A stunning salmon and prawn tart to celebrate Irish seafood

Kitchen Cabinet: Aisling Larkin shares a summer treat that you can also make with crab

This is a stunning salmon and prawn tart celebrating some of our lovely Irish seafood. Summer in Ireland is synonymous with seafood for me, so I thought this would be a good recipe to share.

If you cannot get hold of some nice organic salmon, you can use crab instead.

Aisling Larkin is co-founder of Foodoppi and founder of eatingmindfully.ie


Serves six

For the pastry
150g plain flour
50g wholemeal flour
100g butter/margarine
1 tsp dried parsley or dill
3-4 tbsp cold water


For the filling
2 eggs
250g ricotta
100ml cream
½tsp salt and pepper
250g fresh or hot smoked salmon or 200g crab
100g prawns or crabmeat
¼ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp mustard powder
6/8 fronds of fresh dill, chopped
20g Parmesan cheese
Optional: 50g spinach or rocket

You will need a 20cm tart tin and baking beans

For the pastry, weigh and measure the flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the dried herbs. Cut the cold butter into small cubes and rub in until it looks like breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre and stir in the cold water, using a metal fork or knife starting from the centre and working out. Stir until it forms a soft dough. Turn out onto the counter on a little flour. Knead for 30 seconds, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes minimum.

2 Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, roll out the pastry and lay it into the tin. Push into the edges. Place parchment paper and baking beans (or dry rice) in it and bake blind for 20 minutes in total. After 15 minutes, remove the baking beans and bake for the last five minutes. Remove from the oven, trim off the excess.

3 To make the filling, whisk together the ricotta, cream and eggs. Stir in the smoked paprika and mustard. Season.

4 Skin and dice the salmon into 1 cm cubes. Half the fresh prawns.

5 Lay the prawns and salmon onto the pastry case. Sprinkle in the chopped spinach or rocket, if using. Pour over the filling. Lay the dill on top. Grate the Parmesan cheese over the top.

6 Bake for 35 minutes, until the filling is barely set. Cool for 30minutes before eating.

7 Serve with a fresh rocket salad drizzled with a lemon dressing.

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