Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. -Mark Twain, Author

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This is a fantastic way to cook fish. It is traditionally baked in parchment paper, but for most folks the foil is more practical. You can use almost any combination of fish filet, vegetables, liquid, and herb or spice along with the olive oil.

Because it is so simple, you can serve it as an easy weeknight meal as well as an elegant weekend dinner party dish. If you are going to serve it at your dinner party, it's better to use the parchment although the foil works great on an outdoor grill. You can prepare the foil pouches up to about 4 hours in advance and the parchment 2 hours before cooking.


Whitefish in Foil with Vegetables and Tomato Sauce

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 4 ounces fish with beans and vegetables

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied or divided by 2, but does not keep well.


Slice the asparagus lengthwise and then cut the spears into quarters (each spear will end up with eight pieces).

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Fold the foil so that it is almost a square (15 inches x 12 inches). Starting at one end of the folded edge, cut a half of a heart shape in such a way that when the parchment is opened it is in the shape of a heart.

Place half of the beans on each sheet of aluminum foil.

Rinse the halibut filets in cold water and pat dry. Put filets on top of the beans. Center the filets on one side of the cut heart so that the other side will fold over the top of the filets easily.

Sprinkle 1/8 tsp. of the salt over each of the halibut filets. Add fresh pepper to taste and lay 2 of the basil leaves on each filet.

Scatter the carrots, red and green peppers, sliced mushrooms and asparagus over the fish evenly.

Mix together the tomato paste and wine. Pour the mixture over the filets. Drizzle the top of the filets with the olive oil.

Close the foil paper by rolling the edge inward, starting at the point of the heart and working around to the base of the heart. The foil pouch with the fish inside will be in the shape of a large half circle.

Place the pouches on a cookie sheet and then into the oven. Reduce the heat to 375°F and cook for 15 minutes.

Remove each pouch to a plate and let stand 30 seconds before cutting the pouch open. There will be some hot steam that escapes when the foil is cut (be careful!).

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 4 ounces fish with beans and vegetables

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 440 Calories from Fat 108
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 15%
    Saturated Fat 2g 9%
    Monounsaturated Fat 7g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 55mg 19%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 16%
    Dietary Fiber 17g 60%
    Sugars 5g
Protein 35g
Vitamin A 30% Vitamin C 30%
Calcium 11% Iron 28%
Vitamin K 30mcg Potassium 1500mg