Seabass & Samphire Parcels

Steamed fish parcels are the best thing to happen to home cooking since…

…well, sliced bread is a bit of a cliché, but yea, sliced bread!

They’re as simple as can be.

Pile up your ingredients, seal ’em up, roast, and unwrap. An incredibly healthy meal, in a flash.

And the flavours?

Oh, they sing like nothing else!

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Rich, flakey fish in a river of lemon butter over a bed of greens.

You can use any greens you like and any fish you like. Samphire is in season right now and just happens to be my favourite green of all. Find it at the fish counter, if you can’t see it amongst the veggies.

Courgettes, spinach, asparagus, green beans, fennel, whatever you fancy would work just fine.

Great when you fancy a simple supper and as easy to make for one as it is for a party of 10!

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When I was single I hated cooking for one, I didn’t want to waste food so would try and come up with recipes that would work well individually. This is a corker.

Here are the ingredients for one, multiply as you wish:

Tin foil

De-boned Fish fillet

Handful of greens

2 slices of lemon

Sprig (or two) of fresh dill

Little pat of butter

Salt + Pepper

Pre-heat your oven to 200c/390f. Use a rectangle of foil to make a little parcel shape and pop into a baking tray. You want some walls and a lid, like below.

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Place your greens in the bottom.

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Top with dill.



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This will steam through the fish for the most wonderfully fragrant, fresh taste.

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Lay your fish on top, skin side down.

(If you’re cooking for someone who’s funny about the skin, try and convince them to keep it on! It’s so packed with nutrients, that are great for your hair, skin, nails, joints, and in that buttery sauce, it really is delicious!)


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Top with two slices of lemon.

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A sliver of butter.

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A good sprinkle of salt.

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And a good couple grinds of pepper.

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Wrap them up tight.

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And roast on the middle shelf for 20-30mins, depending how fierce your oven is.

Serve in the foil.

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Add a bowl of new potatoes to the table or a hunk of bread if you really can’t live without carbs.

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And tuck in!

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Perfectly cooked, good work chef!

No-one will be able to leave a morsel!

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Give it a go this week.

You never know, it could become your favourite supper… any fin is possible!

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  • Is it okay to be craving this at 8.45am? Haha! This sounds truly delicious, we love cooking fish but might just try it this way soon.

  • MissLilly

    That’s the best way to cook fish! Love it as well. Served with a glass of green wine would even be better

  • ninegrandstudent

    I love these kind of recipes – perfect for one, but easily multiplied. And so simple too! This is a real gem Rosie! X

  • These look amazing. I love baking fish as it’s so easy and much healthier. I will definitely be trying this recipe out! xx

  • Really great idea for a midweek dinner. Going to give this a whirl 🙂


  • I cook my fish like this a lot Rosie, salmon parcels work really well too. Will definitely look out for Samphire to include. I haven’t cooked with it at home before, even though I love it!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • This is actually one of my favourite meals recently. Steamed fish with veg! So yummy & easy to prepare after work!

  • I cook like this all the time. It’s so simple 🙂

  • Yum! Definitely going to try this, I’ve been experimenting with foil-wrapped fish lately but have been mainly taking inspiration from Italian recipes. Will be good to try something new! xxx
    Lucy @

  • WOW this looks so amazing and simple to do! I really wish I liked fish but I think I could like it purely to eat this beauty

    Lauren x

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  • I love cooking fish this way, if I’m making salmon I tend to skip the butter as it’s quite rich and just shake some Cajun spice on it – super easy!

  • I always forget about fish parcels, it’s such a good idea when cooking for 1 (or 2)!

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  • Tal

    Definitely will be trying this!

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  • I’ve literally been going through all your recipes over the weekend and marking them in my calendar to make. THIS. Being added, RIGHT NOW.

  • Gabriella Granata

    I never think to cook fish like this but what a great recipe! Perfect for a low carb date night meal. So simple and fresh I love it!

    Thanks for sharing as always!

  • I love to cook and this kind of recipe is right up my alley! I’ll have to try <3


  • Lauren

    Love this!!

  • Ay carumba! Looks great. And I love that table cloth.

  • I’ve never had samphire before and I’ve been seeing it a lot, going to try this out! x

  • Daaaamn this looks good! Anything easy and delicious is my kind of cooking 😉 Looking forward to trying this, thanks Rosie! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

  • I always find fresh fish so satisfying for a healthy dinner.I particularly love doing this with fresh salmon and asparagus… with the glass of wine ofcourse! Xx

    Olivia –

  • This looks so simple and delicious! can’t wait to give it a go!


  • Ahh this has proved that delicious and virtuous can coexist! Totally agree with the potatoes, I’m going to try it with the cauliflower mashed potato on the side in an attempt to be even healthier… Xxx

  • Natasha Lancaster

    Great recipe, I think I might just have it for my supper – looks yummy

  • Kate

    I really like that you pointed out how easy it is to make if you’re single! I have trouble finding recipes I like that don’t serve a whole family. Because who wants to eat the same leftovers for 3 days in a row! This looks so simple and easy I will definitely have to try it out!

  • I definitely need to try this! Looks so easy and delicious!


  • Lynndgren Lynndström

    Looks so tasty! And im hungry now. 😀

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  • Peppermint Dolly
  • Hi Rosie, I love cooking fish in this way too. My favourite is a Thai version with pak choi, chillis, ginger, garlic….. My mouth is watering just thinking about it, and I am certain you’d love it! Here’s the link:
    Claire x
    Ps your puns crack me up, I don’t know how you think of them all!

  • Completely agree! I do that a lot at home and even my boyfriend don’t complain !


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  • KFunk

    This looks amazing!! I always pick up samphire when I can find it – we call them ‘sea beans’ in the US which I think is adorable. I also love baking salmon with sage, lemon, butter, and dill this way – so good!! 🙂

  • Mmmmm! This looks so delicious! And totally – fish is such a great healthy alternative 🙂 I’ve actually considered totally switching over to no meat and fish only

    xx, mel

  • One of my fave dishes, love the photography here, such a simple, tasty dinner x

  • mariel

    looks so good Rosie and it’s so easy too, thanks for sharing it…definitely trying it out <3

  • Susan Michelle

    Possibly ignorant question from a very land-locked american, but what is that green deliciousness accompanying your dill? I don’t feel familiar with that plant. Everything looks delicious as usual! Thanks for sharing.

  • Wow that looks absolutely delicious!! I’ll have to try it!

  • Dill and lemon are the perfect flavours to pair with fish! Great recipe (:

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  • Abby

    That looks UNBELIEVABLE! Now i know what im making for dinner this weekend!

  • i love fish and that looks incredible and I bet it tastes even better!

  • Amy

    Simple food at its best! Love cooking my fish this way 🙂

  • Tanzina

    This looks gorgeous! and oh so simple. Please do a salmon one.. or I might just tweak the recipe myself and adapt it with salmon as I have quite a few fillets in the fridge at the mo. Looks so delicious

  • Queenie Lee

    Looks amazing! Can’t believe how simple it is! x

  • Zoe

    This looks amazeeeeee! So simple too!!


  • This looks delicious, will have to make it this week! If your ever near goodge street I’ve got a great recommendation on my blog, called Fraq’s Lobster Shack

  • This looks delicious I might have to make this for dinner tonight! I love fish with veggies!! Thank you for sharing!

    – The Southern Adventurer

  • Looks delicious! My husband and I love to use this method with whitefish, capers, lemon and butter – yum! Charlie,

  • Kate

    This sounds so light and savory, I will definitely be trying this one out!


  • Omg! Everything look delicious!!

  • Kate

    So simple, but YUM! Will definitely be giving this one a go. x
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  • Ree C

    Looks delicious! I’ve never heard of samphire before, will have to keep an eye out for it in the grocery store.

  • looks absolutely divine as always rosie!! x

  • So fresh and easy! Oh how I miss having an oven!

  • Such a simple, yum dish! Where is your tablecloth from btw?

  • Sarah E. Belkebir

    Made this last nigh and it was, oh god, it was just wonderful. I made a buttery cauliflower mash with it, because, you know, it’s still a bit cold where I am. 🙂

  • Marilin

    Delicious! I used broccoli and green beans instead of the samphire and found this so easy to make yet really tasty, just like your other recipes 🙂 I’ll be making this again and again!

  • Looks delicious Rosie. And looks like something that is really achievable on a student budget as well which is always nice to see 🙂

    Love Hayley,

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  • JanieD

    Umm, this stopped me dead in my tracks. Looks delicious will be heading to my fish monger tonight… Thank You : )

  • Chichi

    This looks so tasty! I love eating roasted/grilled fish so I’m willing to give this recipe a try! 🙂


  • Chloe

    A little late to the party but I made this last night – so quick, easy and delicious.

  • Kay

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s become a staple in our household since you first posted it! So easy, healthy and delicious!