Salmon En Croute with Creamed Leeks

Written by chanie on September 13th, 2017

Salmon en croute is one of my favorite dishes to serve for the holidays. It plates up beautifully, it’s so festive and it’s a winning dish all around! I mean who doesn’t love anything wrapped in buttery, flaky dough, amiright?

I usually go with a simple mustard and brown sugar mixture over the salmon, but I decided to take things up a notch using some of the traditional symbolic foods of the holiday, like honey and leeks. I love that you can incorporate more of those foods into the plated dish as well, and I went with pomegranate seeds and chioggia beets, ‘cuz could you just look at them?

Just call this Simanim Salmon En Croute ‘cuz it’s not only tasty, but so fitting in every way. And if you need a recap on the symoblic foods of the holiday, read this. I’ve also got a handy simanim recipe roundup from a couple of years back and then of course there are my other great simanim dishes like this couscous, this angel hair pasta, this beautiful appetizer and this holiday salad.

Growing up, Rosh Hashanah was a serious holiday and we always kept things intimate with just the family and a simple, traditional holiday meal. It’s that one time of the year to really focus on self introspection and prayer and I like to follow suite without complicating my menu. I don’t go all out with a bunch of different salads and desserts – I just keep my meal well-rounded with an appetizer (round challah with honey, fish and salad), entree (meat or chicken, tzimmes and roasted vegetables, beautifully plated) and a slice of honey cake with caramelized apples to finish the meal. Then I wrap things up and open my tehillim, because there is oh so much to pray for.

I find that there’s no need to overdo your menu when you learn to serve composed dishes that complement each other. Sometimes, when you make too much food, the beauty and flavor gets lost because there is just too much to go around. When I was in culinary school, my teacher gave the example of a woman wearing a simple pearl necklace versus someone who in dripping in lots of (too much) jewelry. Which one makes a better statement? Sometimes clean and simple is the better way to go.

Related Recipes:

smashed potatoes with leeks
simanim fritto misto
honey fig roasted salmon
honey mustard salmon

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22 Comments so far ↓

  1. Laura Segal says:

    Looks amazing! Can you make them ahead of time and rewarm?

    • chanie says:

      I prefer not to rewarm salmon, I find that it makes it fishy tasting and also dries it out. What I like to do is prepare it in the morning, then take it out of the fridge an hour or so before the meal and bake so it’s nice and fresh from the oven. Alternatively, you can serve it room temperature.

  2. Blerner says:

    This is just what I was looking for! Can it be made without the leeks?

  3. Gladys says:

    it looks delicious and I would like to omit the puff pastry as an option. The leek mixture is very appealing, how would you suggest I cook the fish, leek mixture on or off?

  4. olivia says:

    does it freeze well?

  5. Blerner says:

    Can this be made without the leeks? What would be a could substitute?

    • chanie says:

      Sure! During the year, I just rub the pastry with spicy brown mustard and brown sugar. Or if you want, you can make creamed spinach or sauteed spinach and mushrooms.

  6. Friedman Fay says:

    How many does this feed

    • chanie says:

      I serve adults an entire fillet of salmon so it would serve 4 adults. If you want, you can make smaller pieces (slice each fillet in half and wrap with puff pastry) and you’ll have 8 servings.

  7. Sima says:

    Thank you. I made this for Rosh Hashana and it served beautifully and was really enjoyed by my many guests.
    I made it on Erev Yom Tov and served it the first day at room temperature.
    I ordered appetizer sized salmon slices and served 1 per adult.
    i would use the coconut substitute if/when making this again as the flavor was to noticeable for me.
    Thank you for enhancing my Yom Tov table.

  8. Yocheved says:

    This recipe is a keeper! It was uncomplicated to make, and delicious to eat. Thank you!

    I suppose I could wrap it in phyllo sheets, just to make a thinner and a bit less filling.

  9. Renee Florsheim says:

    This looks beautiful. I’ve done salmon en croute, but I usually make duxelles (finely chopped mushrooms that I cook down in white wine) to spread on the fillet. I think I’ll try this too.

  10. chaya'le says:

    This recipe was a huuuge hit thank you

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