Salmon baked in a foil parcel

    55 min

    Bake salmon in a foil parcel for guaranteed moist results. This salmon is flavoured with an exotic mix on marjoram, lemon and star anise, but you could use the same method and incorporate your own favourite flavours.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 medium onions
    • olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 lemons
    • 5 whole star anise
    • 75ml water
    • 700g salmon fillet

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    2. Slice onions into semicircles. Put onions in a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil and fry gently until soft and brown, about 10 minutes. Season with marjoram and a little salt and set aside.
    3. Cut the lemons into slices and place them in a single layer in a clean frying pan, cooking them on high until lightly browned on both sides, about 3 minutes. Add the star anise and water, bring to the boil and remove from the heat.
    4. In a baking tin large enough to fit the whole fillet, lay down sheets of aluminium foil with enough overlap to wrap the fillet up like a parcel. Add the onions in a layer and then place the salmon fillet, skin side down, on top of the onions. Rub the fillet with salt and pepper. Lay the lemon slices and star anise evenly spaced over the top of the fillet. Fold up the edges of the foil over the fillet to make a parcel, making sure to seal the edges well.
    5. Bake the parcel for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, open foil and serve.


    Salmon baked in a foil parcel
    Salmon baked in a foil parcel

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    amazing!  -  03 Dec 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was absolutely delicious. I made it for company whom I knew loved salmon. All four of us loved the mixture of flavors and how moist the salmon was after being baked in a foil packet. My local groocery store did not have whole star anise pods. After a little research online I learned that Chinese star anise and Anise seed come from a different plants, but both contain the same three essential oils and have a very similar licorice taste, though the star anise flavor is more intense. Each of the eight points in a whole star anise pod contains a single glossy seed. Star Anise is used in Chinese cooking Anise seed comes from a flowering plant grown in the Medeterrainian and South West Asia. Anise seed may be substituted in place of a whole star anise pod. Use ¾ teaspoon crushed anise seeds or ½ teaspoon ground anise for each star anise pod. Our local grocery store also did not have ground anise, so I went with crushed Anise seeds. I crushed my own seeds and rounded up to use 4 teaspoons in place of the 5 whole pods. One other change, we bought a 2 pound fillet, but I did not adust other ingredients to match. We will definitely make this again. Sooooo YUMMY and Easy to Clean Up, just fold up the foil and throw away. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.  -  02 Apr 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)