This healthy, light Irish recipe from Chef Michael Gilligan is perfect for brunch, lunch, or dinner and is definitely a keeper!

A light and tasty quiche, this is truly scrumptious. The Irish smoked salmon quiche is a remarkable culinary creation that showcases the best of Irish flavors. 

This delectable recipe combines the smoothness of smoked salmon with the creaminess of eggs and the earthy aroma of herbs, resulting in a dish that is perfect for brunch, lunch, or even a light dinner. This recipe is sure to impress.

Give it a try, and let the Irish charm of this smoked salmon quiche transport your taste buds to new heights of culinary satisfaction. Enjoy!

Smoked salmon quiche recipe

Pastry Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup water

Quiche Ingredients:

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 ½ tbsp butter
  • 14 ounces chopped smoked salmon
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh chives
  • ½ clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh basil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • A dash of pepper


Combine all pastry ingredients in a food processor. Gather into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F).

Roll out the dough to fit a 24 cm (10") tart pan. Prick with a fork. Cover edges with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 160 degrees C (325 degrees F).

Saute onion until shiny in the butter. Stir in salmon, chives, garlic, and basil. Let it cool. Arrange the salmon mixture in the pre-baked tart shell. Whisk eggs with milk and cream, season with pepper, and pour in the tart shell.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until puffed and golden.

* Originally published in May 2014. Updated in June 2023.