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April 2022

April 6, 2022

Salmon with Orange and Dill Foil Packets (laks I folie med appelsin)

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Salmon with Orange and Dill Foil Packets
Salmon with Orange and Dill Foil Packets

This post is made in partnership with Kvarøy Arctic Salmon

Spring has arrived and always brings with it a kaleidoscope of weather changing from one day to the next. With påske (Easter) just around the corner, many will be taking time off to indulge in whatever the day brings – whether that’s skiing, hiking, or basking in the sunlight on the patio. Påske is synonymous with many things, including trips to the cabin, outdoor activities, lots of bright oranges, and a good meal over the fire.

To celebrate this time of year, I’m sharing a simple and delicious meal cooked over the open fire with påske flavors that the whole family will enjoy. I’m using salmon from Kvarøy Arctic, which comes from the cold Arctic waters just off the western coast of Norway. Their salmon is sustainably raised, not to mention heart healthy with the most delicious taste and texture. Here, the filets are topped with butter, orange slices, and dill atop a bed of asparagus. Wrapped in foil, they are cooked over the fire resulting in tender and flaky salmon with hints of citrus and aromatic dill.

Foil packet meals are referred to as skattekiste “treasure chests” for the children, for the very reason that opening one reveals a treasure of wonderful things to fill your belly. This dish will certainly taste like a treasure of spring featuring the Norwegian sea.

Salmon with Orange and Dill Foil Packets
Salmon with Orange and Dill Foil Packets
Salmon with Orange and Dill Foil Packets
Salmon with Orange and Dill Foil Packets

Salmon with Orange and Dill Foil Packets (laks I folie med appelsin)

Serves 4

  • 8 aluminum foil pieces, large enough to cover each filet
  • 12 large asparagus spears, trimmed*
  • 4 Kvarøy Arctic salmon filets
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • Fresh dill, chopped

Prepare a fire to get a nice core of glowing embers.

If using a grill, preheat the grill to medium-high heat and cook with the lid closed for about 15 minutes.

For the packets, lay two pieces of foil on top of each other. Place 4 asparagus spears on the foil and top with 1 salmon filet. Season the filet with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter on top of the salmon followed by ¼ of the orange slices and some dill. Repeat the process with the remaining foil pieces and ingredients to get 4 packets in total. To seal the packets, bring together the two opposite edges of foil on the longer side and seal with a double fold. Fold the remaining edges inward.

Place the packets upright on a grill secured over the prepared fire. Grill the packets for 15 to 20 minutes or until the asparagus is tender and the salmon filets flake easily with a fork. To serve, open the packets and take caution as steam will be released. Enjoy!

*Feel free to use par-boiled potato slices or another vegetable of choice instead of asparagus.

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Nevada Berg

Nevada is a utah native and norwegian by heart. When not crafting culinary delights she enjoys her family time and tending to her animals. You most certainly can find her perusing her property for wild berries.

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  1. Joy says:

    This looks quite wonderful, but all I have is a normal stove/oven!! Please please advise what temperature and for how long. My husband can’t stand the smell of fish so this folded in foil is perfect! I would also be making it with the Norwegian trout that we get here in Canada.
    Absolutely LOVE your website, your stories, and especially your cakes. Am going to have a go at the World’s Best with the dodgy meringue, but it looks so fantastic. As well as your Cloudberry and the Plum cake!
    Thank you for the wonderful stories and the background of the recipes and of you!!

    • nevada says:

      Hi Joy! I would suggest baking the individual foil packets in the oven at 200 C/ 400 F for 12 to 18 minutes or until flaky (just depends on the size of the filets). Hope you enjoy it as well as the other recipes! 🙂

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