Going Camping? Sick of Hot Dogs (ok, that's a dumb question - no one gets sick of hot dogs), but we're adults here and there is no reason we can't eat healthy, delicious food from the camp fire, right?
These easy to make, quick to cook foil pouches are brimming with fresh veggies and light, flaky tilapia and they cook in a mere 10 minutes over the hot coals of a campfire. (Ok, confess - there was no camping involved, Shaun and I cooked these over the firepit in our backyard).
At home? No campfire - they work equally well in the oven!
Foil Packet Tilapia with summer veggies!
**Pretty much any veggies with work here - substitute whatever you like!
4 filets Tilapia (or any filetted fish)
About 20 raw, peeled shrimp, divided between packets
2 strips bacon, cut in small pieces and divided between packets
1 tbsp olive oil, divided between packets
1 orange bell pepper, cut in strips, divided between packets
1 bunch asparagus, cut in thirds and divided between packets
8 cherry tomatoes, halved and divided between packets
1 chili pepper, cut in rings and divided between packets
1 onion, quartered and separated, divided between packets
1 generous handful fresh parsley (dill or basil would wpork well too), divided between packets
Zest and juice of one lemon, divided between packets
Zest and juice of one lime, divided between packets
1 tbsp butter, divided between packets
Salt and pepper
To make each packet:
1. Place a double layer of tinfoil (or use heavy duty), aprox 24" long on your couter top. Brush with 1/4 of the oil.
2. Lay a filet of tilapia on each foil piece. Top with shrimp and bacon. Season fish with salt and pepper.
3. Top each piece of fish with veggies, chili and citrus juice and zest. Season veggies with salt and pepper. Top each packet with 1/4 tbsp butter
4. Seal each packet. Bring the short sides of the foil up to meet in the centre and fold down towards the food. Next, roll up each open end to seal.
5. Start campfire at least an hour before cooking to generate plenty of coals. Push logs to one side of the fire, or pay flat across the bottom. Place foil packs in fire. Turn after 5 minutes of cooking - don't be alarmed if packs puff up, they won't explode! After and additional 5 minutes your packets are ready to serve! Check one by opening carefully to check the fish, if not cooked to your liking, return to the campfire until desired done-ness is reached!
We served our foil packs with fire roasted corn - cobs of corn brished with butter and sprinkled with salt, wrapped in foil and cooked in the fire as well as baby potatoes.
I recommend par-boiling the potatoes to shorten cooking time, then place in a tinfoil pie plate with a few tbsp of olive oil, a few pieces of bacon, onion and a handful chopped parsley. Toss in the fire about 15 minutes before the fish!