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This Halibut and Spinach en Papillote was a delightful, healthy dinner—even the pickiest husband ate every bite!

Halibut and Spinach en Papillote

Curry and Comfort

I was delighted when I saw my April assignment for Blogger CLUE. In case you’ve missed my previous posts, this is a group where bloggers are assigned to another blogger and cook something from that blog according to the theme of the month. Now that spring has arrived, seasonal vegetables seemed appropriate as our April topic.

I popped over to my assigned blog, Curry and Comfort, written by my dear friend, Ramona, to see which one of her terrific dishes I would make. Ramona and I became friends early in our blogging careers. We’d bounce questions and ideas off each other—I think we were both trying to figure out the mysteries of StumbleUpon! So I was quite familiar with her blog and all the marvelous recipes she had to offer.

Halibut and Spinach en PapilloteHalibut and Spinach en Papillote

Ramona was born in Sri Lanka and is the mom of two. She loves spicy food and curries, but has all sorts of recipes that are perfect for families and busy moms. I whipped up these super easy Halibut and Spinach en Papillote for our Good Friday dinner. Making foil or parchment packets, AKA cooking en papillote, is a classic technique which deliciously steams the contents.

Bill was starving after a long day at work, but when I mentioned I made halibut for dinner, he promptly said, “I’ll make a grilled cheese.” He hadn’t eaten much all day and wasn’t thrilled at trying out a new seafood (I’ve barely converted him to salmon and shrimp in the past decade). Using my wifely charms, I asked him to take just a bite. “Not bad” was his reply and he managed to eat the whole portion of this halibut and spinach en papillote in record time. A fait accompli!

Note that Ramona used cod when she prepared this recipe. Use your judgement when you’re at the seafood counter. The halibut looked fresh so I went that route–any nice white fish will do. I also overbought scallions (a Dorie recipe called for 20 green olives, but instead I purchased 20 green onions. Multitasking is not my forte!) and used them in place of onions. I had fresh thyme in the fridge so that was added to the marinade instead of dried. I think all sorts of herbs would work well, too.

I also zeroed in on her Asparagus and Leek Frittata with Bacon, thinking it would be a lovely meatless dinner for Lent sans bacon–and any leftovers would make a terrific breakfast. It looked like a versatile recipe that could easily  be tweaked by shaking up the herbs and veggies. If you’d like to see more of Ramona’s marvelous recipes, pop on over to Curry and Comfort and say hello! Thanks, Ramona, for helping me add another fish to Bill’s repertoire!

Halibut and Spinach en Papillote

April’s Blogger CLUE participants:

Here’s another halibut recipe to try: Halibut with Capers, Cornichons and Brown Butter Sauce


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Halibut Spinach and Peppers en Papillote

Halibut Spinach and Peppers en Papillote

This healthy, flavorful halibut recipe is ready in just a half hour!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Seafood


  • 1 1/22 pounds fresh halibut (or cod), cut into 4 filets
  • 8 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 12 lemons
  • Bell peppers (as desired)
  • Scallions, sliced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Crushed red chili flakes
  • Olive Oil


  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (or 3/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves)
  • Crushed red chili flakes, to taste


  1. Brush foil with a little oil. Place a handful of spinach in middle of foil. Next place peppers and scallions and season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Brush each piece of cod with oil and place it on top of the vegetables. Then season the cod well with salt, black pepper and red chili flakes to taste.
  3. Pour the prepared marinade over each piece of fish and top with 2-3 slices of fresh lemon. Fold all sides of foil up and seal. Place all the packets on a baking tray and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes (or until fish is flaky and cooked through). Allow the packets to remain unopened for 2-3 minutes before serving.


Adapted from Curry and Comfort.





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43 comments on “Halibut and Spinach en Papillote #BloggerCLUE”

  1. Thanks Liz for stopping by my blog! I was dying to know what dish you would pick to showcase and I am so excited that you and Bill liked this one! It makes me so happy that he didn’t eat his grilled cheese and he ate the fish. Halibut works great too… like you said any white fish works. Thank you also for your lovely words and I still have not figured out StumbleUpon. LOL!

  2. I grew up in an island so I love fish dishes! This truly looks delicious; simple and fresh flavors are the best! Pinned to try later. 🙂

  3. Oh my what a beautiful and fresh dinner you prepared! It looks stunning!

  4. What a lovely refreshing spring dish! This would make a great Sunday lunch with my mom dish!

  5. I love cooking fish in foil… the oven in the winter and on the grill during nice weather. Great choice LIz. Thanks for hosting.

  6. It’s always fun to cook something en papillote, isn’t it? Not hard to do, but looks fancy. And the flavor is always terrific! Love this recipe — really good. Thanks.

  7. I love the freshness of this dish…it sounds absolutely wonderful, Lizzy! ^_^


  8. Halibut is a favorite fish of ours. You did a wonderful job with Ramona’s recipe, Lizzy!!!

  9. Doug would polish this off in record time as well. He likes the more steak-like fish, but that fillet looks so tender and flaky, I know he’d love it too.

  10. What a great, easy, low fat, delightful meal. I don’t have enough fish recipes in my repertoire, this one looks like a winner!

  11. This looks so flavorful and delicious ; the perfect springtime dinner recipe!

  12. What a great pick! Ramona always shares such interesting flavors. Your creation looks amazingly delicious.

  13. Gorgeous presentation, Liz! And the fish looks perfect. I think my husband would have eaten every bite too 🙂

  14. Great dish. So, so elegant.

  15. It’s always a good day when we can get our husbands to eat something they think they won’t like. That’s a testament to how good Ramona’s recipe must be. Love your use of halibut–one of my favorites!

  16. Halibut just showed up at our local fish market and this looks like a delicious way to prepare it. It is such a treat that I like to use an easy preparation so we get the full flavor of the delicate fish. Nice recipe choice, Liz.

  17. I’m cooking fish again and love halibut! What a healthy and beautiful way to cook it!!

  18. Love cooking fish in parchment (usually the only way I do it truthfully as it keeps the house from smelling too much like fish, etc.), and so easy to do. I use that method at least once a week here. This recipe looks wonderful and if it has Bill’s seal of approval, I’m sure it is! 🙂

  19. Looks good! Haha…funny re the picky husband eating it all.

  20. Ahhh… StumbleUpon. I’m still in the dark on that one and someday hope to figure it all out. More importantly though, is trying the en papillote method. I’ve done potatoes on the grill in foil, but never fish. I’m fairly new to fish (last decade and a half or so) and halibut is a favorite of mine and one the whole family will eat. And those lemons?? Simply divine!

  21. Oh my gosh – this fish dish looks so light and fluffy and delicious! I will have to add this to my list of must makes. Nice choice!

  22. Halibut is my all-time favorite fish. This looks so delicious…..time for the halibut run on the coast so I am looking forward to giving this a try.

  23. Wow Liz, what a nice piece of halibut…I have heard so much about papillote, but have never tried…maybe I will give this a try…
    Thanks for the inspiration…hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

  24. This looks like such a quick, healthy and delicious recipe! And there are so many variations with all the gorgeous spring vegetables at the market. Fingers crossed the babies are on board for our “en papillote” plan 🙂

  25. Score! I love it when you get Bill to try something new and he likes it, he really likes it. We are all cheering for you out in Bloggerland, you know. That halibut looks so juicy and flakey and the lemons on top and spinach beneath are both beautiful!

  26. I love cooking en papillote, your halibut looks so flaky and tender!

  27. What a lovely light meal! I am always looking for lighter options and this one looks fantastic. I like what you said about just going with what looks good at the seafood counter, I agree! Great choice!

  28. Grilled cheese is grrrreat! But oh, my, oh, my so glad Bill did not pass up the opportunity to taste your sublime looking gourmet halibut and spinach! One of these days I’ll get brave and do an en papillote dish =)

  29. I love finding new fish recipes! This looks so light and flavorful and I love how quickly it comes together!

  30. Beautiful. Sounds like a lovely recipe – I’m trying to cook more fish so I’m bookmarking this to try. Funny about the green olive/green onions. Happens to me all the time when I try to multitask!
    Happy Spring!

  31. Such a pretty entree. Thanks for letting me join in the fun!

  32. Liz your presentation skills are off the charts! Everything Ramona makes is great you had lots of grest recipes to choose from,.

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