Christmas Stuffed Whole Huon Salmon

Christmas truly is a special time of the year. It’s an opportunity to get friends and family together – and the perfect opportunity to show off a little bit! Our whole stuffed salmon recipe may look impressive, but you’d be blown away at just how easy it is once you get down to it.

Perfect for an impressively catered lunch or dinner on Christmas day, and packed full of delicious stuffing, we encourage you to try this one out! There are remarkably few steps in this recipe – particularly when you consider the sheer visual impact it has. But it really does call for getting each one of those steps done well. Have a look through and get planning for your best Christmas yet!

Christmas Stuffed Whole Huon Salmon
15 Minutes
45 Minutes


  • 1 Whole Huon Salmon, about 4-5kg, scaled
  • 1 Small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Cups fresh white sourdough breadcrumbs
  • 1 Cup rye breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 Bunch dill, finely chopped
  • 1 Lemon zest and juice
  • 1 Lemon cut into slices


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 200C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

  2. 2

    In a medium pan, fry the onion over gentle heat in a little olive oil until softened. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. 3

    In a large bowl, mix breadcrumbs, cranberries, pine nuts, dill, zest then add the softened onion. Mix to combine. Sprinkle 1or 2 tbs of water on the mixture if it seems too dry.

  4. 4

    Place the salmon on the baking tray, and use paper towel to pat dry the inside of the salmon. Season the cavity with a little salt then fill with the stuffing. Lay the lemon slices over the top on the stuffing so they just peek out from the skin. These will turn golden and caramelised as the fish cooks. Use a sharp knife to make three slashes into the side of the salmon, about 1 cm deep and season the entire fish with salt.

  5. 5

    Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until done to your liking, 30 minutes and the fish will be a little pink inside, 45 minutes and it will be cooked all the way through.

  6. 6

    Carefully transfer fish onto a large serving platter. Serve with all your favourite Christmas trimmings.

    Note: The stuffing can be made a day ahead and stored in the fridge until needed. You can also cook the salmon on the BBQ. Line a large sheet of foil with baking paper, place the salmon on top, fill as above, then fold over salmon to seal.