Quick Baked Cod Foil Packets

by Suzanne on April 1, 2012

in Savory


If you like a quick and easy meal that is full of flavor then these little foil dinners are perfect for you. Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis know that my son is my biggest critic. I was expecting the usuall response to this dinner like “ewe do I have to eat it?” but instead it was the complete opposite, go figure just when I think I have him figured out he changes on me. Even stranger I put a few capers in the fish packet and he begged to eat mine.

Cod fish packets

The great thing about these foil dinners is you can make it with pretty much any type of fish, use your favorite kind. I  bought cod fillets that were frozen since it’s hard to get fresh sea food here in Arkansas that I trust. The fish was thawed but using a slightly thawed fish would work too. My fillets were small and thin about 5 oz. so I knew they would cook quickly so I chose small veggies that would steam well, keep that in mind as you choose your own fish and veggies. The flavors I choose to season the fish were simple, olive oil flavored with lemon, fresh lemon slices, salt, pepper, fresh garlic and fresh parsley. Straight forward and simple flavors but all are a must to give flavor to this cod because cod is so mild. Clean up is easy using foil and cook time is short so in less than 30 minutes you are eating a healthy dinner.

Quick Baked Cod Foil Packets

Cod fillets
lemons sliced
mini carrots and zucchini cut julienne style or vegetables of your liking
lemon olive oil
garlic clove pressed
sea salt
chopped flat leaf parsley

Step 1: Take foil and cut off as many sheets as you have fish and make the sheets twice a big as you think you’ll need.
Step 2: Wash and cut vegetables small. Slice lemon. Chop parsley about 2 tablespoons for 4 people.
Step 3: Assemble the packets by laying 2-3 lemon slices down closer to one edge of foil, then put fish on top, drizzle olive oil on both sides of fish, salt and pepper both sides, press garlic clove and spread some on each fillet. Sprinkle parsley on top each fillet. Add the veggies to the sides of each fillet drizzle them with oil then salt and pepper them too. Toss in a few capers for a little added flavor.

fish packet collage

Step 4: Wrap up fish like you would a package, fold the longer side of the foil over the fish and veggies. Fold sides in so that they don’t leak.

Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes for the 5 oz. size fillet like I used, a bigger fillet add more time. Serve by cutting the foil packets open in the middle and enjoy.

cod fish packets 2

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1 Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen April 1, 2012 at 2:01 am

That fish looks really good! I’m really big on baking inside foil packets, it leaves me free to do other things while this is in the oven – so perfect!

2 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings April 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

the fish looks refreshing, as well as the veggies! perfect family meal for those days you are just running out of ideas (and time).

3 Soni April 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

Love this!I make a similar preparation with Salmon too :)So delicious and healthy!

4 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) April 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

I love fish prepared this way. You loose none of the flavor or moisture. I love that you threw in the veggies to absorb the flavors, too. Great recipe!

5 Reeni April 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

This is such a great idea Suzanne! The fish looks moist and tender and I love that you can change up the seasonings and veggies.Thanks for the sweet comment the other day!

6 Sandra's Easy Cooking April 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I love making fish that way! Yours look delightful with all the veggies!

7 Paula (Salad in a Jar) April 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Always looking for an easy fish recioe!

p.s I thought you were from Texas. Did you move or am I just a dork? 🙂

8 Suzanne April 2, 2012 at 12:58 am

Lol, well I live close the Texas boarder…Texarkana is the place I do all my shopping etc.

9 Marsha @ The Harried Cook April 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I love cooking fish this way… Just so much moister and flavorful… I love your dish and it is so fresh, light and tasty looking… Thanks for sharing!

10 Suzanne April 2, 2012 at 1:00 am

thanks Marsha 🙂

11 Baker Street April 2, 2012 at 2:26 am

I love fish and am always looking for a new way to try it because its dinner at least once a week. This recipe looks like a winner. Consider it bookmarked. 🙂

12 Choc Chip Uru April 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

My dad loves some good fish and this is another awesome way to serve it up – nice one 😀

Choc Chip Uru

13 Sammie April 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

oh that looks really delicious! I tried making this before but unfortunately my fish stubbornly didn’t want to soak up all the flavours I tried to add in! haha.. Oh wells.. Looks like you did a great job here!

14 Magic of Spice April 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm

What a great idea…looks like a lovely fresh meal! I have used parchment before but not foil, will have to give this a try 🙂

15 Judit - Corina @WineDineDaily April 3, 2012 at 1:19 am

Looks delicious and healthy!!! Love cod with lemon, have to try your recipe soon.

16 The Café Sucré Farine April 3, 2012 at 5:20 am

I love simple, quick but delicious meals like this! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

17 Terra April 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Oh I love making fish like this, it is so moist and AMAZING! I love the addition of capers, that would give it a great flavor. Take care, Hugs, Terra

18 Nancy/SpicieFoodie April 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I just love meals like this, quick-easy and full of flavor. Great recipe Suzanne. Have a great holiday:)

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