Tilapia en Papillote (Tilapia in Parchment)


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.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 fillets


  • 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 ½ teaspoons capers, drained

  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice

  • ¼ cup butter, divided

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 1 tablespoon butter, or as needed


  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. 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. 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. 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).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
16g Fat
5g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 630mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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