January 1, 2014

Halibut in Parchment Paper

Happy 2014!  I hope that everyone enjoyed the rest of the holiday season and had fun ringing in the new year!

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.

The dish requires little preparation and cooks so quickly.  I look forward to trying this parchment paper method with other fish, vegetable, and seasoning combinations.

Happy Cooking!

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


  1. Wow, this is beautiful. Too beautiful not to pin. :)

    Happy New Year!

    1. It's so easy that I think I'm going to try it again next week with cod. Happy New Year!!

  2. Halibut is one of the few fish that I love. This looks so delicious! I too have been oven indulging and it is time to lighten things up. This looks like a great recipe to start with.

    1. Halibut is a more versatile fish to cook with. I've been having fun going through some of my "healthier" cookbooks for inspiration to lighten things up lately!

  3. Happy New Year! Great challenge - love the thought of doing something new each day in January. The Halibut looks beautiful, and healthy!

  4. Hi Claire....and this fish looks amazing! It reminds me of a dish I had at a fancy french restaurant in Philly many years ago! I really should cook in parchment more. Glad to have a lighter recipe to try! Happy New Year!

  5. I sure wish I could have attended that event. Had a work conflict. And bless your heart, I love this recipe. The cheese, fatty, hamy, cookie madness has got to stop.

  6. Nice - Would love to see this submitted to FoodFotoGallery.com so I can share with all my foodie friends :-)


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