White Sea Bass (or Sablefish) with Olives and Potatoes in Parchment



  • 1/2 pound small Yukon Gold potatoes

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons finely chopped oregano, divided

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons fine sea salt, divided

  • 8 (5-ounce) pieces skinless black cod, Pacific cod, or haddock fillet (about 1 inch thick), any bones removed

  • 1 lemon, very thinly sliced

  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup Kalamata-style black olives, pitted and cut into slivers

  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F with a baking sheet on bottom rack.

  2. Cut potatoes into very thin slices with slicer. Toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Divide potatoes among parchment squares, arranging them in center, slightly overlapping, then top with a piece of fish. Sprinkle each fillet with a scant 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, then top each with a lemon slice, a few garlic slices and olive slivers, parsley leaves, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and 1/2 tablespoon oil.

  3. Gather sides of parchment up over fish to form a pouch, leaving no openings, and tie tightly with kitchen string. Put packages on hot baking sheet and bake until fish is just cooked through, 15 to 22 minutes.

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