According to Aimee, salmon en papillote is the very first dinner I ever cooked for her. I had to break it to her that this was my go-to dish for impressing the ladies. It checks all of the boxes:
- Sounds fancy – salmon en papillote just means “salmon in parchment” but when heard in my outrageous French accent just makes your knees weak.
- Looks cool – few homemade meals allow for such dramatic presentation. For this dish you plate the bag and the diner tears into it like a present…allowing the steam and savory smells to waft almost magically from the bag.
- Looks complicated (but super easy) to make – it uses one pan and a cookie sheet, so clean up is super easy too.
- Healthy and light – this recipe uses just 1 tablespoon of butter or oil and salt and pepper to taste.