A classic French style en papilotte dish that basically means “cooked in a bag”.  This method allows the food to hold in moisture and flavour as it steams inside it’s little pouch and it’s a clean and healthy way of cooking fish. I’ve cooked this simply by topping the fish with a little olive oil, a hint of sea salt, slice of lemon and a little thyme.  I’ve used blue eye for this recipe, but it will work with other fish such as salmon, trout, wild barramundi, mackerel, herring, whiting and snapper. Serve with a fresh leaf salad, oven roasted sweet potato chunky chips or steamed green vegetables and squeeze of lemon.

What’s good about it:
The omega-3s DHA and EPA are absolutely essential in your diet and must be obtained from the foods we eat. Fish is high in omega 3′s that help support the health of every cell in the body. Omega 3′s play a role in immune function by regulating inflammation and encouraging the body to fight infection. Other health benefits of omega 3 are helping to lower cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure and help improve symptoms of arthritis. Essential Fatty Acids are needed for proper growth in infants and children, particularly for neural development, responsible for the optimum function of the retina and brain. Fish is also low in saturated fat and it is a complete source of protein. Whenever the body is growing, repairing or replacing tissue, protein is involved.  It’s main function is to build and repair as well as sustain muscle. Fish is also a good source of iodine that helps to support your thyroid which helps to regulate metabolic rate.

Serves 2

2 x 180 g fish fillet  – (blue  eye, salmon, ocean trout, barramundi, snapper)
2 teaspoons olive oil
pinch sea salt
1 lemon
2 x pieces 40 cm x 30 cm baking paper

Pre-heat your oven to 200 C.
Lay the two pieces of baking paper onto a working bench.
Place a fish fillet into the middle of each piece of baking paper.
Spoon over 1 teaspoon olive oil onto each piece of fish.
Season the fish with a little sea salt.
Slice over a piece of lemon.
Lay over a little thyme.
Enclose the fish with the baking paper by firstly folding both ends into the middle.
Seal the ends, twisting the paper like a cracker.
Place onto a baking tray.
Bake for 12  minutes until cooked through – this depends on the thickness of the fish.
Remove and place onto a serving plate.
Serve with leafy greens or steamed green vegetables and enjoy.


Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with baby spinach salad drizzled with lemon dressing made from freshly squeezed lemon and a little cold pressed olive oil.
  • Serve with steamed asparagus or broccolini, black pepper and parsley and mint salsa verde.
  • Serve with oven baked sweet potato fries tossed with a little sea salt and rosemary.
  • Serve for dessert a citrus salad topped with pistachio, lemon thyme and orange blossom honey which will marry perfectly with this fish dish.