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Fish en Papillote (in parchment)

April 13, 2011 matkonation 3 Comments

By: Danya Weiner

Everyone is starting to finalize their menus for the Passover Seder, and we decided to help with the final decisions. This is in my opinion, the absolute best way to prepare fish.

I don’t love fish, but I know how much they are an important part of a nutritious diet. Ironically, my family loves fish, so it helps me to prepare them more than I normally would. When I cook fish, I generally just use the items I have in my pantry-definitely white wine and some butter- and whatever else is on hand to add flavor.

This year I was given the task of making the first course for our Seder and because of my profession, I am expected to bring something special. Due to the high expectations of my family, I decided I’m going for Fish en Papillote (in parchment paper). It is a dish, while extremely easy to make, always has the effect of being very impressive. Each guest receives their very own fish envelope, with a surprise inside.

Cooking fish in parchment paper actually steams the fish in the oven, preserving its juices (there is nothing worse than dried fish). The wine and butter make a delicate sauce and the sage flowers and tomatoes add flavor. You can replace the butter with olive oil, for those who want a kosher version.

We would love to hear about the recipes you have planned for the Seder and if you get a chance to make this one- take a pic and send it to us!

Fish en Papillote

Multiply the ingredients by the amount of guests as this is for one serving.

Ingredients for one serving:

1 mild white fish filet, such as sea bass, tilapia, halibut, etc.

2 cherry tomatoes, sliced

½ garlic clove, minced

4-5 fresh sage leaves or sage flowers

2 tablespoons dry white wine

1 tablespoon butter (cut into small cubes) or olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 340°F.

2. Place the filet of fish, skin side down, onto a piece of parchment paper.

3. Evenly place the tomatoes, garlic and sage on the fish. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Evenly scatter the cubes of butter over the fish and drizzle on the white wine.

5. Fold the parchment paper like you would wrap a present and use a stapler to secure the edges. You should have a loosely enclosed envelope, making sure to leave enough room for steaming.

6. Bake for 7-10 minutes, until the fish is opaque. Open parchment paper and serve.

Happy Holidays!

3 comments to “Fish en Papillote (in parchment)”

  1. dogs says:

    Inspiring quest there. What occurred after? Take care!

  2. Chedva says:

    This is such great timing! I’m hosting the Seder for the first time and totally run out of ideas for serving fish – THANK YOU!

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