Fish and Green Bean Packages



10 min


30 min


4 servings

Fish and Green Bean Packages

Photo: Vince Noguchi

Baking in parchment (en papillote) allows the fish to steam while it cooks, creating a super-moist and flavour-infused dish. Tucking the beans in along with the fish makes this an all-in-one meal.


  • 4 frozen fish fillets , such as cod, about 1 lb
  • parchment paper
  • 1/2 lb green beans , trimmed
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine , optional
  • 2 green onions , thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, tarragon or Italian seasoning


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Tear 4 pieces of parchment, each about 12 x 16 in. Place a fish fillet on each. Scatter green beans around fish. Drizzle with white wine, if using (if not, no other liquid is necessary).
  • Sprinkle with herbs and green onions. Fold and crimp parchment edges together to seal. Place on a baking sheet. Bake in the centre of preheated oven until thinnest part of the fish flakes easily and the green beans are tender, 18-22 minutes.
  • Serve each package on a plate; be careful when opening, as the steam will be very hot. Top each fillet with a pat of butter and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if you like.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 11,
  • Protein
  • 21 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4 g,
  • Fat
  • 1 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1 g,

Originally published in the June 2011 issue. Photo by Vince Noguchi.