Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
4 servings

The olive oil is infused with lemon flavor during cooking, which is then used in the dressing for the veggies. Cook the potatoes and green beans while the fish bakes.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Cut 4 (15 x 24–inch) pieces of parchment paper and fold in half, like a book. Draw a large heart half on each piece with the fold being the center of the heart. Cut out heart, and lay it open.

Step 3

Lay 2 slices of lemon in the center of 1 side of each piece of parchment; top with 1 bay leaf, if desired, and 1 halibut fillet. Sprinkle fillets evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Drizzle each fillet with 3/4 teaspoon olive oil. Fold other side of heart on top. Starting at the top of the heart, fold up both edges of parchment, overlapping the folds as you move along. Twist the end tip to secure tightly.

Step 4

Place parchment packets on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 12 minutes. Remove from oven; let rest for five minutes.

Step 5

Cook potatoes in boiling water 8 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Add green beans to pan; cook 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain well; keep potatoes and green beans warm.

Step 6

Working with one packet at a time, carefully open fish packets and pour liquid from packets into a large bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, juice, mustard, garlic, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir well with a whisk. Add potatoes, beans, and onion to oil mixture; toss well to coat. Divide vegetable mixture evenly on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 fillet.

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Ratings & Reviews


May 21, 2012

GrandmaKY's Review

August 31, 2010
Talk about elegant....This is truly an elegant and delicious dish. I cut it in half since there is only 2 of us. It was so delicious and looked as pretty as the picture. I will definately make this for company.

RenoTX's Review

July 06, 2010
Wow, this was simple but elegant and excellent tasting. Everybody in the family cleaned their plate, and that is not always the case with fish dishes at our house. I didn't see the point of cooking en papillote if not serving the vegetables and fish together in the packets. So, I just put the four pieces of fish atop the lemon slices (didn't use the bay) in a glass baking dish and covered with foil. I marinated the sliced onions in the dijon dressing while the rest of the meal cooked. I poured the pan juices through a strainer when adding to the onions and cooked veggies. This is delish, and would be a good dish for company. Simple yet elegant.

nancar's Review

July 01, 2010

Joycewriter's Review

December 20, 2008
This is one of my family's favorite recipes. I usually make it with sea bass, since halibut is often so expensive. It works great! Wonderful flavor.