This delicious recipe calls for much fewer ingredients than you might imagine, making it ideal for beginners to make this easy fish recipes who want to make something simple yet delectable. The salmon, spinach and layers of crisp pastry combine to make this mouthwatering dish. Whether you want to feed a hungry family or impress dinner guests, this is a delicious and easy puff pastry salmon recipe.
You could make your own pastry if you wanted to but store-bought puff pastry is usually fine and it is also much quicker. The main part of this puff pastry salmon is the fish filling anyway. The pastry just holds it all together. You can decorate this puff pastry salmon en croute however you like, perhaps laying the second half of the pastry directly over the filled first half, so the pie is enclosed.
Alternatively you could make a couple of slits in it or one long one so you can see the filling when you serve the puff pastry salmon. It is up to you. After you trim off the excess pastry, you can use it to form pastry shapes (little fish perhaps – be creative!) and stick them on to the salmon en croute using the beaten egg to make it stick.
- 2 skinless, boneless salmon filets, 1 lb each
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 4 oz cooked, shelled shrimp
- 1 beaten egg
- 10 ½ oz thawed chopped spinach
- 1 ½ lbs thawed readymade puff pastry
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- Combine the dill and lemon juice and rub this mixture into the fish. Leave it to marinate for an hour in a non-metallic bowl.
- Roll half the pastry out on a lightly floured board until you have a 15 x 8 inch rectangle.
- Put the dough on a big baking sheet and prick it all over using a fork. Chill it for half an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the pastry until it is golden brown, then let it cool on a rack.
- Squeeze the thawed spinach to get rid of any excess water, and then stir it with the shrimp and cream cheese in a bowl. Season to taste.
- Put one of the salmon filets in the center of the cooked pastry base, and then spread the cream cheese mixture over it. Put the other filet on top.
- Brush the pastry border with the beaten egg, then roll the remaining pastry out and arrange it on top of the fish, pressing it down to seal.
- Trim the base, leaving a ½ inch border around and use the trimmings to decorate the puff pastry salmon recipe. Make a long slit in the top and brush the egg over it.
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until done.
Salmon en croute is a classic French dish and if you want to make easy fish recipes using salmon, combining the salmon with cream cheese and spinach, and enveloping it in puff pastry is a great way of making something really mouthwatering. Salmon has a unique flavor and it is frequently paired with creamy sauces and fresh vegetables in recipes. The puff pastry is amazing with the fish too. Serve some salad on the side, perhaps something unusual like beets, and you will have a delicious meal all ready to impress your family or dinner guests.
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