Red Mullet Baked in Paper

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Red Mullet is a popular fish all over the Mediterranean and several countries do a version cooked in paper; this recipe would be called Rouget en Papillote in France, Triglie al Cartoccio in Italy and Barbounia sto Harti in Greece.


12 x 60g Red Mullet fillets, skin on, bones removed 
Extra virgin olive oil 
4 stalks lemon thyme, leaves only
25g salted butter, diced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon dry white wine
Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Crusty bread, to serve
Green salad, to serve


Preheat oven to 210ºC.

Remove pin bones from centre of fillets using a pair of fish tweezers. 

Lay 4 sheets of baking paper, each large enough to wrap 3 fish fillets, on a clean work surface. Brush with a little olive oil and place 3 fillets side by side, skin-side down, on each sheet. Scatter with lemon thyme, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Dot with butter and drizzle each parcel with 1 teaspoon each lemon juice and wine.

Fold the paper into a parcel around the fish, without pushing it against the fish, tucking in edges to form a secure package so that steam and juices can’t escape. Place parcels on a baking tray and bake for 8 minutes.

Place cooked parcels on plates for diners to open at the table. Serve with crusty bread and green salad.

Alternative species:

Bream, Dory, Garfish, Snapper, Whiting.

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