Newfoundland Cod with Olives and Sundried Tomatoes en Papillote. A simple, healthy, delicious, way to serve cod with great Mediterranean flavours.
First things first; don’t be intimidated by the name of this recipe…”en papillote” simply means cooked in parchment paper. It is a much under-used cooking method that should really be every busy family cook’s best friend.
It is a great simple way to steam fish and vegetables inside a paper pouch for one fast, healthy, simple, delicious, convenient and easy meal. I sometimes put mine together the night before when the next day is going to be a blur of work, school and driving kids to their evening activities. Nobody reading can relate, I’m sure! 😉
When prepared in just a few minutes the previous night, we can easily have these on the table in half an hour straight out of the fridge and into the oven. Now what are you going to do with the time you would have spent cooking?
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Originally published December 2, 2008.
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- 4 six ounce (170g) fresh cod portions
- ¼ cup chopped sundried tomatoes
- ½ cup pitted kalamata olives
- 1 tbsp dried summer savoury oregano, tarragon or dill make good substitutes
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 medium red potatoes washed and thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to season
- Lemon for garnish
Begin by washing and slicing your potatoes and thinly slicing them. Add the slices to boiling salted water for 5 minutes to blanch them.
Toss the blanched potatoes in the olive oil and savoury, and season them with salt and pepper. Divide the slices into 4 equal portions and arrange them in the centres of 4 large squares of parchment paper.
Season the fish with salt and pepper and place the cod portions on top of the potatoes. Top the cod with the sundried tomatoes and olives and a small drizzle of olive oil.
Bring two edges of the parchment paper together and roll the paper until one inch from the top of the fish.
Fold the ends under the bottom to create a sort of sealed pouch in which the fish and potatoes can cook.
Place on a baking sheet and place in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of your cod portions. You may want to add another 5 minutes if they are particularly thick.
Let the pouches rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve in the paper pouches with a lemon wedge to squeeze over the top of the fish.
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.
Saturday 9th of November 2019
I made this again tonight using the potatoes and we were underwhelmed. The fish itself was very good but 5 minutes was way too long to blanch the potatoes. When I tried to coat them with the olive oil they fell apart. Next time I'll make the fish part only and serve with rice.
Tuesday 11th of September 2018
I made this tonight using fresh basil but I omitted the potatoes as we wanted rice. This was excellent although the fish was a bit overcooked. Next time I'll try baking it for 15 minutes. Thank you for the recipe.
Sunday 2nd of September 2018
Do you use sundried tomatoes in oil or the dry ones? Thanks
Barry C. Parsons
Wednesday 12th of September 2018
Either is fine.
Saturday 28th of April 2018
Made this tonight. It was fabulous. More family landed in at the last minute and had to do a few more packets with haddock , then added a few julienned carrots, yellow peppers, green onions to the mix to help spread the supper. Even spouse also loved it with the olives. Not a drop left and the clean up crew loved it too. Luckily I made my own sundried tomatoes last fall so it was a great hit in our family.