Fish en Papillote/ Pescado Empapelado

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Happy 2019! I Can’t believe I’m already saying that. This year just flew by! Is it just me or time goes by faster as you get older? Anyhow, welcome 2019.

I’m done with Holiday food! Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but sometimes it feels like all we do, is eat. Thanksgiving is just the warm-up for the marathon of food ahead. I enjoyed every cookie, every pie, cheesy sides, freshly baked rolls, tamales, enchiladas, yum! but it’s over! Let’s start fresh, clean, simple, nutritious, and also delicious. Fish en Papillote, French isn’t it? My mom calls it “Pescado Empapelado”, which basically means, fish cooked in paper (Not so fancy now). I love this recipe, It is so easy to put together and because it’s fish, it cooks in no time. I used Tilapia because that’s the fish I had but it also works with cod or mahi-mahi, and let’s face it.. lemon thyme- Do I need to say more? they can turn any bland meat into something delicious!

This is how I make it.

Preheat your oven to 375 Degrees. Julienne the zucchini, onion, and bell pepper (that only means thinly sliced) and slice your lemon in rounds. You will also need some fresh sprigs of thyme. 

Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.

I have four pieces of parchment paper that I cut into rectangles about 5×8 inches. Tilapia is a small piece of fish so I didn’t feel like I needed more than that. I have four pieces of paper, one for each fillet. Place the fish on the bottom half on the paper and start pilling up the veggies ending with a slice of lemon and a sprig of thyme. Season everything with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. 

Fold the parchment paper around the edges tightly in 1/4-inch folds to create a half moon shape. Make sure you press as you crimp and fold to seal the packets well, you don’t want the steam to escape. Do this from end to end and fold the end of the paper and tuck it under the packet to finish.

Repeat the process with the rest of the fish. Bake for 12-15 min, until done. 

To open the packet, insert a knife and gently cut through the paper. Be careful not to cut into the veggies. You can also use kitchen scissors. Be careful when you open it! the steam is ready to escape now.

They’re done! in less than 15 minutes. It is a lot of fun to serve these to your family in the packets, they’ll love opening them up themselves, just like a little aromatic present. I suggest to let them rest a little before you serve them.

Food like this is what keep me motivated through my January cleansing. Find the recipe below! 




Hello, my name is Marisol Chancellor. I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico. I’ve been living in Texas for 12 years and even when I love barbeque, fruit cobblers and sweet tea, there’s something that has the power of transporting me right back to my mom’s kitchen and gives me a little piece of home, cooking. I grew up in the kitchen and for me, memories are always linked to food, and behind the food, well, there’s always a story that comes along. So, please let me share with you my love for cooking and while we are at it, let’s share some memories, because let’s be honest, we are also hungry for nostalgia.

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