Parchment paper is not just a great way to keep cookies from sticking to your baking sheet. You can also use it to make a packet to steam fish and vegetables. Halibut is a very mild white fish, which makes it perfect to season with this savory garlic herb butter. The fish is steamed on a bed of fresh cut vegetables, so it can all be left in the paper and served. Add a side of baguette or lightly buttered whole grain pasta and you have a whole meal that is simple and easy to prepare. Even though it’s simple, it looks elegant and beautiful with the bright colors and white fish served in the paper packet. Since it’s all in individual packets, it’s easy to portion out for calories and points plus. If you want to add a little more flair, crinkle cut your vegetables instead of just slicing them.

Halibut En Papillote

Parchment paper makes this fish tender and moist. It’s served on a bed of lightly steamed vegetables. The garlic herb butter adds subtle flavor to the fish. Topped with fresh basil and summery lemon wedges makes this simple, elegant and delicious.


  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh oregano, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 zucchinis, sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium red peppers, sliced
  • 8 sheets parchment paper (16 x 14 inches each)
  • 8 pieces halibut fillet (4 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Lemon wedges for serving, if desired


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  3. Evenly divide the zucchinis, carrots and red peppers onto the middle of each parchment sheet.
  4. Place the fish on top of the vegetables.
  5. Evenly divide the butter mixture onto the top of the fish.
  6. Fold the parchment paper and make little packets by crimping the edges together.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Slice open the packets and sprinkle the basil over the fish.
  9. Serve garnished with lemon wedges (if desired).

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Diet tags: Reduced carbohydrate, High protein, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: French

Calories: 406

Fat: 12.8

Protein: 32

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is about 1 packet (1 fillet with vegetables)
Each serving = 11 Smart Points/6 Points
PER SERVING: 406 calories; 12.8g fat; 4.1g saturated fat; 8.1g carbohydrates; 4.4g sugar; 32g protein; 4.3g fiber

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