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Salmon and Zucchini Baked in Parchment

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Wrap up the day by sitting down to heart-healthy fish "en papillote," a fancy-sounding method that's so simple.

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  • Servings: 1
salmon

Source: Everyday Food, April 2007

Ingredients

  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 lemon slice, halved, plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 skinless salmon fillet (6 to 8 ounces)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fold a large piece of parchment paper (about 15 by 16 inches) in half to crease it; open, and lay it flat.

  2. On one side of crease, mound zucchini; top with shallot, butter, dill, and lemon slices. Season with salt and pepper. Place salmon on top; drizzle with lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.

  3. To close, fold parchment over salmon; make small overlapping pleats to seal the open sides and create a half-moon-shaped packet. Place on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until salmon is opaque throughout, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve (see cooks' note).

Cook's Notes

Two Ways to Serve: You can either place the packet on a plate and cut it open, or make a slit in the paper and use a large metal spatula to transfer the contents to a serving plate.

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  • TouchMyIsland
    18 FEB, 2015
    This was great! I used garlic and sweet onion instead of the shallots (cos I didn't have any on hand), and it still turned out very tasty. I can see myself using this recipe for other types of fish aside from salmon, as well. This is a fun new way to cook fish with the parchment paper. After cooking this, my husband asked if I added the recipe to our special household recipe book -- a sign that dinner went over very well (: Will definitely be cooking this again soon!
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  • Eviebelle
    21 SEP, 2013
    My husband is not a particular fan of zucchini; he ate 2 servings of this (though I should have made him some rice or other carb to go with it, as he said he was still hungry). I don't really care for dill; I loved this. I highly recommend this recipe as quick, easy, and delicious. Perfect for a hectic weeknight, worthy of company. You won't be disappointed!
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  • Aya El-Husseini
    28 APR, 2013
    Looks so yummy but i was wondering can i use foil instead of parchment paper ?!
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  • PJ Harren
    29 JAN, 2013
    The recipe is wonderful I also added julienned red pepper & some capers with a splash of white wine to moisten. Love it
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  • mountaining
    1 SEP, 2012
    We found the salmon needed about 25 minutes instead of 15-18 (we did use skin-on, though). Otherwise, loved the dill. We used olive oil instead of butter, and an Walla Walla onion instead of a shallot - delicious!
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  • paulabot08
    22 JUL, 2011
    This was very simple and full of flavor! The dill and lemon adds a great zest, and the vegetables pair perfectly. I agree with the suggestion to serve with rice, but it's also hearty enough to work on its own. I used Earth Balance butter substitute, and it tasted great. This will be a staple for me!
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  • mrtourne
    4 APR, 2010
    Just made this for dinner - replaced the dill for herbes de provence and it was also great (a bit earthier). Very tasty and gotta love how easily this comes together!
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  • Minga
    31 MAR, 2010
    Great SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) recipe! Sometimes it's easy to feel restricted having Crohn's, but this proves you don't have to. Thanks.
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  • shaq455
    4 MAR, 2010
    This was delicious! Easy to make, easy to clean up and healthy too. I would not use as much butter next time, I don't think you need it. This will definitely be added to my dinner rotation!
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  • MS11892400
    23 APR, 2009
    This is an AWESOME, quick, healthy, and satisfying meal. My entire family of six including four children aged 10 - 16 loved it. I didn't have shallots on hand but substituted leeks in place; 1/2 of a leek (white part only) thinly sliced for each packet. The family has requested that we eat this once a week. Absolutely DELICIOUS!
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