On test – Asda’s new salmon recipes: salmon en croute and salmon fillets stuffed with cod

Salmon en croute

Salmon en croute

Asda’s Fishmonger, Darren Wrend has created some recipes to give you a bit of inspiration for how to cook a whole salmon.  They asked me if I’d like to have a go and have kindly allowed me to publish their recipes (and turned a blind eye while I fiddled with them too, bless ‘em):

Salmon en croute filled with parsley, lemon and lemon and pepper butter

Our verdict: delicious, easy to do and really attractive to look at – would make a perfect dinner party dish. The boys absolutely loved this and have begged me to make it again - the combination of crisp, flaky pastry and soft lemony salmon is a winner.  I did think the oven temperature was slightly too hot though (see note below):

Dinner is served

Dinner is served

Recipe will serve 6 people

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 skinless salmon fillets (fillets taken from a whole salmon)
  • Bunch of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 lemon and pepper butter ovals (available from the fish counter – I didn’t have these so I used butter with a squeeze of lemon and a grinding of pepper)
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Cup of milk
  • 2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 sheet of baking paper

Cooking instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 230C/ gas mark 8 (I found 200C/gas 6 was enough here)
  2. Lay a sheet of greaseproof paper on a oven dish/tray, and on top of this lay flat one sheet of rolled out pastry
  3. Place one salmon fillet on top of the pastry, skin down (if the fillet is too long for the pastry tuck the tail under to fit)
  4. Along the middle of the fillet place sprigs of flat leaf parsley, then finely grate the lemon over the parsley, along with some cracked black pepper
  5. Crumble on the lemon and pepper butter ovals for additional flavour
  6. Place the second salmon fillet skin side down on a chopping board and season with sea salt and cracked black pepper
  7. Once seasoned place the second fillet on top of the other fillet skinless side down
  8. Brush the visible edge of the pastry with milk, then lay the second sheet of pastry on top of the salmon
  9. Using the side of your hand go around the edge of the fillet and seal the pastry together, cutting off any excess pastry
  10. Using the excess pastry decorate the top of the en croute and brush the top layer of pastry with milk
  11. Place the salmon en croute on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven and cook for 30-35 minutes or until the pastry has gone a light golden brown colour
My cod and salmon 'parcel'

My cod and salmon ‘parcel’

Salmon Fillets Stuffed with Cod Our verdict: I won’t lie, this was tricky for me, but I’m not tremendously dexterous and trying to tie up slippery fish wasn’t easy.  I managed it, but my offering was slightly less attractive than Asda’s photo!  The taste, however was delicious and fabulously healthy too. This recipe will serve 8 people Ingredients needed:

  • 2 skin-on salmon fillets (fillets taken from a whole salmon)
  • Approx. 300g skinless cod loin
  • 2 lemons
  • Sprig of dill
  • String
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Cooking instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C /Gas mark 5
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  3. Cut six pieces of string (measure from hand to elbow) and lay along the width of the baking tray
  4. Place one fillet in the middle of the string, skin side down
  5. Season well with cracked black pepper and sea salt, then place five wedges of lemon across the salmon fillet
  6. Place a layer of cod in the middle of the salmon (about three fillets), and squeeze the juice of one lemon over the cod
  7. Lay the second fillet on the work surface, skin side down, season with sea salt and cracked black pepper
  8. Place the second fillet on top of the first fillet so the skin is upwards. To secure the fish take both ends of string wrap around the salmon and tie in little bows, finally season with sea salt and cracked black pepper and drizzle over a little olive oil
  9. Place the salmon filled with cod in the pre-heated oven for 45 minutes, until the skin has gone crispy
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