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Salmon Fillets en Papillote

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Salmon Fillets en Papillote is a simple seafood dish flavored with herbs and lemon and baked in foil packets.

Overhead view of salmon garnished with lemon on a dinner plate with a spinach salad

Salmon Fillets en Papillote

My sweet and talented friend, Manu, of Manu’s Menu, just released her first ebook this month. We crossed paths early in our blogging careers and I was constantly in awe of her food photography and baking skills. Manu resides in Australia with her husband and darling girls. She was raised in Italy and married a man of Indian descent, so you’ll see a variety of recipes influenced by both cultures on her blog.

Her ebook, Manu’s Christmas Menus, features 20 original recipes for an Italian inspired holiday season. You’ll love how her table of contents is divided into holiday meals: Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas lunch menu, New Year’s Eve dinner menu and New Year’s Day lunch. SO many recipes appealed to me and would be perfect on my holiday table, but I started with the simple recipe for salmon fillets en papillote.

A fork removing a bite of salmon from a dinner plate

Easy Salmon Recipe

Especially for a holiday, you’ll want to select the best fresh salmon you can find. I headed to our fish monger and asked him to select the best looking salmon to cut into fillets for our dinner. This recipe literally took 20 minutes from start to finish. While the oven was preheating, I poured a bit of olive oil on a piece of aluminum foil, coated both sides of the salmon with the oil, seasoned generously and placed lemon slices and a sprig of thyme on top of each fillet. Each packet was sealed and placed on a baking sheet. 15 minutes in the oven and dinner was served. A delightfully delicious gourmet meal in minutes…and a light entree to balance out all the goodies we cannot resist at Christmas time.

Salmon Fillets en Papillote before baking on foil

I also bookmarked Manu’s Pasta Pasticciata with Sausage, Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Drumsticks, Zabaione Mousse, Ricotta Gnocchi…and on and on. 

On Lulu for the pdf and epub formats

On Amazon for the Kindle version

Salmon Fillets en Papillote with a salad on a dinner plate



Salmon Fillets en Papillote– Tranci di Salmone al Cartoccio

Salmon Fillets en Papillote– Tranci di Salmone al Cartoccio

Even though salmon has entered Italian households only in recent years, it has become one of the most eaten fish at Christmas. I especially like to cook it en papillote and serve it still in its packet… for a little surprise effect.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 4 skinless salmon fillets (about 150 gms or 5 ounces each)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 thin slices of lemon
  • Parsley (I used thyme sprigs)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I used a generous sprinkle of Dish D'Lish French Seasoning Salt)


  1. Cut 4 pieces of aluminium foil and start working with one.
  2. Pour 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in the centre of the foil.
  3. Put one of the salmon fillets on it and flip it over so as to coat it evenly in the oil.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, top with 3 thin slices of lemon and a few parsley leaves.
  5. Close the foil well, to form a little parcel. Make sure that there are no openings as you want the steam to stay inside the parcel to cook the fish.
  6. Repeat the same process for the 3 remaining filltes.
  7. Put all the little parcels in an oven tray and bake them in a pre-heated oven at 200°C - 395°F for about 15 minutes (the exact time will depend on the tickeness of the fillets).
  8. Take the parcels out and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving them.
  9. Take them to the table when they are still closed and let your family open up their little present.


Recipe courtesy of Manu of Manu's Menu

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 salmon fillet

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 594 Total Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 31g Cholesterol: 143mg Sodium: 214mg Carbohydrates: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 50g
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29 comments on “Salmon Fillets en Papillote”

  1. Such a beautiful dish for entertaining, I love your presentation!

  2. Even though I prefer my salmon raw, this still looks pretty good.

  3. wow, finger licking good!

  4. Lizzy , a girl after my own heart – I just love salmon lol I thought you’re busy finalizing your Thanksgiving menu ?! 😀

  5. This salmon looks wonderful Liz! I love tasty, simple fish dishes like this, it sounds delicious 🙂

  6. Salmon is so delicious cooked this way! Looks perfect on your plate too.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Nice and comfort ans simple oven baked salmon,
    i guess i need this to cleaned up my toungue from kickin spice lately……
    btw, actually i did’t like baked salmon as much i love the grilled or the pan seared, but since it healtier for it’s less charred and cancinogents, i’ii try that sometimes….

  8. Great yet simple dish. Wonderful plating.

  9. I love salmon in parchment! It’s one of my favorite things to eat. Yours looks so beautiful!

  10. Such a simple and classic preparation but always a winner. Makes the fish so moist. I want pictured plate for dinner.

  11. Ah, how I love Manuela’s recipes… and Liz, you have prepared this with your usual beautiful style.

  12. i would always help make seafood pasta and/or chinese dessert soup every christmas

  13. I love salmon for Christmas dear Lizzy!!xo

  14. What a fabulous looking dinner Liz. I wish I was your guest! I can’t ever have enough good salmon recipes, we’re huge fans.

  15. My go to dish for the holidays is overnight french toast. Nice way to start the day.

  16. I love salmon and this looks deliciious!

  17. homemade dinner rolls & candied yams

  18. If following Manu’s recipes means our food can look that good we should each buy two copies!

  19. Your recipes are so inspiring! Thanks for helping me to always find new treasures in my emails.

  20. Elegant Perfection.
    I could eat this every. single. day.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Liz. xx

  21. I love salmon!

  22. I enjoy mine “medium-well”. It’s delicious with lemon, isn’t it?

  23. I’ll have to look up Manu’s blog. Your salmon looks amazing and that’s a great dinner and so good for you. My husband would love this xx

  24. Beautiful – Manu is amazing, isn’t she?
    We’re having traditional turkey (done not so traditionally, of course), but I would love the ease of having some salmon on the table 🙂

  25. The salmon looks so succulent and fresh!

  26. We always have coffee cake for Christmas morning. Dinner is either a second Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all of the works or beef roast.

  27. What a lovely salmon my friend, that colour is gorgeous 😀


  28. Sounds like a great cookbook to add to your arsenal.

  29. There will always be something chocolate on my holiday tables. You started with a great menu from Manu’s book. Her site is filled with great pictures and recipes.

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