Loupe De Mer En Papillote (Baked Sea Bass Wrapped in Paper)
1 (1 lb) sea bass (gut and scales removed; note use smaller fish for this recipe)
3 sprigs fresh rosemary (about 5 to 6 inches long)
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 lemon slices (optional)
olive oil for parchment paper
Preheat oven (390° F, 200° C). Prepare a parchment paper large enough to wrap the fish. Spread a little of the olive oil where you will put the fish on. Next, crush the black peppercorns a little in a mortar and pestle, but it should be coarse though. Remove from one rosemary sprig, the leaves. You can chop them, but I prefer to leave the small leaves as they are.
Clean the fish and brush both sides with olive oil. Salt to taste (inside and outside). Put 2 sprigs of rosemary into the cavity and also add a small piece of butter. If you like, put 2 slices of lemon into the cavity too. Sprinkle a little of black pepper and rosemary leaves onto the parchment paper and then place the fish on it. Cover the fish with the rest of black pepper and the rosemary leaves. Squash the garlic cloves (do not peel them) and place them on top of fish. Cut the butter into small pieces and arrange on top of fish too.
Wrap the parchment paper around the fish to make a package. Fold over the edges to seal the package. Brush a little of the olive oil over the paper. This will protect it from burning. Put the package on a baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes. Serve the fish hot in the package.