En papillote” is the french term for cooking something in a packet. We think you will like the results of this easy and interesting recipe using our favorite go-to fish, Tilapia. Feel free to substitute ingredients, you may like a different fish or veggie selection. This cooking trick may eliminate your fear of cooking fish on the grill!
“Serves 4 Prep 25 minutes Cook 5 minutes
• 1 cup quartered cherry or grape tomatoes
• 1 cup diced summer squash
• 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
• 12 green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped black olives
• 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
• 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp. capers, rinsed
• 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
• 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
• ½ tsp. freshly ground pepper, divided
• 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 4 equal portions
Preheat grill to medium.
Combine tomatoes, squash, onion, green beans, olives, lemon juice, oregano, oil, capers, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.
To make a packet, lay two 20-inch sheets of foil on top of each other (the double layers will help protect the contents from burning); generously coat the top piece with cooking spray. Place one portion of tilapia in the center of the foil. Sprinkle with some of the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, then top with about 3/4 cup of the vegetable mixture.
Bring the short ends of the foil together, leaving enough room in the packet for steam to gather and cook the food. Fold the foil over and pinch to seal. Pinch seams together along the sides. Make sure all the seams are tightly sealed to keep steam from escaping. Repeat with more foil, cooking spray and the remaining fish, salt, pepper and vegetables.
Grill the packets until the fish is cooked through and the vegetables are just tender, about 5 minutes. To serve, carefully open both ends of the packets and allow the steam to escape. Use a spatula to slide the contents onto plates.