Halibut Parcels

Serve this simple but sophisticated fish dish with green beans and new potatoes. From James Martin
By James Martin
Halibut Parcels
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  • Serves: Serves 4
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes , plus 5 minutes resting
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 4 halibut steaks, about 200g each
  • freshly ground salt and black pepper
  • tbsp capers, in brine drained
  • 4 tbsp Pernod
  • 50 g butter, cut into 4 cubes
  • 4 slices lemons


1. Heat the oven to 180°C/gas 5. Cut four 25cm squares of greaseproof paper. Lay them flat and place a halibut steak in the centre of each. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle a tablespoon of capers and a tablespoon of Pernod over each steak. Top with a cube of butter, sprinkle over lemon juice and top with a lemon slice.

2. Fold over or scrunch up the paper to form parcels and place in a baking dish. Bake the parcels in the oven for 15-20 minutes until just firm to the touch (feel through the paper).

3. Leave the parcels to rest for 5 minutes then transfer each parcel to a warmed serving plate and serve.

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