Citrus Salmon en Papillote

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Salmon en papillote, or salmon cooked in parchment paper, is so easy to make yet so delicious, elegant and impressive. —Dahlia Abrams, Detroit, Michigan


  • 6 orange slices
  • 6 lime slices
  • 6 salmon fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and halved
  • Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Cut parchment or heavy-duty foil into six 15x10-in. pieces; fold in half. Arrange citrus slices on 1 side of each piece. Top with fish and asparagus. Spritz with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley. Drizzle with lemon juice.
  2. Fold parchment over fish; draw edges together and crimp with fingers to form tightly sealed packets. Place in baking pans.
  3. Bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, 12-15 minutes. Open packets carefully to allow steam to escape.
Salmon en Papillote Tips

How is cooking salmon en papillote different than baking?

Cooking salmon en papillote means wrapping it in parchment paper or foil (en papillote means "in paper"), and allowing it to cook via steam that builds up in the packet. It's a more gentle method than baking, best used on delicate foods.

What kind of salmon should you use to make salmon en papillote?

Which cut to use when you cook salmon depends on the recipe. For this, we recommend fillets for their size and convenience. For serving, you'll want to remove the skin from the fillet as cooking en papillote will make it soggy.

What's the best way to wrap salmon in parchment paper?

Once you've cut the parchment paper into squares, fold it in half and pile the recipe ingredients on one side. Fold the other side over the ingredients, and then, starting at the top, fold the edges down to create an overlapping crimped pattern. When you get to the bottom, twist the final fold under to secure the packet. Use this method to create other types of tasty dishes cooked in foil packets, too.

—Sammi DiVito, Taste of Home Assistant Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 packet: 224 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 261mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.