Quick and easy: saumon en papillote

This recipe was one of my mum’s favourite and so it is in our home. It is even more popular in ours that the quality of the salmon in the UK is just amazing.

Saumon en papillote means salmon baked in parchment paper/aluminium foil. Even though the “en papillote” can sound quite fancy, this cooking method is super easy and amazingly tasty as it allows the flavours of the salmon and the herbs to infuse and develop wonderfully. As the salmon cooks in its juice it comes out really tender. It is as well a really healthy cooking method, which is definitely a plus 🙂

When I don’t have cream cheese, I simply drizzle the salmon fillets with olive oil and it comes out great as well.

I serve it with roasted butternut squash, minted pea puree, green beans puree, roasted potatoes…. 

Bon appétit !

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Saumon en papillote

Saumon en papillote... even though the “en papillote” can sound quite fancy, this cooking method is super easy and amazingly tasty as it allows the flavours of the salmon and the herbs to infuse and develop wonderfully.

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 80 g cream cheese
  • herbes de Provence or Thyme


  1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC.
  2. Put each salmon filet in the middle of a sheet of parchment paper or aluminium foil. Make sure you use enough parchment paper/aluminium foil to wrap around the entire filet.
  3. Cover with the salmon with a layer of cream cheese and sprinkle with your herbs.
  4. Wrap your salmon with the paper/foil to shape/seal the parcel.
  5. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of your fillets.

Recipe Notes

I personally find it easier to use aluminium foil.




  1. Desire Empire January 25, 2014 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Looks so simple and often the most delicious meals are. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I might try this with Danish feta and Thyme.

    • admin January 26, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Thank you 🙂 Let me know it goes. I love feta cheese!

  2. CaitlynR January 26, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    What an easy way to prepare salmon! This is my first time visiting your site, so please pardon my silly question – but the 200 degrees oven setting is in Fahrenheit right?

    • admin January 26, 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      You’re right I should be more clear. I’ll fix this 🙂 I cook it at 200 degrees Celsius.

      • CaitlynR January 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

        Thanks for the clarification! 🙂

  3. Kelley January 28, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I’ve been looking for another good salmon recipe! Thanks! Found you at the Tasty Tuesday linky party 🙂

    • admin January 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      Great 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do!

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