Artichoke-Tomato Halibut en Papillote

Here’s a good one with only 6 ingredients…not including S&P!  This recipe is a great example of how using just a few fresh ingredients can make a dish really flavorful.

Okay, are you wondering what the deal is with the fancy title of this recipe?

Preparing fish en papillote is a French cooking method that poaches the fish.  You fold it up in parchment paper, and it cooks by steaming itself while wrapped up all neatly in its little package.

I almost named it “Artichoke-Tomato Halibut Steamed in Parchment Paper”, but I wanted to give my non-cooking friends something ridiculously easy to prepare for their friends/family, while being able to look like they know what they’re talking about when it comes to food.

You’re welcome (you know who you are).  :)

 Rachael xoxo

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Artichoke-Tomato Halibut en Papillote
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Recipe type: Weekday Food
Serves: 2
  • 2 (4 ounce) halibut fillets, boneless
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 lemon slices, ¼-inch thick
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts packed in water, rinsed and drained
  • 12 grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place one piece of halibut on a 12x12 inch piece of parchment paper. Drizzle each side of fish with 2 teaspoons olive oil and top with 2 lemon slices. Arrange half of the artichokes, tomatoes, and basil on top of fish. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Repeat the process for the second piece of halibut.
  2. Fold up parchment paper like a package, sealing in the ingredients. With the seam at the top, tuck the ends underneath. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until fish is cooked through, about 15 minutes for a 1-inch thick piece of fish. Add 15 minutes of baking time for each additional inch of thickness.
  3. Transfer to a plate and carefully open the package to release the steam before serving.
Serve with brown rice or whole grain pasta tossed in olive oil, if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Packet Calories: 335.3 Fat: 11.7 g Saturated fat: 1.8 g Carbohydrates: 29.2 g Sugar: 5.0 g Fiber: 18.8 g Protein: 32.6 g Cholesterol: 68.5 g

6 comments… add one

  • Angie May 9, 2012, 8:07 am

    Holy crap, that looks amazing!!!

    • Rachael May 9, 2012, 10:16 am

      Thanks, GF! I tried to make something super easy for you to whip up. I think you’d like it! :)

  • Jeanean May 9, 2012, 10:30 am

    This looks delish. I will have to give this one a try.

  • Renee May 9, 2012, 7:29 pm

    That looks amazing! Will have to try it soon. Love halibut and artichokes so the flavor combo will be great.

    • Rachael May 9, 2012, 10:03 pm

      Thanks, Renee. Glad you found something you want to try!


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