Saumon Fumé: A Christmas Classic from the Heart of Europe

December 19, 2023

The Saumon Fumé or Smoked Salmon is a dish that stands out in the Christmas traditions, especially beloved in the culinary landscape of Belgium. More than just a sumptuous meal, it represents a fusion of elegance and festive spirit, making it a cherished part of holiday dining.

The Tradition of Saumon Fumé at Christmas

This delicacy holds an esteemed place at the Christmas table. With its roots in France and a special place in Belgian hearts, Saumon Fumé is a symbol of the holiday season. It's not just about the rich flavors; it's about bringing people together, sharing joy, and adding a touch of sophistication to Christmas gatherings.

Why Is Saumon Fumé So Special?

The allure of Saumon Fumé lies in its careful preparation. The salmon undergoes a curing process with salt and sugar, followed by a slow smoking that enriches its flavor. This culinary technique enhances the salmon, making it a dish of refined taste and texture.

The Recipe: How to Prepare Saumon Fumé


  • 1 fresh salmon fillet, skin on
  • 100g coarse salt
  • 50g sugar
  • Aromatic herbs (dill, coriander, etc.)
  • Ground black pepper
  • Smoking wood (cedar, applewood, etc.)


  1. Curing the Salmon: Combine salt and sugar to coat the salmon fillet. Add herbs and pepper. Place in a container and refrigerate for 24-48 hours.
  2. Rinse and Dry: Wash off the cure under cold water and dry with paper towels.
  3. Smoking Process: Set up your grill or smoker. Smoke the salmon over your chosen wood at a low temperature (70-80°C) for 12-15 hours.
  4. Slicing and Serving: Let the smoked salmon cool, then slice thinly and serve.

Serving Suggestions

Saumon Fumé is wonderfully versatile:

  • Classic: With toast and lemon.
  • Luxurious: Paired with sour cream, capers, and red onion.
  • Festive: On canapés with dill and cream cheese.


Saumon Fumé is not just a dish; it's a sensory journey that captures the essence of Christmas. As you prepare this classic, you're embracing a storied tradition that will enhance your holiday table. InPlace is delighted to share this part of culinary heritage and wishes you a joyful and flavorful Christmas!

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