Tested till perfect Brown Butter Trout and Broccoli en Papillote
Brown Butter Trout and Broccoli en Papillote
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Brown Butter Trout and Broccoli en Papillote

This sophisticated French cooking method of baking fish in a sealed parchment paper packet makes a great impression and leaves little mess to clean up, so it's perfect for a busy weeknight. If you don't have parchment paper, you can use foil instead. Serve with steamed brown rice.

By Amanda Barnier and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: January 2013

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Total time 30 minutes
  • Portion size 4


  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupbutter
  • 2 2trout fillettrout fillets, (about 8 oz/225 g each)
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 4 4lemon slices
  • 3 cups 3cupsbroccoli, cut in bite-size pieces
  • 1 1shallotshallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupsliced almonds
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In small skillet, cook butter over medium heat until light brown and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Cut four 14- x 10-inch (35 x 25 cm) rectangles of parchment paper. Fold each in half crosswise. Trim corners to make folded half-heart shape. Unfold to make 4 large paper hearts.

Cut trout fillets in half crosswise. Place each half on centre of 1 half of each paper heart. Sprinkle each with pinch each salt and pepper; top each with lemon slice. Top with broccoli and shallot; drizzle each with 1 tbsp browned butter. Fold paper over. Starting at rounded end, fold over edge, overlapping and pleating to enclose. Twist pointed end to secure.

Bake packets on large rimmed baking sheet in 400ºF (200ºC) oven for 11 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand for 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested.

Meanwhile, spread almonds on baking sheet and bake until golden, about 5 minutes.

To serve, cut or tear open packet, being careful to avoid steam. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.

Additional information :
Change It Up

Brown Butter Halibut and Zucchini en Papillote
Substitute halibut fillets for the trout and 1 large zucchini, thinly sliced, for the broccoli.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 322 pro 27g total fat 22g sat. fat 9g
carb 5g dietary fibre 2g sugar 1g chol 97mg
sodium 282mg potassium 759mg

% RDI:

calcium 11 iron 8 vit A 34 vit C 58
folate 19
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