Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lemon & Garlic Tilapia with Zucchini & Pepper "en papillote"

So, as I've been blogging about (because nothing makes me happier), my sister is visiting overnight. She is a vegetarian & I decided to prepare her a very "meaty" veggie dinner that she & my hubby love. The catch? I, the cook, do not like it so I made this for me. Funny, my sister said it looked delish :) It was!  Simply defined, "en papillote" is the French phrase for "in parchment". 

Lemon & Garlic Tilapia with Zucchini & Pepper "en papillote"
2 tilapia fillets
1/4 small onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced1 small zucchini, julienned
1 small red bell pepper, julienned2 lemons- I juiced, 1 sliced 
Fresh Parsley
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

For each fillet, cut a sheet of parchment paper (you can also use aluminum foil) twice the size of the fish fillet. 

Lay one fish fillet in the middle of the parchment paper. Layer the 1/2 the onion slices, 1/2 the garlic slices, 1/2 of the zucchini, 1/2 of the red bell pepper, & 1-2 lemon slices on top of the fillet.  Juice 1/2 lemon & drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil & salt & pepper over the fillet & veg. 

For the "FOLD"- Take one side of the parchment paper LENGTH-WISE & half it (fold it) over the other side. WIDTH-WISE- Fold in the sides to create a little "package". 

Bake "en papillote" on a baking sheet for 30 minutes. Remove the fish from the oven. Remove or serve in the packet but be careful to avoid the steam when opening.

"en papillote"


  1. Hi Elisha,

    Both of the above sound really good!

    Gary & I eat very little meat (only chicken and
    fish). Can't wait to try the mushroom thing,
    though I may not be able to get portobellos
    until the weekend. I made tilapia Saturday with
    lots of herbs and spices.


  2. Thank you so much, Virginia. We eat a lot of chicken too... I eat a lot of fish (not shellfish) Hope you all like the portobello parm!

  3. Lish, I LOVE this!! I have been trying to embrace cooking Fish for Hubby and I more! AND this is a FAVORITE of both!!! Love the Tilapia with lemon and garlic. Great Taste, and Healthy too!! Love it Lish!!!

    1. thanks, Carol! It's DELICIOUS! Let me know if you make it!