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If you’re looking for an easy, delicious and healthy dinner, this parchment baked salmon is the perfect recipe. Everything is cooked together in a parchment paper pouch creating an almost mess free dinner that’s not only easy, but yummy, and good for you too! Best part? It’s ready in just about thirty minutes.

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Happy Wednesday! Is anyone else’s week just flying by? We’ve been working hard on new recipe videos since Saturday and we just wrapped up last night. We filmed twenty new videos in four days, so I’m just a little bit tired, but of course, still ready to take on the remainder of the week. Filming videos is so much work, but it can also be fun, since it’s not just me in the kitchen cooking all day long.

Today I’m back to working on the computer, but a day of screen time is needed after four full days in the kitchen.

Also needed? A very easy recipe for dinner.

Enter this parchment baked salmon that I’m seriously just so in love with. It has some of my favorite spring ingredients of the moment: potatoes, salmon, lemon, and so many fresh herbs. Loving herbs right now.

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All week long we’ve been talking about recipes my mom would love. Well, today’s recipe is one my mom would not love. She’s not too into fish. Like at all. But it’s OK because I know the rest of us will enjoy this recipe as it’s delicious, healthy, quick, easy, and pretty too!

If you and your family enjoy salmon, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. Again, did I mention the no mess thing? It’s probably my favorite part. I mean, aside from the delicious taste.

Of course.

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So here’s the story. I was talking with my cookbook editor a few weeks back and she mentioned that I had never done any parchment paper, packet style, recipes before. When she said this, I couldn’t believe that I had never thought to share a recipe of this style before.

Sure, I use parchment paper all the time, but I had never actually baked an entire meal inside a parchment paper packet.

Once I realized all of this, I quickly moved along to creating my first “parchment paper packet” recipe.

And this is where this salmon comes in.

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For those of you who are wondering what the heck I am talking about, a parchment paper packet is an Italian way of cooking fish. To put it simply, you’re creating a packet out of parchment paper for your food to cook inside of. Not only does this save on mess and dishes, but cooking your food in parchment steams the food and cooks everything in their own juices.

Cooking food this way preserves nutrients and creates and insane amount of flavor because all of the aromas are trapped inside the parchment paper. Meaning you can get away with using less ingredients, but still come away with a delicious dinner.

And…it’s cooks everything really fast too.


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I decided to do my salmon with some classic ingredients, potatoes, fresh dill, and lots of lemon. You’ll layer the potatoes, salmon, and lemon slices on a large piece of parchment paper, then pour over a little seasoned olive oil, and then add plenty of fresh dill. From here you’ll enclose everything in the parchment paper and transfer to the oven to bake.

You see? Easy.

A few tips for success.

  • be sure to slice the potatoes extremely thin so that they cook up in the same amount of time as the salmon. I find it best to slice the potatoes thinly on a mandolin.
  • I found that using skin off salmon worked best, as this cooked up nicely inside the parchment.
  • if you wanted to add a layer of green veggies, I recommend thinly sliced zucchini or a handful of fresh spinach in-between the potatoes and salmon.

To serve alongside, I made a simple dill yogurt sauce that is the perfect complement to this lemony dish. I also topped the salmon with fresh arugula and basil for a nice pop of green color, plus added flavor.

This recipe is very mediterranean in flavor, very fresh, and will be great for both spring and summer nights!

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If you make this parchment baked salmon and love it, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love, love, love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you. Oh, and of course, if you do make this salmon, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram so I can see! I love looking at the photos of recipes you all have made. It makes my day!

Parchment Baked Lemon Salmon and Potatoes with Dill Yogurt

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 482 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Fold 4 large pieces of parchment paper (about 15x16 inches) in half. Open, and lay on half flat. 
    2. In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic, juice of 1 lemon, dill, smoked paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper. 
    3. Working on one side of the creased parchment, layer the potatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Place the salmon over the potatoes and drizzle with the olive oil sauce, and top with 2 lemons slices. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 4 packets. 
    4. To close, fold the parchment over salmon, pinching to seal the open sides and create a half-moon-shaped packet. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake until the potatoes are tender, about 18-20 minutes. 
    5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, dill, and a pinch of crushed red pepper. 
    6. Serve the salmon topped with dill yogurt, arugula, and basil. Enjoy! 
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The crispy potatoes on the bottom? The best.

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  1. 5 stars
    Obsessed with the version of this recipe from Super Simple that includes zucchini. We have it on repeat with the squash coming out if our CSA box. Works with cod as well. Kids love the parchment packets; cleanup is a breeze; gorgeous with the paprika.

    1. I have a question. My daughter has made this and recommended I make for a ladies dinner party. She said it was easy and delicious. Unfortunately the salmon was fresh, not the halibut. I settled for Pacific Dover Sole and wanted to add asparagus. Do you think this will work well 🤞🏻

      1. Hey Lynn,
        Yes, I think that would be fantastic! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    I made this today for a special lunch for company and it was AMAZING! Everyone kept saying they felt like they were eating in a restaurant it was so fancy and good. Thanks for the keeper!

  3. 5 stars
    I actually forgot to put the lemon juice in! But, for my family, it would have been too much lemon. It was just lovely enough with just the slices. Thanks for the great dinner 🙂

  4. So, this recipe is just amazing. It is nothing special but.. wow ! I really don’t like the taste of the salmon but with this recipe, I could eat it every week ! I added a drizzle of honey when I served it. It was really tasty. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you own. I love your blog, and all the recipes !

  5. 5 stars
    So, this recipe is just amazing. It is nothing special but.. wow ! I really don’t like the taste of the salmon but with this recipe, I could eat it every week ! I added a drizzle of honey when I served it. It was really tasty. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you own. I love your blog, so creative !

  6. 5 stars
    I made this last night and WOW! What an easy way to cook fish and it was so tasty! I added asparagus and was able to thinly slice some Yukon Gold potatoes without the scary mandolin 😉 Thank you again!!

  7. 5 stars
    Just finished serving this and got HUGE compliments all around. The smoked paprika is key. So earthy and savory. A new favorite go to recipe! I might play around with some other fish, too. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. HI! Did you use more oil than directed? Try using a little less and see if that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Glad you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

  8. While I did not follow this recipe in full, I took the general ideas of using the parchment paper as an enclosement for the salmon, along with basil and lemon. I put it in the oven for 20 minutes on 400 and this is the best salmon I’ve ever made! I added in cauliflower rice as a side and I’m in heaven! Thank you!

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