Seafood Strudel


This is a great special occasion dish, like for Mother’s Day.  My brother gave me the original, sketchy recipe years ago.  It really calls for phyllo sheets, but this time I decided to use puff pastry because it’s easier to work with.  You’ll use an entire box of puff pastry for the full recipe.  It’s rich and wonderful and definitely not a dish you’d make on a regular basis.

Seafood Strudel


  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature
  • 2 TBSP cream
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp chopped chives
  • 1/4 cup diced shallots
  • 1 large clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 lb cooked crab, shrimp, lobster, halibut, and/or any mild white fish (or combination) in bite-sized pieces
  • Puff pastry
  • 2 TBSP softened butter


  1. The first step is to make a white sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan. Whisk in flour and cook for a minute. Remove from heat and stir in: dijon, salt, and cayenne. Slowly stir in milk and on medium heat, stir until thickens. Stir in cream, remove from heat, place in bowl and chill until firm.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the breadcrumbs and the next eight ingredients. Add chilled sauce. Now gently fold in the seafood.
  3. Heat oven to 375.
  4. Place a puff pastry sheet on a parchment covered baking sheet. Pat into a rectangle.
  5. Take 1/2 the seafood mixture and spread it on the pastry to within 1-2 inches of one of the long edges. Roll in jelly-roll fashion and place seam side down. Repeat with other pastry sheet.
  6. Smear tops with softened butter.
  7. Bake 35-40 minutes until golden.
  8. Note: You can brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle tops with parmesan and chopped parsley, when just out of oven for a great presentation.
  9. Note: If you use phyllo, brush melted butter between the sheets when stacking them. While it bakes, brush the top with butter 3 times during the baking process.