Salmon en croûte


  • Small knob of butter
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 100g baby leaf spinach
  • 100g watercress
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Finely grated zest ½ lemon
  • skinless salmon fillets (1 per person)
  • 2 tsp grated hot horseradish from a jar or tube
  • 3 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 450g all-butter puff pastry (see tips)
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten, to glaze


  1. Heat the butter in a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the garlic and, when it releases its aroma, tip in the spinach and watercress. Stir until the leaves just wilt. Tip into a sieve and press down firmly on the wilted leaves with the back of a wooden spoon to squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Roughly chop, discarding any tough stems, then put in a mixing bowl with the dill and lemon zest. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Dry the salmon fillets thoroughly on kitchen paper and season them generously. Lay the fillets on a chopping board. Stir the horseradish into the crème fraîche, then spread evenly over one of the fillet, followed by the spinach mixture. 
  3. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface so that it is big enough to leave a generous border around the salmon when folded over. Put on a lined baking sheet and brush with the Dijon mustard. With a short pastry edge facing you, put the salmon fillet across the top half of the pastry, leaving a 2-3cm border. Brush the pastry edges with some of the beaten egg, then fold the bottom half over to cover the fish. Trim the edges, crimp them by pinching gently to seal, then brush with a little more beaten egg. Top with decorations made from the pastry trimmings, then brush again with beaten egg. Chill for at least 20 minutes. Heat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.
  4. Once chilled, make a few small holes in the top of the pastry for the steam to escape, brush with the remaining beaten egg and bake for 25-30 minutes until puffed and golden and a few juices leach out of the holes. Rest for a few minutes before slicing, or leave to cool a little and serve warm.
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