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Tin Foil Dinners – Lemon Herb Tilapia and Steamed Veggies

Love the ease of tin foil dinners when you’re camping?  Why not bring tin foil dinners from the campground to your oven?

If you want a faster cooking, healthy alternative to traditional tin foil dinners, try using a fish filet and garden veggies.  The pair make an easy gourmet dish since the fish and veggies take about the same amount of time to cook and can be done in an oven or over the coals using the catch of the day.  Tilapia is a simple, white fish and relatively inexpensive. It’s easy to find in your grocer’s freezer and makes a healthy alternative to ground beef.

Lemon Herb Tilapia and Steamed Veggies Tin Foil Dinner

5-6 white fish filets (Tilapia)
2 medium zuchinni, diced
1 summer squash, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 package mushrooms, sliced
lemon & herb seasoning
1 lemon, sliced
tin foil

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  If using frozen fish, thaw according to package directions.  Wash and chop the vegetables.  Pull off enough tin foil to make a sheet big enough for your filet.

Place the fish in the center of the foil and sprinkle with seasoning. Cover with generous handfuls of the vegetables. Sprinkle with seasoning again.  Bring the ends of the foil together and fold together to seal shut.  Place package on a baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is easily flaked with a fork.  Vegetables will be steamed and fork tender, but not mushy.  Serve with lemon slices. Makes 5-6 servings.

Note: If using the oven, a single layer of foil is adequate.  If using coals, wrap fish in a double layer of foil to help distribute the heat and to prevent tears and leaks.

My family loved this healthy meal, even when we were just sitting at home. Next time, I think we’ll try Cajun spices since our kids love the heat.  What’s your favorite tin foil dinner recipe?

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Comments (8)

  1. Rebekkah 08/29/2015 at 11:39 pm

    Hey! Can these dinners be kept frozen already made? If so, should you thaw before cooking?

  2. Lauren 02/11/2015 at 8:00 am

    Hi Amy, I tried your recipe last night. After 20 minutes of cooking in the oven my veggies were still not fork-tender (fish was done). I ended up steaming just the veggies in the microwave to finish them up. What did I do wrong? Did I pack the tin foil packet too tightly?

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  4. Angie 06/10/2013 at 8:15 pm

    Do you add butter or evoo to prevent sticking?

    • Amy 06/20/2013 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Angie, I don’t use any butter or oil but you certainly could. The veggies have enough liquid in them that when they cook, they give off enough water that the fish doesn’t usually stick. Hope this helps!

  5. Brynn Lillywhite 06/05/2012 at 5:08 pm

    Amy, I had no idea you has this blog! Glad I found it!!!
    Love Brynn (Tolman)

    • Amy Allen Johnson 06/11/2012 at 11:45 pm

      Hi Brynn! Thanks for dropping by! It’s always fun to hear from you. Love, Amy

  6. stephanie peterson 06/05/2012 at 2:27 pm

    Yea, I bought tilapia yesterday determined to find a recipe to use it for. Can’t wait to try it!