Parchment packet cooking is my JAM lately. I swear I could make breakfast, lunch and dinner in a parchment packet. The best part is that my house would be clean afterwards, because that is the miracle of parchment packets!
If you're not familiar with parchment paper, it's basically like wax paper that can go in the oven. Nana introduced me to it a couple years back and my entire kitchen experience was forever changed. You can lay it out on a baking sheet for easy, non-stick clean-up after baking. Use it to wrap baked goods to gift to friends, or separate stacked meat patties in the freezer. As I'm about to demonstrate, you can even roll a meal up in it for a flavorful and fuss-free dish that's ready in less than half an hour!
Parchment Packet Sesame Salmon
- 1 cup brown rice
- 4 salmon fillets 5-ounce
- 2 small heads baby bok choy
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 1 cup snow peas
- 1 cup shitake mushrooms chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp diced green onions
- 2 Tbsp sugar or coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 4 squares parchment paper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Make ginger soy sauce by whisking together soy sauce, green onions, sugar, ginger and garlic.
- Distribute vegetables evenly between the four parchment pieces, placing them in the center of the squares.
- Place salmon fillets on top of vegetables. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp ginger soy sauce and sprinkle with 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds.
- Roll the edges of each parchment square together to form a packet.
- Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook your brown rice by bringing to a boil with 2 cups water and then reducing to a simmer and cooking covered for 20 minutes. Drain when finished.
- Serve salmon over rice.
With this meal, the kids even got involved in constructing the little packets and seasoning their salmon to their own preferences.
The kids like a LOT of sesame seeds, as you can see from the pictures.
When the time's up, simply bust that packet open and serve! No pans to clean, no pots to scrub. Easy peasy parchment packet success.
Does your family use parchment paper? Have you ever tried cooking in a parchment packet?