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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Fennel Snapper in Parchment

10 MINPrep Time
15 MINCook Time
by Giada De Laurentiis
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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If you're nervous about cooking fish, this fennel snapper in parchment is a great way to ease your anxiety. This style of cooking fish, called "fish en papillote" (French for "fish in paper"), insulates the fish for perfect doneness and infuses it with tons of flavor. It's a French method, but the flavors — Tuscan kale, fennel, and orange — are classic Italian. It comes together in under 30 minutes, and the cleanup couldn't be easier! Serving it in the parchment gives a rustic feel, plus you don't have to do as many dishes.

Serve with a light side, like my simple Italian salad or my spicy parmesan green beans and kale.

Fennel Snapper in Parchment


Main Course

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

Image of Fennel Snapper in Parchment


    For the vegetables:

  • 1 small bunch of Tuscan kale (sliced thin)
  • 1 small head of fennel (halved, core removed and sliced thinly)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 oranges (thinly sliced into 12 slices)
  • For the fish:

  • 4 6 ounce skinless, filets of snapper, or other flakey fish.
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel pollen or ground fennel seed (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • Parchment paper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Cut 4 large pieces of parchment paper into 4√ó14- inch hearts by folding the paper in half and cutting half of a heart shape, making a valentine, as you've likely done as a child. Set aside. In a medium bowl, toss together the kale, fennel, kosher salt, and olive oil.
  2. Open the hearts so that the tips are toward you. Place two slices of orange on the right side of each heart, close to the center. Divide the vegetable mixture on top of the orange slices. Place a piece of fish on top of each mound and season each fillet with salt and fennel pollen. Drizzle evenly with the olive oil.
  3. Top each fillet with one slice of the remaining orange. Close the heart to make a half heart, and rotate it so the mound is facing you and the tip is pointed away. Begin to make small folds, each one overlapping the last, around the edge of the package to seal the edges. When you get to the tip, fold the remaining point under the packet.
  4. Place the packets on a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the packet is slightly brown and puffed. Remove from the oven and, using scissors or a small paring knife, carefully cut open the top of each packet, as the steam will escape. Serve in the parchment for easy cleanup.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
14 grams
187 grams
26 grams
Saturated Fat
5 grams
333 milligrams
1484 milligrams
3 grams
6 grams
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