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Salmon en Papillote

Salmon en Papillote

Prep time:
5 minutes
Cook time:
45 minutes
1 serving
1 out of 5

This delicious method of one-dish cooking allows all the flavors to marry as the dish cooks, and prevents it from drying out. To save some time, try using a half-gallon Stasher Bag. 


  • 5 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 salmon fillet (8 ounces), pin bones removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ fennel bulb, sliced into ½-inch slabs
  • 4 cremini mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
  • ½ cup ½-inch diced yam
  • ½ cup artichoke hearts
  • ½ bunch tarragon
  • 2 fingers Buddha’s hand citron, split
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


In a large bowl or large baking dish, combine 4 cups of water and the salt and stir to dissolve. Add the salmon and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat the oven to 375°F. Cut a 12-inch square piece of parchment. Fold in half and draw a half heart shape as large as the paper will allow. Cut out the heart.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the fennel slabs until browned on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Remove the salmon from the brine and pat dry. 

Lay the parchment on a work surface and open. On one half of the heart, pile the fennel, mushrooms, yam, artichoke hearts, tarragon and Buddha's hand citron. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the fish, skin side down. Fold the other half of the parchment over and starting at the top, begin to fold the parchment in ½-inch folds, each fold overlapping the next to create a tight seal that won't allow the steam escape. Continue all the way around and fold or twist the bottom tip tightly.

Alternatively, place all ingredients into the Stasher Bag, gently press out any excess air and seal.

Gently transfer pouch or bag to a large, rimmed baking sheet and bake about 15 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and carefully open the parchment in one corner. Check the fish by inserting a knife into the center and checking if it is done to your liking. If you'd like to cook it more, reseal and put it back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes. Otherwise, open the parchment, season with salt and pepper and enjoy.

  • Salmon en Papillote