Sesame Soy Mahimahi En Papillote

This is one of my favorite ways to prepare fresh island fish. Cooking en papillote is fancy for cooking in parchment paper. It is a great method for cooking healthy and flavorful dishes as it locks in all the moisture and aromatics.

You can prep these packets in the morning then pop them in the oven at dinnertime. That’s a no-brainer for easy entertaining in my book.

There is a technical way to fold the parchment paper, but I’m not a real fussy girl so I just bunch it all up and tie it with butcher twine. It always seems to work out. If you must know, I’m not very good at wrapping presents either. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 4-5oz pieces of fresh mahimahi

1/2 onion thinly sliced

4 bunches baby bok choy, each sliced in half lengthwise


1/3 C soy sauce

1/3 C vegetable broth

1 t sesame oil

1 t garlic chili paste

1 TB minced ginger

1 TB minced garlic

4 sheets parchment paper

butchers twine


Preheat your oven to 400.

Wisk together the soy sauce, vegetable broth, sesame oil, chili paste, garlic and ginger.

Lay out a sheet of parchment. Add the bok choy,


Onions and Cilantro ,

and 1/4 of the sauce.

Then bunch it up and tie with string. Repeat.

Put your little packets on a sheet pan and into the oven for 20 minutes. If you want to use larger portions of fish, cut the fish into smaller pieces so the cooking time isn’t too long.

You can let everyone open their own steamy packet at the table, that way it will stay nice and hot. Serve with rice and hot sauce and preferably a view of the sunset.




About Maui Flour Child

Aloha, I'm Maui Flour Child. I love cooking for my family & friends using fresh, local ingredients. Live life with aloha in your heart and flour in your hair! -Angela


  1. Ang, have been a true believer since day one, and yet have been stingy with the feed- back. So here goes:to this date I have tried 5 of your offerings; the t

  2. Ang, have tried 5 of your offerings- my fav remains the SMOKEY BLACK BEANS/ POLENTA ( visually and flavor wise three thumbs up ), my greatest embarrassment… THE TURKEY I must have serious issues with BIG BIRDS because your instructions lovingly penned to your baby girls should have been sufficient ). On the docket for tonight is the CARROT LENTIL SOUP ( big bummer that I didn’t move on this during our cold snap… Oh we’ll, sounds delicious).
    A request- one or three simple sauces to punch-up the same old fish, chicken… tofu that headlines my dinner menu every night.
    Maui Flour Child, ‘ I sing u to me.’
    Cindy Moon

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