So after seeing an episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown, I've wanted to try steaming a whole fish in parchment paper.
The idea is that you are able to cook the fish in it's own juices along with other benefits. So that's what I did. Keep in mind, this is the first time I've done anything with a whole fish. Which will come to bite me later. X-/
I got a whole Tai Red Snapper, gutted it (wow that was interesting). I then got a oven pan and lined it with parchment paper. Enough to completely wrap the fish in.
I put the fish on the parchment paper, then garnished it with salt, pepper, slices of lemon, red onions, long onions, mushrooms and surrounded it with string beans.
I then folded over the parchment paper and crimped it all the way around so that the fish was completely wrapped in the parchment paper.
I then put it in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
After taking it out of the oven, I just ripped open the parchment paper on the top! It came out really good! The meat was tender and the smell was great. :9
I started to dig in for dinner and then remembered that I forgot to do something. I forgot to descale the fish. X-/
Oh well, thankfully the fish was so tender that the skin just came right off so it wasn't that much of a hassle, but I know better now. X-/
I think I did over cook the snapper a little bit though, the bottom half of the fish was chewier then the top half, so I should probably only cook it for 20 min next time not 30.
But over all it turned out well. :9 And the best part is that I didn't have to share the cheek meat with anyone! Yum! :>
So the other benefits of steaming the fish in parchment paper? Clean up was a snap. After I finished eating, I just put the whole thing in the trash (juices, bones and all) and rinsed the plate with water. Couldn't have been easier.
Oh yah the white thing next to my rice was a Chinese sweet bun. It's the frozen kind from the grocery store. So I put it in the rice cooker (after the rice finished cooking) hence the grains of rice on the side. It was a good dessert. :9