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Salmon al Cartoccio

This recipe is inspired by classic Greek slow-cooked lamb as taught to me by my friend Janni Kyritsis.

The long slow cooking in the oven bag gives a wonderfully delicate result, the fish is cooked through but still quite bright and ‘just set’ in the thickest parts. Cook it for a longer or shorter time, depending on how you like your fish.

The lemon and garlic don’t have as long to cook, so don’t break down in the way they do in the traditional lamb dish, so slice them very thinly for best results and, depending on your taste, use less or discard them after cooking once they’ve flavoured the salmon.

For maximum flavour, it’s best to cook the salmon with the skin on, even if you discard it before eating.

You can prepare everything in the bag two to three hours before cooking, but no longer or the lemon will start to ‘cook’ the delicate fish.

If you refrigerate the marinating fish, remove it from the fridge an hour before cooking to bring it to room temperature.

I love a rosé with this recipe, especially the rosato from Edoardo Patrone in the Piedmont Alps.

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Serves: 4


1 teaspoon salt flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried Greek oregano

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, very thinly sliced

6 large (or 12 small) green olives, pitted and sliced

3 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced

1 x 600-700g centre-cut piece of salmon fillet, skin on, pin-boned

crusty bread, for serving


Combine oregano, fennel, salt and pepper and crush using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Mix with oil.

Lay a large piece of baking paper on a clean, dry work surface. Place fish on top, skin side down.

Pour oil mixture over it, arrange garlic, lemon and olives on top, spoon up any oil that’s run onto the paper and drizzle it over the top.

Wrap the baking paper around the fish, folding in the edges to form a secure parcel so juices can’t escape.

Place another piece of baking paper on the bench, put the parcel upside down onto it and roll it up to enclose it completely.

Place into an oven bag, twist the top of the bag but don’t seal it, leaving room for the air to expand as it heats.

Place in a baking dish, skin side down, with the end of the bag tucked loosely underneath or pressed against the side of the dish to hold it in place, ensuring the juices can’t escape.

Set aside for an hour or so at room temperature to marinate.

Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Place in the oven for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, arrange orzo with green onions on a serving platter.

Remove salmon from the bag, reserving the other contents.

Place on a platter, drizzle the cooking juices, lemon, garlic and olives over the top and serve with crusty bread.

You’ll find a print-friendly version of this recipe here as well as a step-by-step video of skordalia, a great accompaniment to this dish.

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Also read: Salmon with mango chutney

Roberta Muir
Roberta Muirhttps://beinspired.au/
Roberta Muir loves making it easy for home cooks to explore new cuisines and ingredients and sharing her passion for cooking, eating, drinking and travelling. She’s a recipe writer, cooking teacher, and author of four cookbooks including the Sydney Seafood School Cookbook. Find more of her inspiration at BeInspired.au
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