Foil Packet Citrus White Fish

Make cooking fish a cinch with this recipe for foil packets that use your favorite citrus to impart color without the extra fat. The perfect dish when you're trying to keep things light, this fish is cooked in the oven and ready in just 15 minutes.

If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious meal, you may want to try this recipe. It combines protein-packed fish with lemon and lime wedges, fresh peppers and coriander. The end result is a light and flaky fish that’s vibrant with flavors and colors.

The tastes of fish and citrus complement each other endlessly, so consider adding a packet or two of these to your dish. 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.

“Citrus white fish” is a light, healthy dish that’s full of flavor. In fact, it tastes so good you might find yourself eating more than usual.

How To Make Foil Packet Citrus White Fish

Foil packet cooking is a great way to keep your dinner warm without turning on the oven. It also has the added bonus of infusing your food with all sorts of delicious flavors, like lemon and herbs in this recipe. You can use any type of white fish you want, but a mild fish like tilapia will work best.

homemade foil packet citrus white fish

Homemade Foil Packet Citrus White Fish Recipe

Here’s an easy yet delicious recipe for a foil packet citrus white fish. I love the fresh flavor of this dish, because it doesn’t need anything other than a side of vegetables – and it's healthy too. The sauce is just the perfect blend of tangy, sweet, and spicy.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 6-oz. fresh or frozen fish fillets
  • 8 slices lime
  • 12 slices lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • salt and 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 opensides, 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 8-10minutes.
  • 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!
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