Fish En Papillote

  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4


What’s nice about these packages is that you can assemble them ahead of time. Note: Because of the salt and lemon, I wouldn’t assemble much more than 2 hours ahead of time.

Use the recipe below as a guide. I always include: some sort of green like Swiss chard or spinach, shallots, olives, capers, olive oil, lemon, white wine, salt, and pepper. Vegetables change depending on the season: cherry tomatoes are nice as is summer squash. Be sure to cut vegetables thinly to ensure they cook properly. If you include asparagus, I recommend shaving it with a peeler as opposed to slicing it (as I did in this Instagram Story.)


  • 4 18×13-inch (approximately) pieces parchment paper
  • about 16 leaves Swiss chard or Spinach, washed and dried
  • 4 6-oz fish fillets of white fish such as Bronzino or Striped Bass
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 to 3 lemons: you’ll need 12 thin slices, plus more for squeezing
  • ½ cup Nicoise or Kalamata olives, pitted, optional
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, optional
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini, optional
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons white wine or Prosecco
  • sliced basil, parsley or tarragon, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 500ºF.
  2. Lay one sheet of parchment paper on the counter and fold it in half lengthwise just to make a crease. Open the parchment paper. Place about four leaves of Swiss chard or spinach in the center of the parchment paper just below the centerfold. Top with fish fillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with about a tablespoon of shallots and 1.5 teaspoons capers. Squeeze some lemon over the fish. Nestle three slices of lemon on the sides of the fish. Sprinkle some olives, tomatoes, and zucchini (if using) around the fish. Top with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon white wine.
  3. Fold top half of paper over bottom half and begin folding tightly from the center to one of the sides. Go back to the center and fold tightly in the opposite direction. (See video for more assistance.)
  4. Repeat with each fish. Place packages on a cookie sheet and cook for 10 minutes. (Estimate about 10 minutes per inch — if the fillets are a little bit thicker than one inch, add 1 or 2 minutes.)
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: En Papillote
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: fish, en papillote, parchment