How to Make Fish en Papillote

Baking fish and vegetables in parchment paper (or en papillote!) is one of the easiest ways to cook a delicious fish dinner. Watch us make it, step-by-step.


The classic technique of cooking en papillote begins with a tightly sealed parcel. I prefer to use parchment paper, but you can also use aluminum foil. Whichever you use, your packet must be thoroughly sealed, for the magic to happen inside. The object is to lock in all the moisture from the fish, and the accompaniments, for a flavorful steaming. First thing we're gonna do is season up our vegetables. Some okra. Thinly sliced golden potatoes, some peppers, a little onion, some asparagus. Now season this, a little olive oil, a little salt, some fresh cracked black pepper. Gonna tear some fresh herbs. I like to use dill and flat leaf parsley, but you can use basil, chives, thyme, rosemary, whichever are your favorites. Just going to give this a little toss. But then we're gonna take our vegetables, place them on the parchments. I'm gonna take my fish, beautiful red snapper, I'll season that with a little salt, little crack of red pepper, squeeze of lemon, little butter and olive oil to create a little moisture insider here. And when this steams you're gonna get a natural sauce from the moisture in the vegetables. Olive oil and butter and fresh herbs. Key thing is having a nice, tightly sealed packet. Gonna start with one end and seal it. Make a long, triangular fold. Just folding right along. Once you've sealed your fish and vegetables in parchment, you're gonna bake it in your oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. [MUSIC] Now that our fish is ready, smells great, I'm gonna carefully open up the parchment. And you see our fish is perfectly cooked. The vegetables are perfectly cooked. Great aromas. You can really see the fresh herbs the lemon, the butter. It's all coming through. One of the best things about cooking fish en papillote, is you develop this great natural sauce. Pour that right on too. Finish with a little fresh herb. And there you have a delicious fresh and easy fish dinner. For more tips and recipes, check out Southern Living. [MUSIC]
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