Salmon In Parchment – How To Cook Fish In Parchment Paper

En papillote in French or al cartoccio in Italian is a cooking method in which food is enclosed in a packet of parchment paper, foil, brown bag or banana leaf. Delicate foods which can be cooked quickly such as chicken, fish, shellfish, and vegetables with high moisture content are the best choices for packet cooking. The flavors inside the packet intensify as the food cooks in its own steam. A dish en papillote also makes an impressive presentation at the dinner table.

This recipe uses salmon which is seasoned with a pre-mixed dry rub. It is then baked with asparagus and baby potatoes for a healthier and balanced meal.


• 2 large center-cut skinless salmon fillet, about 8 or 9 oz each
• 2 sheets of parchment, cut each into a large heart shape
• ½ tsp pastrami dry rub
• ½ tsp salt
• ¼ tsp pepper
• olive oil
• 4 baby potatoes, cut in half the boiled
• 10 asparagus, blanched
• lemon wedge
• light mustard aioli


This recipe takes about 20 to 25 minutes to make. Serves 2.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Cut the parchment into a heart shape.
Drizzle olive oil and spread evenly on both sides of the parchment paper.
Lay salmon fillet in the middle of 1 side of the heart-shaped parchment paper.
Put the asparagus and boiled potatoes on one side of the salmon.
Sprinkle pastrami dry rub, salt, and pepper on top
Drizzle some olive oil.
Fold one side of the heart-shaped paper over the fish to make both sides meet.
To seal, fold and crease the open sides.
When you reach the very end, fold a few times to make sure the pouch is completely sealed.
Place them on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Take the baking sheet out from the oven.
Let this rest for 5 more minutes. The steam in the pouch will continuously cook the salmon.
Transfer the pouch to a plate.
Cut the top of the parchment paper to open the pouch.
Squeeze lemon wedge and pour some light mustard aioli on top.

Ideas And Tips:

• Parchment paper is the traditional wrapping used to create the cooking packet. It is sturdy so it doesn’t tear easily. It is also non-stick that’s why it is also commonly used for baking.

Salmon In Parchment - How To Cook Fish In Parchment Paper
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