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Cooked fish en papillote with bowl of noodles

Baked Whole Fish - Asian Style

Simple and packed with flavour. The way dinner should be ;)
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian, Australian
Keyword Baked Whole Fish, En Papillotte, Steamed Whole FIsh, Whole Fish Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 1496kcal
Author AnotherFoodBlogger


Whole Fish

  • 500 g whole fish see tips
  • 1 lemongrass peeled and cut *see tips*
  • 1 thumbsized piece ginger cut into matchsticks
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 red chili cut into matchsticks
  • 1 handful coriander stalks reserve the leaves for later
  • 1 spring onion sliced at an angle
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 1 lime zested


  • 1 bunch soba noodles usually 90g
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds toasted *tips*

Noodle Sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy
  • 1' piece ginger grated
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • coriander leaves
  • sesame seeds
  • lime wedge



  • Mix soy, wine & lime zest together and set aside
  • Mix spring onions, garlic, chili, ginger and ½ coriander stalks together – set aside
  • Cut 2 pieces of parchment paper about 2-3” larger than the fish
  • Cut 3 slices into the fish flesh on either side
  • Place ½ the ginger/chili mix onto 1 of the parchment paper pieces and place fish on top. Topping fish with remainder if ginger/chili mix
  • Stuff fish with lemongrass & other ½ of the coriander stalks
  • Pour soy/wine mix over fish and place 2nd piece of parchment paper over the top
  • Crunch up all the edges, folding them over until the parcel is sealed *see tips*
  • Cook fish for 20-25 minutes @ 180c. Once cooked spoon over some of the steaminq liquid and top with garnish


  • Boil noodles according to packet and refresh *see tips*
  • Add sesame oil to frying pan and fry spring onions on medium heat for 30 seconds, add sauce and noodles back to pan, add sesame seeds and toss in frying pan.


Essential Tools

  • baking tray
  • chef knives
  • chopping board
  • frying pan
  • grater
  • measuring utensils


  • i used whole huzzar fish for this recipe but you can use whole snapper or bream too. The recipe will also work well with fillets of salmon, barramundi too. Cooking time will be 10-15 minutes on filleted fish
  • to prepare lemongrass chop off the root, peel the outer layers and slice ½ lengthways
  • to toast sesame seeds for noodles heat them for 30 second in a dry frying pan – set aside
  • when folding parchment paper over don’t worry about it looking pretty – it ain’t the 4 seasons so as long as it’s sealed you are good to go
  • to “refresh” noodles means to run under cold water


Calories: 1496kcal | Carbohydrates: 204g | Protein: 126g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 250mg | Sodium: 1434mg | Potassium: 6131mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1334IU | Vitamin C: 208mg | Calcium: 398mg | Iron: 12mg