I’ve just discovered baking seafood in parchment paper. Last night, it was Baked Shrimp in Parchment. Boy, was it easy, moist, flavorful, and delicious. I’m always looking for easy recipes to cook since I work long hours. By the time I get home I don’t want to do very much thinking about what’s for dinner. Before I leave for work in the morning I look to see what’s in the refrigerator. As I’m driving to work I think about what fresh fish I’ll be unloading off the local boats that day. The wheels start turning in my mind. I remember seeing a recipe online and decide to follow or change it up a bit. I can help myself to the catch of the day or defrost some other type of seafood for my recipe. Yes, we are all pretty spoiled when it comes to fresh quality seafood. We definitely don’t take it for granted.
I baked the Shrimp in Parchment but changed up the recipe a little. Parchment paper has become a pantry staple. Parchment paper makes cleanup easy. Baking seafood in it locks in the flavors and the juices. For a special occasion like Valentine’s Day, the parchment paper can be cut in a heart shape. All-in-one meal hat I can just bake and serve. Lucky husband since he doesn’t have to clean more than one pan!! My family enjoyed the Baked Shrimp in Parchment and hope you do too.
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Fold the parchment paper in half. In the crease layer the garlic, then vegies, then shrimp or prawns. On top of those ingredients zest from 1 lemon. Slice of lemon on top of the shrimp. Spoon some of the Scamp Butter over them.
Seal all the sides of the parchment paper by folding and folding and folding. Bake in pan with sides in case of any leakage 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Be careful when opening up the parchment paper.
California Halibut with a Roman flair is a recipe that has been passed down for generations. Sometimes I like to add chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce or capers to this recipe. Fresh California Halibut is the main ingredient. Our family has always preferred the local Halibut which is much smaller than the northern Halibut. The fish range in 8 to 20 lbs. We only fillet the fish. The meat is white and firm. Halibut tends to be a dry fish that’s why we bake with wine or a liquid of your choice. Do not overcook the Halibut. It is not suitable to make a steak from the local catch; just the larger Halibut from the North. On the East Coast the local Halibut would be comparable to Fluke.
Each generation likes a different type of cheese. My mother would use Parmesan Cheese. I prefer Romano Cheese since its a little stronger with more of a bite which I believe gives the California Halibut the Roman Flair! Fresh quality fish, good tasting cheese, and your family will be delighted with your choice of dinner. Guess what my mother is fixing tonight? Just the thought of it has me salivating for some.
Make a paste with the breadcrumb, oil, cheese, herbs, and pepper. Preheat oven 325 degrees. Spread the paste on top of each fillet. Place each fillet on top of each other. Coat the bottom of the baking pan with oil. Place the fillets in the pan. Pour the wine in the pan. Add more liquid during cooking if evaporates. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
Most of the times when I make this recipe I will place both fillets flat in the pan. I will add a chopped tomatoes and capers to the wine when baking the fish. I usually add more than 1/2 cup of wine so I ensure the California Halibut being moist. Serve with rice or mash potatoes or quinoa with kale and sautéed onions. Delicious!!!