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Salmon in Parchment


Doesn’t this look amazing? It sure tastes the part. Treebeards’ recipes never fail. They are always crowdpleaser. This salmon in parchment has the best flavors: butter, garlic, lemon, and cheese! We are NOT going to hold the cheese please this time. When I first had this dish many years ago, it was not dairy free in the slightest. Maybe that’s why it stuck with me – it was to die for. Obviously, lactose intolerance hit and I had to say goodbye to all things heavenly. Thinking positively, I persevered to duplicate the dish and see what it tastes like dairy free.

Obviously, nothing beats real cheese, but this is nevertheless an extremely delicious meal. I have added notes on what are the BEST dairy free butter and parmesan substitutes. Both are found at Whole Foods and HEB. You should note, I have yet to find a brand better than the two I have listed. Serve with your favorite greens and dig in.


  • 4 Salmon steaks, 1″ thick or filets
  • Salt
  • Granulated garlic
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf for each serving of fish
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (I use Earth Balance Dairy Free)
  • Fresh lemon juice, sprinkled
  • Dairy free Parmesan cheese (I use Go Veggie Parmesan)
  • Chopped garlic to taste
  • Parchment paper to wrap fish in


  1. Tear approx 16″ x 20″ pieces of parchment paper for each slice of fish. Grease paper thoroughly with olive oil using a pastry brush (or just pour some on there in a small puddle like I did).
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wipe fish with a damp cloth. Sprinkle on flesh side with salt and garlic powder. Put steaks or filet skin side down on the paper and top with onion, cheese, melted butter, garlic, and lemon juice.
  3. Top with bay leaves.
  4. Wrap paper tightly around fillets, folding in the ends. Pinch together. (You can use string to keep the paper together-tying around end to end and then side to side like a package). Place in a large baking dish.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Unwrap and discard bay leaf..
  6. Serve immediately.

You can wrap each piece individually or wrap all together. I did mine individually as you can see.


This dish will not disappoint! Especially since the flavors just stay sealed in the parchment paper. Make sure you pour that extra juice over your fish!

All in all, this is fun to make, easy to repeat, and deliciously dairy and gluten-free.

Enjoy and thank you for reading!


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