Fish in papillote

April 27, 2012  •  Category:


Even a die-hard cooking aficionado needs a respite; that’s why this technique of cooking fish is so great; first of all, it won’t smell up the kitchen, it takes just minutes to put together, and the results are always superlative. A perfect way to end the workweek. 

All you need is a good fish fillet (or more). Some spices to throw on the fish, a lemon, olive oil, some capers if you like them or olives. Baking paper or foil. Bake the fish about 7 minutes in a hot oven. 


  •  1 pound of fish fillet (I used hamour), the best possible fish
  • spices: 1 tsp of coriander, 1 tsp of dill, 1 tsp of cumin, 1 tsp of pink peppercorns (or white), 1 tsp of rosemary or marjoram or zaatar, salt, to taste
  • olive oil, as needed
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of capers or green olives, sliced 
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Cut the paper into large rectangles. Place each fillet (cut into a neat rectangle or square) in the middle; sprinkle with the spices on both sides, pour some olive oil (about 2 tbsp), some capers or olives, and place 3 slices of lemon on top of the fillet; close the paper as if wrapping a gift (tight) and place on a baking sheet; bake for no more than 7 minutes. Check to see if the fish flakes easily and serve immediately.
NOTE: Hamour goes by the name grouper in the US.



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  1. MyLittleExpatKitchen says:

    What a photo that last one, Joumana! Huge, beautiful windows.

    I love cooking fish en papillote, something I do quite often. Which fish is hamour?

  2. Ruby says:

    Love the simplicity of it. I also love your turquoise utensils, those windows and that balcony – wow!

  3. Rosa says:

    Delicious and healthy! That living room is so pretty.



  4. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Paper keeps the juices in – perfect!

  5. Kalyn says:

    A wonderful recipe; I need to try this!

  6. Arlette says:

    Hello Joumana ,
    Is this the house in Clemaunco???
    nice old house…. see you soon.
    Sahtein for the nice fish

  7. Oui, Chef says:

    As you know, I am a HUGE fan of this method of cooking fish, and your use of lemon and capers sounds just perfect!

  8. Susan says:

    I wish I would have read to the end of your post before looking for hamour on the web! I enjoy grouper and what a simple and delicious way to prepare it.

  9. weirdcombos says:

    We in synch! We published a fish en papilote recipe the very same day lol

  10. Christine @ Fresh says:

    I agree cooking fish in parchment paper is not only easy but yields the best results. That is one beautiful house!

  11. samir says:

    I love cooking fish en papilotte as well,, ,,. ..The villa is so beautiful,,its a shame so much was not preserved in the rush to modernize,westernize.. This months Architectural Digest( US) has a a spread of a stunning restored villa in Achrafieh, worth checking it out.

  12. Azil says:

    Beautiful and Healthful!!! Thank you. And such a lovely room I wish to live in also.

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