Try this amazing baked fish in foil recipe for a delicious, healthy dish, full of wonderful flavors! Loaded with a variety of yummy, colorful vegetables, this simple but savory fish in foil in oven is ready in about 30 minutes, needs zero cleanup, and is a foolproof way to cook fish that looks like gourmet food!
Baked Fish In Foil With Vegetables
Have you been looking for healthy baked fish recipes in foil? If you’ve been following me for a while (if you’re not, don’t waste the chance, sign up for my newsletter here!) then you must know I’m not crazy for fish dishes. But Ellie, my little munchkin, totally is! Man, that kid could down a whole salmon in less than 5 minutes! And I had a hunch she will do the same with this baked fish in foil recipe.
So I got sneaky and made this foil baked fish with lots and lots of vegetables! I know if she likes a recipe she would totally dig the veggie too so I took the chance and loaded my baked fish in foil with a bunch of colorful, vibrant vegetables that are not only pretty and appealing to the eye but full of healthy vitamins and minerals too!
Cooking fish in foil is the perfect method to choose if you’re on a diet or simply want to start taking healthier steps. This baked fish in foil is super easy to make and basically foolproof, you won’t mess this up, even if you’ve never cooked fish before or don’t have a clue on how to bake fish in foil. And the best part is, this ovenn baked fish in foil is ready in about 30 minutes and needs no clean up, perfect for super busy folks!
If you’ve ever wondered if you can master cooking fish in foil, I’m here to tell you it’s probably the easiest method you can use to cook fish, in an oven or on a grill. So yes, you can totally be an ace at making this baked fish in foil recipe as well as many others. Here are some frequent questions and answers about preparing fish in aluminium foil that you might find useful when making your own tin foil fish:
How do you cook fish in aluminium foil?
It’s super easy as long as you follow a couple of tricks:
- don’t forget to drizzle some oil
- keep fish completely covered in foil until almost done.
If you’re cooking fish alone in foil, add some oil directly to the foil, before placing the fish on, then add the fish and rub or drizzle a little oil on the fish too. Keep the fish completely covered in foil so it cooks in it’s own steam, then when almost done expose the fish and cook until slightly golden.
How long does it take to cook fish in tin foil?
Fish is that one food that doesn’t normally need loads of time to cook. But cooking fish in foil is an even faster method, it takes no more than 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the fish, maybe a few more if you like your fish well done.
What goes well with fish?
My baked fish in foil with vegetables won’t really need a side dish since it’s loaded with vegetables but if you feel like adding more healthy foods to your meal, feel free to serve this recipe with a side dish. I think any of the following side dishes would be a perfect match for this fish recipe:
- Easy fried rice with vegetables
- Classic Green Bean Casserole
- Oven baked vegetarian cabbage
- Lemon Pepper Grilled Asparagus
- Baked garlicky sweet potato fries
- Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil
- Yellow beans with garlic, dill and parsley
- Aerosmith Potatoes
Are you a salad person too? These healthy salads would work great next to any fish recipe so feel free to choose your favorite:
- Couscous and roasted vegetables salad
- Crunchy Summertime Pineapple Slaw
- Roasted carrots and baby spinach salad with chickpeas feta and pistacchio
- Carrot, Cucumber, and Apple Salad with Pecans and Asiago
- Roasted long sweet peppers salad in garlic vinegar sauce
How do you know when fish is done?
Because you remove the foil and expose the fish, you can see when the fish gets a golden crust. But to make sure the inside is cooked too, especially for large fish, poke with a fork into the thickest portion of the fish, at a 45-degree angle. Gently pull up a little of the fish. It should flake and look opaque.
What sauce to put on fish?
I personally like my fish with no sauce, I’d rather use plain lemon or lime juice. But if you love adding a bit of extra flavor to your fish, the following work great with fish, including this fish in foil:
As I mentioned above, this baked fish in foil with lemon is super easy to make but tastes just like gourmet food. The ingredients listed below are for a 2 person meal so feel free to adjust as needed. I used some of my most favorite vegetables, like carrots, zucchini and peppers but feel free to use what works best for you.
I also love adding garlic to most of my dishes (I could totally use it in desserts too if people wouldn’t call me names lol). So obviously this oven baked fish in foil had to have some garlic too. Not enough for my taste though but I always have to cook with Ellie in mind, she’s pretty picky as you may know already.
I simply lined a large baking sheet with loads of aluminium foil so the juice from the fish and vegetables won’t spill out. Then I added the fish in the center (I used walleye but any fish fillet is good) and covered it in sliced vegetables. I added lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper and drizzled a little oil over everything (I didn’t drizzle oil before placing the fish as the vegetables would leave enough juice to prevent sticking but if you choose to cook fish without vegetables, add a little oil to the foil too, before placing the fish in).
Then I wrapped the foil around the ingredients to allow the fish and the vegetables to cook in the steam. When it was all almost done, I opened the foil, exposed the fish and continued cooking for a few more minutes until the fish got a lovely golden crust. Does that sound easy and yummy to you too? Grab the recipe below and get cooking! Let me know how you liked this recipe, in the comments below or just shoot me an email, I love hearing from my readers!
Baked Fish In Foil
- 1 large fish fillet (I used walleye but any fillet is great!)
- 2 medium potatoes, wedges
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 2 small peppers, red and green, cut in strips
- 1 medium zucchini, sliced
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- vegetable oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- juice from half a lemon
- zest from half a lemon
- 3-4 garlic cloves, sloced
You will also need:
- medium or large baking sheet
- aluminium foil
- bamboo spatula
- Pre heat oven to 475 F
- Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil. Make sure you cover the surface evenly so the juice from the vegetables and fish won’t spill out while cooking.
- Place fish in the middle of the sheet.
- Top with all vegetables.
- Drizzle oil.
- Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest and garlic and mix well with your hands.
- Wrap foil well and bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove baking sheet from the oven, open the foil to expose the fish and return to oven. Bake for additional 5 minutes or until the fish gets a light golden crust.
- Test with a fork as specified in the article above.
- Enjoy your fish in foil!
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- Baked fish with lemon and garlic
- Lemon herb salmon with couscous
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