Salmon Baked In Skunk Cabbage Leaves

Preparation time: 15 min Cooking time: 1-2 hrs Serves: 4-6


From Pauline Duncan's "Tlingit Recipes of Today and Long Ago," a collection of her own recipes, as well as those of her family and friends.


  • 1 whole salmon, gutted and cleaned (keep the head and tail attached)
  • fresh skunk cabbage leaves
  • an open fire with a baking pit and rocks


Place onions, red potatoes and vegetables inside salmon. Select skunk cabbage leaves that are large and fresh. Wash leaves. Lay salmon on leaf and wrap.

Place in a covered pan or place tin foil around leaves and salmon. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for one to two hours. Fish will soak up flavorings from the leaves.

Open fire - dig a fire pit and place volcanic rocks on bottom of pit. Place salmon in wrapped leaves under pit. Bake to desired consistency, 45 minutes to one hour (depending on heat of fire).

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