Ratatouille fish en papillote

Prep 15 min
Total 35 min
Makes 4 Servings

A healthy and colourful dish of tilapia, zucchini, peppers and tomatoes baked with whole wheat couscous in individual parchment packets.



tilapia fillets, about 150 g each
1 cup
seeded plum tomatoes
small Japanese eggplant
small zucchini
small onion
yellow bell pepper
garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 cup
dry whole-wheat couscous
2 tbsp
lemon, sliced into 1/4-in. slices


  • Position rack in lower third of oven. Preheat to 400F. Place 4 tilapia fillets (about 150 g each) in a pie plate with 1 cup dry white wine. Marinate at room temperature for 15 min. Lay 4 sheets of parchment (or foil) twice the size of fillets on counter. Fold each in half crosswise, then open and lay flat. Julienne 2 seeded plum tomatoes, 1 small Japanese eggplant, 1 small zucchini, 1 small onion and 1/2 yellow pepper. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl.
  • Stir in 3 minced garlic cloves, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp red-chili flakes. Toss until coated. Stir 1/2 cup of dry whole-wheat couscous with 2 tbsp water in a small bowl. Divide couscous among parchment sheets. Divide vegetable mixture and make a nest with each portion on top of couscous. Lay 1 fillet over each portion of vegetables. Discard marinade.
  • Season tilapia with fresh pepper. Slice a lemon into 12 1/4-in. slices. Place 3 on each fillet, overlapping to fit. Fold each piece of parchment in half over the fillets. Double-fold all edges to seal completely and form a packet. Place packets on a large baking sheet. Bake in lower third of oven until vegetables are cooked, 20 min. Place packets on plates and serve.

Why It’s Good For You:

Chili flakes are a great way to boost the zip without adding extra calories. Capsaicin, the phytochemical in chili peppers that provides heat, may help lower blood pressure and inhibit growth of cancer cells.

Zucchini is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps fight heart disease and some cancers.

Whole-grain foods such as couscous contain phytosterols, compounds that may help prevent heart disease by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol.


Calories 330
Protein 35 g
Carbohydrates 28 g
Fat 10 g
Fibre 5 g
Sodium 369 mg

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One comment on “Ratatouille fish en papillote

  1. Tilapia is one of the worst fish to consume…..it is a bottom feeder


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