What’s on the Grill? Fish Foil Packets!

grilled fish[Each week at ProfHacker, Billie Hara (and friends) offer "What's For Lunch?"—health-conscious recipe suggestions and a discussion space for readers to pick up some tips and share their own. At ProfHacker, we recognize that sometimes lunch is a lifehack.—Ed.]

One of the benefits of online conversations&mdashconvos here at ProfHacker, for example, those in forums, on blogs and on Twitter&mdashis that we get to know the folks we “friend.” Our “friends,” then, become more than just names on a screen. They can become a part of our personal and professional lives. We share information. We collaborate. Today’s recipe stems from one of those conversations.

Fish in foil packets has been a summer-time staple in my home for years. It’s fast, easy, and very very good. It’s versatile enough that you can use various types of fish and whatever type of vegetables you might have one hand.

Fish Foil Packets


  • 4 fish fillets
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dill weed
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Any combination of the following vegetables that you prefer:

  • 1 onion, sliced in rings
  • 1 c. frozen green beans
  • 1 sliced green zucchini
  • 1 sliced yellow squash
  • 1 sliced pepper (green, orange, red, yellow)
  • 1 potato, peeled & sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled & sliced


  1. Spray heavy duty foil with nonstick spray, then place fish on the foil.
  2. Place carrots and potatoes (or denser vegetables) beside fish.
  3. Place onion rings on top of fish.
  4. Place green beans and/or peppers on top of onion rings.
  5. Place small pats of butter on fish/vegetable mixture, sprinkle with lemon juice and dill weed. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Fold and double seal edges of foil so the steam doesn’t escape the packets.
  7. Place foil packets on the grill and heat for about 20 minutes, but this will depend on how many vegetables you’ve included in your packet as well as the density of those vegetables.

How about you? Do you have a super simple grilling recipe to share? Please leave your suggestions in comments below.

[Images by Billie Hara and used under the Creative Commons license.]

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