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En Papillote, in my opinion, is by far the easiest method used to cook a perfect fish. It is a method of cooking where the food is baked in an aluminum foil pouch, or parchment paper; the moisture then steams the food, and voila!

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This week’s Dorie challenge was to cook salmon and tomatoes en papillote. This wasn’t my first time using this method, so I was very comfortable in preparing this fish.

I set up the salmon, layered it with basil, rosemary, onions, and lemons; tucked in a few cherry tomatoes around the fish, seasoned it, and popped it in the oven.

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This meal, from start to finish, took me 20 minutes to make. Dinner arrived early – I had to reheat the food. :/

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As always, I can’t share the entire recipe with you, but you can get this wonderful cookbook from Amazon and join our French Fridays with Dorie club!

Also, I have a guest post today over at Kim’s place, The Farmer’s Wife! Please hop on over there and take a look at these beauties:

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  1. Magic of Spice July 15, 2011 at 6:44 PM - Reply

    This is such a wonderful way to prepare fish…looks fantastic!

  2. Lora @cakeduchess July 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    Love cooking en papilloteand your salmon looks delicious! Can’t wait to see what is next for FFwD this summer:)

  3. Juliana July 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM - Reply

    Kate, great way to prepare salmon…no pan and no mess.
    Hope you are having a great week :-)

  4. Dee July 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM - Reply

    What a delightful meal! I love salmon and the herbs you added are awesome!

  5. Tes July 12, 2011 at 6:05 AM - Reply

    Your salmon looks perfect :) The whole dish looks so fresh, healthy, and delicious :)

  6. Adriana July 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM - Reply

    I agree that en papillote fish is fantastic. I really liked the combination of flavors suggested by Dorie for the salmon. Those fritters look fantastic too! They remind me of beignets.

  7. sarah July 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous pictures Kate! This is one of my favorite ways to cook fish! It’s so simple and perfect for summer- also, we have a shared grill in our apartment comlex that doesn’t take well to putting any sort of meat directly on the grill so this method is perfect!

  8. Megan @ pipandebby July 11, 2011 at 7:10 AM - Reply

    There is little better than a 20-minute meal! Wow, looks delicious, and extremely simple.

  9. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen July 11, 2011 at 12:22 AM - Reply

    One of my college professors told me you can cook salmon en papillote by wrapping it up tightly in foil and putting it in the dishwasher. I have yet to test his theory– not sure I believe him!

  10. kankana July 10, 2011 at 10:32 PM - Reply

    This is one of my fav way to make fish .. easy .. no fuzz and flavorful.. plus less cleaning after cooking ;)

  11. Happy When Not Hungry July 10, 2011 at 8:27 PM - Reply

    This looks beautiful Kate!!

  12. torviewtoronto July 9, 2011 at 8:33 PM - Reply

    this looks wonderful Katerina
    Torviewtoronto and Createwithmom

  13. Firefly July 9, 2011 at 4:49 PM - Reply

    It looks so yummy I love baked fish this way, I have few recipes that are always a hit in our house :)
    And I LOVE your fritters! Wish I had some now :)

  14. claudia lamascolo July 9, 2011 at 4:10 PM - Reply

    Buzz buzz buzz fabulous dish! Easy delicious and my that dessert looks like the perfect ending!

  15. Cassie @ Bake Your Day July 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM - Reply

    This defines summer! We like to use parchment packets on the grill with fish. I will try these flavors, sounds wonderful!

  16. Susie July 9, 2011 at 11:30 AM - Reply

    This looks wonderful. I always love your pictures.

  17. Michelle July 9, 2011 at 10:50 AM - Reply

    I’d like to pretend that I like cooking fish this method because it helps create such a moist tender fish. But the real reason? I love the easy clean-up!

  18. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 9, 2011 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Lovely! Simple summer meals like this are what carry us through this time of year. :)

  19. Mina @ Angelloves Cooking July 9, 2011 at 8:09 AM - Reply

    Yor salmon looks cooked perfect, Kate!! I adore tis method too :)

  20. Becky July 9, 2011 at 7:28 AM - Reply

    Kate-This is what I’m having for dinner tonight, Salmon en papillote. Looks beautiful, and I have fresh basil and rosemary, and thyme. I’ll be putting mine on the grill.

    Also saw your fritters on Farmer’s Wife! They look so good!

  21. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite July 9, 2011 at 12:44 AM - Reply

    I am in love with the papillote technique, I have to say :)

  22. Roxana GreenGirl July 8, 2011 at 11:50 PM - Reply

    En-papillote is the only way I know how to cook fish, although I rarely cook at home since I’m afraid I under or overcook it.
    Yours looks great! perfect for a hot summer evening when I’m too hot to turn the stove on.

  23. The Harried Cook July 8, 2011 at 11:33 PM - Reply

    That looks so yummy… The tomatoes are so beautifully cooked too.. I love that it’s done in 20 minutes! I wish I could get one of those little bags for my dinner tonight! So yummy looking :)

  24. Ann July 8, 2011 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    Such a beautiful recipe. It just kills me that I’m allergic to salmon. Your pictures are beautiful!

  25. Lori July 8, 2011 at 11:02 PM - Reply

    I also love to cook using pouches! It makes cleaning up a snap! The salmon looks so perfectly cooked!

  26. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos July 8, 2011 at 6:25 PM - Reply

    oooo my dad loves salmon! i’m always looking for new ways to prepare this dish. i’ll try this one very soon :)

  27. Parsley Sage July 8, 2011 at 5:21 PM - Reply

    This is a fantastic Friday recipe :) Nice and fast too. Thumbs up!

  28. Jeanette July 8, 2011 at 4:26 PM - Reply

    Kate – this salmon and tomato en papillote looks like it would melt in my mouth! So pretty.

  29. Nami @ Just One Cookbook July 8, 2011 at 4:07 PM - Reply

    Dinner is ready in 20 minutes? BOOKMARKED! I love this kind of recipe….. it’s great for mom bloggers who are always busy, isn’t it? =D Thanks for sharing it. I love the simple recipe and salmon is my kids’ favorite fish that I can always count on. Happy Friday!

  30. Celia July 8, 2011 at 3:22 PM - Reply

    It’s a “double the Kate” day! Love it! :-) Already stumbled across those fritters and was very happy to do so – happy to see your lovely take on FFWD, too! Salmon en papillote is always so tender…

  31. We’ve been away from the blogosphere for what seems like and eternity and this is such a yummy recipe to come back to. Fish en papillote is a big favorite of Adam’s so this is going on the must make list. By the way your photography is just amazing on this post and the Chery Cobbler, too. Adam put one of your photos in his reference file, we hope you don’t mind! Keep it up it’s beautiful!

    • Kate@Diethood July 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM - Reply

      Oh my goodness, you don’t know how much that means to me! Thank you soooo much, Cheryl and Adam! ♥
      Adam can have whatever photo he desires!! :)

  32. The Farmers Wife July 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM - Reply

    Wow that salmon looks fantastic Kate! You are amazing girl! Thanks for sharing on my site today! I love the recipe you chose and it’s a big hit!

  33. Dana Salvo July 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM - Reply

    You are speaking my language w/this one. Love Salmon & lemon together. But basil & tomatoes just make it over the top. Yum. I also really love your style of photography.

  34. Adora's Box July 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM - Reply

    Lovely salmon. It looks so light and tasty. Love the lemon and herbs you’ve used.

  35. Tina@flourtrader July 8, 2011 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    Great method for preparing any kind of fish-very healthy. I will pop on over to your guest post now. thanks for sharing.

  36. Sandra's Easy Cooking July 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM - Reply

    This looks fantastic..I love salmon and I do often make it the same way..
    I will check you guest post..looks like something from my childhood:)) and I have feeling that I know what it is:))

  37. Lindsey@Lindseliciou July 8, 2011 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    Mmm looks great Kate! I love cooking fish with this method as well. Have a great weekend!

  38. Hester aka The Chef Doc July 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM - Reply

    Oooh… so that’s what en papillote means. Now I know! I’m excited to try this steaming method; I’ve not done it too often yet.

  39. Maya July 8, 2011 at 10:23 AM - Reply

    Wasn’t this a wonderfully easy dish? Really enjoyed making it, especially since it was a rather express way to cook! We had to reheat ours too…

  40. ceecee July 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM - Reply

    I love this method too! Everything always comes out so moist!

  41. Elin July 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM - Reply

    Kate…don’t we all love this salmon en papillote :) healthy and delicious ! love your pictures too :)

  42. Tiffany July 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM - Reply

    What a beautiful dish… and such a classic (and exquisite) preparation!!!!! Happy Friday Kate!

  43. Kelly July 8, 2011 at 9:42 AM - Reply

    I’m with Kristy – this time of year, I look to minimize cooking time and hassle. Love the simplicity and nutrients in this meal – beautiful photos too!

  44. Kristy July 8, 2011 at 8:56 AM - Reply

    I love easy and quick to make meals! And we all love salmon. I’ve never tried this method of cooking fish before, but I think I’m going to have to try this soon. :)

  45. Dessert By Candy July 8, 2011 at 8:20 AM - Reply

    Definitely a good choice this week for anyone mindful of healthy eating! I had trouble timing my dinner too. Had to quickly wake up BF from nap to alert him dinner is ready!

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