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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Servings: 2
Calories: 318 kcal
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
  1. Slice the salmon into 6 pieces and place in s small dish.
  2. Add the salt and sugar, turning to coat each piece of salmon evenly.
  3. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In the morning, the salmon will be deep pink and very firm. Run under water to wash off the brine.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  6. Cook the potatoes until they are soft and can be pierced easily with a fork – about 10 minutes; Drain.
  7. Add half the salmon to a pint-sized canning jar and half the potatoes to a second jar.
  8. Add carrot, onion, and spices to each jar and top with a second layer of salmon or potatoes. Top with remaining vegetables and spices.
  9. Pour in olive oil enough to cover the ingredients.
  10. Add the vinegar to the jar with the potatoes.
  11. Cover both jars and refrigerate at least 6 hours.
  12. Serve with lemons and bread.
Recipe Notes

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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