Aromatic Fish in a Packet

So easy, so delicious, so healthy! Fish cooked in a foil packet means a juicy, flavorful, healthy meal with very little cleanup and little to no butter or oil required. Winning! (Did I just write that? For the record, there are few people I can say I hate, and Charlie Sheen is one of them. What a jerk.)

Anyway, back to the good stuff. I have been resisting tomatoes all winter. They are all grown so far away or are just not very good in the winter that I don’t bother. But I have been craving summery recipes in the worst way, so I decided to take the leap and buy a box of cherry tomatoes over the weekend.

cherry tomato

I built the rest of the dish around them. A beautiful filet of haddock from my favorite little local, Dorchester Market, played the part of the healthy protein. I simply laid it in the foil and surrounded it by juicy tomatoes.

fish in a packet

Then I topped it with three cloves of garlic, cut into thin slices. Well, as thin as my patience allowed. To that, I added a drizzle of blood orange olive oil. You could leave this out and just let the fish steam in its own juices, but I am obsessed with blood orange olive oil, and I knew it would make this dish super fancy. Smile

fish in a packet

I topped the fish with slices of lemon and some black pepper, wrapped up the foil tightly, and popped it in the oven at 400 for 17 minutes.

fish cooked in a foil packet

I should mention that I cooked the fish from frozen. I bought it fresh, but when I realized we wouldn’t have time to eat it for days, I put it in the freezer. It was very thin, so the cooking time was perfect. Discovering the ability to cook fish from frozen and still end up with something so fresh is a miracle.

I served this dish with a great veggie side, which I will share in tomorrow’s post. It was a meal that not just tasted really great, but it also felt really good. Now if we could just get some spring weather, and I am talking 60 degrees or higher.

I forgot to announce the winner of the Starbucks giveaway. . . congratulations, Taryn! Please email me with your address so I can send your coffee.

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Tags: blood orange olive oil, fish, garlic, haddock, healthy recipe, lemons, recipe, vegetables

  1. Daisy’s avatar

    I’ll have to remember this method the next time I cook up some fish!

    Saying “Winning!” is kind of fun. I cringed when I used it in a post too though. But really, this dish is a winner!

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  2. RavieNomNoms’s avatar

    Fabulous idea! I saw this on the food network a while back and still haven’t tried it…yours looks great!

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  3. Justin @JustinCanCook’s avatar

    This is one of Leah’s favorite ways to prepare fish. Looks great!

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  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Nice. I do this every now and then too, but usually put the fish on a bed of lemon slices as well. All the lemon really helps take away any fishy smell, and I love garlic and lemon together. I make a paste with garlic, parsley, salt and pepper and spread it over the fish. Then squeeze a little bit more lemon juice on top. Yum!

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  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    That looks delicious. The lemon looks so fresh and juicy!

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  6. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    So tasty and so simple – what a great dinner! Plus, the fewer dishes to clean the better!

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  7. Katie R.’s avatar

    Just a question for you. How long would you cook the fish if it wasn’t frozen? It looks delicious!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      At 400, probably 7-9 minutes. You can peek inside and use a fork to see if the fish is flaking off. Once it is flaky, it is done!

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      1. Katie R.’s avatar

        Thanks so much! Might be the meal for tonight, I have everything but the fish! :D

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      2. Michelle’s avatar

        I love this method of cooking fish! I wish I had a grill (and outdoor space) to grill fish in a foil. Yum!

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      3. Megan’s avatar

        This sounds wonderful. I pick up grape tomatoes randomly because of my tomato cravings, but I really can’t wait for summer tomatoes!

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      4. Sues’s avatar

        I LOVE fish and foil and especially when the fish is covered in garlic and lemon. Yum :)

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      5. Hester aka The Chef Doc’s avatar

        Mmm! This looks awesome! I love meals when the cleanup is practically nonexistent :-) Kudos on a great dish!

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      6. Joy’s avatar

        That looks wonderful.

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      7. Raija’s avatar

        Frozen fish?!?! I am inspired…I made such a total fish fail trying to cook frozen cod. I think it wasn’t thin, which didn’t help, and was rock solid…we’ll have to discuss how this worked later.

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          It works perfectly every time, even with thicker fish. I learned it from the Alaska Seafood people when they sent me the frozen cod. You just have to cook at much higher temps than normal.

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        2. alicia’s avatar

          I didn’t know that I could cook fish from frozen until I read it on this blog – Now i do it all the time. It makes preparing fish for dinner so much easier – and requires a lot less planning.

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