Herb Roasted Fish in Parcel [project #363]


Herb Roasted Fish in Parcel

Total Time: 30 minutes (active for 15 minutes)

Skill Level: Easy Peasy. Budget: $. Serves: 4


  • 4 12×16″ pieces of parchment paper
  • 4, 6-8oz fish filets, tilapia or snapper
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 sprigs of thyme
  • 8-12 large green olives with pits
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven for 400˚F.
  2. Place the pieces of parchment paper on a flat surface, fold them in half and cut like a paper heart, but in an oval shape. Open the fold and place each filet lengthwise just to the right of the fold. On each filet, sprinkle 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 2 sprigs of thyme, place 2-3 olives alongside of the fish.
  3. Brush the edges of the entire parchment with the beaten egg whites. Fold the left side of the parchment paper over the right side so the edges line up, creating a packet. Press the edges together to create a seal. Repeat with all pieces of fish. Place all of the packets on a sheet pan, making sure that the oil and lemon juice don’t run out when you move the parcels.
  4. Bake for exactly 15 minutes. Place each parcel on a serving plate and allow diners to open their parcels.


Thank you to Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, for publishing this recipe in “Make it Ahead.”


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