Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Fish in Paper........ {Fish en Papillote}

It's a funny thing when people say to me that they think cooking fish is laborious and a pain. Many a friend of mine will turn their nose up at cooking fish but to them I say "try this dish, it's simple, healthy and tastes delicious"

Cooking en papillote basically refers to the parcel you cook it in - this is a French dish and it's basically a parcel encasing the fish and vegetables which then steam cook in the oven. Mmmmm so delicious. You can be adventurous on what veg you want to use - celeriac and fennel as well as cherry tomatoes work particularly well. You don't have to make my simple creme fraiche sauce, often I will just use a bit of white wine which works just as well.

The best thing is that this dish takes very little prep and is quick to cook - a fish supper couldn't be simpler but at the same time its a pretty fancy way of cooking so you could serve it at a dinner party to much fanfare and no one would ever know - you're welcome. 

Fish en Papillote

2 fillets of halibut, or you can use any white fish plus salmon is good too
1 potato very thinly sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced batons
1 leek, thinly sliced
4 TBSP creme fraiche
4 TBSP dry white wine
zest half lemon
2 bay leaves

Mix the creme fraiche, wine and lemon zest in a small bowl,  season. take a piece of grease proof paper and create 1 or two layers of the potato - I often add a couple of bits of butter in between to help cooking. season. layer on the leek and carrot, a bay leave and a spoonful of the sauce. place fish on top with another spoonful of sauce and season again. 

fold the grease proof paper loosely and then tuck in the sides to create a parcel (see photos). 

Cook at 200oC for approx 25mins. when out of oven make a small cut in the top so that the steam escapes and leave for a couple of minutes before serving. I just serve these in the parcel as I like the rustic look but feel free to serve nicely on the plate.


  1. Yum, this looks good to me! I really love fish and have been looking for new ways to cook it. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Ditto I love fish and finding new ways to cook it! Hope you enjoy trying this one

  2. Wow, this looks really impressive, it's hard to believe that's it's relatively easy to do! I love fish, in fact, we all do in our family, so I'm always looking for new ways to cook it :-)

    1. I'm always looking for new ways to cook fish too and this way is so simple! Winner!

  3. oo I love the look of these, and would work well for me being on Weight Watchers too!

  4. Fab news- yes it is lovely and healthy but so tasty too!

  5. Looks delicious and very healthy, will bookmark to try. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Jane - I hope you enjoy it when you give it a try

  6. This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays