Fish in Parchment Paper

Fish in parchment paper is absolutely one of my favorite ways to cook fish. It's simple, quick, and clean up is a breeze. The parchment paper (or foil) forms a barrier around the fish and traps the heat inside the packet, which gently steams the fish.

Fish in parchment paper is a VERY healthy way to cook fish because it requires little fat, and you get perfectly cooked fish every time with minimal effort on your part.

You can always use aluminum foil in place of parchment paper.

While this recipe calls for salmon, feel free to use any fish of your choice.

Fish in Parchment Paper


  • 4 (4 ounce) wild salmon fillets
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 (12 inch) squares of parchment paper
  • 1 blood orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1 bunch fresh dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Brush each piece of salmon on both sides with a light coating of olive oil. Fold each sheet of parchment in half and use scissors to round out the corners so that it is almost a circle. Open the sheets back up.
  3. Place the salmon fillets skin side down onto the center of each piece of parchment. Sprinkle with lemon pepper, then place a sprig of dill onto each fillet. Cover with one slice of orange, one slice of lemon and one slice of lime per serving. You may add more to taste. Lay another sprig or two of dill over the citrus slices.
  4. Fold each piece of parchment up and over the fillets. Holding both edges of the parchment together, roll the edge down making several folds as you go until the fish fillets are tightly sealed in their packets. Place packets on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish is able to be flaked with a fork. You may need to open one of the packets to check. To serve, place packets onto serving plates and use scissors to cut an X in the center, being careful not to cut the food.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving:
273 calories, 24 grams protein, 10 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 16 grams healthy fat, 130 mg sodium

Variation: Top salmon with vegetables such as asparagus tips or sliced zucchini and carrots before sealing the parchment "pouch."

This video of how to prepare fish in parchment paper is useful if you're intimidated by the parchment paper.

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