Fish in a bag

Fish in a Bag

Serves 1

  • 1 free-range egg, beaten

  • 100 g waxy potatoes

  • ½ bulb fennel, trimmed and cut into wedges, frond reserved

  • ½ lemon, finely sliced

  • 5 cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 drizzle olive oil

  • 1 handful pitted black olives, halved

  • 120 g firm fish fillet, such as haddock, halibut or salmon, from sustainables sources, ask your fishmonger, skinned and pinboned

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 splash white wine

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Make a bag out of wide foil by tearing off a piece 35 x 45cm in size and folding it double. Fold three sides up, sealing it by brushing a little beaten egg onto the edges before you fold. Leave one side open.



Cut the potatoes into quarters (large potatoes into eighths). Drop them into the boiling salted water and cook for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, place the fennel, lemon slices, cherry tomatoes, oil, olives and fish in a large bowl. Season and gently combine.



Drain the potatoes, cool and add to the bowl. Mix everything together, scoop into the foil bag and sprinkle on the fennel fronds. Seal the remaining edge loosely and write the cooking instructions on it with a marker. Pop the bag in the fridge – it'll keep there for a day or two.



All your partner needs to do, is heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6, unravel one side of the bag and pour in the wine. Reseal the bag, place on a baking tray and cook for 18 to 20 minutes (if the piece of fish is quite thick, it'll need 25 minutes). Once cooked, place the bag on a serving plate and gently pierce to release the steam. The tomatoes and wine will have made a delicious sauce. Lovely with some steamed broccoli or green beans.

Nutritional Information

Fish in a bag

With lemon, fennel, olives and white wine sauce

More One-pan recipes recipes >
0 foodies cooked this
One of my favourite ways to cook fish – the foil bag keeps the flavours beautifully intense
Serves 1
45m
Super easy
Print this recipe
Method

I love cooking fish in a foil bag and have been doing it for years. It's a great way of cooking – it's healthy and, by keeping everything in a little bag, the flavours are beautifully intense. You can prep this in advance – but don't forget to write your loved one a little message, plus some cooking instructions, and attach it to the foil. A lovely thing to find waiting for you in the fridge.

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Make a bag out of wide foil by tearing off a piece 35 x 45cm in size and folding it double. Fold three sides up, sealing it by brushing a little beaten egg onto the edges before you fold. Leave one side open.

Cut the potatoes into quarters (large potatoes into eighths). Drop them into the boiling salted water and cook for 6 minutes. Meanwhile, place the fennel, lemon slices, cherry tomatoes, oil, olives and fish in a large bowl. Season and gently combine.

Drain the potatoes, cool and add to the bowl. Mix everything together, scoop into the foil bag and sprinkle on the fennel fronds. Seal the remaining edge loosely and write the cooking instructions on it with a marker. Pop the bag in the fridge – it'll keep there for a day or two.

All your partner needs to do, is heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6, unravel one side of the bag and pour in the wine. Reseal the bag, place on a baking tray and cook for 18 to 20 minutes (if the piece of fish is quite thick, it'll need 25 minutes). Once cooked, place the bag on a serving plate and gently pierce to release the steam. The tomatoes and wine will have made a delicious sauce. Lovely with some steamed broccoli or green beans.

Whether it's delicious vegetarian or vegan recipes you're after, or ideas for gluten or dairy-free dishes, you'll find plenty here to inspire you. For more info on how we classify our lifestyle recipes please read our special diets fact sheet, or or for more information on how to plan your meals please see our special diets guidance.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 528
    26%
  • Carbs 36.2g
    14%
  • Sugar 7.8g 9%
  • Fat 21.3g 30%
  • Saturates 3.9g 20%
  • Protein 35.8g 80%
Of an adult's reference intake

Related recipes:

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

Close

Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

Show/hide comments

comments powered by Disqus

  • 1 free-range egg, beaten

  • 100 g waxy potatoes

  • ½ bulb fennel, trimmed and cut into wedges, frond reserved

  • ½ lemon, finely sliced

  • 5 cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 drizzle olive oil

  • 1 handful pitted black olives, halved

  • 120 g firm fish fillet, such as haddock, halibut or salmon, from sustainables sources, ask your fishmonger, skinned and pinboned

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 splash white wine