Cooking in Foil Packets: Fish on the Grill or in the Oven

Written by Chris

Pesto Fish Packets

Longer days demand quick dinners that are a cinch to prepare and clean up. Equally important, it utilizes fresh produce while in season. I am so happy that the best growing months of the year are finally here! If you didn’t know, June is National Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month. Now is a great time to visit your farmers market for locally grown, seasonal produce.

If you haven’t cooked in foil packets before, you are in for a real treat (I’ll show you how in this quick video below). Preparation is easy. No special equipment is needed. And, cleanup is a breeze. Plus, this method of cooking is great if you want to keep calories and fat in check.

Now, I did add pesto to this recipe, but a little goes a long way. There is no need to prepare your own pesto. Buitoni pesto is made with all natural ingredients (basil, Parmesan and olive oil, that’s it!). It’s as close to homemade as you can get. And when combined with fresh lemon peel as in this recipe, it is truly exceptional.

Just about any fish or veggie – or combination thereof – will work great in this recipe. The only real care you need to take is to make sure your veggies are of similar size, this way they cook evenly. As well, the fish should be about 1 inch in thickness. Once the packets are assembled, they can be cooked outdoors on the grill or indoors in your oven.

Simple and fresh with minimal clean up – the way summer recipes should be!

Related recipes – make it a meal:

Summer Potato Salad recipe
Summer Potato Salad
Towering Sweetness recipe
Towering Sweetness


  1. Posted June 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I adore foil packets! I learned this technique when I was camping, but I use foil packets at home on the grill to cook up veggies all the time – no fuss yummyness!! Zucchini steamed up in a foil packet with olive oil, chopped garlic & onion, some sea salt and ground pepper is my favorite….mmmmmmm. Thanks for the reminder…time to get grillin’!

  2. Posted June 8, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    OOooh we LOVE cooking in Foil packets. So much fun and CONVENIENT especially in the summertime! & you can’t beat the cleanup!

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