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Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper

Mediterranean-inspired salmon in parchment paper with sun-dried tomatoes, dill, capers, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and pesto sauce is a mouth-watering experience for a lovely evening in. PLUS, it’s easy! Let’s do this!

Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper with sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, dill, capers, and artichoke hearts. This easy dinner recipe is paleo, keto, and packed with flavor!

Have you ever made salmon in parchment paper (or fish en papillote, if you will)? Holy mackerel, it’s a treat!

 

One of the astonishing facts I learned on my trip to Cordova, Alaska a couple years ago was 80% of the fish and seafood that is consumed in the U.S. is consumed at restaurants. Why? Because folks tend to be afraid of either preparing it improperly and getting sick, or preparing it in a way that isn’t palatable. Completely understandable. No one loves a parasite, and good seafood is pricy, so why risk messing it up and having the whole thing go to waste?

While I understand the risk aversion, I’ve been wanting to dispel this fear ever since. Making fish and seafood at home is no more complicated than preparing any other form of protein, and we don’t have to save our seafood experience for the occasional special night out!

While I have shown you The Only Grilled Salmon Recipe You’ll Ever Need , My Go-To Crispy Salmon Recipe  (which involves broiling), and my Pan-Seared Salmon  method, I have yet to show you how I prepare salmon in parchment paper — also known as fish en papillote.

 

You guys, this is so dang easy.

AND FUN!

The reason I love cooking fish in parchment paper is you end up with this marvelously moist and beautifully textured result every dang time. AND THE FLAVOR…oh my gaaaaawww the flavor! This particular recipe is chock full of big, bold Mediterranean-inspired ingredients, so you’re slated for that perfectly cooked salmon experience with all the flavor to back it up.

Here’s how we do this thing!

How to Make Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper:

Procure a large salmon fillet (or any type of fish or seafood! Cod and halibut are amazing too!) – mine was 1.75 pounds. Simply lay a long sheet of parchment paper on top of a large baking sheet, then place the fillet on top.

You can purchase smaller fillets, or cut the fillet into smaller pieces for individual portions, but I like making it in one big parchment paper packet to save time (and parchment paper).

How to make salmon in parchment paper

Season the fish with sea salt and your choice of spices. I went with paprika, dried dill, and ground ginger. Cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder are also great choices!

How to make salmon in parchment paper

After seasoning the fish, add whatever flavor-blaster ingredients you’d like on top. I went with sun-dried tomatoes, capers, fresh dill, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and pesto sauce (I used my homemade Low-FODMAP pesto I showed you yesterday, but you can go with your favorite store-bought or homemade pesto).

How to make salmon in parchment paper

Once your ingredients are nestled on top of the fish, you’re going to wrap up the parchment paper to make it all nice and snuggly. The parchment paper will want to come apart, so I use three pieces of twine to keep it enclosed – one piece on either end and one for the middle. 

How to make salmon in parchment paper

Now that we officially have our salmon en papillote, we simply bake it in the oven. I do 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. If you have a thicker piece of fish, you’ll be looking at the 25 to 30-minute time range to cook it all the way through.

Et voila!

Cut the twine, un-wrap your papillote, and have yourself a glorious dinner!

Mediterranean-inspired Salmon in Parchment Paper (or fish en papillote) with sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, dill, capers, and artichoke hearts. This easy dinner recipe is paleo, keto, and packed with flavor!

Serving Options:

Now that the salmon is cooked, you can cut it into individual portions and serve with your favorite side dishes. The following are some of my favorite side dishes to pair with the Mediterranean salmon.

I’ve been using this as a meal prep tool since salmon is one of my favorite sources of animal protein. I simply make a big fillet at the beginning of the week, store it in glass tupperware, and eat on it over the next 4 to 5 days.

There she be, folks! Your newest obsession slash method for cooking your fillet o’ fish. The next time you meal prep or entertain guests, you’ll have this fool-proof method at your disposal!

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Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper with sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, dill, capers, and artichoke hearts. This easy dinner recipe is paleo, keto, and packed with flavor!

Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: keto, paleo, salmon
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 243 kcal
Author: Julia

Low-carb Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper is an easy, flavorful dinner recipe perfect for those who eat paleo, keto, or simply love clean meals.

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Ingredients

  • 1 (1 3/4-pound) salmon fillet
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes drained
  • 1/3 cup artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 3 sprigs fresh dill chopped
  • 1/3 cup pesto sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lay a long sheet of parchment paper on a large baking sheet.

  2. Place salmon fillet on top of the parchment paper and sprinkle with sea salt, paprika, ground ginger, and dried dill.

  3. Top salmon with the remaining ingredients, trying to get an even distribution over the full fillet.

  4. Fold the sides and ends of the parchment paper, creating a packet. Secure with twine.

  5. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through. Thicker cuts of fish will require 25 to 30 minutes.

  6. Remove fish from the oven, cut the twine and un-wrap the parchment paper. Cut into individual-size portions and serve with your choice of side dishes.

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Salmon in Parchment Paper
Amount Per Serving (1 of 5)
Calories 243 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Aileen

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

I am not even exaggerating. This is the best salmon recipe I ever made! I stopped cooking salmon for years because it would either turn out dry, unflavorful, or both. This is full of flavor and so tender! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Ashley

Monday 7th of December 2020

Hi! I’ve made this amazing dish once before and it was a huge hit! I would like to make it again but for someone who has a nut allergy. What substitute would you recommend for the pesto? Thanks so much!!

Julia

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Hi Ashley!

I'm happy to hear it was a hit! You can actually make pesto without nuts if you'd like, or you can omit it altogether. I think the salmon is very flavorful with all the other toppings so the pesto isn't super necessary. As an alternative, you could try roasted red pepper sauce or tapenade. Let me know if you have any other questions! xoxo

Jessie Georges

Friday 4th of December 2020

This was absolutely delicious! Wonderful flavors. I've saved it to my favorite recipe folder and will be making it over and over. I forgot to include the pesto I made, but it was delicious. I served it on top of garlic herb "Right Rice"...yummy!

Julia

Friday 4th of December 2020

I'm so happy you like it, Jessie! The pesto is just an added bonus, but I'm happy you love it without! Thanks for the sweet note :D xoxo

Rebecca S.

Thursday 17th of September 2020

Woah! This was crazy delicious! My husband and I did a staycation and I wanted something that made us feel like a really nice restaurant. Well, this was it! We both thank you for sharing and keeping it easy.

Julia

Friday 18th of September 2020

I love it! Thanks so much for letting me know, Rebecca! It warms my heart the recipe could be a positive experience for you and your husband! xoxo

Billie Allbritton

Monday 31st of August 2020

Delicious Mediterranean flavor and beautiful as well! It was a hit with the entire family! Thanks for sharing!

Julia

Monday 31st of August 2020

I'm so happy you like it, Billie! It's a household favorite for us too! xo

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