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Cod, potato, mushroom, onion meal cooked in parchment paper.

Steamed Cod in Parchment.

Cod in parchment. Beautiful, fresh and steaming with aromas and flavor, cooking fish in parchment is a special way to entertain guests.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 261kcal


  • 1 small bunch fresh spinach stems removed
  • 4 medium new potatoes cleaned and thick sliced
  • 4 large mushrooms sliced
  • 1/2 red onion peeled and cut into rings
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 12 yellow cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 6-ounce Cod or Halibut Filets 1 - 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided into 4 pieces
  • 4 splashes white wine about 1/4 teaspoon per packet
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 slices fresh lemon thin sliced


  • Lay out 4 sheets of parchment paper. The size should be approximately 16" x 12"
  • Rinse and remove the spinach leaves from the stems. Dry before placing them on the parchment paper. 
  • In a saucepan, boil the potatoes until par-boiled, half done. About 7 - 10 minutes. Drain, let cool and thick slice. Watch them carefully, you don't want them cooked all the way, they'll become mushy when steamed if cooked too long.
  • Heat a fry pan over medium high heat. Add oil and when oil is hot add In a sauce pan, add sliced mushrooms and rings of red onion. Cook until the onion starts to turn opaque and the mushrooms have given up their moisture.  About 3 minutes.
  • Place the fresh spinach leaves on each parchment paper sheets. Top with a fish filet, seasoned to your liking. I used Old Bay for this version.
  • Top each filet with a slice of the lemon, and a sprig of rosemary. Sprinkle on the onions and mushrooms, evenly on each pouch meal. Add the potatoes and the tomatoes. Top each with a pat of butter. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add a small splash of white wine over each meal.
  • Fold the parchment paper over the food and start crimping the edges over each other to seal.
  • When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place pouch meals on a baking sheet. Cook 10 - 12 minutes.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 1605mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 8193IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 5mg