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Can I use aluminum foil instead of parchment?

I really enjoy trying some of your recipes; I am a cancer survivor and am always looking for healthier food ideas. Your recipe for Salmon in Parchment with Mangoes - is it possible to use foil for the pockets instead of parchment?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

cooked filet of halibut over asparagus

Certainly you can use foil instead of the parchment. There may be a subtle difference in the meal in that the parchment breathes a little more so I generally add a little less liquid. My rule of thumb is to add 25% less liquid when I use foil.

One thing to keep in mind is to open the pockets carefully because the steam is hot, hot, hot.

Here are some recipes for you:

Salmon in Parchment with Mangoes
Sole in Parchment with Vegetables and Mushroom Sauce
Halibut in Foil with White Beans and Olives

Thanks for writing.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet