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Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment)

Paula Hynick

"This is a quick and easy recipe that requires very little effort but tastes and looks amazing. This is also served great with a side of lemon risotto or just plain white rice. You can also just eat the fish by itself. When serving the dish, do not unfold the bag, just rip it open on its side and open it up enough to eat from the bag. This keeps all the juices and flavor in one place, and it looks nice."
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40 m servings 303 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 fillets)


  • Calories:
  • 303 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 16 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.7g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 23.7 g
  • 47%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 79 mg
  • 26%
  • Sodium:
  • 190 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a baking sheet so that the bottoms of the packets will brown when baked.
  2. Prepare 4 sheets of parchment paper by folding each sheet in half and placing a tilapia fillet centered onto one side of the fold of each sheet. Season the tilapia with salt and black pepper. Top the fillets with equal amounts of tomato, garlic, basil, and capers. Sprinkle lemon juice over the fillets. Place 1 tablespoon butter atop the fish. Drizzle white wine over the fillets.
  3. Roll up the sides of the paper first, then the top, leaving 1/2-inch space along one edge; fold to seal. Grease the bottoms of the packets with 1 tablespoon butter and arrange on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Make sure that the parchment paper you are using is actual parchment and not waxed paper like the kind you normally bake cookies on. Waxed paper cannot withstand the amount of heat in the oven that parchment paper can. (Waxed paper=325 degrees F (165 degrees C); parchment paper=420 degrees (220 degrees C).

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  1. 18 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This was delicious and so easy to make. Don't let the looks or sound of it fool you. Find a video online of how to wrap the parchment and just go for it. The only thing that was a bit hard was t...

Most helpful critical review

Easier than I thought and pretty good too

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This was delicious and so easy to make. Don't let the looks or sound of it fool you. Find a video online of how to wrap the parchment and just go for it. The only thing that was a bit hard was t...

Great taste and easy to make

This was delicious and easy! We are trying to eat more healthy so I made a few changes. I mixed the tomato, garlic, basil and capers together. Then after drying the filets and seasoning them ...

This was a really easy and quick recipe...great for a weekday dinner. I wish we made more. We served it with brown rice (which soaked up the juice nicely) and asparagus. I will make it again. Di...

Easier than I thought and pretty good too

Really yummy. A big hit with the family. I added a thin slice of lemon on top of each fish fillet, and I did the pouches in aluminum foil instead of parchment paper. Just as tasty and worked ju...

This was so good I couldn't believe it was so delicous. No worries about dried out fish! Since I prefer salt water fish, I used sea bass. Unbelievable!

This recipe calls for far too much wine.. the paper does not close well with this much liquid. You really cannot taste anything except the lemon and of course the fish.

Delish! My whole family loved it. Easy and Healthy!