Gordon Ramsay's salmon en croûte recipe (2024)

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In need of a show-off centrepiece? It's got to be this delectable creation

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Gordon Ramsay's salmon en croûte recipe (1)

Gordon Ramsay's salmon en croûte makes a great show-off centrepiece. It's got guaranteed wow factor, consists of easy-to-find, fresh andsimple ingredients and is utterly delicious.

The perfect family dinner that will be surely requested time and time again, or to impress at a

Christmas dinner party, this beautifully constructed dish uses only a handful of simple, mostly fresh ingredients and tastes just as expected every time. The delicate flakes of salmon against the satisfying crunch of the shortcrust pastry is the perfect combination of texture for a special occasion starter or show-off dinner.

Like many of Gordon Ramsay's dishes, this salmon en croute recipe is actually really easy to follow. Just make sure you pay close attention to the steps– especially pin-boning the salmon fillet first and rolling out the pastry to the correct thickness so your salmon en croutebakes evenly.

What do you serve with salmon en croute?

This nutritious and satisfying main dish is best accompanied with fresh green beans or peas, some Provençal tomatoes and buttery, salted new potatoes.

What does salmon en croute mean?

Salmon en Crouteis french for 'salmon in a crust'. Croute means crust and so 'en croute' refers to anything in a pastry crust.

It’s a great dish to double up on and make in bulk - store leftovers for a later date but bear in mind the pastry will go soggy if you re-heat in the microwave, so be sure to heat it back up in the oven the next day.

Some recipes call for the shortcrust pastry to be substituted for puff pastry for a buttery, flaky texture; but we like the traditional salmon en crouterecipe created here by Gordon Ramsay.After all, when a classic tastes this good, why alter it?

Here's the classic Gordon Ramsay salmon en croute recipe...

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Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1

    side of salmon, about 900g, skinned

  • A little olive oil

  • 60 g

    unsalted butter, softened

  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

  • Generous handful of basil leaves

  • Small handful of dill leaves

  • Sea salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tbsp.

    wholegrain mustard

  • 500 g

    shortcrust pastry

  • Plain flour, to dust

  • 1

    egg yolk, beaten


    1. Step1Check the salmon for pin bones, removing any that you find with tweezers, then cut in half. Line a baking tray with a lightly oiled piece of foil.
    2. Step2Mix the softened butter with the lemon zest, basil, dill and some salt and pepper in a bowl, to make the filling.
    3. Step3Pat the salmon fillets dry with kitchen paper, then season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread the herb butter over one fillet, on the boned side, and the mustard evenly on the other fillet. Sandwich the two salmon fillets together, in opposite directions so both ends are of an even thickness.
    4. Step4Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle, the thickness of a £1 coin and large enough to enclose the salmon. Put the salmon parcel in the centre of the pastry and brush the surrounding pastry with egg. Bring up the edges, trimming off any excess, and tuck them in before folding the rest of the pastry over to form a neat parcel. Carefully turn the whole thing over so that the seam is underneath and place on the prepared baking tray.
    5. Step5Brush the pastry with beaten egg. Lightly score a herringbone or cross-hatch pattern using the back of a knife. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover loosely and chill for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
    6. Step6Bake the salmon for 20-25 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and crisp. To test if ready, insert a skewer into the middle. It should feel warm for medium cooked salmon. A piping hot skewer indicates that the fish is well done.
    7. Step7Rest the salmon for 5 minutes, then cut into portions using a serrated knife. Serve with hollandaise sauce, new potatoes and broccoli or minted peas.

Recipe from Ramsay’s Best Menus by Gordon Ramsay

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