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Video:How to Cook Fish in Foil

with Rachel Edelman

If you're grilling or baking fish, consider wrapping it in aluminum foil. Not only does this method make clean-up a snap, it also helps seal in the fish's flavor.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Cook Fish in Foil

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. It's really convenient and tasty to take fish wrap it up in aluminum foil, then grill it or bake it. Plus, it's a really easy clean up.

Today I'm going to show you how to make a fish and vegetable dish all wrapped up.

Ingredients Needed to Cook Fish in Foil

For this recipe, you will need:
  • fillets of white fish, like tilapia or cod
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • chili powder
  • 1 1/2 minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Cut the Aluminum Foil

Preheat a grill at medium-high heat, or preheat the oven at 425 degrees. Cut two large pieces of aluminum foil.

Prepare the Seasonings for the Fish

First prepare the seasoning for the fish. Roughly chop the cilantro and place about 3 tablespoons into a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 1/2 half teaspoons of minced garlic.

Roll a lemon to get the juices flowing. Cut the lemon and squeeze one half into the bowl. For additional seasoning, I'm using chili powder. You can also try jerk or Spanish seasoning. With a brush, combine all of the ingredients.

Combine the Fish and Seasonings

Wash the fish fillet and pat it dry. Place the fish in the center of the aluminum foil. Brush the sauce on both sides of the fish.

Cut the Vegetables

Now, cut the vegetables to go with the fish. Cut and seed a red or orange bell pepper. Cut the pepper into thin slices and place a few on top of the fish.

Next, quarter an onion. Remove the skin, and mince it with a chopper or by hand. Add a few tablespoons to the top of the fish. Season the fish lightly with salt and pepper.

Wrap and Cook the Fish in the Foil

Next, make the foil into a packet around the fish. Fold over each side, and crimp the edges over the top of the fish. Fold the sides and seal the packet well.

If you are grilling, cook for 10 minutes on each side. To bake, place the packets on a baking sheet. Place them in the oven and cook about 15 minutes per inch of the filet.

Open the Foil Packets and Serve

When the fish is opaque and the vegetables are tender, remove from heat. Allow the packets to stand for about 5 minutes before opening.

Be careful of the hot steam when you open up the foil. Place the meal on a plate and enjoy!

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