Salmon & fennel en croute with watercress sauce

Salmon & fennel en croute with watercress sauce

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

The perfect way to serve pastry for a light but filling meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal983
  • fat70g
  • saturates31g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre3g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.35g
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  • 2 fennel bulbs (approx 375g/13oz) halved and very thinly sliced
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate – its strong aniseed…

  • 1 Spanish onion (red onion)



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 50g chopped watercress



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

  • 500g pack puff pastry
  • 4 skinless, boneless salmon fillets, preferably organic
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

To serve

  • half a 85g bag watercress



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

  • 200g tub crème fraîche


  1. Fry the fennel and onion in the butter for 5 mins. Add the garlic, fry for 5 mins more until the veg is soft, then stir in the watercress.

  2. Cut the pastry into 4 pieces, then roll each piece to approx 22cm square. Spoon a quarter of the veg onto one half of each piece of pastry and spread to approx the shape of the salmon fillet. Put the fish on top, then brush round the pastry with egg, fold over and seal. Trim the pastry to make 4 parcels, then decorate with the trimmings.

  3. For the sauce, whizz all but 4 sprigs of watercress with the crème fraîche and seasoning. Heat until bubbling when ready to eat. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Brush the parcels with egg, then bake for 15 mins until golden. Serve parcels on a pool of sauce, garnished with the reserved watercress. Serve with new potatoes and green beans or salad.

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12th Dec, 2019
Easy to make, delicious. I had extra veg left over from the parcels so served it at the side. Sauce is so easy but tasty. Looks impressive at dinner party.
9th Dec, 2017
A super recipe - lovely flavours and very quick to prepare. The simple sauce was delicious considering it has just two ingredients plus seasoning. I am planning to prepare this dish and freeze ahead for a 'convenience' meal on Boxing Day. I recommend this recipe and will be making it regularly.
20th Oct, 2013
I didn't see the first time I made this (using the mobile site on my iPad), the oven time/ temperature was in the 'tips' section instead of the 'method' section... A bit confusing for us simple folk. The recipe itself is excellent. I made half the recipe fresh and froze the other half. From frozen I baked at 450 F for 20 minutes, lowered the temperature to 375 F for about another 20 minutes until the crust looked perfect. It's one of the few meals I have made that afterwards I though, *man that was good*. Really a great recipe. Thank-you.
14th Sep, 2011
Lovely recipe! My pastry looked a bit amateurish, but tasted great. Used spinach instead of watercress and it was really, really lovely.
19th May, 2010
I love this recipe... so easy yet so tasty and impressive looking! I have never included the fennel as didn't have any the first time I made it and found it was so nice I've not felt the need to add it into the recipe since!
21st Nov, 2008
This is a great xmas dinner alternative for non-meat eaters who eat fish! Dead easy to make but looks really impressive and you can make it in advance and freeze. I find the turkey eaters at the table give me very envious looks!
12th Dec, 2007
This is very easy, with a delicate flavour, but looks impressive. I recommend rolling the pastry very thin and trim the edges to keep it light.
28th Nov, 2018
Where are the oven temperature and cooking instructions?
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3rd Dec, 2018
Due to the way the recipe appeared in the magazine, the instructions were added to a recipe tip at the bottom. We've now added it to the recipe to make it clearer.
4th Aug, 2014
Want to freeze these cooked to reheat, once thawed. How long should I reheat them for please
20th Dec, 2013
Instructions only 2 paragraphs. No guidance regarding oven temp. Do I need to grease baking tray? Thanks
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