How to Make Fish Baked in Parchment

From the store to the kitchen to the table: The Basics outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.


  • • parchment paper
  • • scissors
  • • a baking sheet
  • • one (6-ounce) firm-fleshed white-fish fillet, such as halibut, cod, or haddock (the fillet should be between 3/4 inch and 1 1/4 inches thick)
  • • olive oil
  • • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • • half a bay leaf (optional)
  • • a few sprigs of fresh herbs, such as chives, parsley, tarragon, or chervil (optional)
  • • a tablespoon of butter
  • • three thin lemon slices
  • • a tablespoon of dry white wine or water

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How to Make Fish Baked in Parchment