Pacific Cod en Papillote and Some Big News

Cod zucchini tomato en papillote   Cod en Papillote

 Mr. Fishy…so tasty you are.


‘En Papillote’ might sound fancy (as do so many things when said in French), but it really just means cooked in paper. Throw everything into a paper bag (a bundle made of parchment paper) and bake. Nothing to it. Done right the flavors are completely decadent while still being healthy. Not to mention…fast. Super fast. Hands on time is 10 minutes, then it bakes for 15 minutes. Serve. The presentation is unusual and fun, perfect for a casual and easy dinner for 1 or  a big dinner party. Today I actually enjoyed this for lunch. If you choose to try it with a big group of 10 or more it’s perfect for the back yard with a chilled bottle of white wine (or Pinot Noir). Since the packets can be made up in advance (up to a day), making up a tray of these little packets will leaves you only to worry about the 15 minutes of baking time once your guests arrive. This leaves you to entertain with grace (something we all aspire to do…which I’m still working on). Now onto our little bundles of joy, and we’re not talking babies, but cod!

Cod en Papillote with veggies If you are wondering about over fishing and which species you should and should not buy check out the Ocean Wise site for a list of seafood, organized by type and the program. Here’s a link for the Pacific Cod. Feel free to try this recipe with Haddock, Pacific Halibut, Lingcod or Sablefish. Avoid Tuna or Salmon or real fatty fish as they will strongly flavor the vegetables. Cod en Papillote

Pacific Cod with Zucchini and Tomatoes en Papillote

  • 1 large leek, whites only, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced, (approximately 2 cups worth)
  • 8 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (or 4 cocktail tomatoes, quartered)
  • 2 x 4-5 oz pieces of Cod
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 2 sprigs of dill
  • Compound Parsley Butter     Recipe Below

Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper and set aside. Cut 2 pieces of parchment paper into 12 x 16 inch rectangles. Brush the center of the parchment paper with olive oil. Place ½ cup of leeks in the center, followed by 1 cup of the zucchini (or half the chopped amount), and then the cherry tomatoes. Top the vegetables with a sprig of dill and the cod fillet. Tuck the tail of the cod fillet under as shown in the picture so the dish cooks evenly. Place 3 slices of lemon on top of the fish and half the compound butter. Seal the packets by bringing up the sides and tightly folding them down. Seal the ends by folding each tightly. Repeat with the remaining packet. Lay both packets on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Packets will be puffed up and slightly browned. Serve each packet on a plate.

See the tail tuck?

See the tail tuck?

Quick and dirty compound parsley butter

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Mix the butter, chopped parsley and garlic in a bowl. Add to cod before baking. drinking juice collage   I’m sharing this with Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Whole Food Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, and Pennywise Platter Thursday.

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12 Responses to Pacific Cod en Papillote and Some Big News

  1. OrganicGirl August 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Hello France. I love how you do things. I agree that letting veggies be the foundation of our inspiration for meal prep is the way to go! Healthy and delicious. You are an encouragement and inspiration!

    • beyondthepeel August 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      Wow! Thank you for the nice words. I think you just made my whole week!

  2. Paula Whelan August 10, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

    Even better than a 1 dish meal – NO dishes!

    • beyondthepeel August 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      No dishes rock!!! Especially since wash water is a commodity out here!

  3. Cee August 11, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    Uh…. not just meal plans. How about a book, you two. thanks :)

  4. Joanna @ Plus Other Good Stuff August 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    I love the idea of using parchment instead of foil! Thanks for this fancy-looking but really simple recipe. :) Excited to try it!

  5. Koko August 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Awesome France, the meal plans will be amazing! Just like this cod….what great pictures celebrating the food with a group in the sun. Looks like so much fun!

  6. Joanne (eats well with others) August 13, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    Fish en papillote is so great!! And how exciting about your new meal plan!!

    • beyondthepeel August 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

      Thanks Joanne. We’re really excited. I hope it’s received well.

  7. Ashley Smyth Srokosz August 14, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    I love me some en papillote! I make mine with butterflied chicken breast, it’s so good.

    Congrats on the new meal plan! Can’t wait

  8. mjskit August 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Congratulations on your new Meal plan idea! It sounds interesting! Our households are so similar – just the two of us, and a little meat during the week, but mostly vegetables. I would have any idea how to cook for kids. :) Good luck! I’ve never cooked fish in parchment! I’ve cooked many other thing this way, but never fish. Thanks for the inspiration! It looks delicious!

  9. Amber H August 18, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    Congratulations, France.

    Love this recipe you shared. And every slurp looks divine. :-)

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