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Fish In Foil Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes

There are also lots of instant-ish one-pot dinners you can make over a camp stove, if you can't wrangle a fire into flames in the rain. But here I'm going to try to offer you recipes here that might be useful even if you're not camping - recipes that could be made at home during normal life, where every trip to bathroom is not an adventure in entomology and arachnophobia. Yay. Even if you are not camping (in the pouring rain), try cooking fish this way on your charcoal or gas grill: the fish absorbs some of the smoky flavor while remaining deliciously moist and tender.

by Catherine Newman

What you'll need

  • 1 fillet of fish, very fresh
  • 1 lemon, very thinly sliced
  • butter
  • finely chopped herbs, (we usually use parsley)
  • salt and pepper
  • finely chopped garlic, (optional)


Serves 4

How to make it

  1. Butter a large piece of foil, preferably heavy duty, and lay the fish in the middle of it.
  2. Salt and pepper it, arrange the lemon slices over the top, sprinkle with garlic, if you like, and dot with 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter.
  3. Now bring the long sides of the foil together at the top and fold over to seal, folding over and over until you are more or less flush with the fish, then pinch and roll the sides to seal.
  4. Cook the fish over hot coals for 7 to 30 minutes, just until it flakes with a fork. I know that's a huge range, but different types and thicknesses of fish and different heat of the coals are significant variables.
  5. Garnish the cooked fish with parsley and serve.