Fish en Papillote

Hi everyone,

Mediterranean style fish en papillote
Mediterranean style fish en papillote

Growing up in an Asian family, steamed whole fish was a staple in our diet. I remember going to to the Asian supermarket with my parents and watching the fish swim in the tanks. And lo and behold, one of those swimming fishes would end up on our dinner table. Nowadays, live fish are available in most supermarkets but now living by myself, I realise that I do not have the stomach to cook a whole, recently live fish by myself. Instead, I choose to buy fillets and bake them. Recently I saw a picture of fish en papillote – a mix of steam and baked fish on the internet and was inspired to switch up my norm!

Asian style fish en papilotte
Asian style fish en papilotte

Over the weekend, Chipgirlfoodie and Alicia came over to try out my brand new Anova precision cooker (more to come later)! We decided to sous vide some duck breast, roast vegetable, make spicy Korean rice cakes and make fish en papillote! A lot of food for 3 girls, I know and we managed to polished  it all off save a few carrots….

Anova Precision Cooker
Anova Precision Cooker

To save you all from reading a ridiculously long post, I am only going to focus of the fish en papillote in this post. I was so impressed with the way the fish turned out, I made it again for dinner tonight! Because the fish is wrapped and baked in liquid, the fish comes out incredibly moist and flaky. From start to finish, this recipe will take you no longer than 20 to 30 minutes depending on what you decide to add to the dish. For our little dinner party, we decided to make a Mediterranean style fish and for dinner, I decided to recreate the flavours of my culture with a twist with a brown butter, soy, ginger, garlic, chilli fish. 

Mediterranean Fish en Papillote (4 servings)
(Asian style fish en papillote ingredients listed below)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small can of sliced olives
  • 2 tablespoons of capers
  • bunch of thyme
  • 4 – 6 oz servings of cod
  • olive oil
  • white wine
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lay out 4 pieces of parchment.
  2. Place the individual pieces of fish into the centre of each piece of parchment paper. Salt and pepper the fish.
  3. Bring up the ends of one side of the parchment paper, and twist like a bonbon. Add in cherry tomatoes, olives, capers, and 2 to 3 sprigs of thyme, a drizzle of olive oil and a splash of white wine.
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  4. Bring up the end of the other side of the parchment paper and twist so that the fish is completely covered.
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  5. Bake for 8 minutes. Be careful when you open the pouch as steam will escape.
  6. Serve!

Asian style Fish en Papillote (serves 2)
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Ingredients:

  • one inch of ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic
  • ends of one scallion (the white part)
  • 1/2 Thai chilli, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • white wine
  • salt
  • green part of the scallion to garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lay out 2 pieces of parchment. Place the fish on the middle of the parchment and salt. Bring up the ends of one side of the parchment paper, and twist like a bonbon.
  2. In a small saucepan, with the heat on medium, melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, turn the heat to low and wait for the butter to brown. Be patient, this will take a few minutes.
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  3. Once the butter starts to caramelize (you should be able to smell it), add the ginger, garlic, scallion ends, and chilli. Gently sauté and let the flavours infuse into the butter – about 3 minutes. Add in soy sauce and mix in.
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  4. Pour sauce over the prepared parchment pouches and add in a splash of wine. 023
  5. Bring up the end of the other side of the parchment paper and twist so that the fish is completely covered.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and open the package. Garnish with the scallion greens and serve!

Both variations of this fish turned out so well! I can’t wait to make this dish again and I hope you all will as well. What will you put in your fish en papillote?

As always, I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Happy cooking! – J

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