Thanks to a few staples you can keep in your fridge and freezer, this quick and simple quiche comes together fast thanks to a puff pastry crust filled with custard-ey eggs, smoked salmon, and crème fraîche or goat cheese.
This post has been updated with new photos and a few tweaks to the recipe. Enjoy!
Keeping long-lasting basic ingredients on hand in the fridge, freezer, and panty easily solves the “what’s for dinner” question. And with this super simple, quick quiche recipe, you won’t have to ponder that question for breakfast, brunch or lunch either.
We’ve definitely been on a breakfast kick and quiche has been top of mind. And I don’t mean breakfast for breakfast, but for dinner instead. One of my favorite things growing up is when my dad would break out the big electric frying pan in the evening and sauté mushrooms and bacon for Grandma’s Eggs. What kid doesn’t think breakfast for dinner is some sort of cosmically altered universe? And it’s an easy way for mom and dad to look like we’re ‘breaking the rules’ and going against society.
What rebels we are.
About the Recipe
This quiche is simple and far from complicated, and as suggested, it’s easy to make because I almost always have the main ingredients on hand: puff pastry from the freezer, eggs (always in the fridge), cream, half and half or whole milk, a bit of cheese, and smoked salmon.
Smoked salmon is one of my refrigerator staples because it lasts for an extra long time and is always at the ready to serve with an impromptu glass of wine or a quick and easy dinner.
Besides quiche, you can also use smoked salmon for these quick recipe ideas:
- A simple appetizer with goat cheese, pepper jelly and crackers
- Toss it in pasta with a bit of cream, frozen peas, lemon and fresh herbs
- Add it to scrambled eggs, green onion or asparagus with a creamy white cheese to serve atop sliced sourdough toasts
Puff Pastry Quiche or Pie Crust
Puff pastry is another freezer back-up that can swoop in and save the day. It’s so easy to work with and takes just a few minutes to thaw. One of my local coffee shops uses puff pastry exclusively for their quiche, and after eating it, I knew it was my turn to follow suit.
Because the puff pastry is rectangular, I roll out the crust a bit more to fit the pan, then trim the edges into a circle. The crust will shrink as it bakes, but also puff a bit, so plan accordingly. If you want to make a really rustic looking crust, you can keep the pastry dough in the square shape, too.
I blind-bake my puff pastry crust in this baking dish with a removable bottom before adding all of the filling. You could always use a regular pie plate as well. Once I’ve placed the pie crust in the plate or baking dish, I line it with non-stick aluminum foil and fill with dry beans that I keep in my pantry just for this use. And I use them over, and over again. Fill all the way to the top of the crust and then bake for 15 minutes or so at 375° to 400°F, depending on what your recipe calls for.
Once the crust has been par-baked, it’s time to add the egg filling. I’ve discovered to create a creamy, custard filling it’s more about the ratio of what ingredients you add to the quiche itself than what type of liquid you add to the eggs. I’ve used cream, half and half, whole milk and almond milk in my quiches. If you pack too much filling into the quiche, the opportunity to create that creamy, custard filling doesn’t always come to fruition.
For another layer of creaminess, I added crème fraîche to the filling and goat cheese works equally well. They both add a bit of tang that pairs well with salmon.
If you’ve never tried crème fraîche before, it’s a bit like a looser version of cream cheese but with a mellower flavor, and less tangy than a sour cream. It’s typically found in the speciality cheese section of your supermarket but if it’s hard to find, use goat cheese, dollops of cream cheese, shredded fontina, swiss cheese, or any creamy white cheese that melts well.
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Smoked Salmon Quick Quiche
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry , thawed
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup whipping cream , half and half, or whole milk
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- A few shakes of Tabasco hot sauce
- 4 ounces smoked salmon , chopped in large pieces
- ¼ cup crème fraiche or goat cheese crumbles
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons green onion , chopped
- Preheat the oven to 375° F. Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the puff pastry. Trim the pastry into a circle so the pastry goes up the sides of a pie tin or baking pan. Trim any excess so it's flush with the top of the sides. Pierce the bottom of the pastry with a fork then prepare the pan for blind baking by placing a sheet of aluminum foil over the puff pastry and gently mold into the edges of the pan and up the sides. Top the foil with enough dry beans or pie weights to fill the pan. Bake the pastry for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl or 4 cup measuring cup, whisk the eggs, cream, kosher salt and Tabasco. Pour the egg mixture into the par-baked puff pastry shell then top with the smoked salmon pieces, and dot with crème fraiche or goat cheese, green onion and fresh dill. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the eggs are set. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving, or serve at room temperature. Top with more fresh dill and green onion and serve.
More Quiche & Breakfast/Brunch Recipes
- Deep-Dish Spinach, Leek and Bacon Quiche
- Spinach, Artichoke and Goat Cheese Quiche
- Bacon Broccoli and Potato Frittata
- Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
More Salmon and Seafood Recipe Solutions
- Salmon and Bagel Egg Benedict
- Chermoulah Swordfish Skewers
- Figs with Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon
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- The Simplest Steamed King Crab Legs
- Smoky Salmon and Fennel Chowder
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I only had Honey flavored goat cheese, but used it anyway, I tried it with the regular the second time, but I like the honey goat cheese best with this. The salty salmon and the sweet goat cheese is a real winner! Added green onions too!
So glad you made the recipe work with what you had Minnie. THx for the comment.
I made this for my parents for Mother’s Day & everyone loved it! Except for me, I don’t love eggs. The crust was fantastic! Everyone is still raving about this wonderful quiche.
I’m glad they enjoyed!
OMG this sounds so amazing! the smoked salmon really takes it over the top. great recipe!
Ashley @ Foodie Crush
Made this tonight.. Delicious!!!
I am so glad you lvoed it, Amanda!
Thank you for your comment, Amanda!
Don’t pre cook the pastry. Burns the crap out of it and ruins the whole dish. Ughhhhh
Hi can you freeze this
Hi Karin, I’ve never tried freezing it so I’m not sure, but I don’t see why you couldn’t.
Yes you can freeze these as well as substitute a regular pie crust.
Made a couple for my daughter’s baby shower and they came out beautiful and delicious!
can you use a ready made pie crust instead of the puff pastry? Thank you.
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This is very delicious, i like it. Thanks a lot.
So I made this tonight for supper.. not a big fan of Quiche but my husband is. We enjoyed it and when I asked if he would like it again he said yes… two thumbs up there.
Nice information about this recipes. This is very delicious, i like it. Thanks a lot.
Made it for dinner tonight. It was just amazing and the family are very happy. I struggled in the past using puff pastry for quiches but reading this I learnt so much and the result was perfect. Thank you. Xx
Looks unique and delicious, really refershing
Thanks for sharing!
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Holy yummy!!!! I cant wait to try this out!
Looks so delicious .
Can you make noodles with black beans?
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The crust is totally the best part of any quiche… puff pastry is even better!
Puff pastry sure makes things easier :) Thanks Lindsay!
Oh for the love of all things holy this looks amazing and now I want a big fat slice of it! GAH! I just shared :)
This looks so good. I can’t wait to try it. I love smoked salmon and eggs together. The puff pastry is just the icing on the cake. I would have never thought to do that. Thank you for you wonderful idea.
Hi Carol, I’m so glad it looks good to you. I hope you enjoy it when you try it!
Do we really need to precook the puff pastry? ?
Seems like it could burned based on cooking time.
Hi Lucy, you could go ahead and not prebake it. Some recipes I’ve seen don’t, so it’s all a matter of preference. And if it looks like it’s getting too brown, simply tent a bit of foil over the crust part. Enjoy!
This was delicious, however, it did not turn out as per the recipe. I followed the directions to a T, but the puff pastry shrank in the pie dish (did not have a tart pan). I decided to go ahead and finish the quiche, and as I expected, the custard ran under the pastry, as well as sitting on top of it. The pastry continued to puff, and everything was completely cooked, but the pastry was in the middle of the custard.
If I don’t have a tart pan, what would be the next best option for this?
Hi Michelle, you could use a pie tin as well.
thanks for all of the great comments
So love this post – the imagery is so enticing! My husband loves smoked salmon so need to give these a try for sure. :)
Brian @ A Thought For Food
So… we’re going to make a deal right now. When I come over for bfast and we finally get to meet, you’re making this for me. Ok? And you’re going to serve mimosas of course :-)
Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
My family will just love the smoked salmon quiche. This is perfect for weekend brunch. Or any meal, come to think of it! Thanks for a great recipe!
Hi Heidi, I love the sound of that quicke and frankly I don’t see anything wrong with eating (hot) breakfast menu items for dinner. I used to love fried eggs on spaghetti, or boiled eggs in mustard gravy for dinner. Oh and I never thought of pairing smoked salmon with figs. Must try!
Lana @ Never Enough Thyme
Quiche is always a popular choice in our household for any time of day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For lunch and dinner, simply add a lovely, fresh tossed salad and your meal is ready in no time. Your classic combination of creme fraiche, dill, and smoked salmon would be just about perfect for today’s lunch :-)
Lunch, dinner, brinner. Its good all day long! Thanks for commenting!
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
This totally speaks to me! All of my favorite ingredients!
I love that a child is asking for breakfast at dinner! She’s a genius. :)
All of these recipes look fantastic!! Will have to make one if not all of these.
Cathy @ Noble Pig
I love how you did your quiche! That crust is just cool with the puffed pastry:).
so what is your photo program for your lovely pictures?
nice love salmon
Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa
Nothing makes me happier than breakfast for dinner. A big ol’ stack of pancakes or fluffy eggs? And throwing in some smoked salmon would just push me over the edge. Heavenly!
Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea!
We just had breakfast for dinner last night and my daughter said she thinks we should start having breakfast for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.
I have 3 dozen eggs to use up before we leave on vacation Saturday. I think I see a quiche in my future!
Another vacation? I’m so jealous. Of that and the number of eggs in your fridge.
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
I love quiche but haven’t had any in forever – must change that pronto!
When is the smoked salmon added?
Hi! At the same time you put the eggs in the puff pastry shell.
Love the look of your quiche, absolutely amazing photo’s. Can’t wait to try your recipe out.
Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
I can’t get over how beautiful these photos are. And I adore smoked salmon!!! These all sound delicious! :)
I love a good quiche and this salmon one looks divine! Classy and comforting at the same time. I always like how quiches taste good both hot, warm & cold and how easy you can vary with the ingredients. Now I crave a salmon one!
Averie @ Averie Cooks
This is my hubs’ dream food. Salmon or lox, eggs, bread. His heaven right there!
Bev @ Bev Cooks
Quiche makes me quiver. In a good way. I might need to remedy this. Right now.