Blinis Russian Pancakes With Smoked Salmon

Next Tuesday is Pancake day, and instead of preparing pancakes with Maple Syrup, I am making Russian Pancakes with smoked salmon and homemade aioli, a mayonnaise flavoured with garlic.

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Russian pancakes are called Blinis and here in France you can find them already made at the Supermarkets in the seafood section.

They are slightly thicker than pancakes and can be regular size or small, like a bite-size, very practical for buffets. 

Blinis are usually served with seafood or caviar, our favourite is smoked salmon and aioli.

They are delicious also with shrimps, crab meat, smoked mackerel.

To season it you can use sour cream, mayonnaise, aioli or salsa tartar.

If you don't have time, you can buy blinis and sauces and assemble them just before serving them.

But since the 14th is also St Valentine we are in the spirit of celebration, so I decided to make them at home, Russian Pancakes as well as the Aioli.

It is not difficult and fresh blinis taste so much better.

To complement the goodness, make sure you buy a good quality smokes salmon, of course, we buy Irish.

Blini with smoked salmon

Cook the blini on a hot griddle

Don't be surprised if I tell you that to make the Russian Pancakes I use the same recipe as the American Pancakes.

Yes, the very same and they are perfect.

To make the aioli, I use the recipe for my homemade mayonnaise and just add half garlic clove at the end.

If you never made homemade mayonnaise before, check out my article and you will find all the hints and tips to make a perfect homemade mayonnaise.

If you are hosting a dinner party you can serve small Russian Pancakes as an aperitive.

A more refined version of the usual crackers and so many ways to serve them. 

Besides seafood, you can find in my next article 4 savory pancake ideas for a dinner party.

4 Blinis Toppings For a Dinner Party

To make the blinis and the aioli I use my Braun hand mixer and this is my affiliate link.

If you want to read my review, you can check the post: Braun Blender

I hope you will try this Russian Pancakes with Smoked Salmon, either for pancake day or for St Valentine.

Blinis Russian Pancakes With Smoked Salmon

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Blini Russian Pancake with Salmon

Blini Russian Pancake with Salmon
Prep Time
15 mins

Cook Time
15 mins

Total Time
30 mins


Blinis are usually served with seafood or caviar, our favourite is smoked salmon and aioli. They are delicious also with shrimps, crab meat, smoked mackerel. To season it you can use sour cream, mayonnaise, aioli or salsa tartar. You can make regular size or bite-size for large dinner parties



Servings: 8 people
Calories: 202 kcal

For the blinis
  • 200
    type 00 optional Pain multi-céréales
  • 300
  • 1
  • 2
    melted butter
  • 1/2
    Baking Powder 1 tsp
  • 1
  • 2
    light oil for griddle
    (safflower or canola oil)
For the aioli
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 1
    Dijon mustard
  • 150
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1
  • salt pepper
  • 200
    Smoked salmon
    good quality
  • 1
    lemon zest

Make the blinis
  1. Blend all the ingredients for the pancakes with an electrical blender.

    American homemade pancakes
  2. Put a heavy-based frying pan or an iron griddle over high/medium heat and wait until it is warm before cooking the pancakes
  3. Pour the oil into a small cup and with the use of a brush grease lightly the pan
    American homemade pancakes
  4. Pour the batter over the hot griddle making pancakes with 10 or 5 cm in diameter depending on your needs.
    American homemade pancakes
  5. Once you see bubbles appearing through the batter, turn the pancakes on the other side.
    American homemade pancakes
  6. When the pancakes are done and you removed them from the pan, brush the pan with oil again before pouring more pancakes to cook
    Cook the blini
Make the Aioli
  1. All ingredients should be at room temperature
  2. In a bowl whisk the egg with salt, pepper and the mustard. 
  3. Very slowly add the vegetable oil, in a thin but continuous flow.
  4. Add the lemon juice or the vinegar with the garlic at the end

  5. Keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days
Assemble the Blinis
  1. Arrange the blinis on a tray
  2. First, lay a slice of salmon then add a tsp of mayonnaise

    Assemble Blini with smoked salmon
  3. Add a swirl of lemon zest on top

    Blini Russian Pancake with Salmon

Recipe Notes

Calories 202 calories per serving
Fat 9 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 19 gr per serving
Proteins 9 gr per serving
Sugar 2 gr per serving
Sodium 321 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

  8 comments for “Blinis Russian Pancakes With Smoked Salmon

  1. 9th February 2018 at 8:41 am

    They sound really delicious, I always fail to remember pancake day and usually get the nod when folk come home from work and tell me on facebook that it is pancake day and they have had their pancakes… Now I am forewarned and am planning some pancakes on Tuesday.

    BTW these look so very good!

    • Laura
      9th February 2018 at 9:55 am

      Thank you Brian, I am sure your wife would love those either for Valentine or pancake day.

  2. 9th February 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I do a w bi-weekly Sunday brunch and this would be perfect on a brunch table! I love it!!!

    • Laura
      10th February 2018 at 9:18 am

      That is a great idea and I am sure you have a nice cocktail to serve them with.

  3. 9th February 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Blinis are so good and I love them with caviar and any seafood, we actually buy them in France every time we come. There are certain things we always get when we come to France like cheese, fois gras and blinis without a fail.
    I always said I’m going to make my own but this time, that’s it, I know I’m gonna give them a go. Thank you for sharing Laura. Merci beaucoup!

    • Laura
      10th February 2018 at 9:17 am

      Thank you Ramona. Already made blini are very handy to have and if you are very busy it is a good solution. If you make them yourselve you will have more space to buy more cheese or fois grass next time you are in France

      • 10th February 2018 at 6:33 pm

        Ha ha – good thinking Laura! Taken on board. Definitely will make my own now 😉

        • Laura
          11th February 2018 at 7:45 am

          I convinced you I guess

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