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Halibut in Parchment


Steaming fish "en papillote" is a French technique, but with cilantro, ginger, sesame oil, and rice vinegar, you can put a Southeast Asian-inspired twist on the classic dish.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Everyday Food, December 2013


  • 1/2 small head napa cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • 4 skinless firm white fish fillets, such as halibut or bass (1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • Coarse salt
  • 8 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Divide cabbage and carrot among four 16-inch-long pieces of parchment. Top with fish, cilantro, and ginger and season with salt. Drizzle with oil and vinegar.

  2. Bring long ends of paper together and fold 3 times to make a seam. Tuck short ends under to secure.

  3. Place packets on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until puffed and fish is opaque, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer packets to plates, gently pull open, and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

This gentle method yields tender results while cooking food over simmering liquid or in parchment. It's perfect for fish, shellfish, chicken, or hardy vegetables.

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  • Jartz
    8 FEB, 2014
    I was looking for something healthy and quick, and this was great. I like the flavors in this meal a lot, and salmon worked fine.