- 1 whole salmon, about 3 pounds, cleaned, but with the head and tail left on
- 1 child, about 2-8 years old
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- A few sprigs fresh rosemary
- Some freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to high.
- Tear off a length of aluminum foil about 8" longer than the salmon.
- Show the salmon to the child. Children especially enjoy looking at the two neat rows of tiny, sharp salmon teeth.
- Wash the salmon, inside and out.
- Rub the salmon inside and out with olive oil, then with black pepper.
- Place the salmon lengthwise in the center of the foil. Put a large sprig of rosemary in the cavity, and place a few sprigs around the salmon.
- Draw the long edges of the foil together, and fold them neatly together a few times along their whole length to make a seal. then do the same with the two ends.
- Place the salmon in the oven, and lower the oven to moderate.
- Let the salmon steam in its own juices in its foil envelope for 40 minutes. Don't overcook!
- Serve hot or cold with lemon wedges. If you serve it hot, first let it cool about 1/2 hour in its closed foil envelope out of the oven, and slice with a very sharp knife.