Fish is great for when you’re trying to lose weight – it’s very low in fat and low in calories, plus it’s really good for you with loads of protein, vitamins and minerals plus omega-3 fatty acids which is great for your heart, your brain function, joints and your well-being in general. So we should all really be eating more fish, but I’ve always struggled with what to do with it. But if you’re looking to start eating more fish, then Salmon is the perfect fish to start with as it’s got a great flavour, and it’s really versatile.
This dish is about as easy as you can get if you want something other than just cooking up the salmon fillet by itself and serving it with a side dish. Using a low fat cream cheese and adding in some soft, slow-cooked leeks makes a great salmon filo parcel with minimum effort that’s only 650 calories.
Cream Cheese & Leek Salmon Filo ParcelPrint Recipe
- 1 x Salmon Fillet
- 75g Low Fat Cream Cheese
- 1 x Leek, Chopped
- 2 x Filo Sheets
- 1tsp Salt
- 1tsp Pepper
- 1tsp Dried Basil
- Zest of ½ a Lemon
- ½ tbsp Butter
- 1 x Egg, beaten
Pre-heat an oven to 200°C (180°C fan)/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
Chop the leek in half down the middle, and then slice both halves as finely as you can.
Place a frying pan over a medium heat and add the knob of butter to the pan and let it melt.
Once the butter has melted, add the leeks into the butter and stir them to coat in the butter, and then turn the heat down to medium-low and leave to cook for 10 minutes until the leeks become translucent and jammy.
In a bowl, add the cream cheese along with the lemon zest, salt, pepper, basil and add the leeks and mix together thoroughly.
Lay out the two filo sheets, one on top of the other, and then place the salmon fillet into the middle.
Add the cream cheese and leek filling over and around the salmon.
Beat the egg, and brush all around the filo sheet and then fold the filo over the salmon and cream cheese filling, making sure that it's sealed in.
Wash the filo parcel all over with the egg wash and place onto a baking sheet.
Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crispy.