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Recipe

Striped Bass en Papillote

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Roasting fish in packets (en papillote) allows it to steam in its own juices, intensifying its flavor. Substitute black bass or halibut if striped bass is unavailable.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. plus 4 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil; more for drizzling
  • 1 9-oz. package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and patted dry, halved if large
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. plus 4 tsp. dry vermouth
  • 5 oz. (about 1 cup) grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • 4 6-oz. skinless striped bass fillets
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 340
      Fat Calories (kcal): 160
      Fat (g): 18
      Saturated Fat (g): 7
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6
      Cholesterol (mg): 165
      Sodium (mg): 340
      Carbohydrates (g): 8
      Fiber (g): 4
      Protein (g): 33

Preparation

  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F. Put a large rimmed baking sheet on each rack.
  • Heat 2 Tbs. of the butter with the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until the foam from the butter subsides. Add the artichokes cut side down and cook without stirring until light golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in 2 Tbs. of the vermouth and remove from the heat. Stir in the tomatoes, mint, and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.
  • Cut four 12×18-inch sheets of heavy-duty foil. Set one piece of fish on one side of each sheet and season each with 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper. Spoon the  artichoke-tomato mixture over the fish, dividing it equally. Top each with 1 tsp. of the remaining vermouth and dot with 1 tsp. of the butter. Fold the foil over the fish and crimp the edges to seal completely, leaving some air space inside.
  • Transfer the packets to the hot baking sheets and bake until the packages puff, about 15 minutes. To test for doneness, plunge a paring knife through the foil and the fish and hold it there for 5 seconds. Touch the side of the knife to your lip; if it feels warm the fish is cooked through. Transfer the packets to plates and serve.

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  • emishred | 06/13/2017

    This was wonderful. I omitted the mint and increased the artichokes and tomatoes. It was excellent. I had to increase the cooking time but it was worth the wait.

  • cookie53 | 10/08/2014

    It's possible to make this on top of the stove in a skillet with a lid. Start by browning the artichokes and follow the directions through to adding the grape tomatoes, mint, salt and pepper. Nestle the seasoned fish down into the vegetables and cover, steaming just until the fish is barely done. I have substituted white wine for vermouth, parsley for mint, and cod for striped bass. It's always so good with a nutty brown-butter flavor from the original cooking of the artichokes. Wonderful!

  • fuzzycat | 04/12/2014

    Delicious! I used fresh halibut and followed the balance of recipe as described. Wonderful dinner - would be a good one for guests as you can make it all ahead and just put in oven upon arrival.

  • ArizonaCook | 02/14/2014

    Made this with halibut and left the mint out, using a small amount of oregano. Very good!

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