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Salmon en Croute, garlic, Basil and lemon

Salmon En Croute (Salmon in Puff Pastry)

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


Salmon beautifully wrapped up in pastry and let to steam inside with aromatics such as garlic, lemon and basil. Perfect for entertaining! #easyentertaining #salmon #familydinners


  • 2 salmon fillets/steaks or  1 large fillet  (around 400g-500g/14~18 oz total)
  • 23 cloves of garlic (again, this depends on strength of garlic and personal taste)
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • a handful or two of fresh basil leaves
  • 100 ml (~3 oz) of cream
  • 1/23/4 tsp sea salt
  • a heavy sprinkling of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 large puff pastry sheet
  • 1 egg (beaten)


  1. Preheat oven to 220C/450F.
  2. In a food processor or blender, puree cream, garlic, lemon zest and basil until smooth.  Add a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper and salt to taste (1/2 tsp-3/4 tsp).  Set aside.
  3. Take out a sheet of puff pastry and let soften enough so that it can be folded in half without breaking.  Using a sharp knife make 2 in (5 cm) deep slits into the outer edges.  These slits should be 1 in (2 cm) apart.  When finished cutting into the pastry, unfold.
  4. Place half of the pesto in the center of the pastry sheet and make sure to spread it out lengthwise (try not to get any pesto on the slits as this will make folding it together messy).  Place salmon on top of the pesto and cover the tops with the remaining puree.
FOLDING: (See pictures down below)
  1. Starting from one end, take a side slit of pastry and fold downwards and across in a diagonal direction. Do the same with the opposite side slit until you reach halfway.
  2. From the other end, take a side slit of pastry and fold it upwards and across in a diagonal direction.  Do the same with the opposite side slit until you reach halfway.
  3. When all the pastry has been folded up and is wrapped around the salmon and pesto inside, gently brush the top with beaten egg.
  4. Place in an oven in the center rack and cook at 220 C/450 F for about 20-25 min.  I don’t recommend cooking the salmon for longer as it can very easily be overcooked and dry.  If you are having difficulty in getting that golden brown color on the puff pastry after 20 minutes, simply place it under the broiler for a minute or two to get color.


The key to getting that crispy pastry on the outside with a perfectly cooked salmon on the inside is temperature.  The oven should be hot and efficient in heating and the salmon should be kept cold.

  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: Fish, Salmon
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: British

Keywords: Salmon, salmon en croute, lemon, basil, baked, baking, fish

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