French Fridays with Dorie: Salmon and Tomatoes en Papier d’Aluminium


This frazzled accountant is grateful to the FFwD powers-that-be for choosing the easiest, quickest, tastiest recipe for this week.  During the first week of every month, it’s crunch-time at work.  I won’t bore you with the details of what I do, but let’s just say that once the Thursday night arrives, I’m sick of twelve hour weekdays and cooking is the last thing on my mind.  If you follow me on Twitter, you must have also read about my refrigerator’s down time during the long weekend. That did not help my cause at all.  

(On the brighter side, the weekend events inspired me to research about food safety, the eternal dilemma on the shelf life of leftovers, and what to do if the compressor in your refrigerator dies out – or if the technician forgets to plug it into its computer’s motherboard in their Friday visit, leaving you with no working refrigerator until Tuesday.  I’m baffled thinking why refrigerators even need to have motherboards inside.)


Beautiful sockeye salmon filet

I barely made this recipe yesterday.  After leaving the office, I stopped by Costco to purchase a few things for a casual dinner party with close friends ths weekend  (Dorie’s short ribs redux!) and couldn’t help picking up a fresh, wild-caught sockeye salmon filet.  Costco changed its policy on fish sourcing earlier this year to avoid endangered species, and to increase its offerings of wild caught varieties. I couldn’t have been happier about it.  Wild caught sockeye is in the thumbs-up section of the Monterey Bay Acquarium’s Seafood Watch!  I love the dramatic red color – which later blended in with the seared tomatoes. I used regular tomato slices, as that was what I had on hand, and tons of basil fresh rosemary, and lemon zest.  The best part – as Dorie herself notes – was the minimal cleanup.

We paired this simple dinner with a well-deserved glass of chilled Torrontés – my favorite white wine at the time.  Grown in Argentina, Torrontés is delicately fruity (think pink grapefruit) and dry enough to cut through the fatty fish.  We had an Altavista but I like the Susana Balbo version too.

Check out how the rest of the FFwD cooks interpreted this recipe here!  Join us as we cook our way through Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan’s award winning cookbook.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

18 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie: Salmon and Tomatoes en Papier d’Aluminium”

  1. Margaret
    July 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Salmon looks delicious. Also happy it was quick.

  2. Cher
    July 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    My department processes audit & pay – so I certainly can understand those end of month/ beginning of month pressures to get the numbers “just so” – glad you had a good meal & a glass of wine to offset it all!The color on that salmon is lovely.

  3. Dessert By Candy
    July 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Costco FTW!!! That salmon fillet looks pristine and the finished dish must be delicious.I sympathize with your fridge woes. My Maytag acted up on me many times before going completely dead a few years ago. When the house was quiet, I got paranoid about every little noise or lack of from the fridge!

  4. Nancy
    July 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Great tip about the wine. Thanks.

  5. Eileen
    July 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I love costco! There isn’t one near where I live now, unfortunately. Your fish has great color. Mmm. Hope your fridge behaves from here on out. There’s nothing worse than seeing a fridge-full of perfectly good food go to waste.

  6. Kathy
    July 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    I was also so glad this weeks pick was easy and quick! Yours looks so delicious with the tomatoes sliced on top of the fish! Lovely! Enjoy your week-end!

  7. Lola
    July 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    Wish I had used fresh salmon. I used frozen and it wasn’t very good.

  8. yummychunklet
    July 9, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    Your salmon looks delicious with those tomato slices! Yum!

  9. Marie
    July 9, 2011 at 2:59 am #

    Glad to hear about Costco’s change of policy–and the salmon looks great. So much nicer than anemic pink farm-raised salmon. I love Torrontes too!

  10. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite
    July 9, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Happy it worked out for you this week – it’s definitely a technique I will be using again and again!

  11. Elin
    July 11, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    Adriana…thanks for the tip on the wine pairingfor this salmon en papillote. this is so simple and I was glad last friday recipe was simple and yet delicious. Mine disappeared in a short 15 minutes 🙂 My hubby loved it and I shall be making this again. Thanks Dorie for such a simple yet delicious fish dish 🙂

  12. Elaine
    July 11, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    How awful to be without a refrigerator for so long. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon. Your salmon looks delicious and I bet it was the perfect meal for a busy work day!

  13. Teresa
    July 11, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    A conked-out fridge is such a nightmare, especially in hot weather. I loved this recipe, too. It didn’t cook long enough to heat up the kitchen terribly and the easy clean up was exactly what i was looking for this Friday.

  14. Susan
    July 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Beautiful, Adriana! We’ve been swamped lately, too, with things we’d rather not deal with/spend money on – Beehives and Gophers, to name 2! We loved this recipe & I love your phrase “en Papier d’Aluminium”! Have a great week!

  15. SisBoomTweet
    July 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    “Papier de Aluminum” was preferred for me! That is its own kind of snark, n’cest pas? What a beautiful salmon! I have already made this again!

  16. KarenP
    July 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Looks gorgeous! It’s always nice to have a delicious, but quick and easy dinner. Yours looks yummy with those tomato slices baked on top!

  17. Betsy
    July 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    It looks gorgeous. I’m so happy to know that Costco changed their policy on fish sourcing. Opens up that venue of shopping again. So sorry about the fridge. I had no idea they had motherboards either. Now that it’s the 2nd week of the month, I hope it is more sane for you.

  18. Frolicking Night Owl
    July 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    I have to agree that I loved the quick clean-up for this recipe!! Love the reds in your photos.

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