Salmon & Lentils En Papillote

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 35 Minutes

Servings: 4

“En papillote” is a French term for cooking fish and other items in paper. With the addition of lentils, vegetables, and herbs, this is a light meal in lovely, individual parcels. Just slice open and eat directly out of the package. Bon appétite!

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    4 (4 oz/125 g) salmon fillets

    1 lemon, juiced

    1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt and pepper

    2 cups (500 mL) cooked green lentils

    half zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

    1 lemon, sliced

    16 cherry tomatoes, halved

    1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil, divided

    4 sprigs fresh dill, thyme, or rosemary


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Arrange racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
  2. Place salmon on a plate and squeeze lemon juice over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut four pieces of parchment paper, approximately 12x20 inches (30x54 cm).
  4. Divide lentils into mounds off to one side of each piece of parchment. Arrange eight slices of zucchini on top of the lentils. Top with a piece of salmon. Arrange two slices of lemon on top of each piece of salmon. Top with sliced cherry tomatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, tuck in a sprig of fresh herbs, and drizzle with olive oil. Repeat with the remaining portions.
  5. Fold parchment paper over the salmon, and fold the edges of the paper over several times, being sure to seal the contents inside. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Rotate pans from top to bottom at the halfway point.
  6. To serve, place each packet on a plate and cut open to release the aroma.

Substitute other fish for salmon, such as halibut, sole, trout, or haddock.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 1 fillet + 1 cup (250 mL) lentil mixture
  • Per serving:
  • Calories 410
  • Total Fat 20 g
  • Saturated Fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 60 mg
  • Carbohydrates 24 g
  • Dietary Fibre 9 g
  • Sugar 4 g
  • Protein 35 g
  • Sodium 240 mg
  • Potassium 966 mg
  • Folate 198 mcg