Blog Menu

Parchment Poached Salmon with Thyme and Oranges

I am going to share with you how I prepared my salmon pouch but you can add any veggies you would like, any herbs that you enjoy and any spices that rock your world.  Do you see how this works?  I will proved you with the basics of how to fold the paper, cook the fish and what I used but you have the ultimate control over what is put inside.  The only thing that will take longer to cook are potatoes unless they are cut up very small.  Other than that...go crazy and create parchment pouches for your family.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 5 minutes
    •    Cook time: 25 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4-6


    •   1.5 pounds of salmon, cut into 2 inch wide pieces (I was able to get 6 pieces)
    •   2 small zucchini's, cut at an angle into thin slices
    •   2 small carrots, peeled and then using the peeler I sliced curls of carrots
    •   2 blood oranges, peeled and sliced thin
    •   1 lemon, peeled and sliced thin
    •   1/2 cup of spinach PER pouch
    •   1 small red onion, sliced thin
    •   fresh thyme sprigs (about 2 per pouch)
    •   olive oil
    •   salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. I would have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go.  Cut you salmon into desired servings, find your olive oil and have the salt ready to season.
  3. Tear a piece of parchment paper about 20 inches long for each pouch.  Stack your veggies, fruit and salmon on one side.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the top (the amount is up to you, some like more than others), season with salt and add the sprigs of thyme.
  5. Using the pictures below,  fold your parchment paper in half; starting on one side, fold the paper over each other and continue around to the other side.  The parchment should not come undone.  Take the end and tightly fold it under the pouch.
  6. Bake time should be 20 minutes.  Rest the pouches for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve the pouches on a plate or remove contents to a plate.  I have included a picture above of the salmon and veggies served on a plate.

NOTE: To open pouches, I use a pair of scissors and cut down the middle with a few cuts to the left and a few to the right, this allows people to finish tearing their pouches.  Remember there is steam in the pouch, be very careful to not burn your fingers with the first cut.

This great family recipe is thanks to Simply-Gourmet Recipes at


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published