How to Cook in Parchment: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn to cook delicate ingredients, like fish or vegetables, in parchment, then watch our how-to video.

Add some dramatic flair to your dinner with these simple steps.

Step 1: Prepare the Parchment
First, the parchment. You can find it at any grocery store. Draw a heart on the parchment.

Step 2: Cut the Parchment
Cut out the heart-shaped piece — you're making this with love, after all.

Step 3: Start Building
Start with veggies. Tip: Sliced peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms work well. Play with textures like chopped nuts or carrots, and add aromatics like garlic or shallots.

Step 4: Add Your Protein
Season and finish with extra flavors as needed. Tip: Ginger or citrus zest can add flavor and brightness.

Step 5: Add Flavor
Drizzle some wine or citrus juice.

Step 6: Seal the Edges
Seal by crimping the edges. Fold the parchment over on itself about one-half inch at a time. You'll want a nice, tight seal to keep all the flavor in.

Step 7: Place in the Oven
Pop it into a 400 degree F oven for about 8-10 minutes.

Step 8: Cut a Slit
Use your knife to cut a slit. Then, carefully open it up.

Step 9: Prepare for Your Next Dinner Party
For you next dinner party, try making some pouches ahead of time. Make sure to bring them to room temperature before baking. Your guests will be delighted as they open their own little presents at the dinner table. Watch our how-to video for more.