Fish Mousse Starter Recipe

Fish Mousse Starter Recipe

This delightful fish mousse starter recipe, or fish mousse appetizer, is simple to make and guaranteed to start your dinner off in style. A starter recipe, in case you’re across The Pond, is the same thing as an appetizer!

So if you want to learn how to make fish mousse, this is a great recipe to use because the mousse tastes fresh and flavorful without being too strong. Serve it with crackers or bread.

Why a Fish Mousse Appetizer is a Great Idea

Fish mousse goes nicely before any main course. This fish mousse starter recipe is made with smoked salmon but you can use any kind of fish – perhaps tuna, trout or something else. I like to use smoked fish but you can use unsmoked if you prefer or mix more than one variety in there.

This is a very basic recipe and it combines fish, cream, gelatin to make it set, a bit of dill and some lemon, so you can be creative.

Serve this delicious fish mousse starter recipe with some cream poured over it and a few sprigs of parsley. Another nice serving idea is to put the fish mousse into a piping bag and pipe it on to crackers or Melba toast for a fancier presentation.

How to Serve a Fish Mousse Starter Recipe

Fish mousse is versatile and you can serve it however you fancy. Offering a typically French charm, this recipe is something that will catch your dinner guests’ eyes. They probably won’t have sampled anything quite like this before.

Look at the ingredients list though and you will see you need very few ingredients to make an easy fish mousse.


Easy Fish Mousse Recipe

Simple to make yet exquisite in flavor, this fish mousse is great, offering a nice mouth-feel. The salmon is combined with cream, dill, lemon and parsley, for a simple, rustic and typically French result.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 17 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Starter
  • Cuisine: French


  • 300ml (1 1/4 cups) heavy whipping cream (35% fat) plus extra to serve
  • 1 teaspoon gelatin powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 75g (3 ounces) finely chopped smoked salmon, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  • Bunch of fresh parsley


  1. Mix 3 1/2 tablespoons of the whipping cream with the gelatin powder and lemon zest and let it stand for about 5 minutes.
  2. Heat the mixture in a pan over a low to moderate heat until the gelatin dissolves then leave it to stand until cool.
  3. Stir the dill and salmon into this mixture and whip the rest of the cream until it forms firm peaks. Fold 1/4 of it into the salmon, then add the rest.
  4. Cover and chill the salmon mousse until it is thick.
  5. It is best made the day before you serve it.
  6. Serve each portion with cream poured over it, a piece of smoked salmon on top and some fresh parsley.

This delicious fish mousse starter or fish mousse appetizer makes a stunning looking starter recipe, you will certainly agree. Fish mousse can be made with all kinds of fish and you can choose, although a smoked salmon mousse is something especially flavorful.

Consider mackerel, trout, salmon, haddock, monkfish and more. It is nice to use subtle-tasting fish when making fish mousse appetizer recipes. You can make a white fish mousse recipe, easy salmon mousse starter, smoked fish mousse, or fish mousseline recipe which is made using egg white instead of gelatin.

The overall flavor in a fish mousse appetizer should be a combination of the cream, lemon, dill and a mild fish taste, without anything being too overpowering. This fish mousse recipe is nice to serve before any meat, fish or poultry main course. You can also pipe the mousse on to crackers to serve at buffets.