Easy Fish Recipe

It’s hard to find decent fish when you live in a land locked city like Chicago. Lucky for us, our Whole Foods has a great selection of seafood, so every now and then my husband and I splurge on a really great piece of fish. A couple weekends ago we decided to make these steamed fish packets using halibut and the end result was delicious! I like this fish recipe because it is extremely versatile and really easy.  You can use your own combination of herbs and spices and you can easily add veggies into the packets to be baked along with the fish! I served our fish with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.



  • 1 (4-6 ounce) firm-fleshed white-fish fillet. (I used Halibut)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 thin lemon slices
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)


  • Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle
  • Using scissors, cut out a large heart shape into parchment paper
  • Place the fish in the center of one half of the parchment heart. (The heart should be large enough that there is at least a 1-1/2-inch border around the fillet.)
  • Drizzle the the fish with olive oil and lemon juice
  • Season liberally with salt and pepper
  • Lay the lemon slices on the fish and then the thyme sprigs
  • Break the butter into little pieces and arrange them on top of the herbs and lemon
  • Fold the parchment heart over to cover the fish and crimp the edges together, starting with the rounded end
  • Slightly tilt the the parchment package and pour in the wine
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Printable Recipe HERE

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