Fish Parcels - Fish en Papillote


This is a favourite of mine and it works very well as a quick meal option for all the family. En papillote is a French term which means ‘paper bag cookery’ which denotes the way this fish is cooked in a vacuum of steam. Serving the fish still in its wrapper means that each member of the family gets a full facial as well as their dinner!

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

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Serves: 4 people

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  1. Cut some sheets of parchment paper. They will need to be A4 size.
  2. Thinly slice all of the vegetables into even pieces and mix together in a bowl.
  3. Neatly arrange the vegetables on top of the parchment.
  4. Gently place the piece of fish on top of the vegetable mixture.
  5. Season the fish with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. Thinly slice the lemon and place a slice of lemon on top of each and place a piece of parsley on top of that. A little butter is nice here also if you wish.
  7. Fold the parchment paper over from each side and twist either end, much like a Christmas cracker making sure that all the fish is covered and sealed in.
  8. Bake at 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5 for 20 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately in the little paper parcel.


Additional Notes:

  • It is important to cut the vegetables quite thin as the fish will cook quite quickly so make sure that your vegetables are not too al dente.
  • Any vegetable combination can be used

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