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Steaming fish in parchment paper is a healthy, tasty way to cook it, and it’s so simple you can have it ready in less than 15 minutes. Impress dinner guests by presenting them with their very own parchment pouches, or have it as an easy meal for one!

Parchment Baked Fish Recipe

Why This Fish In Parchment Is So Good

  • An easy recipe, done in 15 mins!
  • Great for dinner parties or a quick weeknight meal.
  • A healthy mix of baked fish and veggies.
  • Little clean up!

Ingredients

  • Two 16-inch parchment paper sheets (or tin foil)
  • Rosemary sprigs (or cilantro or parsley or thyme)
  • One 5-6 ounce skinless fish fillet
  • Diced zucchini
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Artichoke hearts (canned) quartered
  • Dry white wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

How To Make This Baked Fish In Parchment – Step by Step 

  • Lay one parchment paper over another, long side of the paper horizontal. Lay herb sprigs in middle of the parchment. Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper. Lay fish on top of the herb sprigs.
  • Spoon the zucchini, tomatoes and artichoke hears over the fish. Season the vegetables with a pinch more of salt and pepper. Pour the white wine over everything.
  • Seal the packet closed by rolling and crimping the long sides together over the fish and vegetables. Then roll and crimp the ends closed so no steam can escape. Place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until fish cooked through. Timing depends on thickness of fish. 10 minutes for 1/2-inch fillet; 15 minutes for 1-inch fillet.
  • If you are cooking more than one packet, add another minute to cooking time for each additional packet. Just before serving, carefully open the packet (hot steam!) add just a squeeze of lemon juice over everything.

Parchment Baked Fish

What Kind Of Fish Should I Bake?

You can use any type of fish that you want. I cooked with salmon, and the only thing you need to know about baking salmon is that you might find perfectly safe, but unsightly white protein specs once it’s cooked. It’s a natural occurrence when you bake salmon, so don’t worry if you see it! I’m giving you the recipe amounts for one, but this is a very flexible recipe. If you have 2 people, then make 2 packets.

Fish In Parchment – An Easy Weeknight Meal

Simple, flexible recipes with little clean-up are the type of recipes that I think Jay would appreciate and this one is from Cooking Know How cookbook by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough (they have a blog called Real Food Has Curves). Baking fish in parchment paper packets is so incredibly easy, almost foolproof for cooking novices. Just chop some veg and put it in with the fish – done!

Clean up is as quick as crumpling the paper and tossing it away.

Can I Bake Frozen Fish?

You can skip the thawing process altogether and cook frozen fish straight from the freezer. You’ll have to add a few minutes to the cook time in your recipe to account for the lack of thawing, but you can poach, steam, bake, broil or grill fish straight from the freezer!

Baking fish in parchment is a cinch to clean up

Top Tips For This Baked Fish In Parchment

  • Prepare your food. Before you prepare your parchment, get your fish seasoned; have any sauces you might be using ready; and have your veggies washed, cut, and ready to place.
  • Prepare your parchment. Tear/cut parchment into segments — one segment per fish. The size of the parchment depends on the size of your fillets, but you should be fine with a piece of parchment that measures approx. 13 inches wide. Lay each segment down on a flat surface.
  • Place your food. Set down your fish and top with your wet component (this might be a sauce, olive oil, knobs of butter, wine, or freshly squeezed citrus). Place any additional toppings you’re using (grape tomatoes, olives, capers, artichokes, etc.), and a slice or two of a citrus fruit (optional, but adds great flavor).
  • Fold your packets. Once everything is in place, take one of the sides of your parchment and fold it over the fish. After that, grab the other side, and fold it over enclosing the fish. Twist the ends of the parchment one at a time, securing each one by tying butchers twine around it.

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Baked Fish in Parchment Recipe

Jaden Hair
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 151 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Two 16-inch parchment paper sheets or tin foil
  • 2 rosemary sprigs or cilantro or parsley or thyme
  • One 5-6 ounce skinless fish fillet
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini
  • 3 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 small artichoke hearts canned quartered
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine
  • salt and pepper
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 450F.
  • Lay one parchment paper over another, long side of the paper horizontal. Lay herb sprigs in middle of the parchment. Season fish on both sides with salt and pepper. Lay fish on top of the herb sprigs. Spoon the zucchini, tomatoes and artichoke hears over the fish.
  • Season the vegetables with a pinch more of salt and pepper. Pour the white wine over everything.
  • Seal the packet closed by rolling and crimping the long sides together over the fish and vegetables. Then roll and crimp the ends closed so no steam can escape. Place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until fish cooked through. Timing depends on thickness of fish. 10 minutes for 1/2-inch fillet; 15 minutes for 1-inch fillet.
  • If you are cooking more than one packet, add another minute to cooking time for each additional packet. Just before serving, carefully open the packet (hot steam!) add just a squeeze of lemon juice over everything.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 18gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 359mgPotassium: 418mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 617IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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