Smoked Salmon and Tomato Quiche

I follow an Instagram account called Stephen Cooks French, all one word, of course, which always messes with my brain. A recent photo of his that he posted was a tarte au saumon fumé, or a smoked salmon tart, pictured here.

According to Stephen, the crust is puff pastry, topped with a seasoned fromage blanc with chives, baked, cooled, then smoked salmon is layered on top.

Loving all things salmon, I immediately searched for recipes. There were many similar, but the one that jumped out to me was a smoked salmon quiche with tomatoes.

What I like about this recipe is that it isn’t too quiche-y, so the tomatoes and smoked salmon really shine. The cheese element is crème fraiche, which is perfect because it’s not salty.

One day I will make the tarte au saumon fumé, and serve it as a first course. Or as Stephen, whoever the heck he is, suggested, cut it into squares and serve as an hors d’oeuvre.

Smoked Salmon and Tomato Quiche

1 pie crust for 9 1/2” pie pan, not deep-dish
Smoked salmon, about 5 ounces, cut up
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
8 ounces crème fraiche
5 or so small-medium ripe tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Chopped chives, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the pie crust in the pie pan and keep chilled in the refrigerator.

Cut up the smoked salmon in small pieces and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, and crème fraiche.

Slice the tomatoes evenly and use the most uniform slices only, not the ends. Lay on paper towels to dry for at least 15 minutes, also laying paper towels on top.

When ready to prepare the quiche, place the smoked salmon inside the pie crust.

Give the egg-crème fraiche mixture a whisk and pour over the top gently.

Then top the quiche with the tomato slices, and season them with salt and pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes, then lower the temperature to 325 degrees and cook for ten more minutes.

Let the quiche set for at least 15 minutes, then slice and serve.

This quiche was fantastic. The smoked salmon cooked slightly but no too much to alter its lox texture.

And the creme fraiche was perfect with the salmon and seasoned tomatoes.

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. David Scott Allen October 9, 2020 at 6:25 AM - Reply

    Looks really wonderful and perfect for a nice supper. I like that you used a butter crust over puff pastry — puff pastry can get tough when filled.

    • chef mimi October 9, 2020 at 8:57 AM - Reply

      Thanks. My friend enjoyed it. Nice and simple, and the smoked salmon didn’t get “cooked.”

  2. Travel Gourmet October 9, 2020 at 6:34 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous recipe!

    • chef mimi October 9, 2020 at 8:57 AM - Reply

      Thank you. Simple and tasty!

  3. angiesrecipes October 9, 2020 at 8:12 AM - Reply

    Anything that involves salmon has got to be DIVINE! Your quiche looks sensational, Mimi.

  4. Anything that involves salmon has got to be DIVINE. Your quiche looks sensational, Mimi.

  5. I left a few comments using standard log-in in some of your posts, but none of them showed up :-(( So I have to use twitter account.

    • chef mimi October 9, 2020 at 8:58 AM - Reply

      I unfortunately have no idea how that all works. Maybe you don’t have a wordpress account?

  6. Our Growing Paynes October 9, 2020 at 9:58 AM - Reply

    Oh my. Both would be perfect with a side salad and a glass of wine.

    • chef mimi October 11, 2020 at 4:15 PM - Reply

      Exactly. Of course, that’s my perfect idea of a lunch!

  7. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen October 9, 2020 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    Looks so delicious! I sometimes forget about quiche for a while, then I make it and wonder why I don’t do so more!

    • chef mimi October 9, 2020 at 4:13 PM - Reply

      They are good. This one had no cream, just a couple eggs and some creme fraiche. Really good.

  8. The Parmigiana Whisperer October 9, 2020 at 2:04 PM - Reply

    perfection!! looks and sounds delicious!!

    • chef mimi October 9, 2020 at 3:54 PM - Reply

      Thank you! It was very good.

  9. Eva Taylor October 9, 2020 at 4:32 PM - Reply

    We love smoked salmon, this tart looks gorgeous! This would make such a beautiful brunch. I’m going to have to bookmark this for next spring when we can entertain outside again.

    • chef mimi October 9, 2020 at 4:49 PM - Reply

      I was thinking it would be perfect for a brunch as well.

  10. Gerlinde October 9, 2020 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    I like this recipe. I am a real salmon fan myself and love quiche.

    • chef mimi October 11, 2020 at 4:16 PM - Reply

      I also love salmon of all varieties. This recipe worked out well with the smoked salmon.

  11. Kim Bultman October 10, 2020 at 3:41 PM - Reply

    Chef Mimi, your step-by-step photos and instructions (not to mention your plated presentation) make me want to say bravo. I don’t know the French word… ooh la la?!

    • chef mimi October 10, 2020 at 9:04 PM - Reply

      I think it’s also bravo? Who knows?!!! Thank you.

  12. Healthy World Cuisine October 10, 2020 at 9:11 PM - Reply

    Ok that’s it! We are moving in! So how did you get your kids to actually leave if you are always cooking all this delicious food? Wishing you a super weekend Mimi.

    • chef mimi October 11, 2020 at 1:13 PM - Reply

      Ha! Visit any time. And they like visiting, but fortunately instead of rejecting cooking, both daughters are pretty accomplished.

  13. sherry October 10, 2020 at 11:31 PM - Reply

    i love smoked salmon but i’m not a huge fan of it being cooked in a dish. seems to make it hard and too salty but perhaps being underneath the custard mixture it may be okay?… it looks good. btw i was looking up your blog the other day on google and of course up comes chef mimi – the middle aged black woman! i figured it wasn’t you:-)

    • chef mimi October 11, 2020 at 1:12 PM - Reply

      That’s exactly what I was worried about. When I make scrambled eggs with smoked salmon I add it at the very last minute. Somehow, it didn’t get cooked, which maybe is because of the creme fraiche mixture. I’ve gotten lots of evil comments from that other Chef Mimi. I was around way before her, and I don’t worry about it 🤣🤣🤣

  14. Jeff the Chef October 11, 2020 at 1:48 PM - Reply

    How interesting. Like some of your other commenters, I don’t believe I’ve had smoked salmon cooked into a dish, but I’d love to see what it’s like in this context. (Also, how weird about the evil comments of the Mimi imposter!)

    • chef mimi October 11, 2020 at 4:20 PM - Reply

      I know! Very rude. I don’t believe in cooking smoked salmon, as it’s its own thing, but it worked. Perhaps the low temperature helped. Honestly, some cooked leftover salmon or even hot-smoked salmon would also work.

  15. October 12, 2020 at 1:20 AM - Reply

    Love quiche! As there’s only 2 of us in our household I can usually get about 8 slices out of a good quiche so 6 can go in the freezer for another time. I’m adding this recipe to my quiche list. Thanks Mimi!

    • chef mimi October 12, 2020 at 7:00 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome! We’ve all decided that it would be good with some leftover cooked salmon as well. But I enjoyed the combination of the salmon with the creme fraiche and then the tomatoes.

  16. Ron October 12, 2020 at 3:50 AM - Reply

    Mimi, I must admit when I saw that lovely cold-smoked salmon going into the unbaked quiche I thought Oh No… So glad to hear it didn’t thoroughly cook. We make a quiche with hard-smoked salmon that we love, so this will fit into our rotation just fine.
    Also, we used to have brunch at a place in Vancouver (Bridges) that made a pizza very similar to stevencooksfrench’s tart. It’s used thin cooked pizza shell instead on puff pastry.

    • chef mimi October 12, 2020 at 6:59 AM - Reply

      Mmmmm that all sounds so good. Yeah, i guess you could say it was a waste of good lox, but they didn’t really cook, which is what I was worried about. It was a good experiment. The quiche was thin, which is what intrigued me, especially without cream, but next time I’d use some leftover cooked salmon instead.

  17. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons October 12, 2020 at 11:39 AM - Reply

    This looks like a winner. I was glad to read the comments about using smoked salmon and that it didn’t overcook. I think this would be good with leftover cooked salmon.

    • chef mimi October 12, 2020 at 1:16 PM - Reply

      It definitely would. And perhaps it’s actually a waste of good lox. But it did turn out good. I loved the photos on your last post. I’ve seen the cows with pretty bells on, but never did see them with their Vegas-style head dresses! Wow!

  18. sippitysup October 12, 2020 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    As artful as ever… GREG

    • chef mimi October 12, 2020 at 1:15 PM - Reply

      Aww, thanks!

  19. Dennis Yannakos October 13, 2020 at 3:41 AM - Reply

    Wow! It makes my mouth water!

    • chef mimi October 13, 2020 at 7:08 AM - Reply

      Thank you! It was very good.

  20. Jack Donachy October 13, 2020 at 11:51 AM - Reply

    Hadn’t thought about crème fraîche in a dish such as this. Less salty. I’ll have to try this! Thanks!

    • chef mimi October 13, 2020 at 7:05 PM - Reply

      Yeah, a perfect combination. Any other salty variety of cheese would not have worked.

  21. Katherine | Love In My Oven October 13, 2020 at 10:50 PM - Reply

    I do not eat enough smoked salmon. This looks terrific!!

    • chef mimi October 14, 2020 at 7:27 AM - Reply

      Just start eating it! You don’t even need bagels!

  22. kitchenriffs October 14, 2020 at 9:28 AM - Reply

    Just lovely! Nice way to serve salmon. And I never get tired of quiches — they’re so satisfying. Good stuff — thanks.

    • chef mimi October 14, 2020 at 10:06 AM - Reply

      They are, aren’t they?! I love all kinds.

  23. Raymund October 14, 2020 at 3:02 PM - Reply

    This looks really tasty! I love savoury pastries and definitely this would be one of those I will easily fall in love with

    • chef mimi October 14, 2020 at 3:31 PM - Reply

      Thank you. I love savory over sweet any day!

  24. Laura October 14, 2020 at 3:17 PM - Reply

    I’m such a salmon-lover, too, Mimi! It’s rare that I make anything with smoked salmon, but this dish looks and sounds like a perfect for any meal or appetizer!

    • chef mimi October 14, 2020 at 3:31 PM - Reply

      Nothing beans smoked salmon served with bagels and all the fixins… though!

  25. David @ Spiced October 18, 2020 at 8:16 AM - Reply

    I do love smoked salmon, but we don’t eat it (or make it) enough. This quiche looks amazing, and the flavors are simple but delicious – I know I would love this as a heavy appetizer or even a light meal. Looks yummy!!

    • chef mimi October 18, 2020 at 8:20 AM - Reply

      You could just use some leftover salmon. It turned out very good, but I really treasure smoked salmon, and i have to say it’s almost a waste to use it like this when it’s really best by itself, on top of cream cheese!

  26. jenniferguerrero1 October 22, 2020 at 5:05 PM - Reply

    Oh, I’m so glad to have found this! I remember when you posted it to your FB page, thinking how lovely it looked.

    • chef mimi October 22, 2020 at 5:05 PM - Reply

      Aww, thank you! And no, the Cubano isn’t in this cookbook. It’s all over online, though, cause I guess it was featured in the movie.

  27. Molly Pisula October 28, 2020 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    Oooh, this looks so delicious, Mimi! I love the combination of smoked salmon with eggs, so this dish is perfect for me. And with tomatoes too! 😍

    • chef mimi October 28, 2020 at 4:44 PM - Reply

      And with the small amount of egg-creme fraiche, there wasn’t much cooking, so the smoked salmon didn’t overcook. VEry good.

  28. Geri Lawhon October 31, 2020 at 11:46 AM - Reply

    Such a great looking dish for anytime during the day. Thanks for sharing.

    • chef mimi October 31, 2020 at 12:06 PM - Reply

      Thanks! It was a bit different, and really good!

  29. Leif Price February 25, 2021 at 12:15 AM - Reply

    This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing, I’ve got another recipe to cook salmon.

    • chef mimi February 25, 2021 at 7:03 AM - Reply

      It was truly fabulous!

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