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Saucy Mama Tarragon and Lemon Fish en Croute- Skinny Mommy Contest


Don’t be fooled by my long list of sweet and savory dishes that are extremely easy on the eyes but not so much on the hips! I can cook healthy too! We women are always looking after our figure whether it be watching our calories, carbs or following a strict diet plan. I am southern true and true and although I don’t shy away from butter and sugar I do know how to eat sensibly and watch my weight.

Healthy yet FLAVORFUL is the word of the day. I was recently contacted to take part in the Saucy Mama Skinny Mommy Mustard contest. Our mission if we so chose was to create a diet friendly dish based on one of the amazing Saucy Mama mustard’s. When my shipment of Saucy Mama goodies arrived I took one whiff of the Tarragon and Lemon mustard and I knew this was the one. The one mustard that was going to propel me into stardom. The mustard that would land me a Food Network Show, an agent and a cookbook. The one mustard that was going to change my life! Okay, so I am exgaretting a little or a lot. It is however the one mustard that everyone should have in their pantry. It has the perfect combination of tart and nuttiness from the herbs and lemon and it pairs so well with seafood.

As I mentioned before, the contest is to create a diet friendly dish using a Saucy Mama mustard sauce. I knew I wanted to do a dish associated with the South Beach Diet. I think this diet plan is amazing and so easily adaptable to any lifestyle. I also knew I wanted to do something different than the other contestants. I figured people would use it in a batter or vinaigrette of some kind and of course mustard is meant to be in dishes like pasta salad, crab cakes and BBQ but the question is would they use it with fish-not fried fish but-baked.

So all this leads me to my Saucy Mama Tarragon and Lemon Fish en Croute. I have to say regardless if I win the contest or not I am just so happy to have a new healthy and amazingly delicious dish in my recipe arsenal. It is hands down the best thing in the world. A marinade mixture of mustard, white wine, horseradish, almond oil and my secret ingredient- a touch of jalapeno juice for a little heat. The puff pastry that wraps itself so nicely around the fish gives that extra little crispy/crunch factor that you might miss from fried fish. Healthy yet Delicious!

Please do me a HUGE MONSTER FAVOR and stop by the Skinny Mommy Contest on their Facebook page and vote for my Tarragon and Lemon Fish en Croute. You can vote one time each day. I never enter contests like this before and I would love the opportunity to win and share this dish with everyone. I am so proud of it and I hope you will be just as excited once you give it a try as well! Thanks ahead of time for your votes! It means more than you know!

Oh and if you like what you see say tuned for Friday when I have my very first Saucy Mama mustard giveaway! Yep, you guys get to get on the mustard bandwagon toooo! Only entry is to comment! YEAH!

Saucy Mama Tarragon and Lemon Fish en Croute
  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry
  • 6 fillets of firm white fish such as red snapper, cod, halibut
  • 2 egg yolks plus 1 TBSP milk, slightly beaten
  • 1 TBSP almond oil
  • Marinade:
  • 5 TBSP Tarragon Lemon Saucy Mama Mustard
  • 3 TBSP lemon juice
  • 3 TBSP almond oil ( I use Devo)
  • ½ tsp jalapeno juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP dry white wine
  • ¼ tsp horseradish
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 6 basil leaves (optional)
  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a large glass bowl or large Ziploc bag. Place the fish in the marinade, toss to coat each fish evenly and cover. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or longer.
  2. 30 minutes per to baking allow the puff pastry sheets to come to room temperature. As you set the pastry out go ahead and break each sheet into 3 pieces for a total of 6 puff pastry strips. You will notice when you remove the pastry from the box that it is already folded into 3 parts so this should be fairly easy to break apart. Once thawed and ready to bake remove the fish from the refrigerator.
  3. Pat off excess marinade from each fillet (this is important as if you leave too much marinade on the fish the puff pastry will be soggy) and place in the center of each puff pastry strip. Lay one basil leaf on top of the fish and enclose the puff pastry around it. Sealing it with your fingers at the seam by pinching it together. Mix together the egg wash and almond oil and brush the tops of the puff pastry. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes-20 minutes until the puff pastry is nice and golden brown. Optional: With 5 minutes remaining in the baking time place a nice juicy slice of lemon on top of each puff pastry.




  1. Nutmeg Nanny

    I don’t even eat fish and this looks amazing! I love the touch of lemon and the use of the tarragon lemon mustard…yum!

    28 . Feb . 2012
  2. Bonnie

    This certainly has a WOW factor of 10+!! Saucy Mama indeed! I’m off to vote.


    28 . Feb . 2012
  3. Erica

    What a pretty dish! Love how its all wrapped up. Mustard is one of my favorite condiments- I must try these products

    28 . Feb . 2012
  4. nancy at good food matters

    Saucy Mama is making the rounds! (just read about these mustards on An Edible Mosaic–she made a healthier Reuben) But this fish en croute is an elegant dish–beautifully done, Jessica. Tarragon and lemon in a mustard would be terrific.

    28 . Feb . 2012
  5. yummychunklet

    Love fish wrapped in puff pastry. It just looks so delicious!

    28 . Feb . 2012
  6. Eva

    What a great looking dish Jessica although I am not familiar with the south beach diet — any diet that allows puff pastry is fine by me! I adore anything mustard, particularly flavoured with herbs…YUM!

    28 . Feb . 2012
  7. val

    You made fish look amazing!!! Such a great recipe.

    28 . Feb . 2012
  8. Pure Complex

    I LOVE your first paragraph. My family is southern, this I was born southern. I love butter but that doesn’t mean I eat it everyday. This fish looks heavenly

    28 . Feb . 2012
  9. Collette Osuna

    How cool you posted this recipe! I have fish in the oven right now, lol
    I must confess….I use tarragon for wayyyy too many things! Perfect on potatoes too:)

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    28 . Feb . 2012
  10. Greg

    Kid you not, one of the prettiest entrees I’ve seen in some time. Looks amazing.

    28 . Feb . 2012
  11. lena

    oh, looking at your profile pic with a slim face and body, i’m sure you can cook very healthy. The mustard sounds delicious to me , you have given it a very tasty marinate here and the presentation is beautiful! All the best in the contest! just came back from the fb page, i will remember to go into fb again tomorrow to vote!

    28 . Feb . 2012
  12. sonia

    Hi There,
    This dish is looking amazing and am sure must be delicious to the core….! Have a good week ahead. Cheers, Sonia

    28 . Feb . 2012
  13. Candace

    If I had a facebook account, I would definitely give you my vote. This looks so yummy!

    28 . Feb . 2012
  14. Shea

    This looks delicious, and it doesn’t even seem like “diet food” at all! I will definitely vote for you–I hope you win!!

    28 . Feb . 2012
  15. 2 sisters recipes

    What a delicious recipe and great idea to wrap the fish in a pastry puff – genius! good luck with the contest I hope you win!! 😉

    28 . Feb . 2012
  16. kelli

    I not a huge fish fan like my kidos nless it is something special and let me tell you this is something special. I love the idea of the puff pastry
    Will have to chekc out this mustard.
    Hope you win and good luck!

    28 . Feb . 2012
  17. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    This looks absolutely delicious! LOVE this recipe… I wish I could get my hands on this tarragon/lemon mustard… Sounds super yum! 🙂 And you know you have my vote! 🙂

    28 . Feb . 2012
  18. chef_d

    Fish en croute is such a classy presentation for fish, love this!

    28 . Feb . 2012
  19. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    This is my first time fish fillet is wrapped up in puff pastry!!!! This is wonderful totally new idea and I would loooove to try this!!!

    28 . Feb . 2012
    • Nami | Just One Cookbook

      Oops I meant my first time “seeing”… Sorry about mistake!

      28 . Feb . 2012
  20. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    Looks absolutely mouth watering! I like the idea of the fish being wrapped in puff pastry. Lovely to serve when there is company too.

    28 . Feb . 2012
  21. Reem | Simply Reem

    This looks perfect Jessica…
    Fish in crust… perfect!!!!

    B/W sweetie I have to say you are one of the best blogger, I dunno how u manage to post so regularly with a new born and a toddler… Hats off to you my dear.

    29 . Feb . 2012
  22., Teresa

    Don’t you just love saying “en croute”. I like the way it rolls off my tongue. And I would really like the way your lovely little chicken dish would taste on my tongue! Very nice post indeed.

    29 . Feb . 2012
  23. daphne

    I love healthy dishes!! And what a way to use mustard- I love the addition of the crisp puff pastry as well!

    29 . Feb . 2012
  24. Lisa

    At first when I looked at the photo, it looked like chicken rolled up. I agree you sure know how to make a fish dish look delicious!
    I agree you are an amazing blogger and balancing motherhood and a website is not easy. Good luck to you in the contest! 🙂

    29 . Feb . 2012
  25. Linda

    Jessica, this is one beautiful presenting entre’!! I guess we thought alike with the choice of mustards!! I love how it’s tucked away in the puff pastry. You’re so very creative! Best of luck to you Jessica…this looks like a winning recipe…and definitely one I will make soon! (I’ve got plenty of mustard to use!)

    29 . Feb . 2012
  26. Liz

    Wow, your fish en croute looks fabulous…perfectly flaky fish and the puffed pastry is a fabulous touch! Good luck!

    29 . Feb . 2012
  27. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    What an amazing recipe! Voted!

    29 . Feb . 2012
  28. sportsglutton

    This looks like one tasty creation Jessica. Well done and best of luck in the contest!

    29 . Feb . 2012
  29. Kristy

    This sounds downright delicious!!! I am always looking for new ways to eat fish and this mustard sounds like a great complement. Yum! Off to vote. 🙂

    29 . Feb . 2012
  30. Stefanie

    Beautifully done!! Looks like a delicious and healthy way to serve fish, and that mustard sounds really good, too!! Good luck in the competition!!

    29 . Feb . 2012
  31. Jody Brettkelly

    Gorgeousness in pastry!

    29 . Feb . 2012
  32. Alli

    I need to eat more fish and this looks great as I love love love mustard. Yum! You have my vote.

    29 . Feb . 2012
  33. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    This mustard sounds awesome and that fish looks amazing!! I grow Tarragon in my herb garden because I love cooking with it.

    29 . Feb . 2012
  34. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Fine, you can come over tomorrow night and make that. Then we will go to Zumba and for a run.

    29 . Feb . 2012
  35. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    This is something I have never seen before. Fish wrapped in a puff pastry. How creative and beautiful! You totally have my vote or two! I will link over there now.

    29 . Feb . 2012
  36. joanne

    I haven’t yet tried the tarragon lemon mustard but htis meal sounds super delicious! Anything covered in puff pastry has to be!

    01 . Mar . 2012
  37. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    Such a wonderful dish, so many amazing flavoure combinations! Wish I could get some Terragon to try your recipe tonight, I ll surely let u know in case I make it. thanks sharing!

    01 . Mar . 2012
  38. Caroline

    It’s so beautiful!! Love the idea of wrapping fish in pastry. Sounds absolutely delicious. x

    01 . Mar . 2012
  39. Milena Andrade.

    Hello, this recipe is delicious, I loved your site
    I will visit more often! kisses.

    Also visit the Sweet Kitchen.

    01 . Mar . 2012
  40. Geni

    Did I not get the Saucy Mama memo? Some of my favorite blogs are all about this Saucy Mama. 😉 Your fish en croute looks fantastic. Lemony, juicy and what a wonderful little surprise on top! Have a great day!

    01 . Mar . 2012
  41. Velva

    Mustard and tarragon are fabulous pairing of flavors for fish or poultry. Your dish looks really delicious and healthy. Proof that you never have to sacrifice flavor for less calories-awesome. I will gladly head over and vote for your dish.


    01 . Mar . 2012
  42. Malli

    Just voted for you on FB—I couldn’t help but vote for such a unique dish. The fish encroute with the mustard sauce is such a delightful combination of flavors and you turned it into a gourmet presentation!!

    01 . Mar . 2012
  43. Loveforfood

    thank you for sharing your knowledge on food photography.

    02 . Mar . 2012
  44. Angie@Angiesrecipes

    A mouthwatering fish en croute! The herbal sauce would be great with some fish sticks too.

    02 . Mar . 2012
  45. Sawsan

    I was never a big fan of fish, I find it a little bland but I am sure that your recipe has enough flavor to convert me

    02 . Mar . 2012
  46. kankana

    That for me is fancy food with yummy goodness! I can imagine how crunch every bite will be and then the soft bite from the fish. Absolutely amazing.

    02 . Mar . 2012
  47. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    What a fascinating idea for fish. This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    02 . Mar . 2012
  48. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Adore anything with tarragon and this looks so pretty too. Will stop by and vote. Best of luck. This is too gorgeous not to win.

    03 . Mar . 2012
  49. Asmita

    I love fish and this looks wonderful!!!

    03 . Mar . 2012
  50. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Good luck with the contest…I think you have a great chance to win. Your recipe sounds very good.

    03 . Mar . 2012
  51. Jo-Lyn

    Yum!! The photos are gorgeous!!

    05 . Mar . 2012
  52. Mary

    Amazing!! any more skinny tips and I would be interested!!!
    Mary x

    05 . Mar . 2012
  53. vianney

    YUMMY!!! great entry, off to vote good luck!!

    05 . Mar . 2012

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