These are super low fat, highly tasty and healthy.
Wonderful to make ahead of time and perfect for entertaining. They are a Delia Smith fail-safe recipe that I often serve (UK chef and recipe book author)
Those lovely lime and cilantro flavors fill your mouth with freshness and the smoothness of the salmon and the crunchiness of the filo pastry says it all!
Serves 2 but can easily be doubled
2 middle-cut fillets of salmon, skin removed (about 5 oz each and an even thickness)
4 sheets filo pastry (approx 7 x 12″)
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
2 scallions, finely sliced
2 oz butter, melted
salt and ground black pepper
a few sprigs of fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into quarters
Preheat the oven to 375 F
First of all, in a small bowl, mix together the ginger, lime zest, garlic, cilantro and scallion, then stir in the lime juice.
Now melt the butter in a small saucepan, then lay 1 sheet of filo pastry out on a flat surface, brush it all over with some of the melted butter, spread another sheet of filo on top and brush this lightly with melted butter as well.
Now position one of the salmon fillets near to one end of the filo, season it well and sprinkle half the lime and herb mixture on top.
Next, fold the short end of the pastry over the salmon, then fold the long sides inwards, roll the salmon over twice more and trim any surplus pastry (it’s important not to end up with great wedges of pastry at each end)
Wrap the other piece of salmon in exactly the same way and brush the parcels all over with melted butter and place on a greased baking sheet.
At this point you can cover and refrigerate them for up to an hour, making sure you bring them to room temp before putting them in the oven uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until the pastry is brown and crispy.
Serve garnished with sprigs of cilantro and wedges of the lime to squeeze over.