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Fish ‘En Papillote’

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 2 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 11 ingredients
Cooking fish en papillote, or in a packet, is one of the best ways to cook it without odor. It’s incredibly fast and easy, and works with most fish fillets. It’s also a great...


  • 2 thick-cut fillets of white fish (6-ounces each),
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 leek, white part only, shredded in julienne strips
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • ½ plum tomato, sliced (On a bland diet? See Ann’s Tip)
  • 2 small cloves garlic, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • Grated peel of ½ lemon
  • 1½ teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 lemon, juiced, combined with 1/4 cup water
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chives, cut into ½-inch lengths, or shredded scallions (optional)

Nutrition Facts


263 cals


8 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

5 g


14 g


5 g


4 g


36 g


696 mg


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Diagonally slash the skin of each fish fillet three times. Set aside.
  3. Tear off two squares of parchment paper or aluminum foil large enough to comfortably hold one fish fillet each. If lining the foil with parchment paper, make it the same size as the foil and lay it on the dull side of the foil.
  4. Smear the center of the left side of each foil/parchment square with 1 teaspoon of oil. Divide the leeks, carrots, and garlic into two equal amounts and lay on top of the oil on each square. Lay the fish fillet, skin side up, on top of the vegetables. Top with some slices of tomato and sprinkle equally with the lemon zest, the fennel seeds and some salt.
  5. Fold the foil in half over the fish and tightly roll the sides of the packet together to seal, starting from the fold, leaving a small gap open at the far side. The packet should have the look of a giant empanada. Pour the lemon juice mixture through the gap into each packet and then seal it completely. Lay the packets on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Let them sit for a moment before opening.
  6. Carefully open the packets -- there will be steam! You can plate the fish and vegetables or serve them in the half-open packets. Sprinkle with chives.

Chef Tips

If you are on a bland diet, you may want to omit or deseed the tomato slices, and either pass on the garlic or simply discard it before eating since it does give the fish and veggies great flavor

Registered Dietitian Approved

All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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