A healthy, easy and very springtime dish. Baked Salmon with Spring Vegetables can be on the table in about 30 minutes. The entire dish is baked in parchment paper and served this way, so cleanup is a springtime breeze.

 Baked salmon with spring vegetables  served on a white plate with fresh lemon slices

 Spring is in the air! It really is, because it’s officially spring in a few days (20th March) and I’m ready for the seasonal vegetables and to leave behind the heavy winter foods.

The salmon and vegetable out of the oven being unwrapped

This dish preparation is called en papillote (French for ‘in parchment paper’). It’s a genius way of not only making an easy meal, but there’s very little cleanup. A large piece of parchment paper (about 22 x 12 inches) is folded in half and cut into half a heart shape, so when it’s open it’s a full heart shape. The ingredients are placed just off center close to the round part of the heart. Fold the paper in half and starting at the round end, you fold and twist, tightly to get a good seal. When you get to the pointed end, twist night and tightly. Place the packages on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. You can serve in the paper, or plate the fish and vegetables.

The steps of how to fold the paper around the salmon

This a customizable dish depending on what fish and vegetables you like.  Any firm fish can be used and any vegetables of your choosing or just what you have in the fridge. If you find that you’re out of parchment paper, you an always use foil.  This is a perfect, healthy weeknight dinner that can be packaged in the morning and baked off when you get home for dinner.

A closeup showing the lemon slices and dill

Wondering what the stripy vegetable is in the pictures? That’s a purple carrot with a yellow center. Carrots come in other colors too and they make a lovely presentation and adds a great pop of color to the dish.

An overhead showing the meal on a white plate

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Yield: 2

Baked Salmon with Spring Vegetables

A closeup showing fresh lemon slices and dill

 Baked salmon with spring vegetables can be on the table in about 30 minutes. The entire dish is baked in parchment paper and served this way.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 small potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 8 asparagus spears
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh peas
  • 2 salmon filets, 6 ounces each
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped dill, basil, oregano
  • 2 lemon slices, cut into halves
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Take 1 sheet of parchment paper, about 22 x 15 inches. Fold in half and cut into a half heart shape. Repeat with a second sheet and lay the sheets open.
  3. Divide the vegetables between each sheet. First the sliced potatoes, then the fennel, the asparagus, carrots and then peas.
  4. Season the salmon filet with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with the chopped herb mix.
  5. Place 1 filet on top of each vegetable bundle and top each salmon with 2 half slices of lemon.
  6. Drizzle each filet with the lemon juice.
  7. Start at the round edge of the heart and fold edges over each other, pressing tightly. When you get to the end, fold and twist.
  8. Place the packages onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. You can serve in the paper by cutting down the center, or remove and plate.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1 filet

Amount Per Serving Calories 457Saturated Fat 1gCholesterol 93mgSodium 733mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 13gSugar 6gProtein 43g

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