Catfish with Tomatillo Salsa in Packets

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Tomatillos provide a distinctive tart flavor to a super-easy salsa that cooks with the catfish. Try it with tomatoes too.

Catfish with Tomatillo Salsa in Packets
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

  • 1-1 1/4 pounds catfish, cut into 4 portions, or 4 tilapia fillets (4-5 ounces each)

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 pound tomatillos, (see Tip), husks removed, coarsely chopped

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1 jalapeño, or serrano pepper, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (optional)

Directions
  1. Equipment: Parchment paper or foil

  2. 4 servings

  3. Preheat oven to 400°F (or see Grill Variation, below).

  4. To prepare packets, start with four 20- to 24-inch-long pieces of parchment paper or foil. Fold in half crosswise. With the parchment or foil folded, draw half a heart shape on one side as you would if you were making a Valentine. Use scissors to cut out the heart shape. Open up the heart.

  5. Season fish with cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Combine tomatillos, onion, chile pepper, garlic and cilantro in a large bowl; stir in lime juice, oil, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cayenne to taste (if using).

  6. Place one portion of fish on one side of each open heart fairly close to the crease and leaving at least a 1-inch boarder around the edges for folding. Place one-fourth of the salsa (about 1 cup) on top of each fish portion.

  7. Close the packet to cover the ingredients. Starting at the top, seal the packet by folding the edges together in a series of small, tight folds. Twist the tip of the packet and tuck it underneath to help keep the packet closed. Place the packets on a large rimmed baking sheet (packets may overlap slightly). Bake until the fish is opaque in the center, about 20 minutes. (Carefully open one package to check for doneness—be cautious of the steam.) Let packets rest unopened for 5 minutes before serving.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
4
Per serving
Calories
241
Carbohydrates
12g
Fat
13g
Saturated Fat
3g
Monounsaturated Fat
7g
Protein
19g
Cholesterol
53mg
Dietary Fiber
3g
Potassium
725mg
Sodium
500mg
Added Sugars
0g
Exchanges
1 1/2 vegetable
2 1/2 lean meat
1 fat
Carbohydrate Servings
1
Vitamin C (40% daily value)
Potassium (21% dv).

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