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Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, paleo.

Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, low fat.Parchment salmon with spinach (or whatever greens I have on hand) is one of my go-to healthy and light dinners. It’s incredibly easy and quick to make, while being delicious and providing great nutritious value. These are the things I value in weeknight dinners: they should be easy, fast, delicious, healthy and contain minimum ingredients, most of which I already have on hand. This parchment salmon is a perfect example of my go-to dinner. It’s ready in no more than 20 minutes! I usually keep pieces of frozen salmon in my freezer, so I just have to take it out in the morning and toss it with a few ingredients in the evening.

Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, low fat.

Moreover, this recipe gives you a great degree of flexibility. You can use any other fish of your choice instead of salmon, as long as the piece is not too big, otherwise the baking time would increase to 20-30 minutes. You can infuse any flavor in your fish: ginger, lemon, dill, white wine or whatever is your favorite. This time I’ve made parchment salmon with ginger-garlic sauce and it came out just perfect. You can pair it with whatever side you prefer. I’ve chosen brown rice, but baked or boiled potatoes, roasted vegetables or a simple green salad would fit great as well.

Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, low fat.

If you like fish, salmon is a really good choice because it’s a real storehouse of nutrients, being a superfood and one of the best tasting food I know. Health benefits of salmon include its high content of omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium, phosphorus and vitamin B12, B3, D, etc). These amazing nutrients improve control of the body’s inflammatory processes, cell and brain functions. Moreover, salmon protects your eyes and skin, helps in the treatment of inflammatory joint conditions (osteoarthritis) and cardiovascular conditions, improves your sleep and metabolism and just generally makes you smarter and happier.

Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, low fat.

When choosing salmon, go for wild-caught Alaskan salmon, as it’s more sustainable and less contaminated than most of the other forms of salmon. I recommend purchasing salmon from a store you trust that has fresh supply of fish.

Baking salmon in parchment paper is a right choice if you want to ensure the maximum intake of all the nutrients it provides. Parchment-paper packets keep salmon nice and moist as it is baked in its own juices. Moreover, absolutely NO cleaning is needed afterwards, as no backing dish is used! Check the recipe below and enjoy your salmon! Here is a little gif and on how to fold the parchment over the salmon. Alternatively, here is a video.

Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, low fat.

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Parchment Baked Salmon with Spinach

Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, paleo.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword baked salmon, parchment salmon, salmon en papillote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 88kcal

Ingredients

  • brown rice to serve (optional)

For the ginger-garlic sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoon grated fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or gluten-free tamari soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 80 ml or 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 200 grams or 1 cup roughly chopped spinach

For the salmon:

  • 2 grams salmon fillets about 125(4.5 oz) each
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds to garnish
  • mojo verde or roasted garlic sauce to serve (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200 °C or 390 °F. Start to cook brown rice as per instructions on the package (optional). Whisk together all the ingredients for the ginger-garlic sauce until combined.
  • Fold 2 square pieces of parchment paper (at least 35 cm or 14 inches wide) in halves an then unfold. Divide the spinach evenly among the sheets of paper, placing it on one side of the crease. Put salmon fillets on top and drizzle with the ginger-garlic sauce. Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Fold the parchment paper as shown on the gif above, making an air-tight pocket. Bake for 12 minutes for medium. Unwrap and sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Serve with rice or other sides. Enjoy!

Notes

Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9460IU | Vitamin C: 30.5mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3.2mg
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Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, low fat. Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, low fat.What is your favorite way to prepare salmon? Share your ideas in the comments!

Easy and healthy parchment salmon baked with spinach and ginger-garlic sauce: a 20-min recipe of a delicious, quick and nutritious go-to weeknight dinner. Gluten free, low carb, low fat.

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Elena

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Laura Lane Bender

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Made this last night and LOVED the sauce! I would’ve given 5 stars but I thought the spinach a bit stingy. After baking it was minuscule. Next time I’ll add much more and give it 5 stars.

Elena Szeliga

Thursday 24th of September 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed the sauce! You can also cook the spinach separately if you prefer. Sometimes it's hard to add more to the parchment pocket as it might open in the oven.

Janice Still

Sunday 10th of March 2019

Your recipe was AMAZING! I made it for 4 dear friends (one who doesn't really like salmon...) and it was a TOTAL HIT! You would not believe the compliments I kept getting all through dinner. I had made a parchment salmon before but not with the wonderful ginger-garlic-soy-etc. sauce. This was perfection. Also the suggestion to serve with Mojo Verde sauce was the icing on the salmon! (I used Bon Appetit mojo recipe.) I am so glad I was able to find your recipe and website. Delicious hugs. juanisa

Elena Szeliga

Monday 11th of March 2019

Hi Juanisa! Thank you so much for your feedback! I'm happy you and your guests enjoyed the recipe! If you could give it a 5 star rating, that would mean a lot to me!

Marla

Monday 14th of March 2016

Loving all these healthy flavors!

Elena Szeliga

Monday 14th of March 2016

Thank you, Marla!

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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