Emma’s Asian Fish Parcels

Andrew is a keen fisherman, and we both enjoy eating seafood. This is an easy, quick and healthy fish recipe that will take you no time at all to master.

herbs and spices for parcel


  • 4 x 180g/200g fish fillets (white, firm fish works best)
  • 5cm knob of fresh ginger
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 4 tsp butter
  • sesame oil (in oil isle or Asian food section of your supermarket)
  • salt
  • white pepper (ground)


  • Oven
  • Baking paper and alfoil (note: if you would like to impress your friends, instead of alfoil you can tie the parcels shut using cooking twine).


  1. Pre-heat oven on 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Do a quick check of the fish fillets for any rogue bones.
  3. Make sure fillets are all around the same size (so they take the same amount of time to cook).
  4. Tear off 4 pieces of alfoil that are big enough to wrap around the fish with some extra room.
  5. Tear off 4 pieces of baking paper a little smaller in size than the alfoil.
  6. Place the baking paper on top of the alfoil – this is what you will wrap your fish in to cook it.
  7. Slice the ginger and garlic (no need to peel them).
  8. Wash the chilli and then slice it (be careful not to rub your eyes etc).
  9. Wash the lemon and then slice it.
  10. Wash the coriander and roughly chop it.
  11. Lay out the alfoil and baking paper squares (one square of baking paper should be on top of one square of alfoil).
  12. In the middle of each square place a few bits of each ingredient.
  13. Then place a fish fillet on each pile (see picture).
  14. Sprinkle with salt and white pepper; add 5 to 10 drops of sesame oil and 1 tsp butter.
  15. Fold/scrunch up parcel so that all the ingredients are enclosed and it won’t leak when the butter melts.
  16. Place on an oven tray into the oven for around 15 minutes.
  17. After 15 minutes open one parcel and check if the fish cooked. It should separate/flake easily when sliced with a knife and should be all white (no translucent or clear parts). If it isn’t cooked – give it a few more minutes.
  18. Once cooked – put parcel on plate and serve with simple stir-fried veges and steamed rice or noodles.

fish parcel