Fish and Green Bean Packages

  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time30 mins
  • Makes4 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)

Protein 21g, Carbohydrates 4g, Fat 1g, Fibre 1g.

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