Smoked salmon is always an essential for us! We’ve hunted down the very best varieties, plus a few delicious alternatives if you fancy trying something new.
1. BOOTHS BUCKS FIZZ SALMON, £6 FOR 100G FROM STORES NATIONWIDE
We love the look of this salmon, with its shimmering golden edges. Marinated in Champagne and Sicilian orange oil, it’s pure luxury! The extra flavours are present but not overpowering, letting the sweet fish flavour shine through.
2. BALLYHACK SMOKEHOUSE BEECH SMOKED SALMON, €37 (£32.67) PER KG BALLYHACKSMOKE HOUSE.COM
If you’re looking for something impressive for your Christmas breakfast, this is the salmon for you. Delicate, meaty and truly decadent. It comes unsliced too, so you can choose how thick you want it.
3. SMOKED GIGHA HALIBUT, PRICE VARIES FROM GIGHAHALIBUT.CO.UK OR SELFRIDGES
Wild halibut have been sustainably reared on the beautiful Scottish Isle of Gigha for some time now, and the farm’s smoked fish really is something special. Sweet, oaky and freshtasting, with wonderfully lean flesh.
4. CLEY SMOKEHOUSE SMOKED PRAWNS, £6.95 FOR 500G CLEYSMOKEHOUSE.COM
To create this wonderful speciality, succulent shell-on prawns are gently smoked over oak by the experts at Cley Smokehouse in Norfolk. The delicate prawns are really versatile too – we love them as a starter with bread and butter or on a seafood platter.
5. THE CORNISH FISHMONGER SMOKED SALMON, £11.50 FOR 250G THECORNISH FISHMONGER.CO.UK
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, versatile smoked salmon that will really impress your guests, this simply stunning product is the one. The flesh is melt-in-the-mouth tender and very moreish.
6. LAMBTON & JACKSON MALDON DEEP SMOKED SALMON, LAMBTONANDJACKSON.COM
What could be more tempting on your Boxing Day buffet than a whole side of perfectly smoked salmon? Rich, robust and boldly flavoured, it’s absolutely delicious and looks fantastic too.
7. INVERAWE SMOKED TROUT, £6.95 FOR 100G SMOKEDSALMON.CO.UK
Inverawe are renowned for their smoked trout, and for good reason! This meaty, clean-tasting fish makes a much lighter alternative to salmon. Fantastic in salads, piled on blinis or stirred through scrambled eggs.
8. UIG LODGE SMOKED SALMON, £20 FOR 230G UIGLODGE.CO.UK
Beautifully smooth and silky, with a deep, full-bodied smoke flavour, this really is a salmon for the connoisseurs. Rich, tender and perfectly smoked, it’s also a Great British Food Awards 2018 winner!