How to Make Dinner in a Pouch

Wrap up your fish and veggies in parchment packets for foolproof dinners the whole family will love! 

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Sweet Asian Salmon

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Sweet Asian Salmon

Cooking food in parchment packets is known as “en papillote,” which is pronounced pah-pee-yoht. It sounds fancy but is actually as easy as it gets. And when it comes to seafood in particular, it’s practically foolproof. Just wrap everything up in parchment and bake. Steam is trapped inside, gently cooking the contents, resulting in moist, flavorful fish. (No pots and pans to wash, either!)

The technique is always a great way to get kids in on the dinner action too: They can draw and cut out the packets—which just happen to be heart-shaped—and then fill them up. They’ll love making the big reveal at the table when it’s done!

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New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

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New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Take care when opening packets! The steam can burn, so always point the seam away from your face.

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Mango & Ginger Scallops

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Mango & Ginger Scallops

Pairs perfectly with some black beans and tortilla chips!

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Savory Mediterranean Sole

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Savory Mediterranean Sole

Papillote cooking is naturally light and healthful, so add a side dish with some heft. Potatoes, rice, orzo, polenta, crusty bread, and black or cannellini beans are perfect accompaniments.

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