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!
Take care when opening packets! The steam can burn, so always point the seam away from your face.
Pairs perfectly with some black beans and tortilla chips!
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.