Salmon papillote with fennel and grapefruit Recipe

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Salmon cooked papillote with fennel and grapefruit
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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories470 Kcal24%
Fat21 g30%
Saturated Fat3.3 g17%
Carbohydrates4.8 g2%

Cooking in paper on the barbecue is easier than you think and our salmon papillote with fennel and grapefruit is a great recipe to start with.

This method of preparing fish is a simple but very effective way to ensure delicate cooking and results in extremely succulent fish. A perfect pairing of salmon and fennel, we’ve added an extra punch of aniseed with a splash of Pernod and the sharpness from the grapefruit really cuts through the fattiness of the salmon. Cooking “en papilliote” or “in paper” is extremely easy. It is great for BBQs as all the ingredients cook together, so no getting flustered over hot coals. We’ve kept this one fairly simple, but we urge you to play around with flavours and marinades and see what works for you. For more barbecue fish recipes try out these grilled sardines or our barbecued mackerel.


  1. Blanch the fennel in a pan of salted water. Drain and plunge into iced water.
  2. Fold a sheet of baking paper in half along the width, open back up and arrange the fennel and shallots on one side, leaving a frame of at least 5cm around the edges. Dot cubes of butter over the vegetables, pour over the alcohol and scatter with half the parsley. Place the salmon on top. Season.
  3. Fold over the baking paper, and
  4. fold and twist the edges like a Cornish pasty, from one side to the other. Place on the barbecue and cook for 25 mins.
  5. Transfer to a large plate or board, rip open the paper and scatter over the grapefruit, along with the remaining parsley. Garnish with fennel fronds.


  • 2 bulbs of fennel (core removed), sliced (save the fronds for garnish)
  • 4 echalion shallots, peeled and halved
  • 40g butter, diced
  • 50ml Pernod
  • 20ml white wine
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 500g skin-on side of salmon
  • 1 red grapefruit, cut into segments
Top Tip for making Salmon papillote with fennel and grapefruit

Make sure there’re not flames as the paper will catch.

Food Writer at Future plc

Keiron George develops recipes and styles dishes for a number of publications, as well as reviewing products, writing food features and How To's for Goodto and woman&home. 

Keiron's love of food happened quite by accident. As an arts graduate, he was looking for new outlets to channel his creativity when he stumbled upon the world of cake decoration. He set up his own wedding cake business in 2015. In 2016 Keiron was awarded the Julia Child Scholarship at world-renowned culinary institute - Le Cordon Bleu, London, where he studied the art of French Pâtisserie.