Thursday, June 9, 2011

Foil-Packet Fish

As soon as it starts to get warm out, I pretty much refuse to cook in the kitchen.  Our kitchen gets SO much sunlight and tends to act as a sauna.  Plus, there's no fan.  All of those combined clearly equal an unhappy, sweaty, and undoubtedly hungry pregnant lady. 

Since it was around 90 degrees for two days in a row (sans air conditioning), we opted for a different way to make dinner: on the grill.  Here's our favorite recipe for lemon-herb tilapia.  It is SO good every time. 

Here's what you'll need:
Whitefish or Tilapia Filets
1 Lemon, sliced into rings
Salt & Pepper
1 Tablespoon Herb Marinade (or garlic vinaigrette or even just a splash of cooking spray)
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Fresh Herbs (we like basil and parsley...and dried herbs would work too)

[1] Slice up lemon rings and herbs.

[2] Get 2 pieces of tin foil on the counter top.  They should provide ample space for the fish toppings and room to wrap it all up.  Pour the tablespoon of marinade on the tin foil and spread out (this prevents the fish from sticking to the foil and adds great flavor).

[3] Place the filets on top of the marinade. Then sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, and half of herbs. Place lemon slices on top. Then sprinkle with the remaining herbs.
[4] Wrap the foil packet tightly so that the fish will actually steam on the grill.

[5] Place the packet on the grill (medium heat) for about 10 minutes.

[6] After cooking, let the fish packet rest for 5 minutes before opening it  This allows the juices to stay in and it's fantastic because you get a nice lemony-herb sauce. 
[7] Serve and LOVE.
We enjoyed our fish with some garlic-parmesan cous cous (pictured above).  That recipe was simple.  Start with a plain box of cous cous.  Prepare, following directions on the box.  Add parmesan cheese, garlic vinaigrette and fresh herbs.  We also had some corn on the cob.  Nothing says summer to me like corn on the cob...yum.
This is one of our favorite summer recipes and dinners.  What's on your menu tonight?  Ours is pizza.  Not homemade either.  We're watching the nephews so we opted for the easy way out :)

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