Recipe: Lemon-infused fish cooked in paperbark with herb butter



  • 30 g butter, at room temperature
  • ½ tsp ground saltbush seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground lemon myrtle
  • 2 lemons, 1 juiced, 1 cut into 8 slices
  • 125 ml (½ cup) macadamia oil
  • 4 x 200 g pieces swordfish or salmon, skinned
  • 4 large sheets paperbark

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Preheat oven to 180°C. To make herb butter, combine butter with saltbush seeds and 1 tsp lemon myrtle. Stir in lemon juice, spoon onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll up tightly to form a log. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm.

Meanwhile, combine 60 ml macadamia oil with 3 tsp lemon myrtle and rub over fish. Brush paperbark with remaining 60 ml oil and sprinkle over remaining lemon myrtle. Divide fish and lemon slices among paperbark sheets. Roll up paperbark, gather ends and tie with kitchen string to form parcels. Place on 2 oven trays, sprinkle with water, cover trays with foil and roast for 20 minutes or until fish is just cooked. Serve with herb butter.

Wrapping the fish in paperbark produces a smoky aroma when heated. You can also cover the fish in baking paper then foil, but you will lose that delicious flavour.

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