Easy Weeknight Salmon - a quick and delicious meal for any night of the week! #whole30 #paleo

Simple Weeknight Salmon en Papillote + Fresh Thyme

  • Author: Erin
  • Yield: 1-2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


A foolproof way to cook amazing salmon any night of the week!



  • 1 large fillet of fresh salmon (approx. 6-8oz) (you can use frozen, but it won’t turn out quite as good and there will be a little bit of excess water mixed in with the melted ghee after cooking)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 12 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 35 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • parchment paper or foil
  • kitchen twine (if using parchment)


  1. Take your piece of salmon and place in the middle of your parchment or foil, skin side down (ensuring your piece of foil/parchment is big enough to wrap up salmon).
  2. Pour olive oil over entire piece of salmon and, using your hands, rub in.
  3. Sprinkle generously with salt so there is a nice layer covering the salmon.
  4. Place chunks of ghee (or butter) on both ends.
  5. Place thyme on top.
  6. (Sometimes I sprinkle a little bit more olive oil on top at this point to just make sure it has a ton of moisture)
  7. Wrap up the salmon in the parchment paper, trying to trap in all the air, or in a piece of foil.
  8. Tie kitchen twine around it if using parchment,
  9. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 (middle rack) for 15 minutes or until cooked thoroughly. The cooking time will vary depending upon how big/thick your piece of salmon is; you may need to cook upwards of 20 minutes, you just need to keep checking; when done the salmon will flake apart easily with a fork.
  10. Remove and serve immediately.
  11. Recommendation: once you plate the salmon, pour the excess melted ghee (or butter) on top of the salmon before eating.