A delicious and easy to make Salmon En Papillote Recipe that looks refined, but is so simple you can get it on your family’s dinner table in 30 minutes!
SALMON EN PAPILLOTE
When this salmon en papillote recipe hit the table, I opened the parchment paper and peeked in at the gorgeous, velvety fish with veggies and couldn’t wait to dig in. But I kept one eye trained on Ben. Historically, my husband hasn’t been a huge fan of salmon. So, it is with that in mind that I approach making salmon in our house. My goal has always been to change his mind on the matter, and I’ve made some great headway! I didn’t have long to wait before the words wow! and yum!, repeated at regular intervals, became irrefutable evidence that he was all-in for yet another salmon dish in casa le Phelps. It was a hit!
The best thing about making this salmon en papillote (translation: salmon in paper) at home is that it is one of the most simple recipes to prep and cook. It’s not often that five minutes of chopping results in a delicate and deeply flavorful salmon dish you might order in a fancy, Michelin starred French restaurant. Salmon en papillote is really a recipe that let’s the ingredients do all the work. The key is the parchment paper ‘packet’ that all of the ingredients go into. It’s just a simple layering of garlic, asparagus and salmon.
You surround the structure with mushrooms, tomatoes, olive oil, dill, lemon juice and capers – then fold the parchment paper into a packet that you bake, creating a self contained mini-oven where all of the flavors become intertwined. Each element of the dish comes out of the oven perfectly cooked and having taken on the characteristics of everything else in the packet. Oh – and did I mention that it’s pretty? When you serve salmon en papillote at a dinner party, be prepared for the oohs and ahhs to come rolling in. It looks as impressive as it tastes!
Salmon is a fantastic ingredient to cook with. Not only is it delicious, it is packed with nutritional elements your body craves to operate at peak levels. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, selenium – as well as vitamins B6, B12 and D. That’s a ton of good stuff with far reaching health benefits, btw! Salmon en papillote just happens to hit the trifecta when it comes to cooking at home: easy to make, delicious to devour and super-duper healthy.
The moment you unfold the parchment paper and smell the luxurious flavors coming from your very own salmon en papillote creation, you’ll want to dig in ASAP!
Other simple, healthy and delicious recipes:
- Miso Salmon with Sesame Bok Choy
- Cold Ramen Zoodles (Hiyashi Chuka)
- Green Tea Apple Smoothie
- Blackened Hasselback Carrots
- Detox Kale and Quinoa Salad
Did you like this Salmon En Papillote Recipe? Are there changes you made that you would like to share? Share your tips and recommendations in the comments section below!
- 2 8-oz boneless salmon fillets
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dill, roughly chopped
- 14 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 10 medium white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 8-10 thick asparagus spears (or 14-16 small ones)
- 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoon capers (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350Fº.
- Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Use two pieces of parchment paper or aluminum foil big enough to fold in half once all the ingredients have been added.
- Evenly distribute minced garlic and asparagus in the center of each of the pieces of paper and top each with a salmon fillet.
- Add cherry tomatoes and mushrooms around the salmon and season with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle dill and capers on top of fish and vegetables and drizzle extra virgin oil.
- Squeeze a little lemon juice and close the paper by folding the edges over several times, until it is completely sealed.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until salmon is almost fully cooked and flaky.
- Serve with quinoa, rice or noodles.
This Salmon en Papillote recipe is:
Low in sodium
Very high in magnesium
High in niacin
Very high in phosphorus
High in potassium
Very high in selenium
Very high in vitamin A
Very high in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C