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Fish en Papillote

Don’t be threatened by the fancy name (though it does impress dinner guests), this just translates to “fish in paper”. This simply refers to the technique of cooking the fish inside an envelope of parchment or even foil. You can change up the seasonings and herbs to suit your taste, but this method is a very healthy way to cook fish with flavors that pack a punch. Plus, your kitchen won’t smell like a fish market when you’re done!


  • 2-4 filets of white fish such as cod or halibut

  • 4 tablespoons butter, in pieces

  • Zest and juice of one lemon

  • 1 teaspoon capers

  • 1 teaspoon parsley, minced

  • 1 teaspoon white wine

  • Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place the fish on a large piece of parchment paper.

Season with salt and pepper and top with lemon zest, capers, parsley, and butter.

Drizzle with the lemon juice juice and wine.

Fold the parchmement paper over the fish and tightly fold the edges, making sure to have a tight seal. See example below...

Place the fish bundles on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes (thinner fish like haddock take less time, around 12 minutes).

Place the bundles on a plate and slice open the top with a knife.

Serve immediately.

Servings: 2-4

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