easy meal

Versatile Fish en Papillote Recipe

Sometimes, you just need to make a quick, easy meal.

Like when you’ve spent the whole day doing vigorous exercises



Or The Bachelorette is on in 30 minutes

JJ Bachelorette

That’s right Andi, you could be the wife of a Pantsapreneur

But you’ve eaten almost 100% carbs for your last three meals so you need something healthy-ish

donut time

I donut care anymore

Enter: Fish en Papilotte

This is a simple, versatile dish (more like a meal idea than a recipe) that you can change up depending on what you have on hand. I’ll give you the simplest version, then some variations on the theme.


  • Two fish fillets (thawed if frozen) – I really like something called Swai that I pick up in my grocery store’s freezer section, but you could use salmon, cod, tilapia, halibut, etc
  • 1/2 lb of green beans
  • 1/2 cup of whatever herbs you have on hand- I raided my herb garden for parsley, tarragon, basil, and dill
  • 1/2 a small red onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 lemon, peel cut off and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 parchment packet (or two if you have bigger servings) I use these:

    Culinary Parchment Cooking Bags

    Find it by the cling wrap and aluminum foil


  1. Preheat Oven to 450
  2. Wash and trim green-beans, then spread out on the bottom of a Parchment Packet
  3. Rinse fish fillets, dust each side with salt and pepper, and lay them side by side on top of the green beans in the packet
  4. Sprinkle fish with chopped herbs. Place onion slices, a garlic clove, and 2-3 lemon slices on each fillet.
  5. Roll up end of parchment packet and crimp a little so it stays rolled. place packet onto cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes (until fish is no longer translucent).

Serve with grains or potatoes.

Here are some other ways you could dress up your fish:

  • Asian- cilantro, ginger, soy sauce, green onions over kale
  • Greek- sun dried tomatoes, kalmata olives, red onion and feta over spinach
  • Piccata- parsley, capers, garlic, white wine over asparagus
  • Latin- corn, tomatoes, jalapeno, cayenne, lime, cilantro over sliced bell peppers

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