The Easiest, Tastiest, Healthiest Fish You’ve Ever Had: Parchment Poached Salmon

Stay healthy and bake your fish in parchment paper. Dress it up with herbs and your Parchment Poached Salmon makes a great weeknight meal.

Parchment-Poached Salmon with Thyme (Saumon en Papillote) by

Yes, I really mean it. I’ve made salmon in dozens of different ways. It’s delicious and good for you. It is also my kids favorite fish to eat, besides fried fish and chips. Poaching and steaming salmon certainly is the healthier way to cook it, because no additional oil or fat is needed. But, unlike poached chicken (BLAH!), poached fish is moist and delicious. And poaching with parchment paper and popping it in the oven is beyond easy. It’s like poaching for dummies.

You don’t require much liquid to for the steam to cook your fish and vegetables in parchment paper. I placed a couple slices of lemon on top, arrange the veggies around the fish and drizzled everything with a little white wine. My only seasonings were salt and lemon pepper. Super easy.

The hubby loves fish and gets bored with salmon. But, because the kids love it and it’s always available, we eat it a lot. You can parchment poach most any fillets of fish, like halibut, catfish, snapper and tilapia. Go to town with your favorite vegetables, too, making sure they cut into approximately 1/2-inch pieces to insure proper cooking.

Parchment-Poached Salmon with Thyme (Saumon en Papillote)

Poaching fish in parchment paper is one of the easiest and healthiest way to prepare fish. And we're not skimping on flavor, either! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 2 salmon, fillets, 5oz each
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp lemon pepper
  • 4 slices of lemon, (2 per fillet)
  • 6 broccoli florets
  • 2 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp white wine, dry
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, fresh


  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Rinse with water and pat dry with paper towels:
    • 2 salmon , fillets, 5oz each
  3. Place each salmon fillet in the center of a 16" x 12" piece of parchment paper and season with:
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1/8 tsp lemon pepper
  4. Lay over the salmon:
    • 4 slices of lemon , (2 per fillet)
  5. Divide evenly and arrange around the salmon:
    • 6 broccoli florets
    • 2 mushrooms , sliced
    • 1/4 cup red bell pepper , chopped
  6. Top salmon with:
    • 2 tsp white wine , dry
    • 2 sprigs of thyme, fresh
  7. Pull the two long ends of parchment paper straight up, fold ends together and continue to roll and crimp until tightly sealed.
  8. Roll and crimp the smaller ends of the parchment paper until your package is wrapped up.
  9. Place fish packets onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow packets to rest for 5 minutes before opening.
  11. Place packet on your plate and open slowly and carefully as the steam can burn your hands.


Serving Suggestions: Serve alone or with wild rice.

Cooking Tips: Also great with most fillets of fish, like halibut, catfish, snapper and tilapia.

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Yield: Serves 2

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Parchment-Poached Salmon with Thyme (Saumon en Papillote) Detail

If you don’t have parchment paper, don’t sweat it. Foil works great, too. You can also do this on a camping trip and place your foil packets on a grate over hot coals.

After I took pictures I grabbed a fork, like I always do, and tasted it. I didn’t get to plate it. I just stood there and gobbled the whole thing down. I managed to take a moment and photograph my indulgence.

At least I didn’t feel guilty about eating this meal! Especially since I will be turning 40 next month and I need to drop a few pounds to ring in the next decade with style.

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11 Responses to The Easiest, Tastiest, Healthiest Fish You’ve Ever Had: Parchment Poached Salmon

  1. Erin at #

    This looks gorgeous! So healthy and full of flavor! Happy early birthday!

  2. Very delicious fish! It is the sign of a great meal when it goes straight to mouth without stopping at plate 🙂

  3. This does look like the best salmon ever!! And how funny it never got plated! I have to admit I've done that before with some of my meals!

  4. Tres Delicious at #

    looks so good, what a way to make salmon. Lovely!!

  5. My kids love fish, but they especially love salmon (and salmon both raw and cooked!). I'm going to try this recipe soon. I love the fact that most of ingredients are at home and it's SUPER easy! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I really appreciate it!

  6. Looks like an easy and fuss free way to cook fish and retain all its wonderful flavours!

  7. Beautiful! Such a great, simple recipe. Bookmarking 🙂 So glad I discovered your blog this morning!.. Can't wait to read more.

  8. Great shots! I am such a fan of parchment in the kitchen but have never made salmon this way. So inspired!

  9. This is perfect! I hadn't poached anything… ever… until the other night when I tried it on halibut. It was not too successful, to say the least. Thanks for this great idea – full of flavor and so healthy! You're my lifesaver! 🙂

  10. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! We have some frozen salmon fillets in our freezer that will work perfect in this recipe. We are going to try and cook it tonight…we'll let you know how it comes out!

  11. Eomniscient at #

    Thanks for a great healthy low fat recipe
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