This is a really fast, really easy, really flavorful dish. If the compound butter is made in advance, it takes 20 minutes total. It’s perfect for a busy weeknight, but decadent and elegant enough for a dinner party. I use salmon in this recipe, but cod or any other white fish would work equally well. Also, as I made this for my husband and I (according to my four-year-old, fish is “Gross! Yuck!”), this recipe makes two servings, but you can easily double, triple, quadruple (whatever!) it to feed your own crowd.
2 salmon fillets, about 5.5 ounces each
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place each fillet on top of a sheet of parchment paper, slightly off-center. Season the fillets with salt and pepper to taste. Spread roughly 2 tablespoons of softened compound butter over the surface of each fillet (roughly 4 tablespoons of the butter mixture, total).
3. Fold the parchment paper over the fillet, then fold the edges over to form a sealed paper packet around the fish. Repeat with the remaining fillet and parchment paper. Place the packets on a baking sheet and put them in the oven.
4. Allow the salmon to cook for 15 minutes, then remove the baking sheet from the oven. Carefully open the packets. Using a spatula, transfer the fish to your plates and spoon the melted butter over, to taste. Serve immediately.
🍴 For What it’s worth, I like to pair this with steamed asparagus and Rice Pilaf.