Tilapia with Veggies Baked in Foil Packets



The other night I found myself standing in the kitchen wondering what to make.  This happens to me a lot.  Thankfully, I found some inspiration in a cook book that I’d checked out from the library.  The Moosewood Cook Book has several recipes for fish baked in foil.  I decided to take the method and add the veggies and seasonings that sounded good to me.  The fish bakes in just twenty minutes, making it a perfect fast food.

Here’s what you’ll need:


Tilapia fillets (1 per packet)

Mrs. Dash seasoning

Tomatoes, sliced

Green onions, sliced

Basil, chopped

Lemon juice

Olive oil

Foil squares to wrap the fish and veggies (heavy duty foil works best)

Rub a bit of olive oil on the foil so the fish won’t stick.  Place a tilapia fillet in the middle of the foil.  Shake some Mrs. Dash seasoning on the fish.  Layer tomatoes, green onions and basil on top.  Shake a bit of lemon juice over it all.  Wrap the foil around the fish loosely to make a packet.  Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.  I suspect that these could also be done on the grill or even in the crockpot like this recipe for tilapia.


I went a little skimpy on the veggies this time and would probably bump it up the next time I make it.  Other veggies and seasonings would also be good.  I might even try adding some cheese next time.


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  1. Visiting from the SITS roll call. You were just ahead of me. This looks delicious. I love fish, but never know how to cook it. This looks easy and yummy.

  2. Your pictures all look so good, it makes me instantly hungry. Too bad I’m allergic to seafood otherwise I’d have to give this one a try!

    Visiting from SITS 🙂

  3. I really hate fish. But…I have kids, so I know I should bake it. Maybe I’ll start with this recipe! Thanks!

  4. Love, love, love .. I make this twice a month! I recently made it for a friend who just had twins and it was so easy.

    BTW .. did you know you can get the BIG box of tilapia in the freezer section on the bottom shelf of the frozen case for under 14.00? My Wal-Mart prices go up and down, but I pay between (9.97 and 13.97). There are usually 30 or more fillets in the box. I used to buy that same package until I discovered the box, but we eat a LOT of fish.

    • Jai, thanks so much for the fish buying tip! I’m going to have to look for that big box now because that’s a much better deal.

  5. When we return to the States, I want to live with you!!! 🙂 Your recipes always look soo delicious! haha

  6. I’m SO going to make this. We stock up on frozen tilapia when it’s on sale so it will be nice to have another way of preparing it.


  8. love your site! great recipes and great message… i strongly believe in cooking at home and using local ingredients. nice feature on SITS also. And I LOVE tilapia!

  9. I just whipped up something similar last week, but I didn’t use the packet. It was really easy, like you said.

  10. This looks great! i am going to make this for dinner tonight! I saw you on SITS and decided to stop by:)

  11. This looks wonderfully light and terrific for summer!

  12. I am making this tonight, it will be my first time cooking fish, wish me luck!

  13. This was VERY good. My kids eat fish but wow they cleaned their plate and asked for more. I did remove the veggies before they saw that they were once on top of their yummy fish. lol

  14. Kathleen says:

    This was so good. I used Orange Roughy and piled on the tomatoes, green onions and basil. I will definitely be adding this to our rotation of things we like to eat–

  15. A couple of quick questions – looks like you used frozen fish, which is what I have. Did you thaw the fish? Also, any hints on how to use frozen veggies in this recipe? Thanks!

  16. I don’t like fish. Never have. But tonight I decided I should make some fish for my family since they like it…and I know it’s healthy…and I’m 34 weeks prego and don’t want HUGE meals…well, this was pretty good. The fish didn’t taste like fish (which is what I hate about fish) and the tomatoes were great too. I paired it with steamed broccoli and EVERYONE ate it all…that’s kids ages 5,4 and 1!! So, thanks! Your meal plans are great and they will be such a HUGE help to my little family…So THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!


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