Fish Baked in a Bag


fish baked in the bag

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Fish Baked in a Bag

From Stonesoup

There are endless options cooking fish this way. I haven’t even begun to play around with the possibilities. I love that all the juices are kept in the bag, so if you do happen to overcook the fish a little, it won’t dry out. The other real beauty of this dish is that it can be adapted easily for one as it can be for a crowd – just make one parcel per person.

Enough for: 2
Takes: 15 minutes

1 lemon, sliced
2 fish cutlets or fillets, approx 200g (7oz) each
2 hunks butter
1 bag salad leaves, to serve

1. Preheat oven to 250C (480F).

2. Take 2 large pieces of foil. Place lemon slices in the center of each. Top each with fish and butter and season well. Fold the foil to wrap and seal the fish. Repeat with the second parcel.

3. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the fish is cooked to your liking.

4. To serve, divide leaves between two plates. Top each with fish and lemon slices and drizzle over the juices from the bag.


paleo (grain, legume & dairy-free) – replace butter with olive oil or coconut oil.

vegetarian / vegan – replace fish with eggplant or 2 field mushrooms or large portabello mushrooms. Increase cooking time to about 30 minutes. And for vegans see dairy-free option.

herby – add in your favourite herbs on top of the fish. I love a few sprigs of lemon thyme or sage.

more substantial / carb lovers – serve with hot buttered toast or divide a drained can of white beans between the parcels before adding the fish and butter. Increase the cooking time to 15 minutes. This would also be good with steamed or roast potatoes.

more substantial (low carb) – extra low carb veg. More butter. Roast almonds. Avocado.

carnivore – replace fish with chicken breast or thigh fillets. Increase cooking time to about 30 minutes.

more veg – add in sliced veg on top of the lemon. My favourties are fennel, asparagus, beans, snow peas or zucchini.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

lemon – keep in a plastic bag in the fridge for months.

fish – freeze.

butter – keeps in the fridge for months.

salad leaves – best to use for another meal. Can be frozen but will wilt when defrosted.

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Edwina Guinan April 5, 2019

Thank you for the recipe. Can I use fillets instead of cutlets? Small kids + bones = drama. Thanks


jules April 6, 2019

Yes of course Edwina!
The cooking time might be a bit less depending on the thickness of your fillets
I have the same problem with big irishmen + bones = drama 🙂


Kelly Tackett August 25, 2016

My husband just said as he’s eating this: “I’m not sure what’s going on here, but it’s good.” And he usually isn’t very fond of fish, so this is a high complement 🙂


jules September 1, 2016

My husband isn’t big on fish either Kelly!


Laurie Fleming March 5, 2015

I had some swordfish steaks I needed to use tonight and did this with them! Delicious!


jules March 5, 2015

Wonderful Laurie!


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