Thursday, August 9, 2012

Foiled again! (Fish in aluminum foil pouches.)

“Best way to guarantee that I'll make a pitch for going out to dinner is for me to thaw fish. Funny thing - I want to go to a seafood restaurant.” 

That was my Facebook post today.  But as the afternoon turned to evening and about 20 minutes on the deck listening to the cicadas with a glass of wine in hand, we decided to stay in.

I still wasn’t in the mood for messing with much in the kitchen. So I whipped out my trusty aluminum foil and made some tasty packets of seafood delight. 
 You can do just about any fish this way with any combination of veggies.  Served up with some pasta or rice and you are home free with little to no clean up. I often add some lemon slices, but tonight's version had more of an Italian flair.

Fish in aluminum foil pouches
Note – this is a very mild dish.  If you like things spicier, add more herbs.  Regardless, the fish stays super moist and is really yummy.
Serves two

  • 2 tilapia fillets or other mild fish
  • ½ zucchini, cut into matchsticks (julienne)
  • A hand full of grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ Vidalia or other sweet, mild onion, cut into thin strips
  • ½ stalk celery, cut into thin strips
  • 8 – 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 TBS butter
  • Splash of white wine if you've got it
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Four large pieces of aluminum foil

  • Pre-heat a grass grill to 350 – 400 degrees
  • Lay out one sheet of foil for each piece of fish
  • Pile the half of the veggies atop each piece of foil.  Reserve a few slices of onion and half of the basil.
  • Place the fish atop the veg. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Dot the fish with the butter and lay the basil atop the fish.
  • Scatter the remaining onion slices over everything.
  • Add the wine if you've got it.
  • Top with the remaining sheets of foil and crimp all the way around.

  • Place the foil packets on the grill and cook for 10 – 12 minutes
  • Remove and let rest 5 minutes
 Now for the big reveal.  This is so coo:
  • Carefully remove the top sheet of foil.  Place a serving plate atop the packet of fish. Hold the foil by the edges with the plate and flip quickly.  Remove the foil.  Voila!

Serve with rice or pasta with a bit of butter and fresh chives if you have them.