Sea Bream En Papillotte

This whole recipe can be prepared, cooked and served in just 30 minutes. Cooking en papillotte (in a parcel of baking paper) allows the fish to steam inside and retain all its moisture and nutrients. This light, zesty dish is incredibly low in fat and is packed with health-boosting herbs and spices to aid digestion. My husband Nick likes it served with quinoa, with plenty of finely chopped coriander and spinach, a drizzle of toasted sesame oil and lime or lemon juice stirred through it, but you could also serve it with brown basmati or low-GL rice and Soy and Sesame Steam-fried Tenderstem.

Serves 4


2 x 400g (14oz) whole sea bream, scaled and gutted

1 mild red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced 1 tsp grated root ginger

6 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal

zest and juice of 1 lime

4 tbsp soy sauce or tamari 2 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tbsp chopped coriander


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark Cut out a large piece of baking paper, big enough to enclose both fish, and place it on a baking tray. Brush the paper lightly with oil before placing the fish side by side in the middle.
  2. Mix the chilli, ginger, spring onions and lime zest Stuff each fish with a little of this mixture, but spread most of it on top. Spoon the soy or tamari and rice vinegar over the fish and fold up the parcel of baking paper to enclose them.
  3. Pop the baking tray into the oven for 20 Check to see that the fish is cooked – the flesh should flake easily when pressed – and re-fold the parcel and cook for a further few minutes if necessary.
  4. When ready, open the parcel, drizzle the fish with a good squeeze of lime juice and scatter with coriander. Carefully transfer the fish to a large platter, so that you can fillet fish straight onto people’s plates at the table, spooning the delicious cooking liquor over the top.

Cook’s Notes

Gluten-free, wheat-free if you use tamari, dairy-free


From Delicious, Health Sugar Free by Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce. With special thanks to Fiona McDonald Joyce for use of these recipes for Holford Health Club members.

Want to keep reading? Members have full access...

Join Today!


First month free

Then £7.99 per month & free cancellation at any time

FREE health check

Find out your health score & see how healthy you are

Personal Health Plan

Detailed report, analysis & tailored action plan

Free Vitamin D3

With your first purchase at HOLFORDirect (suitable for vegans)

Save money

20% off all Patrick Holford supplements & events plus free delivery over £30

Exclusive Health support

Ask Patrick your questions, access to Low GL recipes & research updates