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Fish en papillote

en papillote:  in parchment
a method of cooking in which the food is put into a folded pouch or parcel and baked  wikipedia


Fish en papillote

This is such a great way to to cook fish. Using parchment paper is simple, basically mess free, and the fish is steamed to perfection! 

No messy frying pans, less fishy smell, and unlike tin foil or frying pans, the fish doesn’t seem to stick to parchment paper. And if nothing else, it looks pretty.  Yes, even fish can be pretty. 😉


Fish en papillote


  • Fish fillets or steaks (we love cod (use basically 1 piece of fish per person))
  • lemons
  • salt & pepper
  • 12 tbsp butter
  • cilantro or parsley for garnish
  • lemons for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lay your fish out flat onto parchment paper. Make sure your parchment paper is big enough to wrap the fish up like a present.
  3. Generously season with salt & pepper.
  4. Slice your lemon and lay the slices on the fish.
  5. Add butter.
  6. Wrap up the fish.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish. When the fish is opaque all throughout, it is done.

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Fish en papillote Recipe Tips:

  • The nice thing about this recipe is that you can tailor it to your tastes, but the cooking method remains the same.  We find that we love the simple and fresh taste of fish, simple seasoning & lemon juice.  The flavour of the fish comes through because it’s not overpowered by too much spice, yet the lemon & butter flavours come out just perfectly.  But the flavour possibilites are endless…you could try:
    • Tomatoes, onions & basil
    • Dill, lemon & butter
    • White wine
    • Lemon, garlic & thyme
  • Just as you can tailor your spices, you can use what ever kind of fish that you like.  This method works for all of them:  salmon, cod, halibut, tuna, red snapper…
  • For a special touch, you could wrap up individual pieces of fish for each person you are serving, making their own little package.  Too fun for entertaining!  The possibilities for flavour and presentation are endless!

Serve with rice and fresh salsas!  We love fish with my Fresh Tomato & Mango Salsa.  Delish!

Fish en papillote

Bring out your inner Martha, and en papillote you go!

Have a marvelous day!

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