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Salmon en Papillote (Salmon in Paper Parcel)

Salmon fillet baked in parchment paper parcel aka “fish in bag” or going by its French name, Salmon en Papillote, is on my fave 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% noob-friendly 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).

Salmon Papillote Recipe

10 comments on “Salmon en Papillote (Salmon in Paper Parcel)”

  1. 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.

  2. A great and healthy way to prepare seafood!

  3. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

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

    • 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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