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Salmon en Papillote (Salmon in Paper Parcel)

Salmon Papillote Recipe

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Salmon fillet baked in parchment paper parcel aka “fish in bag” or going by its French name, Salmon en Papillote, is on my weekly dinner cook list. Although the result looks impressively gourmet, it only took 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to bake in the oven. Just prep, wrap and bake, which is a 100% noobproof way of cooking. The result is healthy, easy, pretty and yummy!

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This simplest version with only cherry tomatoes, lemon, salt and pepper tastes great! You can also add any readily available ingredients (such as zucchini, mushroom or bell pepper) and herbs (such as dill,  thyme or mint), or even a small splash of white wine to make it more scrumptious.

Salmon Papillote Recipe
The parcel helps seal in the heat and juices within, so the cooked salmon is juicy and flaky, just like being steamed. Best of all, you can serve the fish directly in the parchment paper (with a plate beneath), so cleaning up is as easy as the cooking.

Salmon Papillote Recipe
Arrange ingredients on one half of a piece of parchment paper measuring 30 x 20 cm.

Salmon Papillote Recipe
Fold the parchment paper over the salmon. Seal the parcel by folding in lengthwise, then followed by the two sides as shown.

Salmon Papillote Recipe
Since there is still room in the oven, I baked the parcel alongside a small casserole of scallops and cherry tomatoes (and added spaghetti to make it an effortless pasta dish).

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10 Responses to “Salmon en Papillote (Salmon in Paper Parcel)”

  1. tigerfish — February 6, 2015 @ 1:26 am

    Also my favorite way to cook on fuss-free (aka lazy) days! I do that to whole fish too (and stuff herbs) into the fish cavity.

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  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes — February 6, 2015 @ 3:31 am

    A great and healthy way to prepare seafood!

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  3. anon — February 7, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

    Hi NoobCook,
    Where do you buy the parchment paper from, and does it have to be waxed on one side? If waxed, do you bake with the food placed on the waxed side? Thanks.

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    • wiffy replied: — February 7th, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

      I bought my parchment paper from Daiso. Parchment paper is coated with silicone not wax. It usually can be used either side (does not matter), you can try whichever side curls least when you lay it flat. Wax paper is not suitable for baking inside the oven as it is not heat resistant.

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  4. B — February 11, 2015 @ 12:07 am

    This salmon is so juicy and delicious that I can have it everyday.

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  5. arale — March 27, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    Hi NoobCook,
    Can I replace salmon with cod fish? Thanks.

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    • wiffy replied: — March 27th, 2015 @ 6:10 pm

      Yes, you can :)

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      • arale replied: — March 28th, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

        Thanks.

  6. Wentz — May 23, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    Tried this last night but the juice tasted bitter (from the lemon). What cpuld hv gone wrong?

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    • wiffy replied: — May 26th, 2015 @ 9:19 am

      certain variety of lemon has a more bitter taste in the rind. You can squeeze lemon juice instead of putting the lemon slices, or remove the rind (white part)… just grate some lemon zest and put the lemon flesh on the fish.

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