Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fillet Of Sole Baked En Papillote (In Baking Parchment)




Holiday Season is here and who doesn´t enjoy all the celebrations and wonderful treats
Everybody seems to make his or her best effort in preparing amazing dishes and desserts.
In our family, as in most others, socializing, eating and drinking go together. Maybe mine is a bit more over-conscious or, as Erma Brombeck says: "I come from a family, where gravy is considered a beverage". So before it all gets somehow out of hands, I try to lighten things up a bit with this recipe so  we all can enjoy a delightful dish - sans regrets.
Keeping t lean land healthy doesn´t mean, that you have to sacrifice flavor or your waistline.
This recipe proofs it.
It's delicious, fool proofed and budget friendly.
En Papillote is french and means actually "in Parchement" because the fish is steamed in it's own juices in a Parchment or foil packet, creating this way a delicate and aromatic dish.
These days, most cooks use aluminum foil instead of parchment. The fish cooks faster and, if you open the packet before the food is done, it's easy to reseal and return it to the oven.
As I used lemon and acid ingredients react with the aluminum foil and may cause an unpleasant taste, I lined the foil with Parchment paper first.
The advantage  of using foil is that the food cooks faster and it's easier to seal it tightly. 
Adjust the cooking time according to the thickness of the fish.  .
You need: 

1 12x20 inch aluminum foil

2 fillets of sole,flounder or sea bass (about 6 ounces)
1/2 organic lemon, quartered
2 sprigs of rosemary
1 medium garlic cloves,unpeeled
Olive oil to brush the parchment paper
Salt,freshly ground pepper and sweet paprika to season
Method:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

For each packet,brush one side of the parchment with olive oil.
Line the foil with Parchment paper.

Fold the foil in half to make a 12x10 inch rectangle.
Sprinkle the fillets with salt,pepper and sweet paprika and put  on one side of the foil.
Add 2 sprigs of rosemary,  2 quartered lemons and 1 garlic clove. Fold the other half of the foil over. Tightly crimp the edges to seal.

Place packet on a baking sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes,depending on the thickness of the fish.
When done,  open the packet carefully and serve in foil on a plate or remove the ingredients to a plate, making sure not to leave the precious juices behind.


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54 comments:

  1. I love cooking fish in parchment. I really wish I can get fresh sea bass but I never see it! This recipe sounds absolutely lovely and elegant. Thank you for sharing Daniela.

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    1. Hi Anne ,
      I think it will work with any white firm fleshed fresh fish, so it has not to be necessarily sea bass .
      Glad to hear that you enjoyed the post!
      Cheers.

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  2. I have actually never tried cooking fish this way. Thanks for sharing because it looks really delicious and I should give it a try soon!

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    1. Hi Amy,
      hope you will try it out, I'm sure you would enjoy it.
      It works very well with seafood as well and different herbs of your liking.
      Cheers.

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  3. Cooking things en papillote makes them so moist!!

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    1. Hi Joanne,
      so true and it brings out all these delicious flavors.

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  4. delicious and flavorful dish...love the ease of making it :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Kumarand Swikruti!
      Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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  5. I love sole, and this is a fantastic way to cook. I do cook fish in parchment often. Easy to clean, quick to cook, healthy... just a perfect way to cook and enjoy fish. :)

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    1. Hi Nami,
      you are so right , fish and seafood turns out delicious cooked that way and the best of all- nearly no cleaning up, only pure joy :)

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  6. Very lovely dish and a classic recipe for fish, it does keep the fish so tender. Love the Erma Brombeck quote!

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    1. Hi Evelyn,
      I'm a huge Erma Brombeck fan, she had such a great sense of humor.
      This recipe was always a lifesaver for me- quick, delicious and no fuss :)

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  7. I love sole and your preparation is one of my favorites. It seems we are both thinking about quick and healthy. :)

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    1. Hi Karen,
      so true, quick and healthy is the best, especially during Holiday season.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I love fish and eat it regularly. My favorite is sea bass and halibut - both will work great in this recipe! Your preparation of this fish is very French - love it! It's just like reading Julia Child's book. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Julia, for your kind words!
      I tried the recipe already with sea bass as well some time ago and it turned out fantastic.

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  9. Looks fantastic, Daniela. I have to try that. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Elzbieta,
      thank s so much for your kind feedback!

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  10. Hola Daniela me encanta este plato sano y limpio a la vez pues se mancha poco , yo suelo ponerlo tambien, pero nunca le he puesto pimenton, asi que en la proxima vez lo pruebo asi, gracias y un saludo

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    1. Hola Conchi,
      Me alegro que disfrutaste el post. La verdad es que es una manera muy descomplicada y rica para preparar pescado o mariscos.
      Un abrazo!

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  11. Oh wow Daniela, I'm not a huge fan a fish but this sure looks good and super simple to make. Classic win-win situation!

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    1. Hi Mike,
      even you are not a great fish lover, maybe I can convince you with this easy and tasty way to prepare it:)
      Have a great weekend.

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  12. Hi Daniela, this baked fish look really good. I can practically smell the lemon and rosemary scent from here. :))
    Look extremely delicious. Thank for sharing my dear.

    Best regards.

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    1. Hi Amelia,
      Thanks so much for your sweet feedback my dear friend.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Just lovely. My hubby I know will love this, he is a big fan of steamed fish and seafood.
    Such an easy way to eat fish with lots of flavor, little time and absolute no clean up. Great one.

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    1. Hi Asha,
      you are so right, this way to prepare fish is so easy and no fussy that you can cook it even when in a hurry and in no mood for cleaning up:)
      Cheers!

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  14. I always use aluminum foil too when cooking en papillote. The parchment paper looks way better, but you're so right that the practical advantages of the foil trump that. Anyway, lovely dish - such a great way to cook fish. Thanks for this.

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    1. Hi John,
      so true, it's a bit like beauty against reason, this is why I used both parchment and foil :))
      Have a great week ahead!

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  15. Hi Daniela, I have never tried cooking fish in parchment paper. It's indeed very healthy and fuss free - no cleaning after eating. So easy, hahaha... Your fish looks so juicy and yummy. Will give this a try too. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day ahead :)

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    1. Hi Ivy,
      so true, it's so nice if there is no need to clean up after a great meal.
      No regrets:)
      Have a great week ahead!

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  16. What a great line!
    This is a terrific way to cook sole. I haven't done it in a while, but love the idea of lightening things up before Christmas.

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    1. Thank you so much Beth or your kind words!

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  17. We never had gravy growing up, and now we all love it! But this kind of "gravy" well-it makes the perfect fish! and i is so au naturel!

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    1. Hi Abbe,
      to gravy or not to gravy that is the question for Christmas :)
      Glad o hear that you enjoyed the post!

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  18. Ok, this...this is something I've been meaning to try for years, but keep forgetting. NOT THIS TIME! Thank you - great shots, too!

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    1. So glad to hear that you enjoyed the post.
      Have a great week ahead, hopefully with a bit less snow:) and thanks for stoping by!

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  19. Cooking fish this way is one of my favorite ways to have fish. It leaves the fish moist and flaky and is so healthy. Love your version and I am bookmarking it.

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    1. Thanks so much for your great feedback, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the post!
      Cheers.

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  20. A delicious way of preparing sole. Really mouthwatering.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thanks so much Rosa!
      Have a great week ahead.

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  21. I love cooking en papillote, it's such an effortless way to prepare a delicious meal!

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    1. Thanks so much or your kind words, I truly appreciate them!

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  22. It looks wonderful! Great flavors.

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  23. Me encanta comer el pescado de esta manera porque lo enceuntro más jugoso y más sabroso, y es que claro, se cocina en su propio jugo y adquiere los sabores de lo que le pongas a cocinar con él. Y claro, es mucho más sano que comerlo frito ;)

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    1. Muchas gracias, Rosita!
      Me encanta saber que te ha gustado el post y es cierto es una manera sana y rica de disfrutar pescado o mariscos.
      Un abrazo.

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  24. I've never cooked 'en papillote' before- thanks for the tip on baking it inside aluminium foil. Looks so easy and delicious!

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    1. Muchas gracias, Rosita!
      Me encanta saber que te ha gustado el post y es cierto es una manera sana y rica de disfrutar pescado o mariscos.
      Un abrazo.

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  25. What a delectable entree - my mouth is watering!

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  26. I've never tried cooking fish this way but would love to try it. We try to eat healthy, especially during the week. This would be perfect for a delicious and simple dinner.

    Thanks so much for your kind comment :)

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  27. A light and delicious meal is so welcome at this time of year.

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  28. Hi Daniela,
    I love to cooke fish in parchment too. This fish looks super tasty!

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