A few months ago, I had the delicious opportunity to enjoy lunch with some other food bloggers at a tasting event for Epicurean Butter. One of the bloggers, Sara of the Saucy Dipper, proposed a challenge to cook something new for 31 days as a way to start the new year off in a tasty and adventurous way. I received some new cookbooks for Christmas and am always eager to play in the kitchen, so Sara's challenge sounded like fun to me.
After indulging in some mighty good ham, prime rib, and ribs over the Christmas week, I was craving lighter foods--and fish. When I was putting away Christmas decorations in the basement, I came across my gigantic Costco size box of parchment paper and thought it was time to try cooking fish in parchment paper. (As another side challenge, I'm trying to see if it is indeed possible to use up a Costco size box of parchment paper.)
Parchment paper keeps moisture and flavor trapped inside the package during the cooking, so the juices from the fish, butter, and wine help form a sauce. Because parchment paper is resistant to sticking, you do not need to add much butter or oil. I used some Epicurean Butter garlic butter here. Compound butters are a simple way to add more flavor into food, and Epicurean Butter has several different blends available. The garlic butter went well with the lemon pepper seasoning on the fish, and butter always makes veggies taste a little better.
PS: I know the picture doesn't do the dish justice, but I'm learning my new camera and have a slow learning curve. ;)
Halibut in Parchment Paper
Yields 1 serving
1 6-8 oz. filet of halibut
1/4 tsp. lemon pepper
Dash of salt
1 cup vegetables, fresh or frozen
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. white wine
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place the vegetables on top of a piece of parchment paper, and then place the halibut filet on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle the lemon pepper and salt over the fish filet. Place the tablespoon of butter on top, and drizzle the wine over the fish and vegetables.
Fold and wrap the parchment paper under and around the fish to make it into a package. If it is easier, you could just fold the parchment paper over the fish and then twist the sides of the parchment paper to make it look like a piece of candy.
Place the fish package onto a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes, or until the fish is cooked.
Source: A Simply Sweet Justice Original