Simple Weeknight Salmon en Papillote + Fresh Thyme is a foolproof way to cook amazing salmon any night of the week!
Do you ever get sick of your same old weeknight meal options. Me too. Sometimes I just want to spice it up and make something better than mac and cheese or baked chicken. For whatever reason, we really don’t have fish very often on weeknights. I must subconsciously think it is too much work ….. well that is all going to change because I now have the easiest (most amazing) salmon recipe that will be working its way into the rotation….
*Update January 2018 – this recipe has become one of my go-to favorites, particularly when we want a delicious and savory Whole30 meal!! Use the ghee (not the butter) to be Whole30 compliant)*
So there I was doing the photo shoot for how to cook en papillote and I had bought a beautiful piece of salmon. I had already posted a Miso Salmon en Papillote, so I had no intention of actually using this piece of salmon for a recipe for the blog. I just needed a piece of protein to help demonstrate the process; I thought I would just throw it in a pan for dinner later that day. But then I got a little crazy during the photo shoot and the salmon was already covered in olive oil and butter….. and then the next thing I knew, I was trying out a new salmon recipe. It was awesome. Honestly one of the best pieces of salmon I have ever had. And so simple. And now here I am sharing it with you guys!
Take a fillet of fresh salmon and sprinkle with some kosher salt. Place it in a plastic bag with enough olive oil to cover it and throw in some fresh sprigs of thyme.
Let it marinade for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove from bag and place in the middle of some parchment paper. Sprinkle a little more salt and some pepper. Leave the thyme on top of it. Drizzle with some more olive oil. then place 1 tablespoon of butter on top (cut in half).
Wrap the salmon up and tie with kitchen twine.
Place on a baking sheet and cook for 12-14 minutes and then broil for 2-3 minutes.
And done. Wasn’t that easy?
Throw some veggies in some foil or make some Simple Steamed Broccoli and you are set to go!
- 1 large fillet of fresh salmon (approx. 6-8oz)
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ Teaspoon kosher salt
- pinch of pepper
- 1-2 Tablespoons butter or ghee
- 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- parchment paper or foil
- kitchen twine
- Note: the marinating is completely optional, feel free to skip if you don't have time
- Sprinkle salmon with kosher salt and pepper (you don't need a lot).
- Place in large plastic bag along with enough olive oil to allow the salmon to be sufficiently soaked (might be less than ½ cup depending upon the size of the bag you are using).
- Place thyme sprigs on top of the fillet and then try and get as much air out of the bag before you close it.
- Place salmon in fridge for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, remove salmon from bag and place in the middle of a large piece of parchment paper or foil.
- If you haven't soaked your salmon already, rub enough olive oil on to fully coat.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of salt all over.
- Place a chunk of ghee (or butter) at both ends of the piece of salmon.
- Place 2 sprigs of fresh thyme across middle.
- Wrap up the salmon in the parchment paper, trying to trap in all the air, or in a piece of foil.
- Tie kitchen twine around it if using parchment,
- Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 (middle rack) for 12-14 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. The cooking time will vary depend you may need to cook upwards of 20 minutes, you just need to keep checking; when done the salmon will flake apart.
- If needed, or desired, feel free to open up the parchment or foil for the last 2-3 minutes and put under the broiler.
- Remove and serve immediately.
- Recommendation: once you plate the salmon, pour the excess melted ghee (or butter) on top of the salmon before eating.