Tilapia en papillote


“En papillote” is a French cooking term which simply means to bake wrapped in paper.  This is an easy method that steams fish beautifully, creating moist and delicious flavors.  And my favorite part of it all, you ask?  You can cook this any time of the year, using whatever seasonal goodies you fancy-and besides it always tasting fantastic-you get an extra added bonus when you experience a familiar jolt of excitement as you pull the pretty little package out of the oven and quickly unwrap it to peek inside — just like Christmas!









Tilapia en papillote

Provencal style is also a great preparation – Tomatoes, olives, oregano, capers, garlic.
  • 4 tilapia filets (or any light white fish works great)
  • 2 zucchini, julienned
  • 3 tomatoes, gutted and sliced into sixths
  • 1/2 onion, sliced thin
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • splash of white wine
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper
  • parchment paper (not to be confused with waxed paper)

The two important factors involved in cooking a successful fish en papillote are: ensure your paper is wrapped tightly, so the steam does not escape and your vegetables have to be equally thin or adjusted to the right size accordingly for the cooking time. 

Place each filet of fish on a large square of parchment paper and season both sides with salt and pepper.  In a medium bowl combine zucchini, tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.  Distribute vegetables evenly over the four filets and top with thyme, a splash of white wine, 2-3 slices of lemon and 1/2 tbsp butter.

To wrap the fish you must do as follows:

  1. Pull each side lengthwise across the fish together, as if you were folding a piece of paper in half. 
  2. Make a small fold at the top about an inch wide, and repeat the fold all the way until you reach the fish.
  3. Repeat the process on both remaining ends and fold until snug.

Place packages on baking sheet and into the oven at 400 degrees for approximately 10 minutes (Cooking times will vary based on size of fish).  Serve entire package on the plate and allow each person to open!


1 Comment

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One response to “Tilapia en papillote

  1. Marlys

    The zuchini strips look especially delicious!

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