Amberjack en Papillote

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Amberjack (White Fish) en Papillote

We have a banana tree in our backyard and the leaves are perfect for making a “little package” (en papillote) for this local amberjack recipe (or around any fish/chicken/vegetables).   The leaves act as a barrier to direct heat and/or steam whatever is inside and give off a slightly smoky flavor.  It also looks incredibly lovely.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grill / Oven
  • Cuisine: International


  • 4 fillets (~2 lb) amberjack (or other white fish)
  • 1 Tbsp e.v. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp white wine
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes or ground black pepper
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme as a garnish
  • 4 banana leaves (or aluminum wrap)


  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat (~ 375F)
  • In a small bowl mix: olive oil, white wine, curry powder, sea salt, and red pepper flakes
  • Baste each side of each fish (Amberjack  is pictured, but halibut, wahoo, cod, snapper, etc. would also work well).  Wrap each piece of fish in a banana leaf.  Roll or cinch tight and place on the grill with the seams sides down (if using aluminum then place the cinched side up).
  • Grill covered ~12-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish) or until fish is white and flaky.  Some of the edges of the banana leaf may burn/singe on the edges.
  • Be careful when opening these piping hot packages – no need to start dinner with a steam burn!  Top with a fresh thyme.  Add sea salt to taste. Serve with grilled vegetables, rice, tomato salad, and/or grilled fruit.  Happy Eating!  Beckie


  • Don’t have a grill?  No problem.  Bake in the oven at 375F for 12-15 minutes or until flaky.
  • Can’t find banana leaves?  Use aluminum foil or parchment paper instead.


Things In My Kitchen:

  • Weber Q1200 – this is my grill, y’all.  It’s pretty & cool, simple, has even & consistent heat, and easy to clean.  You can even take the grates off, wipe off quickly, and stick in the dishwasher.  It fits 6 strip steaks perfectly and is portable (you have to buy this separate and also an adapter hose) so you can easily take it with you camping.

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Keywords: Amberjack, Fish, White Fish, Coastal, Low Country, Pescatarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto, Low Carb, Whole 30, Paleo

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