Salmon, Asparagus, and Mushrooms Steamed in Parchment

Eat Clean / Martha Stewart

Cooking in parchment is a simple, very forgiving way to cook fish. This basic method of cooking can be adapted for just about any fish and a variety of additional ingredients.



8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced 

8 ounces medium asparagus (about 1/2 bunch), trimmed and halved lengthwise 

4 scallions, thinly sliced 

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 

Zest of 1 lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving 

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 

¼ cup water 

4 skinless wild-salmon fillets (5 ounces and 1 inch thick each)

Preheat oven to 400° with racks in upper and lower thirds. Cut four 12-by-17-inch pieces of parchment. Fold each in half crosswise to make a crease, then unfold and lay flat. Toss mushrooms, asparagus, and scallions with oil in a large bowl. Sprinkle with lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. 


Remove asparagus from mixture and divide evenly among parchment pieces, creating a bed of spears on 1 side of crease. Top each with 1 piece of fish, then with mushroom mixture. Drizzle each serving with 1 tablespoon water. To close, fold parchment pieces over each serving; make small overlapping pleats to seal the open sides and create 4 half-moon-shaped packets. 


Bake packets on 2 baking sheets 9 minutes. Carefully cut open packets with kitchen shears (steam will be released). Serve fish, asparagus, and mushrooms with lemon wedges for squeezing.

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