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We had a bit of a late night tonight since Mia had a band concert that lasted until about 8. We were ravenous of course so what I needed was something super quick, super yummy and Paleo Mom Approved! I whipped out an oldie but a goody! This is quite frankly the easiest, quickest meal I could think of that I knew was delicious and nutritious too.


  • Tilapia Filets (just about any fish will work with this method)
  • A tbs of butter for each filet
  • A lemon sliced into wheels, (I used 2 slices per filet)
  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh or dried dill (I had dried handy)
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Parchment paper

Preheat oven to 425.

While the oven is heating, cut a piece of parchment paper large enough to put the filet in the center and with enough room to roll up the edges to enclose the whole filet. Place the fish in the center of the parchment paper. Dot pieces of butter all over the fish. Sprinkle garlic powder, dill, salt and pepper over the fish and place 2 lemon wheels on top. Repeat for each filet.

Now you need to wrap this baby up. I have used two different methods. One will require that you place the fish on one side of the parchment paper instead of dead center. Fold the other half of the parchment paper over. Starting at one end, fold/roll the ends around until you get to the other end.  It will look like this.

Another way is to keep the fish smack in the middle. Pull two opposite ends of the paper up and hold them together as you fold/roll the paper down until you can’t fold it any more, then fold the excess paper on the sides under the fish. It will look something like this. Like a little present!

It doesn’t really matter how you fold/wrap this all up, you just want to make sure the fish and all the yummy, buttery goodness is secure inside so it can steam cook. Place on a baking sheet and put into a 425 degree oven.

Bake for about 12 minutes. The parchment paper will be slightly browned.

Transfer the packets to serving plates with what ever you want to serve it with. Just slice the parchment paper open to eat. I served it with asparagus sautéed in this great shallot butter I picked up a Whole Foods. To make this is super easy. Cut the tough ends of the asparagus off. Melt 2-3 tabs of butter in a large sauté pan on medium high heat and add the asparagus. Season with what ever you like. Maybe some garlic salt and pepper? Cook until the asparagus begins to brown tossing as you go to cook evenly.

This whole thing took me 10 minutes to prep and 12 minutes to cook. and the best part, clean up is a breeze because the fish was cooked in the parchment paper so no mess!! Enjoy! We did! There was literally nothing left. The kids were licking their plates. 🙂

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5 Responses to “Tilapia Baked in Parchment Paper”

  1. Holly says:

    I’m impressed that you were hungry AND bothered to take pictures! That would have been eaten before the camera came out if it was me!

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  3. Clara says:

    This recipe was great! I used olive oil instead of butter (only because I didn’t have butter!), and I used dried thyme instead of dill (I didn’t have dill either). I also used some of the juice and zest of the lemon. The fish was moist and delicious!!

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Yeah! I love this recipe too. Di glad you enjoyed it. The easiest mist reliable way to cook fish in my opinion. 😉

      ~ Laura

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