Smoked Salmon Crustless Quiche, sort of

Posted by on September 27, 2009 | 19 Comments

Since my last Dutch Baby venture was such a dee-licious success, I set out to create a savory version the other day. But, I couldn’t stop with that one challenge alone. Oh no, silly me decided to go for the gusto and make it grain-free too! Luckily it worked out okay, but I used ground almonds, and was surprised at how bready the first trial turned out. It was good, but somehow the texture didn’t really go with the flavor. So in round two, I switched to cashews, using half the amount, and a star was born!

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Smoked Salmon Quiche

However, this new concoction wasn’t really a Dutch Baby anymore. Determined to find a name, I went online to read about the various types of egg dishes (yes, I do waste too much time on completely useless activities once in a while). The most comparable dish I could find was a quiche, but since this recipe contains no cheese, cream, or dairy of any kind, it seemed like a bit of a stretch. I mean, a healthy quiche?

I have never really had a quiche, so I turned to my husband for his taste-testing expertise. He said, “It’s kind of like a quiche, but different. It’s good though!” And thus, this name was born …


Smoked Salmon Crustless (Sort of) Quiche

This recipe is Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Soy-Free. I got a gread deal on wild smoked salmon ($1.50 for 4 ounces per package!), which is why I opted to use it in this dish. Feel free to use fresh salmon if you prefer.

  • 2 Ounces Cashews (can sub almonds)
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage
  • 4 Medium Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Tahini
  • 4 Teaspoons Nutritional Yeast (optional)*
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Dried Dill or a scant Tablespoon Fresh Dill
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Ounces Smoked Salmon, flaked or diced (depending on the type you use)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oil (your choice) or Dairy-Free Margarine

Preheat your oven to 425ºF

Grind the cashews in a spice grinder for about 30 seconds, or until they turn into a powder.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the cashews, milk alternative, eggs, tahini, nutritional yeast, dill, onion powder, and salt. Stir in the smoked salmon.

Place the oil or margarine in a 9″ pie plate, or divide it between four ramekins. Place the dish(es) in the oven to warm up for a few minutes. Remove and make sure the oil/margarine nicely coats the bottom of the dish.

Give the egg mixture another quick whisk, and pour it into your prepared dish(es). Bake for about 25 minutes, or untili the egg dish is nice and puffed, and just beginning to brown. It will deflate upon removal from the oven, so if you want a picture, be quick!

*You can use more or less nutritional yeast based on your tastes, or omit it altogether. I wasn’t really going for “cheesy” which is why I didn’t use a bunch, but rather a well-rounded and slightly bold/hearty flavor.

Yields 2 hearty servings or 4 servings with a big salad

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Smoked Salmon Quiche

Comments (19)


  1. OMG my husband would think he died and went to heaven…salmon & eggs in one dish. That’s a jewish man’s dream date 🙂

    I have been lovin the nooch on all my veggies, very cool you put it in your recipe…I don’t think it’s an “optional” ingredient anymore 🙂 I’m in lust with that stuff!

  2. Shannon says:

    whatever it is, it looks delish 🙂

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  4. Christina says:

    Ohhh yummy!! haha I google food things all the time. Last time I came home from the grocery store I had a list at the bottom of my list of things I wanted to google!

    Is it maybe like a pudding, that I stuffed my squash with? But mine had milk, so probably not, but it looks kind of like the same texture.

    The dill makes it look SO pretty!

  5. Linda says:

    WOW—That looks amazing! I’ve been looking for recipes to use So Delicious coconut milk beverages in. (My new favorite dairy-free milk.) I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Sophia says:

    Wow, that looks GORGEOUS and oh so delicious! I think it could also be like a custard? A savory one?

  7. DebinHawaii says:

    It looks amazing-what a unique recipe too.

  8. Joanne says:

    I swear I can almost taste the texture of this and it’s something I can place, but can’t think of the name for. Kind of like stuffed focaccia maybe? But not. Hmmmm. I will think about it.

    I LOVE smoked salmon though. This looks right up my alley…so good!

  9. coco says:

    it looks really good! I love quiches and salmon!! 🙂

  10. alisa says:

    Hmm, after reading all of your comments, I am wondering if a deflated souffle might be a close call on this one?

  11. natalie says:

    oh yum. that looks so great. thanks for sharing. I love cooking and learning of new ideas to cook! yay!

  12. I’m loving this quiche with salmon, terrific recipe!

  13. Rita says:

    that looks great! lovely photos too.

  14. Morgan says:

    This looks sooo yummy but I don’t have any cashews. Do you think I could sub w coconut flour? Or should I buy cashews? I love them so I wouldn’t mind. Thanks for the great recipes!

  15. VA says:

    I’m loving this quiche with salmon, terrific recipe!

  16. I just saw that you added a link to Slightly Indulgent Mondays! So glad you linked up. There are so many things I’ve never eaten so I do what you did when I go to cook them – after lots of research I have to get some feedback. It’s an interesting place to be – and it always forces me to refine my own personal culinary point of view because I have to think about how I want to express myself through the food instead of how I think someone else things it should be. 🙂

  17. Chaya says:

    I am debating whether, I should change my menu, for dinner. This is calling my name, loud and clear. I put smoked salmon in everything. I have made yummy muffins with salmon in them. Whenever, I want to add a contrasting taste, salmon is the answer.

  18. Sheridan says:

    I Googled and found your recipe tonight (I needed inspiration for dinner!). I had enough smoked salmon for a double batch, so I made them in ramekins and a dish. My daughters (7, 5 & 4) enjoyed eating their little round quiches (with homemade sauerkraut and homemade sour cream on the side) and came back for more. My 18 mth old even enjoyed her slice. Thanks for your recipe, it is still being enjoyed years after you posted it. 🙂

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