Fiambre de Salmón (Salmon and Rice Packets)

by Erica Dinho on June 6, 2012

Fiambre de Salmón (Salmon and Rice Packets)

Fiambre de Salmón is a perfect dish for picnics and other outdoor feasts because they’re portable and they taste just as good either hot or cold. My mom would make Fiambres de Pollo(Chicken) when I was a child to take to picnics, or paseos, as they’re called in Colombia. I made my version with salmon, and the result was an extremely juicy, moist piece of fish, infused with all the wonderful flavors from the vegetables.

If you don’t like salmon, feel free to replace the salmon with your favorite fish or poultry. If you can’t find banana leaves, cook them in foil packets.

Buen provecho!

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(4 servings)

  • 4 salmon fillets, skin removed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup of aliños sauce
  • 2 cups of cooked yellow rice
  • 1 cup of carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen peas
  • Banana Leaves and foil for wrapping
  • Kitchen string
  • Ají for serving


  1. Cut the plantain leaves in 8 squares. Place 1 piece of the leaf on a work surface and place a second leaf on top, pointing in the opposite direction, like forming a cross.
  2. Fiambre de Salmón (Salmon and Rice Packets)

  3. In a bowl mix the cooked rice with the aliños sauce.
  4. Fiambre de Salmón (Salmon and Rice Packets)

  5. Put 1/2 cup of the yellow rice mixture on the center of the banana leaves. Place 1/4 cup of peas and 1/4 cup of carrots on top of the rice and place 1 salmon fillet on top of the vegetables.

  6. Fold the banana leaves up, one of the four sides at the time, so that the leaves enclose all the filling, like you’re making a package. Tie with butcher’s string. Continue the process until all the tamales are wrapped and tied.
  7. Wrap them again with foil paper. Bring salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  8. Add the packets cover and cook for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before unwrapping. Serve with lime wedges and ají.
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1 rosita vargas June 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Que interesante envoltura… me encanta el fiambre de salmón es mi pescado preferido lo consumo casi a diario,aquí es barato lindo plato,abrazos y saludos.


2 Belinda @zomppa June 6, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I love fish in paper – it’s the best way to eat!


3 rebecca subbiah June 6, 2012 at 8:33 PM

these look fab i want to come to your picnics


4 Luz June 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Buena idea, voy a intentarlo.


5 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook June 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Looks delicious! Great idea for a picnic meal. I’d love it at home or on a picnic.


6 Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) June 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

love this idea for a picnic, looks simply delicious


7 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! June 11, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Erica you are really creating some fantastic dishes…and pictures…


8 Shanna June 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Erica, we made these for a party last weekend, but I used codfish and they were really good.


9 Erica June 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

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