Salmone in Crosta | Easy Dinners for Dinner Parties | A Nice Fish Dinner Recipe | Healthy Dinner Party Ideas

This New Year’s was a lot different but we still managed to make it special. We made a cool bread baked with brie and cranberry sauce, and Salmon in Puff Pastry!
I don’t usually cook with puff pastry because I overdid it in Paris and got round! but New Year’s is a special occasion so it was worth it. 
This recipe is originally from my friend, Marta in Siena, Italy. @martascooking
I changed it slightly by adding mushrooms. 
Marta has shared so many incredible simple, Tuscan recipes with me during these pandemic times that I feel I have really upped my Tuscan cooking skills in these past couple months. 
Something to be thankful for! 
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The key steps to make this: 

  • Grate zucchini and slice mushrooms. Cook them separately and then let them cool
  • Roll out the puff pastry. 
  • Add a layer of mushrooms, then the salmon filet on top, then the grated zucchini
  • Wrap it all up like a package and brush with egg wash
  • Bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown
  • Place on a rack to make sure it stays crispy, not soggy. 
  • Serve your show stopper!

Why you’ll love this recipe: 

  • You can assemble everything a day ahead or hours ahead and place it in the oven when ready to serve
  • It tastes incredible the next day
  • Even though puff pastry can feel decadent, the ratio of salmon and veggies to crust makes it feel light
  • It’s a crowd-pleaser (as long as the crowd likes salmon)
  • Even if you usually overcook salmon, the pastry and veggies keep the salmon moist and tender, so it’s a fool-proof way to cook succulent salmon
  • Its the perfect texture contrast of crusty outside and soft center
  • It’s a great dish for a dinner party. It feels special to cut into it together. Just add a side salad. 

Salmone in Crosta (salmon in puff pastry)


* 1 sheet Puff pastry (Just use one from a packet of two)
* Salmon, 1 large filet (about 500g), no skin on
* 1 medium zucchini
* 1 package mushrooms (about 2 ½ cups) button and/or crimini, thinly sliced
* 3 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)
* 1 egg yolk
* Splash of milk
* 3 cloves garlic, peeled (optional)
* Sesame seeds
* 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
* salt and pepper


1. Grate zucchini and place in colander. Sprinkle with some salt to drain excess water. Let sit 10 minutes. 
2. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolk with splash of milk and have brush nearby. Preheat oven to 400 F.
3. Slice the mushrooms. Then, heat a saute pan with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, thyme and 2 peeled garlic cloves, and stir fry mushrooms for 7-10 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and shrink. Season with salt and pepper. You want most of the water/moisture to evaporate from them. When done, take them out and place on a side plate. Remove garlic and thyme. Keep the pan to cook the zucchini in the next step. 
5. After zucchini is drained, squeeze out excess water. Then, heat olive oil with 1 clove garlic and add in zucchini. Cook in medium heat a couple minutes till it turns bright green. Remove garlic clove. Let cool a few minutes.
6. Get the puff pastry and roll it out just a bit with a rolling pin. For one large filet, don’t cut it. Place cooled mushrooms on pastry. Then, place salmon on top of mushrooms. Season salmon with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place cooked and cooled zucchini on top. Close up pastry folding it over itself. Make decorations on top with extra pastry if you like. 
7. Mix 1 egg yolk with a splash of milk to brush on the pastry. Brush egg-milk mixture all over pastry and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
8. Bake 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Turn halfway through. When a rich golden brown, take it out. You can also use a thermometer and test that it reaches at least 145 F. Carefully with a large spatula or two spatulas, lift and pace on a cooling rack to keep it from getting soggy. Wait 5-10 minutes before serving. 
Serve with salad and cherry tomatoes for a fresh touch. Enjoy. 

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To your happy and healthy life, 


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