Coconut and lemongrass fish parcels
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Time to make:
45 mins (Hands-on time: 15 mins, Cooking time: 30 mins)
$7.61 per serve
(at time of publication)
Full ingredients list:
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk powder
- 4 x 150g skinless snapper fillets
- 400g carrots, peeled, very thinly sliced on the diagonal
- 500g baby bok choy, shredded
- 2 x 250g packets microwave brown rice
- 1/2 a red chilli, deseeded, thinly sliced into long strips
- coriander sprigs, to serve
- lime wedges, to serve
Nutritional information (per serve)
Instructions and steps:
Step 1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Place metal baking tin into oven to heat. Combine lemongrass, ginger, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice and coconut milk powder in a medium bowl. Add snapper fillets and coat with mixture until all fillets are evenly covered.
Step 2 Cut four 30cm x 50cm sheets of baking paper. Place carrot and bok choy in the centre of baking paper. Top with fish and spoon over the remaining lemongrass mixture from bowl. Roll up top and twist the sides of baking paper to form parcels. Place onto heated baking tin on top shelf of the oven and cook for 20–30 minutes, or until fish is cooked through.
Step 3 Cook rice following packet instructions. Top fish with chilli strips and coriander leaves and serve with rice and lime wedges.
Why cook in parcels?
Cooking in a baking paper or foil parcel, or in a plastic oven bag, can be a simple and nutritious alternative to other cooking methods. The parcels act as a mini steam oven, allowing you to cook meat and vegetables evenly in one bag and infuse the contents of the bag with a rich aromatic flavour.
More importantly, cooking in a bag seals in moisture and reduces the amount of oils and fats needed – ideal for preparing heart-healthy meals. This method of cooking is perfect for quick family dinners as well as easy entertaining.
For fuss-free parcel cooking, follow these easy tips:
- You can use kitchen string, paper clips or a metal skewer to keep your parcels together.
- Seal your parcels well to keep the steam inside and be careful when opening them, as the steam will be very hot.
- If cooking paper parcels for a dinner party, preprepare each parcel and pop them into the oven as your guests arrive.
- Serve meals straight from the oven, still in their paper parcels for great dinner party presentation.
About this recipe
First published: May 2012