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Perfect Fish en Papillote (Fish in Parchment Paper)

Fish en papillote, or fish in parchment paper as you can probably guess, is a prime example of an easy, impressive meal. The flavors are simple and delicate, accentuating the very best attributes of the streamlined ingredient list. You can make this dish with all kinds of fish and vegetables, so you won’t need to pick up anything special at the store – just use your favorite combinations of flavors. It comes together in under an hour, so you can make it on a weeknight if you feel like it, though its presentation and taste make it elegant enough for a special occasion.

Photo by Carol Borchardt

Since this dish and method is so versatile, consider this recipe more of a guide than a hard and fast rule. You can be pretty liberal with the kind of vegetables you put in this dish, so feel free to be creative, but don’t try to do too much at once. This dish works best when it’s kept simple.

Fish en Papillote


  • 6 - 8 oz filet of fish. Salmon, cod, halibut, sea bass, and tilapia all work well.
  • vegetables, sliced. Asparagus, zucchini, bell peppers, etc. Keep it simple!
  • fresh lemon, lime, or other citrus of your choice, sliced thin
  • butter, just a tablespoon or two
  • herbs of your choice. Dill, rosemary, and thyme are good ones.
  • a splash of white wine, if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut and fold a piece of parchment paper - about 15x15 inches in size - in half and lay it down on a rimmed baking sheet. Open it flat.
  • On one fold of the parchment, put your thin sliced vegetables down, largest on the bottom. Top your veggies with a bit of butter. Add your herbs, and top it with a little salt and pepper.
  • Place your fish of choice on top of your veggies. Put a bit more butter on top of your fish. Sprinkle it again with a little salt and pepper, and top it with the thin slices of citrus.
  • Fold the top closed like a book, and pleat the edges of the parchment to make a neat, tight half-moon shaped packet.
  • Bake the packet for 15 - 20 minutes, or until the fish is opaque all the way through.
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Photo Credit: Carol Borchardt via Commercial Appeal


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