Monday, August 11, 2008

Fish baked in Foil Packets and Asparagus with Balsamic Butter

This is a nice healthy flavorful dinner. Ive been making fish like this for years, it was something my mom always made and one of the first recipes I asked for after moving out on my own. You can use whatever veggies you like, just make sure they are julienned or chopped up small because the fish doesn't cook for long and you don't want the veggies to be too crispy.

The Asparagus is sooo good. The original recipe is from and I tweak it just a little bit by switching the amounts of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. I think this dish is already salty enough, I cant imagine having an entire Tablespoon for soy sauce.

Fish Baked in Foil Packets

3-4 white fish fillets (I like mahi mahi or halibut)
2 celery stalks, cut in 3 or 4 pieces, then julienned
2 carrot sticks, cut up and julienned
1/2 of a red bell pepper, julienned
1 lemon
a couple pats of butter
salt, pepper and dill to taste

For each piece of fish, use a large piece of tin foil. Place the fish in the middle of the foil. Season it really good with salt, pepper and dill. Then squeeze lemon juice over it (I used 1/2 lemon for 3 pieces of fish) Slice up the other half of the lemon and set aside. Now arrange equal amounts of veggies onto each piece of fish. Season with more salt and pepper. Throw on a pat of butter and a slice of lemon. Wrap the fish up really good, sealing the top and sides. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

Asparagus with Balsamic Butter

1 bunch of asparagus
salt and pepper
a drizzle of olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce

Lay asparagus into a shallow baking dish. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Bake 375 for 15 minutes. While asparagus is baking, microwave butter in a small dish to melt, then add balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, mix well, pour over asparagus and toss right before serving.


Joelen said...

This looks fabulous... and the balsamic butter sounds awesome!

Melissa said...

I love making foil packets, but don't do it nearly enough. This recipe looks great. I have some asparagus in the fridge now that I can use.

Court Cooks said...

Great dish!! I enjoy fish and love the easy clean up of foil packets!!!