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Mediterranean Fish in Parchment

Mediterranean Fish in Parchment

Elegant enough for guests and easy enough to pull together for a weeknight dinner. Either way, serve this elegant fish dish with cooked rice or crusty bread. 

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10 min
Prep Time
25 min
Total Time


10 ounces (2 cups) grape tomatoes

1/2 cup kalamata olives

1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

2 teaspoons fresh thyme

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided

4 slices lemon, halved

4 (4-ounce) cod fillets  

8 (1/4 cup) Land O Lakes® Butter Balls


Lemon wedges, for squeezing


 *Substitute another white fish variety, such as haddock or tilapia, for the cod.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Fold each of 4 (14x12-inch) pieces parchment paper in half the short way, then re-open.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine tomatoes, olives, lemon zest, thyme and garlic in medium bowl. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

  4. STEP 4

    Pat fish dry with paper towels. Season both sides of fillets with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place 1 fillet skin-side down onto one side of 1 sheet parchment. Top with 2 lemon halves, 1/2 cup tomato mixture and 2 Butter Balls. Close parchment; crimp and fold edges to create tight seal. Transfer to baking sheet.

  5. STEP 5

    Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Carefully peel parchment open; top with additional squeeze of lemon juice.

Tip #1

You can add more veggies by tossing in sliced zucchini or chopped sun-dried tomatoes before closing the packet.

Tip #2

Make this dish even more amazing by topping opened packets with additional Butter Balls.

Nutrition (1 serving)

250 Calories
16 Fat (g)
85 Cholesterol (mg)
1150 Sodium (mg)
7 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
19 Protein (g)
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