Roast salmon with craquelin pastry topping

Roast salmon with craquelin pastry topping
  • Serves icon Serves 6
  • Time icon Hands-on time 15 min, oven time 20 min

This quick and easy roast salmon takes just 35 minutes. The secret to its success is its light, crisp, savoury craquelin pastry topping.

Alternatively, go for a traditional salmon en croûte as your Sunday centrepiece – or one of these showstopping salmon recipes.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
635kcals
Fat
43.4g (11.7g saturated)
Protein
48.6g
Carbohydrates
11.9g (5.1g sugars)
Fibre
1.1g
Salt
1.9g
Calories
635kcals
Fat
43.4g (11.7g saturated)
Protein
48.6g
Carbohydrates
11.9g (5.1g sugars)
Fibre
1.1g
Salt
1.9g

Ingredients

  • 1 side sustainable salmon (about 1.4kg), at room temperature
  • 6 bay leaves, plus extra to serve
  • Juice ½ lemon, plus extra wedges for squeezing, if you like

For the craquelin

  • 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 30g demerara sugar
  • 2 tsp smoked sea salt flakes, plus extra to serve (we used Maldon, from larger supermarkets)
  • 2 blades mace, ground using a pestle and mortar (or a little freshly grated nutmeg)
  • ½ tsp pul biber (aleppo pepper) or ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, plus extra to serve, if you like
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh lemon thyme leaves (or regular thyme leaves), plus extra sprigs to serve
  • 50g plain flour

You’ll also need

  • Electric hand mixer
  • Baking tray lined with compostable baking paper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. To make the craquelin, beat the butter and sugar in a small bowl using an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the salt, ground mace (or nutmeg), pul biber/cayenne, garlic, thyme and flour until mixed and spreadable (see Make Ahead).
  2. Put the salmon on the lined tray skin-side down. Spread the craquelin over the top of the fish using the back of a spoon, then add bay leaves and some extra thyme sprigs. Bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden and the fish is just cooked through.
  3. Sprinkle with a little extra smoked salt and the lemon juice, then scatter with the extra bay leaves and thyme sprigs and add a dusting of aleppo pepper or cayenne, if you like. Serve with seasonal veg, new potatoes and lemon wedges (optional).

delicious. tips

  1. Use it up: Flake leftover salmon, then freeze in a bag or food storage box in a thin layer (so it’s easy to break off little bits). Fry straight from frozen in a splash of oil over a high heat for around 5 minutes until crispy. Reduce the heat to medium to cook through for 2-5 minutes more, making sure it’s heated through. Stir into rice or pasta or serve with a squeeze of lemon and mayo on rye/sourdough toast.

  2. Make the craquelin topping up to a day ahead, cover and chill, then remove from the fridge 30 minutes before using so it becomes spreadable.

  3. Craquelin is a sweet pastry that’s often used to top profiteroles. This savoury version gives a light, crispy topping to the salmon.

Recipe By

Katy McClelland

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