Friday, March 17, 2023

Boxty with Smoked Salmon

 I used to participate in Fish Friday Foodies, but then my husband passed away and honestly, I just didn't feel 'it' anymore and basically stopped cooking and experimenting.  

Then Wendy said this was going to be the last Fish Friday Foodies, and I went, 'No! ', I'm finally starting to cook and experiment and play in the kitchen again, and I wanted to play this time.  I love Boxty's anyway and topped with Smoked Salmon, AMAZING!!!! especially with some Creme Fraiche on top.

Boxty with Smoked Salmon

So I did.   Years ago I was reading a book and they referenced Boxty's, which are an Irish potato dish.   The theme this month for the Fish Friday Foodies is Irish seafood dishes.   

So what do Irish Boxty cakes have to do with Fish?  Well, there are several recipes out there that include smoked fish inside the boxty's, but I'm just not that fond of including smoked fish inside a cooked recipe, so I searched and searched and finally found a reference to this dish.  Actually I found several references, you can see them here and here and here.

As many of you may know, I love my appetizers, so decided to make this as an appetizer cause I could, and I did.  You can however make the cakes a touch bigger, and serve them alongside a nice salad as a light lunch or dinner.  

Now for a fun ditty...

“Boxty on the griddle,

Boxty in the pan,

If you can't make boxty,

You'll never get a man.”

 Just had to throw that in there, cause it was cute.   

Now for one of the best parts of this recipe, you can use that little bit of mashed potatoes from dinner that you just can't bring yourself to throw away.    Many recipes call for adding grated fresh potatoes to leftover mashed, adding some flour, an egg, some milk.  

Come to think of it, I've been making these for years.  However, I usually just add everything together until it looks right, this time round I actually measured it out, just in case you want to do so as well.  

I gotta say this would have been a winner at one of our Tapas gatherings. Come to think of it, I think I need to do a Tapas Night again, and these would be perfect.  

I topped them with some smoked Salmon, my own homemade Créme Fräiche., some chopped chives from my garden and finely minced shallot.  

Dang, they were good.

Boxty with Smoked Salmon

Boxty with Smoked Salmon

Yield: 6-10
Author: Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 7 MinTotal time: 12 Min
This makes not only a great appetizer but also doubles as a light lunch or dinner with the addition of a salad.


  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • oil and butter for frying
  • Smoked Salmon slices
  • Créme Fräiche - homemade - link in post.- can use sour cream instead.
  • Chopped Chives
  • Finely chopped shallot
  • Fresh cracked pepper if desired


  1. Cook two of the russet potatoes and mash with the butter and cream. Set aside to cool.
  2. Grate the remaining two potatoes and sprinkle a little salt over them, then place the grated potatoes into either a double layer of paper towel or a clean cloth and wring the liquid out of them, set aside while you mix up the flour, egg, and milk in a small bowl. Add the cooled mashed potatoes to the bowl and mix well. Finally, add the grated potatoes and stir in. (the grated potatoes might have turned a pretty shade of pink, but don't worry, this is a normal enzymatic reaction, they're perfectly safe to eat.)
  3. In a pan, heat up some oil and butter. I use a small spoon to measure out the batter, but you can use a 1/4 cup measure as well. Spoon the batter into the pan much like making small pancakes. Cook until brown on the bottom and then flip over and finish cooking on the other side. To keep them warm, place in a 200-degree oven while finishing off the remainder.
  4. Top with a slice of smoked salmon, some Créme Fräiche, finely chopped shallot, and chives.


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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. I'm so glad you decided to join us for this final Fish Friday Foodies. Your recipe is perfect.

  2. So good to see you here! I love boxty and yours look perfect!

  3. It's so nice to hear that you're getting back into the kitchen again! I'm just sad we won't see any more Fish Friday recipes because this one looks delicious!


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