Salmon en Papillote (Salmon in Parchment)
Salmon cooked en papillote, which means wrapped in a packet of parchment (or foil), is a dramatic way to procure perfectly cooked salmon, but it isn’t difficult. Fold a fillet into a cut piece of parchment, and then layer it with seasonings or perhaps vegetables or citrus fruit. Then simply bake the packets until done. The steam created by the parchment produces reliably moist salmon, and opening the individual packets at the table makes for a fun way to start dinner.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 4(6- to 8-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
- Cut vegetables, fresh herbs and/or slices of lemon, lime or orange
- Salt and pepper
Step 1Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut 4 large heart-shaped pieces of parchment paper or foil, and place them on a sheet pan. Fold the parchment or foil in half down the middle, place a fillet with its garnishes and seasonings on one side of each, fold the other side over and crimp the rounded edge tightly closed.
Step 2Place in oven for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how done you’d like to serve the salmon. The packages should puff up and make for dramatic serving.