Can we talk about the easiest dinner ever?
I recently discovered how to cook fish in parchment paper and I have to say that I think I’m forever going to retire my previous broiling method. Right now I am all about this dish and easy dinners in general.
Easy dinners are perfect if you are:
- A busy working professional who just wants to get dinner on the table for yourself and/or your significant other without a lot of fuss (me!)
- A graduate student who doesn’t have any free time… ever (also me!)
- Anyone who doesn’t enjoy cooking, but wants to eat healthfully
This recipe also works well for busy parents and families, especially if your children are old enough to help with the prep. (This is a perfect way for young children to practice their motor skills as they sprinkle toppings and help with rolling the parchment paper.)
How to cook fish in parchment paper:
First, you’ll need some parchment paper. You’ll want to cut the sheets to be about double the size of your piece of fish so you have plent of room to wrap it up.
Next, you’ll want to gather your fish. If you have a whole fish, divide it into 6-ounce servings. I used trout here and have also made this with salmon and tilapia. (I imagine this method would also work well with white fish or catfish.) Place the fish in the middle of your parchment paper.
Then we add toppings. As you can probably see in the photo, I kept this super simple. I added a drizzle of safflower oil, lemon slices, sea salt and pepper.
There are so many ways to spice up this dish and adapt it by adding:
- Sliced (pitted) olives
- Chopped tomatoes
- Thinly-sliced onions
- Grated zucchini
- Grated carrots
- Diced bell peppers
- Roasted bell peppers
- Minced garlic
- Red pepper flakes
- Fresh or dried herbs
Finally, we fold the parchment paper. Fold or twist the paper around the edges tightly, making sure to seal the packet well so it will keep the steam inside.
And bake! (Told ya this was easy!)
- 4 (6-ounce) fillets of choice
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 2 tablespoons safflower oil (or other oil suitable for med-high heat)
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Any additional toppings of choice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Lay the parchment papers flat and place one fillet in the middle of each sheet.
- Top with the lemon slices, oil, salt, pepper, and any other desired toppings.
- Fold or twist the paper around the edges tightly, making sure to seal the packet well so it will keep the steam inside.
- Place the parchment packets on a sheet pan and bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until the fish is tender and has reached an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F.
- Open the packets (being careful of steam) and serve warm. Add additional toppings if desired.