Salmon en Papillote

Total Time
24 min
12 min
12 min
Cooking en papillote simply means cooking food in a sealed packet—the packet is traditionally made from parchment paper, but foil is a good substitute.


uncooked onion(s)

½ small, chopped

lemon zest

1 tsp, grated

fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp


1 Tbsp, drained and chopped

table salt

¾ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

uncooked farmed skinless salmon fillet(s)

16 oz, 4-ounces each

uncooked asparagus

1 pound(s), tough ends trimmed

plum tomato(es)

3 medium, seeded and chopped

long grain cooked brown rice

2 cup(s), hot


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray 4 (12 x 20-inch) sheets of foil with nonstick spray. Fold each sheet in half from one short end to mark the center line, then unfold the foil.
  2. Combine the onion, lemon zest, juice, capers, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1⁄8 teaspoon of the pepper in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Sprinkle the salmon fillets with the remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper. Place one piece of salmon in the center of the bottom half of each sheet of foil. Top each with one-fourth of the lemon mixture. Place one-fourth of the asparagus next to each piece of salmon. Sprinkle the tomatoes over the salmon. Fold the foil over the salmon and asparagus, making a tight seal.
  4. Place the foil parcels on a large baking pan and bake until the salmon is just opaque in the center, 10–12 minutes. Open the parcels with care to avoid getting a steam burn. Serve the salmon and vegetables with the rice. Yields 1 salmon parcel and 1⁄2 cup rice per serving.


This technique is great for cooking fish, lean chicken, or vegetables because it keeps the food moist and—with the help of a few seasonings and vegetables—creates its own sauce. Little, if any, fat is necessary. Although they need to be baked at the last minute, the salmon packets can be assembled several hours ahead and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake them.

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