Fish en Papillote (Fish in Parchment Paper)

Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins

This exciting tutorial shows you how to make perfect Fish en Papillote! This dish involves a flaky, tender fish fillet cooked inside a cocoon of parchment paper.

A Collage of Images Showing the Step-By-Step Instructions for Making Fish en Papillote

Fish en Papillote (Fish in Parchment Paper)

I know I am not the only one who was scared to make Fish en Papillote. I have ordered Fish en Papillote many times, in many restaurants. And I was always so amazed at the perfectly wrapped packages with the glorious surprise of juicy, flaky fish hiding just below the folds of parchment paper.

Once I saw that all I needed to make these little babies were my awesome heart cutting skills, I was so down with the Papillote. This is one of my favorite weeknight dinners since it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish. It even makes a great fancy dinner party meal since you can wrap the packets up to 4 hours ahead of time! I usually serve this with couscous (if we are being healthy)…or a fresh loaf of warm french bread to mop up the juices. YUM-O!

Lemon Slices, Asparagus, Butter and the Rest of the Ingredients for Fish en Papillote on a Cutting Board

How to Cook Fish in Parchment Paper

Preheat your oven to 400°F.

You will also need the following ingredients:
8 oz filet of fresh Fish (you pick! I used Tilapia this time.)
A chopped Veggie (like asparagus or broccoli)
A thinly sliced Citrus (think Lemon or Orange)
Butter, sliced
Herbs! (Rosemary, Sage, Chives…etc.)
Freshly ground Pepper & Garlic Salt
Parchment Paper
Scissors

A Piece of Parchment Paper Shaped like a Heart and Folded in Half

Use your mad cutting skills you learned in art class and cut a large square of parchment paper into the shape of a heart.

Pepper, Garlic Salt, Asparagus and Butter on Top of a Piece of Parchment Paper

Open the heart and lay down your veggies of choice on one side of the heart. Top them with a few thin slices of butter and give them a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and garlic salt.

Tilapia, Butter, Garlic Salt and Pepper on Top of the Asparagus on the Parchment Paper Heart

Top your veggies with your fish filet. Then, top the fish with a few more thin slices of butter and give it a healthy dose of freshly ground black pepper and garlic salt.

Lemon Slices and Rosemary on Top of the Fish, Veggies and Seasonings on the Parchment Paper

Top your fish with super thin slices of the citrus of your choice. Toss your herb on top and you’re ready to seal it up!

An Assembled Fish en Papillote on Top of a Round Baking Sheet

To seal, tightly roll the edges toward the fish to ensure no juices leak out while cooking. At this point you can either bake it right away or refrigerate it for up to 4 hours before baking.

To bake: Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 2o minutes at 400°F, or until fish is cooked through!

Yield: 1

Fish en Papillote (Fish in Parchment Paper)

This exciting tutorial shows you how to make perfect Fish en Papillote! This dish involves a flaky, tender fish fillet cooked inside a cocoon of parchment paper.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz filet of fresh fish (your choice! I used Tilapia this time.)
  • A chopped veggie (like asparagus or broccoli)
  • A thinly sliced citrus (think lemon or orange)
  • Butter, sliced
  • Herbs (rosemary, sage, chives...etc.)
  • Freshly ground pepper & garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut a large square of parchment paper into the shape of a heart.
  3. Open the heart and lay down your veggies of choice on one side of the heart. Top them with a few thin slices of butter and give them a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and garlic salt.
  4. Top your veggies with your fish filet. Then, top the fish with a few more thin slices of butter and give it a healthy dose of freshly ground black pepper and garlic salt.
  5. Top your fish with super thin slices of the citrus of your choice. Toss your herb on top.
  6. Tightly roll the edges toward the fish to ensure no juices leak out while cooking. At this point, you can either bake it right away or refrigerate it for up to 4 hours before baking.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 400°F, or until fish is cooked through

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 996Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 347mgSodium: 742mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 108g

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31 Responses
  1. Bharati Naik

    Your fish en papillote looks just beautiful! I love all the lemon slices and fresh herbs. Isn’t it great to discover that something you love already is so easy to cook yourself?

  2. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions

    OMG! I haven’t made Fish en Papillote in like, years! I don’t know why because it always creates the most tender and flavorful fish.

  3. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven

    So cute! Love the heart!!!

    And love making fish en papillote. So simple and healthy, and this ingredient combo looks delish!

  4. Eileen

    Your fish en papillote looks just beautiful! I love all the lemon slices and fresh herbs. Isn’t it great to discover that something you love already is so easy to cook yourself? 🙂

  5. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    Where’s the cooked fish? I’m kidding. I’m guessing you want to focus on the how to and not the end result? 🙂

    This is very fancy pants, can’t wait to give it a go!

  6. leslie

    I can only imagine how delicious and easy these were. Now I only wish the people that live in my house ( I am not claiming them right now) ate seafood

  7. Kendra little

    Oh, I’ve never included asparagus. That looks great!

    I’ve had problems getting the crimping to keep the parchment paper closed. My fella convinced me to just staple it shut to get ‘er done. Not so pretty, but it worked.

  8. DessertForTwo

    Lovely! I’ve always wanted to try this, but was too scared. But now that I know a heart is involved, I’m in!

  9. Sara @ The Little Bite

    I love baking fish in parchment! It’s a great way to try out new flavors and spices. If it doesn’t turn out, you haven’t wasted an entire dish, just one fillet. It’s also a great way to customize fish for a dinner party – a fish en papillote bar, which could cook while everyone’s enjoying appetizers and pre-dinner drinks.

    ok…well that’s the type of things I fantasize about all day…fish en papillote bars.

  10. raquel from Florida

    Where is the baked fish? It was too good you ate it all and forgot to take the picture??? Heheheh! Great recipe!

    1. Jessica

      Since this isn’t a traditional recipe post, I wanted to concentrate on HOW to do it instead of the end game. 🙂

  11. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Awesome! I love how it’s made in a heart. Would be a fun excuse to make this for Valentine’s Day right?

  12. Megan

    Where’s the picture of the finished product?! Looks and sounds delish. Will def have to try this week as I have some fish in the fridge ready to be used.

    1. Jessica

      Since this isn’t a traditional recipe post, I wanted to concentrate on HOW to do it instead of the end game. 🙂

      But it looks pretty much the same, just the citrus and rosemary loose a little of their color.

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