Slow Roasted Salmon in Parchment

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Recipe: #39305

August 12, 2022

"No cooking technique is simpler than baking in parchment. The packets can be assembled ahead making clean-up easy peasy. The salmon's texture turns out like velvet and the sauce is a little salty from capers and Castelvetrano olives and a tinge sweet from caramelized onions and raisins. Source: Marlene Sorosky Gray"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (397.4 g)
  • Calories 470.1
  • Total Fat - 12.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 94.3 mg
  • Sodium - 170.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 57.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 9 g
  • Sugars - 37.2 g
  • Protein - 36.2 g
  • Calcium - 85.6 mg
  • Iron - 2.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 39.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 275°.

Step 2

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Add onion, bay leaf, and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring often and reducing heat if onion is browning too fast, until onion is golden brown, 25–30 minutes.

Step 3

Add olives, capers, raisins, and 2 Tbsp. water to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until olives are softened, about 4 minutes. Add rum and cook until liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and stir in lime juice and 1 Tbsp. water. If needed, add a splash or two more of water so mixture is saucy; season with salt.

Step 4

TO MAKE AHEAD: Sauce may be refrigerated up to 2 days. Before using, add water to loosen it if it looks dry.

Step 5

Season salmon with salt and pepper. Cut four large sheets of parchment paper. Working with 1 sheet, spoon one-quarter of sauce onto the center of paper; scatter 1 Tbsp. cilantro over. Create a well in the sauce the size of a salmon fillet and place fish in well; drizzle with oil. Gather edges of parchment up and over salmon and tie tightly closed with kitchen twine. Set on a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining parchment paper, sauce, salmon, and 3 Tbsp. cilantro.

Step 6

TO MAKE AHEAD: Packets can be refrigerated up to 8 hours. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before cooking.

Step 7

If packets have not been refrigerated, bake them until salmon is cooked through, 20–22 minutes for medium (bake 2 minutes longer for well-done). If cold, add 3 to 4 minutes to cooking time. Remove from oven and let salmon steam in packets 2 minutes. Unwrap and top with more cilantro. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing over.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


This is divine. The rum is what brings this salmon recipe over the top. A guest worthy meal and one I will be enjoying often!! I used regular pimiento stuffed olives and baby onions that I quartered and both worked great.


review by:
(7 Feb 2024)


Wow -- this is a great way to make salmon. Granted I skipped the rum and used boring green olives for the ones specified but otherwise made as directed. Served with baby potatoes and salad for a wonderful meal! Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(21 Oct 2022)

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