Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote

Dorie Greenspan never steers me wrong, and her Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote is an easy way to get a gourmet meal on the table!Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote | An easy, delicious,no-fuss way to enjoy salmon for dinner!

Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote

This was one of the first recipes I made from Around My French Table.  At the time, I thought it was good, but nothing special.  Well, apparently getting wild New Zealand salmon and giving it an extra sprinkle of my favorite French seasoning salt, Dish D’Lish, was all it needed. Do you know what “en papillote” means? It’s French term that translates to “in paper.” Or in this case, in a foil packet, allowing all the ingredients to produce a flavorful broth in which to steam the protein. The basil, scallions, lemons and tomatoes provide perfect complementary flavors to the salmon fillet. Such a simple, delightful entree that can be adapted with different aromatics, citrus, herbs to make it your own. 

Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote | An easy, delicious,no-fuss way to enjoy salmon for dinner!


Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote

Serves 4 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins

Dorie Greenspan's recipe and method for cooking salmon en papillote.


  • About 2.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, or a few spoonfuls more to taste
  • 16 grape tomatoes or small cherry tomatoes
  • 24 large fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper or favorite seasoning blend
  • 4 pieces salmon fillets (skinless or not), cut from the thick centre portion, 5 ounces / 141 grams each
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced, or 4 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 thyme or rosemary sprigs


  1. Centre a rack in the oven and preheat oven to 475 degrees. Have a baking sheet at hand. Cut four 12-inch squares of foil.
  2. If you’d like to sear the tomatoes (it’s not necessary but will intensify their flavor), warm 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat and cook the tomatoes, turning them as needed, just until their skins are wrinkled and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Put 5 basil leaves in the center of each piece of foil {I used a small square of baking paper as well}. Sprinkle the basil with a little salt and white pepper.
  4. Top with a piece of salmon (if the salmon has skin lay it skin side down), drizzle a teaspoon or so of oil over each piece and season the fish with salt and white pepper.
  5. Put the tomatoes on one side of the salmon and grate the lemon zest over everything.
  6. Scatter the scallions over the fish and tomatoes. Give the salmon a squirt of lemon juice, then cut 8 thin slices from the lemon and put 2 slices on top of each piece of fish.
  7. Finish with a basil leaf and a sprig of thyme or rosemary (I used thyme), moisten with olive oil.
  8. Seal the packets, making sure they are airtight and that there’s puff space between the fish and the top of its cocoon. (The packets can be assembled up to 6 hours ahead and refrigerated, remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.)
  9. Put the packets on the baking sheet, slide the setup into the oven, and bake for 10 minutes if you like your fish medium/medium rare, or for 2 minutes longer if you want your fish more well done. Serve the salmon immediately, either en papillote or spooned onto plates.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 388kcal Calories from fat 250
% Daily Value
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 506mg 21%
Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 30g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Looks delicious as always, Lizzy! Have fun on your trips!

  2. Wow, this looks beautiful! The salmon looks incredible, too bad it’s on my husband’s don’t-like-at-all list. Lovely dish!

  3. Lizzy…you did a good job on Dorie’s recipe and I love it. Simple but delicious !

    Have a great hols,

  4. So you’re not out to just kill me with all your chocolate recipes! This looks beautiful and healthy.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. This is prepared so elegantly and looks so well presented!

  6. Isn’t is amazing what different seasonings will do? Enjoy your trips Lizzy.


  7. Foodness Gracious says:

    This looks like a really nice, fresh and light dish, so appetizing!
    Thanks for sharing and have a safe trip!

  8. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    We love salmon and this looks delicious! I like how you cooked with very simple ingredients. Have a safe trip!

  9. Lizzy-so nice that you can get away for a couple weeks, and relax too…no cell phone, no electronics? Wow! that will be a nice change, disconnecting a little bit!
    Love the salmon the way you made it in the foil packet. Such a quick gourmet, and so moist and delicious. Looks so pretty and appealing:D
    Will miss you till you return, my dear friend!

  10. Have a wonderful trip! Love the salmon this week.

  11. Three-Cookies says:

    Salmon and tomato together is new to me, but interesting nevertheless. Bon voyage!

  12. A very beautiful, healthy and a simple dish!

  13. mecookin says:

    Looks delicious…so fresh & light! Enjoy your travels! Paula

  14. Parsley Sage says:

    Lovely FFwD 🙂 That salmon looks delicious! Enjoy your ‘unplugged’ holiday!

  15. The Country Cook says:

    Hey Lizzy – have a great trip. Honestly, when we get a vacation off work together, we unplug anyway. No computers and no phones. Just time together to bug the crap out of each other But it’s a good rule to follow I think even if you can get internet service 🙂 Anyway, I’m proud of ya for giving a recipe a second try even if it wasn’t amazing the first time. Good for you girl!

  16. Emily Malloy says:

    A perfect Friday dinner!

  17. Carolyn says:

    I LOVE salmon!! Glad it worked–now I think I must try 😉

    Would love it if you could link up and “old” recipe on my flash-back-friday linky!

    Happy Friday!

  18. Very nice!
    Good luck with the college visits – we are in the middle of that as well.

  19. Pacheco Patty says:

    Gorgeous salmon Lizzy! I love the way you organize your photographs, always an inspiration!
    Have a wonderful visit and enjoy your time off 😉

  20. looks yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!colorful!!!
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  21. The Slow Roasted Italian says:

    Such a beautiful dish!

  22. Lauren Hairston says:

    Looks lovely, as always. Enjoy your trip!!!

  23. Torviewtoronto says:

    this looks colourful delicious

  24. Great tasty and light salmon dish! I love it! Have a great holiday Lizzy! Try and get some R&R!!! <3

  25. Lizzy, Beautiful salmon…looks so moist and delicious! Enjoy your time off the grid! Safe travels!

  26. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    Glad you found the secret to goof fish in papillote. i have yet to find a good one.

  27. Magic of Spice says:

    How wonderful that you will be getting away for a bit…hope it’s relaxing 🙂
    This does look like a great salmon dish, sometimes just a bit something extra does the trick 🙂

  28. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite says:

    Great technique and a wonderful dish! Happy vacation!

  29. Nice, I love all that flavor! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  30. Look delicious Lizzy! have a nice day, gloria

  31. Catherine says:

    Dear Lizzy, Simple perfection! Have a wonderful vacation. Blessings, Catherine.

  32. Hey Lizzy! Happy weekend! I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  33. Hi Lizzy! I hope you have a safe and happy trip. This salmon looks so good. Ryan just brought home 40 lbs of salmon from Alaska, so I’m excited for another recipe to try. Thank you for sharing this with me today. I hope you have a blessed week with good food, laughter and love. Hugs from Austin!

  34. Bizzy B. Bakes says:

    Enjoy your trip.

  35. Juanita says:

    This reminded me of a fish dish served en papillote in baking paper at the restaurant attached to the chef’s college I attended. When the waiter brought the plate back, the customer had eaten the paper as well…oops!

    Bon voyage!

  36. One of my fav way to make salmon or any other fish for that matter. This looks lovely !

  37. Salmon is so healthy and quite expensive for us but that does not stop me from cooking it.

    Yummy and drool.

  38. Looks lovely! Wild salmon really does make a difference.

  39. Adriana says:

    Your salmon looks so pretty! It’s always great when we have those ‘aha’ moments and figure out how to make seemingly ordinary dishes fantastic. Safe travels!

  40. Lola Lobato says:

    I always try to find inspiration in French recipes because they truly always do have the best and healthiest ideas. This salmon sounds wonderful, I love how light yet full of flavor the recipe is.. will have to try it one day cheers!

  41. Beautiful dish… I imagine fantastic smell and flavour opening the foil packet 🙂

  42. It’s amazing what good ingredients will do for a dish – your salmon looks fantastic!

  43. Looks perfect! Enjoy your “unplugged” time. Safe travels.


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