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Create Your Own Foil Packet Meal (Baked or Grilled)

A foil packet meal is an easy, delicious way to cook dinner on the grill or in the oven. You can use different proteins and veggies. This foil packet meal is one of my favorite ways to cook fish. If you don’t like seafood, no worries. You can substitute with chicken, pork, steak, ground beef, etc. 

You’ll love how simple this foil packet meal is to make, the versatility of ingredients, and the ease of cleanup. It’s a win-win for your summer barbecues and get-togethers. 

Create your own textures and flavors using your favorite herbs, spices, sauces and produce. This is one meal you can change up each time you make it. It’s hard to go wrong with this one. 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR FOIL PACKET MEAL

To create your own foil packet meal you can use a variety of protein, herbs, and vegetables. You’ll of course need aluminum foil to pack everything into. These packet meals allow for each individual to customize their own dish and also make cooking and cleanup a breeze. 

Protein Ideas

Any protein works for these foil packet meals- from chicken to steak to pork etc. Always select high quality, humanely raised, organic meat. And for fish, wild-caught is a better choice than farm-raised. I enjoy using fish whenever we make these foil packet meals. I use either salmon or cod.  

fish

You can also use any of the following proteins:

  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Pork
  • Cod
  • Halibut
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Walleye
  • Shrimp
  • And more…

Veggie Ideas

You can use either fresh or frozen vegetables. The below list is certainly not exhaustive but will give you some ideas. 

foil packet meal

  • Bell peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Kale/ Spinach/ Collard Greens
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Snow peas
  • Onion
  • Small Potatoes

Herb/Seasoning Ideas

Fresh and dried herbs work well in these packets along with other spices and sauces. Choose a few from the list below or add your own.  

lemon slices on fish foil packet meal

  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Blackened Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Curry
  • Cayenne
  • Lemon Slices
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Lemon Juice

HOW TO MAKE A FOIL PACKET MEAL

Once you’ve determined the type of protein, veggies, and herbs you want to use you’re ready to assemble. You can either use an oven or the grill to make these fish packet meals. Depending on what you choose to cook on you’ll want to preheat one or the other to 400°.  

foil packet meal veggies

STEP ONE: USE HEAVY DUTY FOIL

Tear off pieces of foil about three times the width of the food you’re cooking. Use heavy-duty foil to hold the weight and avoid any food mishaps. 

STEP TWO: PACK THE FOIL

Stack the food in the middle of the foil piece. You can start with the protein and build on top and around it with veggies, herbs, seasonings, and sauces. As I mentioned, I like cooking fish in these foil packets. When I make this I season the fish first by itself, then add veggies and fresh herbs on top and around, and then season again.  

fish foil packs

STEP THREE: FOLD AND COOK

Once you’ve created your foil pack, you’ll fold and crimp the edges of the foil together for a tight seal. Be sure to leave room for steam to build up.

foil packet

Finally, if baking in the oven, place the foil packet meals on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes depending on the type of protein you select. If grilling, place the foil packet meals directly on the grill and cook for 20-30 minutes.

STEP FOUR: OPEN SLOWLY, CHECK DONENESS, & ENJOY!

steaming food

You’ll want to open the packs slowly as to not burn yourself from the escaping steam. Vegetables should feel soft when they are thoroughly cooked. 

To check the protein, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the fish, poultry, pork, or beef. For food safety, the meat thermometer should register the following: 

  • Fish, pork, and steak- 145℉
  • Ground beef-  160℉
  • Poultry- 165℉

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Create Your Own Foil Packet Meals (Baked or Grilled)

A fun, easy, and delicious way to cook dinner. You can add a variety of veggies, herbs, seasonings, and sauces. Create a foil packet meal using seafood, poultry, pork, or beef. The method is the same with cooking time differing slightly.
Prep Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish recipe, foil packet, foil packet meals

Materials

Protein Ideas

  • Fish (salmon, cod, halibut, walleye, mackerel etc.)
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Pork

Veggie Ideas

  • Bell peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Kale/Spinach/Collard Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Green Beans
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Snow Peas
  • Onion
  • Small Potatoes

Herb/Seasoning Ideas

  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Blackened Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Curry
  • Cayenne
  • Lemon Slices
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Lemon Juice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400℉. Using heavy-duty foil, tear off pieces about three times the width of the food you're cooking.
  • Select meat, veggies, herbs, seasonings, and sauces of your liking. Place the food in the middle of the foil, starting with the meat first and topping with seasonings, herbs, sauces, and veggies.
  • Fold over and crimp the edges of the foil to form a tight seal. Be sure to leave room for steam to build up within the packet.
  • (IF BAKING IN THE OVEN) Place the foil packet meals on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes depending on your choice of meat. See chart below.
  • (IF GRILLING) Place the foil packet meals directly on the grill. Cook for 20-30 minutes depending on your choice of meat. See chart below.
  • Be careful and open the packets slowly so as not to burn yourself from the escaping steam. Check the meat and veggies for doneness and enjoy!

Notes

* A good rule of thumb is to use about 1-2 pounds per 4 packet meals. Therefore, you'll need about 1/4-1/2 a pound of meat per packet. 
Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the fish, poultry, pork, or beef. For food safety, the meat thermometer should register the following: 
  • Fish, pork, and steak- 145℉
  • Ground beef-  160℉
  • Poultry- 165℉

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