French Fridays with Dorie: Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote

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salmon and tomatoes en papillote

En Papillote, in my opinion, is by far the easiest method used to cook a perfect fish. It is a method of cooking where the food is baked in an aluminum foil pouch, or parchment paper; the moisture then steams the food, and voila!

preparing salmon

This week’s Dorie challenge was to cook salmon and tomatoes en papillote. This wasn’t my first time using this method, so I was very comfortable in preparing this fish.

I set up the salmon, layered it with basil, rosemary, onions, and lemons; tucked in a few cherry tomatoes around the fish, seasoned it, and popped it in the oven.

en papillote

This meal, from start to finish, took me 20 minutes to make. Dinner arrived early – I had to reheat the food. :/

salmon and tomatoes en papillote

As always, I can’t share the entire recipe with you, but you can get this wonderful cookbook from Amazon and join our French Fridays with Dorie club!

Also, I have a guest post today over at Kim’s place, The Farmer’s Wife! Please hop on over there and take a look at these beauties:

Macedonian Style Fritters

Macedonian Style Fritters

46 Responses
  1. Lora @cakeduchess

    Love cooking en papilloteand your salmon looks delicious! Can’t wait to see what is next for FFwD this summer:)

  2. Adriana

    I agree that en papillote fish is fantastic. I really liked the combination of flavors suggested by Dorie for the salmon. Those fritters look fantastic too! They remind me of beignets.

  3. sarah

    Gorgeous pictures Kate! This is one of my favorite ways to cook fish! It’s so simple and perfect for summer- also, we have a shared grill in our apartment comlex that doesn’t take well to putting any sort of meat directly on the grill so this method is perfect!

  4. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen

    One of my college professors told me you can cook salmon en papillote by wrapping it up tightly in foil and putting it in the dishwasher. I have yet to test his theory– not sure I believe him!

  5. Firefly

    It looks so yummy I love baked fish this way, I have few recipes that are always a hit in our house 🙂
    And I LOVE your fritters! Wish I had some now 🙂

  6. Cassie @ Bake Your Day

    This defines summer! We like to use parchment packets on the grill with fish. I will try these flavors, sounds wonderful!

  7. Michelle

    I’d like to pretend that I like cooking fish this method because it helps create such a moist tender fish. But the real reason? I love the easy clean-up!

  8. Becky

    Kate-This is what I’m having for dinner tonight, Salmon en papillote. Looks beautiful, and I have fresh basil and rosemary, and thyme. I’ll be putting mine on the grill.

    Also saw your fritters on Farmer’s Wife! They look so good!

  9. Roxana GreenGirl

    En-papillote is the only way I know how to cook fish, although I rarely cook at home since I’m afraid I under or overcook it.
    Yours looks great! perfect for a hot summer evening when I’m too hot to turn the stove on.

  10. The Harried Cook

    That looks so yummy… The tomatoes are so beautifully cooked too.. I love that it’s done in 20 minutes! I wish I could get one of those little bags for my dinner tonight! So yummy looking 🙂

  11. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    oooo my dad loves salmon! i’m always looking for new ways to prepare this dish. i’ll try this one very soon 🙂

  12. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Dinner is ready in 20 minutes? BOOKMARKED! I love this kind of recipe….. it’s great for mom bloggers who are always busy, isn’t it? =D Thanks for sharing it. I love the simple recipe and salmon is my kids’ favorite fish that I can always count on. Happy Friday!

  13. Celia

    It’s a “double the Kate” day! Love it! 🙂 Already stumbled across those fritters and was very happy to do so – happy to see your lovely take on FFWD, too! Salmon en papillote is always so tender…

  14. Cheryl and Adam @

    We’ve been away from the blogosphere for what seems like and eternity and this is such a yummy recipe to come back to. Fish en papillote is a big favorite of Adam’s so this is going on the must make list. By the way your photography is just amazing on this post and the Chery Cobbler, too. Adam put one of your photos in his reference file, we hope you don’t mind! Keep it up it’s beautiful!

    1. Kate@Diethood

      Oh my goodness, you don’t know how much that means to me! Thank you soooo much, Cheryl and Adam! ♥
      Adam can have whatever photo he desires!! 🙂

  15. The Farmers Wife

    Wow that salmon looks fantastic Kate! You are amazing girl! Thanks for sharing on my site today! I love the recipe you chose and it’s a big hit!

  16. Dana Salvo

    You are speaking my language w/this one. Love Salmon & lemon together. But basil & tomatoes just make it over the top. Yum. I also really love your style of photography.

  17. Tina@flourtrader

    Great method for preparing any kind of fish-very healthy. I will pop on over to your guest post now. thanks for sharing.

  18. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    This looks fantastic..I love salmon and I do often make it the same way..
    I will check you guest post..looks like something from my childhood:)) and I have feeling that I know what it is:))

  19. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    Oooh… so that’s what en papillote means. Now I know! I’m excited to try this steaming method; I’ve not done it too often yet.

  20. Maya

    Wasn’t this a wonderfully easy dish? Really enjoyed making it, especially since it was a rather express way to cook! We had to reheat ours too…

  21. Kelly

    I’m with Kristy – this time of year, I look to minimize cooking time and hassle. Love the simplicity and nutrients in this meal – beautiful photos too!

  22. Kristy

    I love easy and quick to make meals! And we all love salmon. I’ve never tried this method of cooking fish before, but I think I’m going to have to try this soon. 🙂

  23. Dessert By Candy

    Definitely a good choice this week for anyone mindful of healthy eating! I had trouble timing my dinner too. Had to quickly wake up BF from nap to alert him dinner is ready!

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