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Cod Pockets

Updated On: Jan 09, 2024

Cod Pockets or Cod en Papillote is an easy fish recipe made entirely inside of a parchment paper purse. Load it up with your favorite veggies and spices and this recipe won’t disappoint.

Cod Pockets | farmgirlgourmet.com

Did you know that I have over 300 cookbooks?  My sweet husband remodeled a room in our house a couple of years ago and turned it into my office.  There was this weird little closet and a window that looked out into the attic – room with a view?  Not from that window.  Anyway, he ripped all of that out and made me a wonderful bookcase to house my hoarding problem collection of cookbooks.

I was asked by Cooks & Books & Recipes  if I’d like to review the latest cookbook from the Pike Place Fish Market guys and seeing as I need to fill up this bookcase, I said yes.  301 cookbooks.  Check.  I was able to choose any recipe my heart desired and after looking through the book several times, I finally landed on this super easy recipe for “Cod Pockets”.  The recipe is loose in that you can tailor it however you see fit with regards to the veggies involved.  That’s right up my alley as I always shy away from the usual suspects – zucchini and squash.  I loaded it up with sweet peppers and fresh basil and a nice big chunk of cod and in a snap we were eating this low cal, super delicious, wished I had a hunk of bread to mop up the juice fish dish.

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Cod Pockets

A quick and delicious recipe for Cod Pockets or Cod en Papillote with tons of colorful veggies.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 Servings


  • 2 fillets about 1 pound ling cod (halibut, snapper, true cod or other white fish can be substituted, though sole may be too delicate)

Choose from the following list of vegetables or substitute your own selections. In all you will want to 2-3 cups of sliced prepared vegetables:

  • – Fresh washed baby spinach
  • – Thinly sliced leek white part only
  • – Sliced red yellow and/or orange peppers
  • – Fresh chanterelle shitake or crimini mushrooms, space, cleaned and sliced
  • – Thinly sliced zucchini or summer squash
  • – Fresh corn kernels
  • – Thinly sliced fennel bulb reserve greens for garnish
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil or sesame oil for an Asian preparation
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Cut two large pieces of parchment paper from the roll or use foil. The pieces should be at least 16-18’ long.
  • Fold each piece in half lengthwise to mark the center. Unfold and lay flat on a clean workspace. Have ready a rimmed cookie sheet.
  • Lay down greens such as spinach on the bottom, covering one half of the parchment with a 1” border. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Lay a filet of fish on top of the spinach.
  • Start to layer the vegetables, preferably finishing with the colorful vegetable such as red pepper slices. Between layers, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Begin sealing the parchment by starting in one corner and folding a sealed edge all along the parchment until you’re left with a small hole. Blow gently in to inflate the package a little, then finish twisting the corner to seal the packet. Repeat with remaining parchment, fish, and vegetables.
  • Bake the packets for 15-20 minutes, or just until vegetables are done and the fish is opaque.
  • Before removing from the oven, have ready warmed shallow bowls. Carefully open the packets, being cautious of rising steam. Gently slide the contents off of the parchment into the bowl, including all juices. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and chopped Italian parsley or other chopped fresh herbs before serving.


Variation: you may use one filet of fish and cook the entire pound in one packet. Increase cooking time to 30 min. total. You may also serve the fish directly from the packet at the table. To do so, open with scissors or cut open with a knife being careful of the escaping steam.
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Disclaimer – I was provided a book for review free of charge.  All opinions are my own.

Recipe By:

Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Donna Currie says:

    Only 300? Slacker. 😉

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      LOL Donna.

  2. Milisa Armstrong says:

    Looks fantastic, I gotta have that cookbook and the recipe!

  3. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Love easy recipes! This one looks like a keeper! 🙂

  4. Cooks&Books&Recipes (@Cooks_Books) says:

    Thanks again for the review, Heather. Your Cod Pockets look sooooo good! And one of these days, I really want to see that bookcase full of cookbooks! Maybe a photo??

  5. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    Such a lovely dish, yes please!! And, whoa, 301?!

  6. cake duchess says:

    oh, boy. I thought I had a lot of cookbooks. You beat me for sure;)Love this cod pocket idea. So nice and light and I’ve got to make it soon:)

  7. These look so pretty, would be perfect for a dinner party!

  8. Cooks&Books&Recipes (@Cooks_Books) says:

    Thanks again for the review, Heather. Your Cod Pockets look sooooo good!

  9. This sounds amazing, Heather. I love new fish dishes!

  10. Home Delivery says:

    Hi Gourmets,I want to get the cookbooks prepared by you.

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