Seafood en Papillotte

Seafood en Papillote. Prawns, salmon, mussels and hake baked en papillotte with fresh lemon, dill and parsley for a quick, tasty and low-fat meal.
Seafood en Papillote. Prawns, salmon, mussels and hake baked en papillotte with fresh lemon, dill and parsley for a quick, tasty and low-fat meal. Seafood en Papillotte. I make no excuses for the amount of seafood recipes I post. Living in western France, near to the coast, means that the shops do have a huge range of fish and shellfish to choose from. I'm sure that wherever you are from fish is still expensive, so as ever, I use frozen fish or fish bought fresh that is on offer, as the basis for my meals. Of course, cooking en papillotte tends to be in baking parchment or foil but this dish is cooked in transparent cooking paper which is readily available in France. I first saw fish cooked in this way in Disneyland Paris many years ago when I won a trip there, without the children! It was so pretty  to see all the different fish in the bag, cooked without a rich sauce. It's perfect slimming food and it really is ready in minutes. Seafood en Papillote. Prawns, salmon, mussels and hake baked en papillotte with fresh lemon, dill and parsley for a quick, tasty and low-fat meal. Slice a lemon and grab some fresh herbs. I had parsley and dill. Seafood en Papillote. Prawns, salmon, mussels and hake baked en papillotte with fresh lemon, dill and parsley for a quick, tasty and low-fat meal. Lay out a piece of baking parchment or clear oven parchment at least 30cm squared, and layer up the fish with the shellfish on top then the herbs and lemon. Seafood en Papillote. Prawns, salmon, mussels and hake baked en papillotte with fresh lemon, dill and parsley for a quick, tasty and low-fat meal. Add a little white wine and seasoning then gather up the sides and secure with a tie wrap. Seafood en Papillote. Prawns, salmon, mussels and hake baked en papillotte with fresh lemon, dill and parsley for a quick, tasty and low-fat meal. Place the bags on an oven tray and bake for about 10 minutes at 180. The mussels should be open. If you have any doubts about preparing mussels click here. Of course, you could omit the mussels or use clams instead. Seafood en Papillote. Prawns, salmon, mussels and hake baked en papillotte with fresh lemon, dill and parsley for a quick, tasty and low-fat meal. I tend to put the bags in a large pasta bowl and let people open the bags themselves. You could be virtuous and serve with some steamed vegetables or just serve it with bread to mop up the delicious juices.
Seafood en Papillotte
Serves 4
Seafood en Papillote. Prawns, salmon, mussels and hake baked en papillotte with fresh lemon, dill and parsley for a quick, tasty and low-fat meal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 salmon fillets
  2. 2 white fish fillets
  3. 12 raw king prawns
  4. 12 mussels, washed and closed
  5. 1 lemon, sliced
  6. handful of fresh herbs
  7. 120ml dry white wine
Instructions
  1. Cut the fish fillets into 6 and divide between four pieces of parchment about 30cm square.
  2. Add prawns and mussels and top with slices of lemon and herbs.
  3. Add 2 tbsp of wine to each parcel.
  4. Gather the edges of the parchment and fasten the bags.
  5. Put the bags on an oven tray and cook in a preheated 180 C oven for about 10 minutes.
  6. Leave to stand for a few minutes before opening the bag.
Notes
  1. Use any fish you like and add in lime and chilli instead of lemon and herbs for a change.
  2. Be careful of hot steam when you open the bags.
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10 thoughts on “Seafood en Papillotte

  1. Wow, you have introduced me to something totally new, I have never seen fish cooked this way. Here we get lots of fresh fish and we all love fish, so I am more than happy to have lots of fish recipes from you! I shall show this to Roddy, aka chief fish chef! Happy Sunday evening xx

    1. Thanks Susan! Please pick up some ‘film de cuisson transparent special papillote’ from Super U. It’s a bit like using an old fashioned roasting bag and better than the quality of foil here.xx

  2. This recipe looks delicious & healthy. I love fish & sea food, so your quick easy & clean way of cooking it, is a great idea. I have seen see through baking bags, but not in squares, where do you buy them. I live in France near Limoges so have a good choice of super markets.

    1. Hi Barbara. It’s on a roll like foil in a black box ‘film de cuisson transparent special papillote’ and I got it in Super U. I’m sure the bags would work well. Amanda

    1. Definitely just leave the mussels out if they worry you. I have to say I have never eaten a bad mussel as once you get used to checking it becomes second nature. I have relatives with a seafood allergy so I would never force anyone lol! Hope you try it (sans moules) anyway. 🙂

  3. Your seafood looks delicious. We were spoiled when we lived in New England as the fresh seafood was plentiful and sold for a good price. You would think living that living on the coast of Florida, it would be the same here. Unfortunately what is sold in our markets is very expensive and never looks all that great.

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