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Chef John's Salmon in Parchment

Chef John

fish main-course


2 Servings

Prep time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

40 Minutes


873 Kcal

An easy and delicious way to cook salmon


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or more if needed
  • 6 small potatoes
  • 10 spears of asparagus (or the vegetable of your choice)
  • 2 (8 ounce) skinless, boneless, center-cut salmon fillets
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • choice of herbs (fresh or dried)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Take two pieces of parchment paper about the size of a half sheet pain, fold in half and crease. Coat each piece of parchment with olive oil on both sides.

  3. Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

  4. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add asparagus, and cook uncovered until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, then immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the asparagus is cold, drain well, and set aside.

  5. Place 1 salmon fillet, half the asparagus, and half the potatoes in the middle of one side of a prepared parchment paper. Sprinkle with herbs, salt and pepper and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Fold other half of the paper over and seal parchment edge by tucking the paper underneath. Repeat with the second piece of prepared parchment and remaining ingredients. Place pouches on a baking sheet.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting open parchment. The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.