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Cod and Samphire en Papillote Recipe



HT CD MC 25mins


Herby cod fillets on a bed of rock samphire baked in a parchment parcel.


Serves 4

Prep & Cook Time:

25 mins

Recipe Tags: Hot Fish Seafood Vegetables Alcohol Herbs Main Course Gluten Wheat Free Eggless  



Butter for greasing
4 tbsp White Wine

A squeeze of Lemon Juice

Salt and Black Pepper
1 teasp each of finely chopped Oregano, Chives and rosemary

1 tbsp Freshly chopped Parsley

100g/4oz Rock Samphire

4 x 125g/5oz Thick Cod Fillets
4 tbsp Crème Fraîche



1.  Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas mark 6. Cut out four parchment paper circles about 45cm/18 inches in diameter and lightly butter the centres, leaving a 5cm/2-inch border all the way around. Fold each in half.


2. Place the wine, lemon juice, herbs, salt and black pepper  in a small bowl and mix well.


3. Open up the papers, divide the samphire between the buttered papers, placing close to the fold, top with a cod fillet and sprinkle with the wine mixture, leaving the 5cm/2-inch border clear. Do not add salt to the samphire as it is naturally salty.


4. Top each with a tablespoon of crème fraîche, fold the other half of paper over, line up the edges then, starting at the wider part, begin folding the paper over itself, making sure you leave enough space so the parcels can puff up during cooking. As you progress around the paper, you'll end with a pointy bit which can just be twisted and folded over/under.  See pictures below showing on how to assemble papillote parcels.


5. Place the parcels on a baking tray and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the parcels are puffed and browning. Serve immediately.

End of instructions


Tips, Options and Substitutions


You can fold the papillotes into any shape you like

You can use aluminium foil instead of parchment paper

Add some finely chopped chilli for some heat


Serving Suggestions

Serve in the parcels with boiled new potatoes on the side

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Rock Samphire comes into season in spring, from the end of April and lasts through to October/November in the UK. It shouldn't be confused with marsh samphire, often referred to just as "samphire", which is in season in the summer.  It is possible to buy seeds and grow rock samphire in your garden.

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