Basic Recipe for Fish en Papillote

Photo by: cheese1227

by cheese1227

about 1 year ago

I like neat little bundles of things in my life. Cooking sustainable fish in parchment paper feeds that need. This is only a starting point recipe, upgrade at will, tailoring it to your taste.

Serves Four

  • Four, 6-ounce pieces of sustainably obtained fish
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups of julienned vegetables (carrots, leeks, green beans, bell peppers, asparagus, zucchini for example)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Good olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut four, 12- by 17-inch pieces of parchment, fold them each in half, and cut a heart shape out of each like you did when you were in second grade. Set aside.
  2. Mix together lemon zest, lemon juice and white wine. Pat the fish dry.
  3. Open each piece of parchment so that it lies flat. Right next to the fold in the center of each piece of paper, place a handful of vegetables. Top with the fish. Sprinkle each piece with salt and pepper and herbs. Spoon some of the lemon/wine mixture over each fillet. Drizzle olive oil over the top of each piece of fish. Fold over the paper to cover the food and fold all around the edges to create a tight seal.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The pouch will puff up while in the oven and take on a bit of color. It will deflate slightly as you take it out of the oven. Serve the pouch hot, in its entirety so each guest opens the package just before eating it. Serve with a side of crusty bread to soak up the juices.

Nutrition Info:


  • 146 calories
  • 7g total fat
  • 1g saturated fat
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 365mg sodium
  • 16g carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 7g sugar)
  • 2g protein
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