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Fish in Foil

35 mins
Vadim Rachok
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This recipe for Baked Fish in Foil Packets is a perfect dinner option for any season, as it is both healthy and delicious. The Foil Packet Fish is prepared with your favorite white fish, colorful vegetables, fresh herbs, lemon, and a touch of butter. This 30-minute meal requires no clean-up and is sure to become one of your favorites. You can also grill these packets during the summer!

This Baked Fish in Foil Packets recipe is a true gem for any home cook. Not only does it offer a healthy and flavorful meal option, but its simplicity and convenience make it a winner for busy weeknights or relaxed weekends alike. By wrapping the fish and vegetables in foil, you're sealing in all the delicious flavors and moisture, resulting in tender fish and perfectly cooked veggies every time. Plus, the versatility of this recipe allows for endless variations, so feel free to get creative with your choice of fish, vegetables, and seasonings. Whether you're baking in the oven or grilling outdoors, these foil packets are sure to impress!

Baked Fish in Foil Packets Recipe

This delightful Baked Fish in Foil Packets recipe offers a healthy and flavorful dining option suitable for any season. With your choice of white fish, vibrant vegetables, fresh herbs, lemon zest, and a hint of butter, this dish is both nutritious and delicious. Its simplicity makes it an ideal dinner choice, requiring minimal cleanup and offering versatility for grilling during warmer months.


  1. 4 pieces of white fish (¾ to 1 inch thick), such as cod, mahi mahi, grouper, halibut, or sea bass
  2. 8 cups total of assorted vegetables (e.g., zucchini, summer squash, red bell pepper, onion), chopped
  3. Fresh herbs (e.g., thyme, rosemary)
  4. Butter
  5. Olive oil
  6. 1 lemon
  7. Garlic salt
  8. Salt & pepper
  9. Foil or parchment paper

How To Bake Fish in Foil

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet.
  2. Tear four large pieces of foil, ensuring they are large enough to wrap around the fish and vegetables.
  3. In a bowl, toss the chopped vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Place the seasoned vegetables in the center of each foil piece.
  5. Melt the butter and brush it over the fish. Squeeze lemon juice over the fish and season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.
  6. Add fresh herbs and a slice of lemon on top of each fish piece.
  7. Place the fish on top of the vegetables, then bring the sides of the foil together and fold over the ends to seal the packets securely.
  8. Arrange the foil packets on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the vegetables are tender. Cooking times may vary based on oven temperature and fish thickness.
  9. Once cooked, carefully open the foil packets and serve hot.

How To make Fish in Foil on Grill: Grilling Instructions

  1. Follow the same preparation steps for the foil packets.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Place the foil packets directly on the grill and close the lid.
  4. Grill for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is opaque and easily flakes with a fork.
  5. Remove from the grill, carefully open the packets, and serve hot.

Sea Food in Foil Variations

  1. Experiment with different types of seafood, such as salmon or shrimp.
  2. Explore alternative vegetable options such as asparagus, carrots, green beans, or cherry tomatoes.
  3. Try different combinations of fresh herbs to enhance the flavor profile.
  4. For added garlic flavor, include minced fresh garlic in the packets.
  5. Create a blackened seasoning for the fish using homemade blackening seasoning.

Enjoy this delightful and healthy Baked Fish in Foil Packets recipe, perfect for a quick and nutritious meal any day of the week!

The perfect option for a healthy dinner for anyone watching their figure and health, as well as aiming to lose weight. Vegetables combined with a full portion of protein are the best you can give your body in the evening. This meal will allow you to adequately satisfy your body without overloading it before bedtime. This dinner is ideal for regulating the entire hormonal system and also promotes gradual and healthy weight loss. If you want to prepare such fish as the main course for lunch, simply complement it with a side of complex carbohydrates (you can choose any whole grain, pasta, potatoes, or sweet potatoes). This way, you'll get a balanced lunch that will satisfy you, help maintain muscle mass (which is very important for weight loss), and provide you with energy for several hours.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
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Fish in Foil
Author:Vadim Rachok
Category:Easy Lunch, Dinner
Baked fish in foil is a great fish recipe that doesn't produce any unwanted smell. It's the only fish recipe I make for my family since I don't like fish, but they love it. When serving, take the foil packets to the table, and keep them around for wrapping and discarding the bones and skin. Once you are done with dinner, you can dispose of the packets by throwing them away in the outside trash.
how to bake fish in foil step by step recipe
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Ingredients you will need
4 4-6 ounce fish fillet, such as mahi mahi, halibut, cod or sea bass.
1 small summer squash, cut in half moons
1 small zuchini, cut in half moons
½ bell pepper, thinly sliced
½ sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon
8 springs fresh thyme
8 springs fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon butter
garlic salt
salt & pepper, to taste
Let’s start !
1 To begin with, please preheat the oven to 400 degrees. After that, grab a sheet pan.
2 Tear 4  large pieces of foil that are big enough to wrap the fish and vegetables.
3 Cut the lemon in half. Save the sides for juice and cut 4 thin slices from the middle.
4 In a bowl, toss together the olive oil, squash, zucchini, bell pepper, and onions. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5 Divide the vegetables into 4 equal parts. Season the vegetables and place them in the center of the foil. Use about two cups of vegetables for each packet.
6 Place the fish in the center of the foil, on top of the vegetables.
7 To melt the butter, put it in a microwave-safe dish and place it in the microwave.
8 Brush the fish with butter and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.
9 To enhance the flavor of the fish, kindly place some fresh herbs and a slice of lemon on top of it.
10 Seal the fish foil packets completely by folding the middle of the foil together and then folding the ends over. This will help keep all the flavors inside the packet.
11 Place the packets onto the cookie sheet which has been lined with foil.
12 Cook the fish and vegetables in a packet for 15-20 minutes until the fish flakes and vegetables are tender. It’s best to check the fish to ensure it’s cooked through.
Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Calories: 213
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g14%
Saturated Fat 2g9%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 1850mg80%
Total Carbohydrate 8g3%
Dietary Fiber 3g11%
Total Sugars 0g 
Protein 24g 
Vitamin C 48mg238%
Calcium 117mg9%
Iron 2mg9%
Potassium 663mg14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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To ensure that your fish cooks evenly and remains moist, be sure to check the thickness of your fillets and adjust the cooking time accordingly. Thicker fillets may require a few extra minutes in the oven or on the grill, while thinner ones will cook more quickly. Additionally, when sealing the foil packets, make sure to leave a bit of room for air circulation inside to help steam the fish and vegetables. This will help prevent the ingredients from becoming overly soggy and ensure that everything cooks to perfection. With these simple tips, you'll be able to master the art of cooking fish in foil like a pro!

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