How to Cook in Parchment

Learn to cook delicate ingredients, like fish or vegetables, in parchment. Then, watch our how-to video.
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How-To: Cook in Parchment

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 that 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.