Salmon and Roe Appetizer


Pure and simple

Pure and simple

One day a year the Netherlands turn into an Orange on steroids, we call it Queensday. That is until today we called it that: this will be the last Queensday for at least a few decades with a new king taking the throne.

Queensday is not so much a celebration of the queen as an excuse for a great party: when I was a kid it was all about selling old junk on your doorstep. Then it became about joining the thousands of people on the streets of Amsterdam drinking way too many luke warm cans of beer. Nowadays the perfect Queensday is sitting at a friend’s window looking out on the mayhem, enjoying  a lovely glass of wine.

The food that I associate with Queensday has also changed over the years: First I remember eating half of the cake I was trying to sell by slice. Then there were years of greasy shawarmas, French fries and burgers. And now I am nibbling on a few delicacies that have nothing more in common with Queensday than that they are ….orange.

These salmon bites take no effort to put together and make a great appetizer for any celebration.

Small tip: as only part of the salmon filet is thick enough to cut it into beautiful even cubes, have another recipe handy for the remaining salmon. Have some Salmon Burgers for lunch, for example.


a piece of thick sashimi quality salmon
Fish roe ( I used orange for the occasion, but black roe gives a very sticking effect as well)
Spring Onions



  1. Cut the salmon into even cubes.
  2. Place salmon onto serving dishes.
  3. Top each piece with a dollop of roe.
  4. Cut the green parts of the spring onion into oval slices.
  5. Top each cube with a few onion slices.


Tips & Variations

You could prepare the fish in a soy sauce marinade for an Asian twist

Serve with

  • Bubbles 😉

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    • afracooking said:

      I so agree – amazing how something so pure and simple can taste so mind-blowingly delicious!

  1. Liz said:

    You know a nephew of mine actually attended the Royal Wedding of King Willem-Allexander before he became King of course, I have never really asked him how he got involved-I haven’t seen my nephew for some years now, we are all scattered everywhere. I am really curious, where do you live?? I ate a lot of shawarmas in the Netherlands and I spent one new years eve there and we made a lot of oliebollen, I ate so much my stomach was aching. I always buy a big box of Stroopwafels and some Speculaas when I pass through Schiphol airport. I have fond memories because I have some really good friends there. You make me miss them.

    • afracooking said:

      A nephew here in the Netherlands ….and you have been here often enough to know all the local foods……I have become really curious! Do you have a mail address? You can reach me at

      • Liz said:

        My nephew is a globe trotter, the last time I heard of him he was in Ghana, doing some business there, but I haven’t talked to him in a while. I can be reached on Thanks for liking my soup. I got so lost in the Queensday narration I forgot to commend you on the starter. It looks like one I would find in a five star restaurant. I do love your pretty little photos too. They are unique and well thought of.

      • afracooking said:

        Thank you for your lovely compliments! Really so wonderful to read!! I have a few busy days ahead of me, but will certainly drop you a line via email soon!
        Thanks for stopping by – always love reading your comments!

  2. ciao! thanks…simply a delicious recipe. you are right; just the best for any celebration. will it be kingsday next year?

    • afracooking said:

      I guess that is the new name I need to get used to 😦 it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you – as much as I love to travel it really is nice to be home again…..and prepare for the next trip 😉

  3. Karen said:

    Until this year, I would not have known about all the orange and Queensday until I saw it on TV. Will there still be a special day for your Queen and a new celebration day for your King?

    • afracooking said:

      The tradition will continue – just a sligthly different date and a different name. The former queen is probably quite happy to be able to take a step back into a more private life.

  4. There is no food in this world that I love more than raw salmon. It’s truly heaven. Beautiful post and photos!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you so much for your lovely compliment! It really is nice to hear!

  5. Raw salmon is amazing, and this looks divine!

    • afracooking said:

      The beautiful thing about this dish is that it is so pure – the salmon totally comes into its own right

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