asparagus, halibut, tarragon and lime

One of my latest (last night!) cooking adventures, this recipe was inspired by one I found on (linked here). I had never cooked with fresh tarragon before, but I’ll definitely be doing it again! Tarragon has a subtle, sweet, licorice flavor that really sings when paired with these fresh veggies!

A note about the fish: I asked my brother a few days ago for good resources on finding sustainably-caught fish and he and my dad suggested these websites, from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services. Based on their recommendations, I went with wild-caught Pacific (Alaskan) halibut, but cod works as well.

Halibut Special
Serves 4


4 15×15-inch squares parchment paper (mine were bigger – I added more veggies!)
4 5-to 6-ounce fish fillets (such as halibut or cod; each about 1 inch thick
3 tablespoons tarragon leaves
olive oil
1 pound slender asparagus spears, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound carrots, sliced into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
juice from 1 lime


Preheat oven to 400°F. Place parchment squares on work surface. Drizzle ~2 tsps of olive oil in the center of each parchment square; top each one with 1 fish fillet. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper; divide tarragon, asparagus, carrots and red onion evenly among 4 fillets, then drizzle with another ~1-2 tsps olive oil and lime juice. Fold parchment over fish and asparagus, folding and crimping edges tightly to seal and enclose filling completely. Place on 2 rimmed baking sheets (or a glass baking dish or two), spacing apart.

Here’s a photo of the set-up, pre-baked.

Bake fish packets 17-25 minutes. Slide packets onto plates and serve. I ate it with steamed brown rice – delicious! Here’s the final product:

About LynnaeEtta

I'm an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant who loves reading, exploring nature and the city with my kids, cooking, photography, and spending time with family and friends.


  1. This looks great! I'm definitely going to try it 🙂 Post some more good recipes! Glad I found your blog — i've just re-started mine again…it had been years

  2. LynnaeEtta

    Thanks, Sarah! It was pretty delicious. 🙂

    I'll post more recipes post-finals – I haven't been eating anything all that interesting lately, or had time to write about it!

    What's your blog address?

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