On Television: Maple-Soy Salmon en Papillote

For those who fell in love with the culinary technique of cooking en papillote after my recipe for chicken earlier this year, this recipe for maple-soy salmon is another en papillote recipe to add to your repertoire.   Taking just minutes to assemble, it’s quick and easy making it the perfect solution for a busy weeknight or a weekend dinner with friends.  Plus, it’s delicious.  My husband, a self-proclaimed hater of salmon, can’t eat it fast enough.

Today I had fun sharing this maple-soy salmon recipe with local Charlotteans on WCNC’s Charlotte Today television show.  You can check out the video here.  It’s worth a watch if you love the idea of en papillote, but need a visual demonstration to get you in the kitchen.  Enjoy!

Maple-Soy Salmon en Papillote – Printer Friendly Recipe
Serves 2

2 (5-6 ounce) salmon fillet, skin removed
2 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 large garlic clove, minced
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Special equipment: parchment paper, scissors

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place a rack in the top third of the oven.

Cut out two large rectangles of parchment paper (about 15 x 20-inches) and fold them in half.  Starting from the fold, trace the outline of half a heart with a pen (like you made a Valentine in school) on each folded piece of paper and then cut out the heart.

Unfold the hearts and place one salmon fillet on the right side of each parchment paper heart.

In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and soy sauce.  Sprinkle each salmon fillet with the minced garlic and sliced green onions and then divide the maple-soy sauce between the two salmon; pouring the sauce over each one.

Fold one of the parchment paper hearts in half.  Starting at the top, begin folding the edges down to seal the heart.  Make sure each fold overlaps the next by folding the next edge over the previous one and creasing it firmly.  Continue moving along the outside of the heart until you have formed a package.  Place the package on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining package.

Bake the parchment paper packages on a baking sheet in the top third of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Serve the fish in the parchment paper packet and have your guests cut it open at the table.  Or, cut open the envelope in the kitchen and slide the fillet and its toppings to a plate.


  1. Nikki,
    It was good to see you at Alice’s birthday party. She is a remarkable woman.
    This recipe sounds great and can not wait to try it! I look forward to each post. Til next time!


  2. Nikki, you were great on TV! A natural. I loved it. Played it for Mother to hear…very exciting. Recipe sounds fantistic…just in time for Jay’s birthday dinner. The pumpkin apple muffins have been a real hit, too. Thanks. I love your blog.


  3. What a great job you did yesterday on Charlotte Today! I hope you had a great time, and I’m going to try that recipe. You made it look so easy!


  4. Molly,

    Thanks for the nice note. The recipe is really delicious and so quick and easy. What’s not to like?


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