Salmon en Croûte: A Delectable Delight Wrapped in Puff Pastry

Salmon en Croûte is an elegant and impressive dish that combines the delicate flavours of fresh salmon with the flaky goodness of puff pastry. This classic French recipe is perfect for special occasions or when you want to treat yourself to a gourmet meal at home. The salmon fillet is enveloped in a luscious blend of herbs, spinach, and a hint of lemon, all encased in a golden, crispy pastry shell. In this blog, we'll guide you through the steps of creating this culinary masterpiece.


  • 2 salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 1 sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper, ensuring both sides are evenly coated. Set aside.

  3. In a skillet, wilt the fresh spinach leaves over medium heat until they have just wilted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet to a size large enough to enclose the salmon fillets completely.

  5. Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard over the surface of the puff pastry sheet.

  6. Place half of the wilted spinach leaves in the centre of the puff pastry, forming a bed for one of the salmon fillets.

  7. Lay one salmon fillet on top of the spinach bed and sprinkle it with chopped fresh dill and lemon zest.

  8. Repeat the process for the second salmon fillet, using the remaining spinach, dill, and lemon zest.

  9. Gently fold the puff pastry over the salmon fillets, ensuring they are completely enclosed. Seal the edges by pressing them together with your fingers or using a fork.

  10. Transfer the salmon en croûte to the prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Brush the pastry with beaten egg wash, ensuring it's evenly coated.

  11. Using a sharp knife, make a few decorative slits on top of the pastry to allow steam to escape during baking.

  12. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.

  13. Remove the salmon en croûte from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute within the salmon.

  14. Slice the salmon en croûte into portions and serve warm. It pairs wonderfully with a side of roasted vegetables or a fresh green salad.

Salmon en Croûte is a culinary masterpiece that brings together the delicate flavours of salmon with the rich, flaky texture of puff pastry. With a simple yet sophisticated combination of ingredients, this dish is sure to impress your guests or make any occasion feel special. Follow the recipe above, and you'll create a beautiful and delicious salmon en croûte that will elevate your dining experience to new heights. Indulge in this gourmet delight and savour every bite. Bon appétit!

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