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Orange and mango fillet of fish en papillote

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Today, we’re going classic. Fish en papillote is as classic French as it gets. I there are a million ways to steam food, but I really like this way of steaming ‘in paper’ in the oven. Mainly because I like the way it is served: a little parcel on a plate, that each guest opens themselves to reveal the steamy, heavenly, aromatic goodness inside.

I recommend a white fish like cod or snapper, that is naturally flaky when cooked. You want the fill to break into lovely moist flakes when you cut into it. The juices of the orange butter and the salsa it is sitting on will make it steam inside the paper pouch, just be careful not to overcook it.

Mango, orange and fish, you’re asking? Well, you want a bit of acidity with your fish, right? Plenty of that in orange and mango. But they also add some more complex flavours that a good old lemon can’t provide. And the butter penetrates the fish as it steams away, making it tender and infusing it with goodness.

How to fold

  1. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a large oval. It needs to be big enough so when you fold it in half, one side can easily fit the fish, with at least 5 cm clearance around all sides.
  2. Place the salsa, fish and butter on one side of the fold, then close it up and start making little folds around the perimeter, starting at the top. I like to do small double folds of roughly 1 cm width to ensure no air can escape.
  3. When you reach the end, twist the paper together so that the folds stay in place and the whole parcel is tightly sealed.

Orange and mango fillet of fish en papillote

En papillote (or ‘wrapped in paper’) is a classic form of French cookery. It is a very gentle way of steaming fish in an enclosed pocket, while the butter and other juices help infuse it with bursts of flavour and plenty of moisture. The result is an incredibly tender piece of protein.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: buttermilk, en papillote, fish, Mango, orange
Servings: 4 serves


  • 4 x 130g white fish fillets skinned and deboned

Orange butter

  • 100 g unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • ½ chilli
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 5 leaves mint
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Green mango salsa

  • ½ small onion
  • 1 green mango firm
  • ½ red capsicum
  • ½ chilli
  • 10 leaves mint
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan forced).
  • For the orange butter, grate ginger, finely chop chilli and mint, zest the orange and combine all with softened butter. Season with salt. Refrigerate.
  • To make the salsa, dice onion, mango and capsicum. Thinly slice chilli and mint and combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle with orange and lemon juice and mix well. Season with salt.
  • Prepare four pieces of parchment paper by cutting them into large ovals, approximately 40x30cm. Spread salsa onto one side of the paper. Place fish fillet on the salsa and top with pieces of orange butter. Close the pouch, then starting at one point, tightly fold the edges to form a seal, continuing along the perimeter. Twist the end to prevent it from unfolding. Repeat with the other three portions. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Serve unopened in the paper.


No steam should escape while baking. Brushing the edges of the paper with egg helps to create a tight seal.

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