting! I love salmon and think it goes perfectly with potatoes. It looks so perfect and tender!

  9. Lindsey@Lindselicious

    Oh I am so curious now to know how this all works. I really need to get off my butt and get that book! Great job Kate!

  10. one expat's life

    Looks great, I was wondering if anyone would try the roast version. I’m not usually a fan of cured fish either but found this one to be fairly mild. Happy to hear that you enjoyed it.

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