Foil Packet Citrus White Fish

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Foil Packet cooking is a cooking method that only takes a few minutes and clean-up is a breeze. This quick and easy method can be done indoors year-round or added to the grill at your next summer barbecue.

Foil packet cooking is a quick and easy way to prepare a meal. All you need is a sheet of aluminum foil, some ingredients, and some time to impress your family with this new style of cooking.

Foil Packet Citrus White Fish


  • 4 6-oz. fresh or frozen fish fillets 
  • 12 slices lemon
  • 8 slices lime
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 T. fresh jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 T. unsalted butter
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Cooking food in a foil packet completely eliminates the need for a messy clean-up and infuses your meal with amazing flavors. This method also ensures that the meal doesn’t dry out.

This is a great way to cook something in one packet and the best part is that you don’t need to clean anything up afterward.

If you’re on the hunt for a healthy, delicious dish, this might just be the recipe for you. It combines protein-packed fish with lemon and lime wedges, fresh peppers, and cilantro. And the end result is a light, fluffy dish that’s savory and perfect with flavors that will excite your palette.

Citrus is a common ingredient in many dishes, but not all of them deserve the tart flavor. Fish however is really complimented by the flavors of citrus and usually makes an awesome pairing.


By adding these flavors to whitefish, you get the delicate taste of both fish and citrus with an added crunch for extra texture. Furthermore, the oils in a foil packet ensure that the fish won’t dry out before cooking.

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Foil Packet Citrus White Fish

If you haven’t tried foil packet cooking, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Preparation only takes a few minutes and clean up is a breeze. You can use this method indoors year round, or toss the packets onto your grill to enjoy a light and healthy meal during the warmer months. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Iva Ursano


  • 4 6- oz. fresh or frozen fish fillets
  • 12 slices lemon
  • 8 slices lime
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh jalapeno pepper finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  • If preparing indoors, place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 400°F. Tear off 4 sheets of aluminum foil into sections large enough to fold over fillets, with another couple of inches on each side to seal.
  • Place one fillet slightly off-center on each sheet and add 3 lemon slices and 2 lime slices on top of each. Sprinkle one-quarter of the cilantro and jalapeno pepper over each fillet, and top with one tablespoon butter. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • Fold the aluminum foil in half over the ingredients. Fold the 3 open sides, one at a time, over several times to seal the packet completely. Seal the packet tight enough to hold in the steam, but allow enough room for the air to expand.
  • Place the foil packets in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes, or place on hot grill over medium, direct heat and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven (or grill) and carefully open the foil packets to avoid the hot steam. Discard the lemon and lime slices. Transfer fillets to individual serving plates, if desired, or leave inside foil packets and top with some spicy peach salsa before serving. Enjoy!  


* Add 2-3 minutes to cook time if starting with frozen fillets. 


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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