Easy Grilled Fish Fillet in Foil Packets

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This super easy method for grilled fish in foil packets is pretty fool proof, and you can use any fresh fish that’s available to you in your area.

This super easy method for grilled fish in foil packets is pretty fool proof, and you can use any fresh fish that's available to you in your area.Easy Grilled Fish Fillet in Foil Packets

It’s almost 90 degrees today, which means I’m grilling tonight. In fact I use my outdoor grill just about every night in the summer to make quick, easy, healthy dinners. More easy foil packets I love are Shrimp Scampi foil packets and Grilled Clams in foil, or side of Lemon Parsley Potato Packets.

Living on the east coast, I love to take full advantage of the fresh caught local fish available to me here on Long Island. Nothing is quite better than eating fish that came out of the ocean the same day! My local fishmonger suggested the Long Island porgy that was caught early that morning – delish! I asked him to fillet it for me, and I kept the skin on, just my personal preference. Oh, the possibilities are endless when making fish in foil, you can add any fresh herbs you like, wine, garlic, shallots, whatever you like! I also do this in a 400 degree oven in the Fall and winter months.

This super easy method for grilled fish in foil packets is pretty fool proof, and you can use any fresh fish that's available to you in your area.

When I do this outside on the gas grill, I cook the foil on indirect heat, which basically means I heat up one side of the grill with the cover closed so it gets good and hot, and keep the burners off on the other side. You can also do this with a charcoal grill with a cover, by leaving the coals on one side. The fish goes on the indirect side of the grill so that it cooks from the steam created in the foil. In about 10 minutes, the fish cooked to perfection. My whole family enjoys this, even my three year old.

This super easy method for grilled fish in foil packets is pretty fool proof, and you can use any fresh fish that's available to you in your area.
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Easy Grilled Fish Fillet in Foil Packets

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194 Cals 27 Protein 3 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
This super easy method for grilling fish is pretty foolproof, and you can use any fresh fish that's available to you in your area. It's almost 90 degrees today, which means I'm grilling tonight. In fact I use my outdoor grill just about every night in the summer to make quick, easy, healthy dinners.

Ingredients

  • 4 porgy fillets, about 5 oz each
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh herbs, parsley, rosemary, oregano
  • 1 lemon, sliced thin
  • 4 large pieces heavy duty aluminum foil, about 18 to 20 inches long

Instructions

  • Place the fish in the center of the foil, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Place a slice of lemon on top of each piece of fish, then a sprig of herbs on each.
  • Fold up the edges so that it's completely sealed and no steam will escape, creating a loose tent.
  • Heat half of the grill (on one side) on high heat with the cover closed.
  • When the grill is hot, place the foil packets on the side of the grill with the burners off (indirect heat) and close the grill.
  • Depending on the thickness of your fish, cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and cooked through. My porgy fillets took about 12 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1fish packet, Calories: 194kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 61mg, Fiber: 1g
Blue Smart Points: 1
Green Smart Points: 3
Purple Smart Points: 1
Points +: 5
Keywords: easy grilled fish recipes, fish foil packets, foil packet dinners, Grilled Fish Fillet in Foil Packets, grilled fish recipes
This super easy method for grilled fish in foil packets is pretty fool proof, and you can use any fresh fish that's available to you in your area.

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65 comments

  1. awesome. worked as described. I lightly folded the foil over – no solid seal needed.
    11m was cooked – I left for 4 more to be sure.
    Porgy and Fluke.

  2. We made this recipe with tilapia and it turned out great!  My 12-yo son was helping me (Dad) and he really enjoyed the assembly process and adding all the ingredients.  I grilled some squash and zucchini cut lengthwise on the hot part of the grill, and added a side of couscous for a really tasty, easy meal.  Thanks!

  3. Great

  4. I have a three burner gas grill. How may do I use for direct heat grilling. Do I turn off 2 or1

  5. Can I bake this in the oven? I do not own a grill.

  6. We’re always catching porgys from the sound here in bridgeport ct. I’ll be preparing your recipe again for fish and grits breakfast. Since my sister remind ed me of your recipe. Thanks again

  7. What kind of herb did you use in the photo?  Thank you!

  8. Can I bake this in then? And if yes, what temp and time would you recommend?

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  11. Trying this recipe tomorrow. Adding capers. Fresh string beans. Lemon parsley basil and potatoes .all from the garden. One dish healthy meal.

  12. It’s so simple and healthy recipe.. Thank you dear for showing this awesome fish recipe. Would this work If I add some chopped parsley in this recipe?

  13. Can u cook this on the George foreman grill?

    • I suppose it would work!

    • I add sundried tomatoes, capers and Dijon mustard serve with a garlic aioli sauce. I garnish with grilled pineapple and a sprig of fresh mint. Simple yet elegant! Try red snapper with a lemon caper or pink peppercorn sauce….your tastebuds will go into overdrive.

  14. I read your site for recipes all the time and never realized you're from Long Island too! This looks delicious, going to try it tonight.

  15. Who is your fishmonger? I'm on Long Island as well and have been trying to find someplace good…

  16. Who is your fishmonger? I'm on Long Island as well and have been trying to find someplace good…

    • I go to Artie's Seafood in Island Park

    • I am interested in recipes that are easy for i am handicapped im a diabetic n need to lower a1c i would like fish n chicken mostly n love seafood also recipes for side dishes

  17. You read my mind! I'm definitely making this tonight. Thanks Gina!

  18. This is my favorite way to fix fish. It is not only easy but then I can add the things I want to make my fish taste the way I want. Thanks for sharing!

  19. This is my favorite/easiest way I know how to cook fish! I usually slice some onion, carrot, pepper (whatever veggie is on hand really) to put under the fish – I think it helps to add some moisture, and save on dish washing!

  20. beautiful!

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  21. I don't usually cook fish. However, since this is done on the grill, I might try it. (The smell of cooking fish and shellfish is a deal breaker for me.) Thanks.

  22. Gina, I know that adding fat to fish cooked in an open oven helps to keep it moist. But I'm curious what the purpose is of adding fat when cooking fish in foil, since the steam keeps it moist. Is it just for flavor?

  23. If it's cooked in the oven, how long should it be baked for?

    Thanks!

  24. I love doing grilled fish packets in the summer! I even add sliced potatoes and sliced lemons, with fresh herbs and butter. Delicious!

  25. We did this last night, throwing in a few potatoes, olives, and a little feta. Mmmm!

  26. I have a weber also…one rack, one burner.

  27. This may be a stupid question – but on a weber grill you cannot turn off one side – it is either top, center or bottom burners – what do you suggest for grilling this properly? I was thinking I should set the top & bottom burners on hight & leave the center burner off? Any help would be appreciated!

    • You put the hot coals on one side, say the left side and place a disposable aluminum pan on the other side with the coals to create indirect heat. It's totally doable, I've done it myself.

    • It's a gas grill, not coals. I just left the center burner off…

  28. It looks so great! YUUM!!!!!!

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  29. I cooked this way all the time. So delicious and easy clean up. Sometimes, I wrap some veggies in foil & let that cook in too and it's so yummy!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

  30. Yumm this is one of my favourite dinners because (like you said) it's so fast and easy to make! My packets usually contain fish with lemon, dill and tarragon, but it doesn't seem to matter what combos I try, they always come out delicious! I'll be trying yours next!

  31. I have been craving this! My father used to bake whole fish in foil packets with hers, spices, okra, carrots and more- delicious!

    ~Sherine
    Confessions Of A City Girl / Enerjiee

  32. mmm me and mymom do something similar but we put lemon herbs and artichoke hearts

  33. What a simple and versatile recipe! I'll have to give it a try with my new favorite side dish, grilled corn on the cob. Thanks for the idea!

  34. I love all your recipes, thanks for the tip! Would this work in a broiler/oven I don't have a grill…..

  35. I make this all the time with Swai (Basa) filets. I season the fish with herbs & a spices, top it off with 2 big handfuls of fresh baby spinach and halved grape tomatoes, then serve over rice pilaf. Healthy & flavorful!

  36. We love simple meals!! Love

  37. This is soooooo perfect for all us dieters out there! Yum!

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  38. Never heard of "porgy" before! Thanks for this recipe — looks easy and delicious and perfect for summer!

  39. I swear we could be friends! We do fish foil packs all the time on the grill with fish my dad catches right from LI Sound. My almost 3 year old LOVES fish. In fact he associates grandpa with fish. Anytime you want to take the ferry over to NL for a getaway give me a shout. Only problem might be most of my recipes come from you. But I do have an awesome fish taco recipe that I don't think is yours. We do the foil pockets then assemble the tacos. Delish!

  40. Cracking up because I'm in CT and I just pulled tilapia out of the freezer thinking GOD it's so hot I can't deal with the oven. Great minds!

  41. Yummy and super healthy! We love grilled fish and this definitely keeps it so much more moist 🙂

  42. This is soo healty and delicious..Nurşen