Easy & Elegant Salmon en Papillote

by | Nov 2, 2023 | Dinner | 0 comments

Hello, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a fantastic recipe. Not only bursting with flavors but also incredibly easy to prepare – Baked Salmon en Papillote with Fresh Herbs and Capers. This dish brings together the richness of salmon, the zest of fresh herbs, and the unique tang of capers, creating a harmonious blend that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Salmon en Papillote with Fresh Herbs and Capers

What is En Papillote?

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk a bit about the cooking method. ‘En Papillote’ is a French culinary technique which means ‘in parchment.‘ In this method, the food is placed in a folded parchment paper packet and baked. The packet traps steam during cooking, ensuring that the salmon cooks gently, retaining its moisture and absorbing the flavors of the accompanying ingredients. While parchment paper is traditional, aluminum foil is a great substitute if that’s what you have on hand.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Healthy and Delicious: Salmon is known for its health benefits, being high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and when paired with fresh herbs, it’s a nutritional powerhouse.
  • Quick and Easy: With a prep time of just 10 minutes and a cook time of 20 minutes, this recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or an impressive dish for guests.
  • Aesthetic and Flavorful: The presentation of this dish is sure to impress, and the combination of salty capers, zesty lemon, and fresh herbs provides a burst of flavor in every bite.


  1. 4 salmon fillets (8 oz. each)
  2. 4 teaspoons olive oil
  3. 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  4. ½ cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  5. ½ cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  6. ½ cup fresh dill, roughly chopped
  7. 3-4 tablespoons capers, to taste
  8. Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 400˚ F.
  2. Prepare four squares of parchment paper. Place a salmon fillet in the center of each piece.
  3. Take your olive oil and drizzle each fillet and season with salt and pepper.
  4. On each fillet, top with lemon slices, a mix of the fresh herbs, and capers.
  5. Fold the parchment over the salmon, sealing the edges to form a packet.
  6. Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until the salmon is flaky and opaque.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy the explosion of flavors!
Salmon en Papillote with Fresh Herbs and Capers

Delightful Baked Salmon en Papillote with Fresh Herbs and Capers

Discover the delight of Baked Salmon en Papillote, a simple yet elegant dish combining fresh herbs, capers, and zesty lemon for a flavorful meal.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: salmon, capers, meal packets
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1195kcal


  • 4 8 oz each salmon fillets
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 2 lemons thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh parsley roughly chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil roughly chopped
  • ½ cup fresh dill roughly chopped
  • 3 tsp capers (or 4 tsp) to taste
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.
  • Cut 4 squares of parchment paper and lay one salmon fillet in the middle of each piece of parchment. Drizzle each piece of salmon with one teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place a few lemon slices on top of each filet.
  • Add one-fourth of each of the herbs and capers to each piece of salmon. 
  • Fold each parchment piece on top of itself so it forms a packet, making sure the edges are tightly sealed. Place the parchment packets on a large baking sheet.
  • Place the salmon in the preheated oven and roast until the salmon is flakey and opaque, approximately 15-20 minutes. 
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Calories: 1195kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 140g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g | Monounsaturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 374mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 4009mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5302IU | Vitamin C: 177mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 11mg


This Baked Salmon en Papillote recipe is a delightful way to enjoy a healthy, flavorful meal with minimal effort. The combination of fresh herbs, capers, and lemon with the rich, oily texture of the salmon creates a dish that’s both nutritious and satisfying. Give it a try and let the flavors transport you to a gourmet dining experience right in the comfort of your home!

Happy Cooking!

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