Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment)

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  • Published Sep 8th
  • Ready In40m
  • Servings4
  • Calories303
This is a quick and easy recipe that requires very little effort but tastes and looks amazing. This is also served great with a side of lemon risotto or just plain white rice. You can also just eat the fish by itself. When serving the dish, do not unfold the bag, just rip it open on its side and open it up enough to eat from the bag. This keeps all the juices and flavor in one place, and it looks nice.

Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment) Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment) for 4 servings:

  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets tilapia
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons capers, drained
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon butter, or as needed

Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment) Cooking Instructions

  • Prep25m
  • Cook15m
  • Ready In40m

To cook Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment), you need about 25 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment) is about 15 minutes , and you can serve your Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment) within 40 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment) easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a baking sheet so that the bottoms of the packets will brown when baked.
  2. 2 Prepare 4 sheets of parchment paper by folding each sheet in half and placing a tilapia fillet centered onto one side of the fold of each sheet. Season the tilapia with salt and black pepper. Top the fillets with equal amounts of tomato, garlic, basil, and capers. Sprinkle lemon juice over the fillets. Place 1 tablespoon butter atop the fish. Drizzle white wine over the fillets.
  3. 3 Roll up the sides of the paper first, then the top, leaving 1/2-inch space along one edge; fold to seal. Grease the bottoms of the packets with 1 tablespoon butter and arrange on the baking sheet.
  4. 4 Bake in preheated oven until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Make sure that the parchment paper you are using is actual parchment and not waxed paper like the kind you normally bake cookies on. Waxed paper cannot withstand the amount of heat in the oven that parchment paper can. (Waxed paper=325 degrees F (165 degrees C); parchment paper=420 degrees (220 degrees C).
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 303 calories; 16 grams of fat; 4.7 grams of carbohydrates; 23.7 grams of protein; 79 milligrams of cholesterol; 190 milligrams of sodium.

  1. May 16th 2019

    Fantastic on chicken too!!!

  2. Mar 27th 2017

    This recipe calls for far too much wine.. the paper does not close well with this much liquid. You really cannot taste anything except the lemon and of course the fish.

  3. Sep 25th 2014

    This was a really easy and quick recipe...great for a weekday dinner. I wish we made more. We served it with brown rice (which soaked up the juice nicely) and asparagus. I will make it again ...

  4. Aug 18th 2014

    Easier than I thought and pretty good too

  5. Mar 25th 2014

    Really yummy. A big hit with the family. I added a thin slice of lemon on top of each fish fillet, and I did the pouches in aluminum foil instead of parchment paper. Just as tasty and worke ...

  6. Aug 8th 2013

    This was so good I couldn't believe it was so delicous. No worries about dried out fish! Since I prefer salt water fish, I used sea bass. Unbelievable!

  7. This was delicious and easy! We are trying to eat more healthy so I made a few changes. I mixed the tomato, garlic, basil and capers together. Then after drying the filets and seasoning t ...

  8. Mar 17th 2013

    This was delicious and so easy to make. Don't let the looks or sound of it fool you. Find a video online of how to wrap the parchment and just go for it. The only thing that was a bit hard w ...

  9. Great taste and easy to make