Parchment Salmon Packages with Asparagus

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These elegant packets look complicated, yet are quite simple to prepare. A seasoned salmon fillet is placed onto asparagus spears and wrapped in parchment paper using a French cooking method known as 'en papillote'. For maximum effect, snip the packets open at the dinner table, so the diner is presented with the wonderful, concentrated aromas! Serve with rice or fingerling potatoes.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
23 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 packets

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce

  • Hot pepper sauce to taste

  • Salt and white pepper to taste

  • 2 (5 ounce) wild salmon fillets

  • 8 slender asparagus spears, trimmed

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 4 lemon wedges for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, dill, tarragon, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and soy sauce; season to taste with hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Sprinkle the salmon fillets with salt and pepper, then spread on all sides with the mayonnaise mixture; set aside.

  3. Cut two 12 to 14-inch squares from a roll of parchment paper. Fold each piece in half along the longer side and cut a half-heart shape away from the fold, just like you did in elementary school to make valentines. Open the paper hearts and smear the top-side of each sheet with a little vegetable oil, and place 4 asparagus spears onto one side. Place the salmon, skin-side down, on top of the asparagus spears.

  4. Fold the parchment paper over the salmon (like closing a book). Roll the edges inwards to seal, leaving you with a secure packet. Place the packets onto a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until the parchment has turned golden brown and a kitchen thermometer inserted into the salmon reaches 125 degrees F (52 degrees C), 6 to 10 minutes.

  6. To serve, place unopened packets onto dinner plates accompanied by the lemon wedges. Use kitchen shears to snip open the packets at the dinner table, to release the aroma the moment before eating!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

523 Calories
40g Fat
12g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 523
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 722mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 38mg 189%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 787mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.