Oil Free Baked Spiced Fish En Papillote#FishFriday

This month’s Fish Friday Foodies theme is Seafood / Fish en Papillote (i.e. the fish / seafood is baked and served in parchment paper) or called as is a meal in a packet. Our Host for the month is Sue.
This is the second recipe of Fish en Papillote. My earlier recipe is Mediterranean Fish En Papillote. Today's recipe is Oil free and yet so delicious. To tell you the truth, forgot to drizzle oil on the fish and when one packed was served to daughter's packet, she said Ma this fish is "Oiless" yet so yum, it's then I realised it. Any way since this had coconut and spice, the oil was not needed, since coconut does releases oil at the time of cooking. 

Do try this it's really really tasty and yum.. you will love it!

2 Medium Whole Pomfret Fish
4 Tomatoes - sliced in thick roundles
2 Lemons - sliced in thin roundels
8 to 10 Mushrooms

2 Green Chillies - de seeded and slit
1 Red Chilly - de seeded and slit
To grind to a fine paste
1 Cup Freshly Grated Coconut
6 Cloves Garlic - chopped
Juice of 2 Small Lemons
6 Green Chillies
1 Teaspoon Cumin powder
2 Teaspoons Coriander powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala powder
A Handful of Green Coriander Leaves

Salt to taste

Wash,  clean the fish and give a slit in the center as you give to stuff the fish. Apply 1/2 teaspoon salt on each fish and few drops of lemon juice on it and keep it in a colander to drain all the excess water and salt till the paste is being ground.
Let's grind the paste 

Grind all the ingredients mentioned above to a fine paste in small blender, without using any water. If necessary just add a teaspoon or so of water or better still add oil. 
 Apply the paste to fish inside out well ( see pic).  Place slit green  and red chilly  and in each fish . Keep this in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
As you can see in the pic the paste has nicely set on to the fish, so it's necessary to keep it to marinate in the refrigerator.
Take a two big pieces of parchment paper and place few slices of lime and tomato roundels. 
Then the fish, again top it with lime and tomatoes slices, whole mushrooms, seal the packet ( for details check this post Mediterranean Fish En Papillote).
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes. 
I, used the air fryer and baked single packet at a time, since the oven was not working it took around 15 to 18 minutes for each to be baked. After 8 minutes I turned the packet and baked again for another 8 to 9 minutes. Let is rest in the air fyer till it cools a little then gently lift it on to serving plate and Enjoy. 
This we had as a meal, it was so filling and delicious.

Labels :  Air Fryer, Continental Cuisine, Healthy,Baked, Fish Friday, Seafood/Fish, Spiced Fish En Papillote, Parchment paper, Whole Pomfret Fish, Oil Free, Indian, Main course

Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Does the air fryer work like a convection oven then? I've never used one. Kudos to you for the great improvisation with your oven not working.

    1. Yes it works like an oven and cooks / bakes faster. This has become another best friend of mine. It works as a slow cooker / dehydrator too since you can bring the temperature down to 80 degrees.

  2. Sometimes there are happy recipe accidents, aren't there? Sounds delicious!

  3. Love seeing how you spiced the fish. You always have such interesting recipes.

  4. These flavors sound great, Sneha! Don't you just love those little kitchen "accidents"? P~

    1. Yes! sometimes they work for good, other times can't say.