Give yourself the gift of an easy dinner by wrapping up a savoury set of ingredients in foil or parchment paper. For weeknight dinners or entertaining, this method of cooking is popular for a reason — there’s minimal preparation, plating and cleanup.
Baked Fish Packets
Don’t just think pink, white fish such as cod or halibut also work well wrapped in foil. This recipe takes a tropical turn with lime juice, coconut milk, ginger and lemongrass, as well as fresh herbs and red chili.
Healthy Grilled BBQ Meatloaf Foil Pack
Meatloaf on the BBQ is made possible through the magic of a foil pack — and as a bonus, the reflective foil speeds up the cooking time.
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be cooked to perfection on foil in the oven. Each of your diners will enjoy chili-flecked bell peppers and chicken to fold into tortillas with the traditional fixings.
Horseradish Grill Roasted Salmon
Take horseradish out of the realm of roast beef and use it to season and protect salmon fillets with a savoury bread crumb crust. Dill and vodka nod to the gravlax tradition, but this recipe is a stunner in its own right.
Foil-Pack Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings
Using foil packs means you can keep your grill or baking sheet clean while indulging in brown sugar, chili powder and cilantro chicken wings any day of the week.
Healthy Grilled Shrimp Fajita Foil Pack
Versatile shrimp make for tasty fajita fillings, especially when lots of cumin and chipotle-tossed bell peppers, onions and scallions bulk out the mix. The tortillas get their own separate foil package, making for double the fun to open come dinnertime.
En Papillote Pouches
Haddock fillets are steamed in lemongrass-infused coconut milk, and loaded with vegetables for a classic packaged dinner. Although this recipe is meant for parchment packages (en papillote), aluminum foil can be used to equal effect.
Salmon with Tomatoes and Capers
Adding briny capers to the mix lends another layer of flavour to this salmon dish. Grape tomatoes are sweeter and more compact, with a less pulpy flesh to add moisture, so the juice of a lemon is pressed into service.
Healthy Grilled Summer Vegetable Spaghetti Foil Pack
No more waiting for a pot to boil — make spaghetti from scratch in a foil package (cooked in white wine and a Mediterranean mixture of vegetables).
For those who don’t have a handy campfire, these foil packed quesadillas can also be made on a hot grill or in the oven — the idea is just to melt the cheese and warm the vegetables through.
Coconut Indian Chicken in a Bag
A curry-inspired chicken and potato dish in foil means a contained, no-mess entree. Coconut cream provides richness and body to the dish without excess liquid.
Seafood Pasta in a Foil Package
There’s a little prep work required for these pasta and seafood parcels, but this twist on the pasta casserole is a new way to bring comforting flavours to the table. Be sure to use large shrimp and scallops to avoid overcooking the delicate seafood.