Emeril's Crouching Tiger Hidden Salmon

Emeril Lagasse's Oscar Dinner

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

In honor of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, we have Emeril's crouching tiger hidden salmon. On the show Emeril used parchment paper to put the fish in. But you can use parchment paper or aluminum foil and the fish will still be delicious and healthy.


  • 6 tsp olive oil
  • 6 fillets salmon (about 4 - 6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp ginger root, minced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp shallots, minced
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Fold 4 sheets of parchment paper (16 and a half by 24 and a half inches) in half, and clip off the 2 open corners, cutting them round to create an ear shape. Spread the parchment sheets (now oblong shaped) open on a flat surface, and brush each with 1 tablespoon of the oil.

    In a small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, ginger root, garlic, shallots, sesame oil, orange juice. Mix marinade well.

    Place each fillet on half of a parchment sheet. Season filets with salt and pepper to taste. Pour 4 tablespoons of the marinade over the fish.

    Alternate 2 slices of lemon and 2 slices of orange on top of each filet. Top with 5 or 6 stems of cilantro. To close each bag, fold the second side of the paper over the layered food, fold the bottom edge over the top, and work your way edge over edge, folding and twisting, until the bag is sealed. Turn each bag over and place it on an oven proof plate, or place all on a baking sheet. (If you bake them on plates, you won't have to transfer them later). Brush the top of each bag with the remaining oil (1 teaspoon per bag), and bake until the paper is puffed up and golden brown, for about 20 minutes. To serve, place a bag on each plate, slit the bag in an "X", and fold back the paper. Serve steaming hot.

    NOTE. Parchment paper can be bought at most supermarkets or any culinary Equipment store. If you absolutely can't find any, use aluminum foil, but the presentation won't be as elegant.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: salmon, soy sauce, ginger root, shallots

    Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course

    More Info: Heart Healthy

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