I really enjoy cooking, especially when its fool proof.
One of my favorite simple, easy, healthy recipes is salmon (or steelhead, or really fish of choice) cooked in a foil pouch with butter, lemon, salt, pepper and asparagus. The best part of this recipe is that all ingredients are whole foods and you know exactly what you’re putting in your body.
When making this dish, you can use a baking pan or completely forgo that part & just put the foil pouches in the oven. I’ve found mine leak on occasion so a pan is best but to each their own. A nice addition to this is some brown rice – it soaks up some of the delicious lemon/fish juices and adds some more calories to the meal, which is otherwise relatively low in calories for a dinner.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Wash asparagus and cut the spears in half & place in a bowl. (if you prefer tops only, I would recommend saving and storing the bottom of the spears for other uses like stirfrys, soups, stews, etc., rather than throwing them away)
- Sprinkle sea salt, pepper and juice from half of a lemon over asparagus tops and stir to evenly coat asparagus tops.
- Cut a generously sized rectangular piece of aluminum foil and place the fish into the middle of the foil.
- Sprinkle salt, pepper and lemon juice overtop the fish then place 2 pats of butter on top of that. On top of the butter, place 2 slices of lemon and then top the whole thing with a handful of asparagus pieces.
- Repeat until all foil pouches are created. Then fold foil pouches and close them (seam side up) and place in oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until asparagus is fork tender, and salmon reaches desired doneness.