Tilapia In A Sack

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Looking for a fun dish that’s sure to impress? This recipe fits the bill. The prep is easy and the oven does all the work for you. Your fish will come out perfectly flaky and tender. The herbs and veggies create a light broth that packs these loins with tons of flavor. The best part, you don’t need to make a side because the veggies are already in with the fish. Use those 20 minutes to make a really yummy dessert. This recipe is a dinner party must!

Ingredients:Tilapia In A Sack

  • 2 tilapia loins
  • ½ small red onion or 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • ¼ orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, sliced with a vegetable peeler into ribbons or ¼ zucchini, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs of thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • parchment paper
  • parsley – roughly chopped for garnish


Preheat your oven to 350. Rip off two sheets of parchment paper (about 12 inches each). In the center of each paper, drizzle a small line of olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add two slices of lemon and place tilapia on top; this insures that the bottom of the fish gets properly seasoned. Season the top of the fish with garlic, salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Add two additional slices of lemon to the top of the fish. Stack an even portion of veggies on top of each loin and liberally drizzle olive oil over the veggies and fish. Fold the top and bottom edges of the parchment paper together, crease several times until the paper is snug against the fish. Pinch the opposite ends together and tuck under the fish until you have made a sack where no air can get in or out. This will create an environment to steam the fish and vegetables. Arrange the packets on a cookie sheet and place it in the center of the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 140. Remove the fish from your oven. Cut each packet open and squeeze your remaining lemon over the hot fish. Plate and serve!

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  1. DeeDee says:

    OH my … when you steam fish, it makes it melt in your mouth. The veggies also stayed crisp. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. DeeDee says:

    oh, and did you do anything special with the carrots? It looks like they are glazed?

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