Does fast and healthy have to mean boring? No. Does it have to be expensive or take forever to cook? Again, no. I hope to show you that this is true through this blog. I am a law student, so I have very little free time and I spent hours upon hours a day sitting around reading casebooks. Therefore, I really have to be careful about what I eat and how much time it takes to cook dinner.
I love this method to cook fish. You place a few veggies on some foil (asparagus, onion, broccoli), season some fish (tilapia, catfish, perch, salmon, whatever is on sale that week), seal it up and pop it in the oven. After 30 minutes, you have perfectly steamed fish on top of perfectly steamed vegetables. No oil required! Literally, you take five minutes to prep the meal, bake it for 30 minutes while you read another case (or do whatever normal people do with your time), and then enjoy your dinner!
This recipe is also easy to make for yourself or for a crowd. I generally live alone or with my boyfriend, but also occasionally cook for a crowd. If you’re cooking for yourself, use 1 piece of fish and as many veggies as you want. If you’re cooking for others, scale it up and use 1 filet per person and maybe 1/2 cup of veggies.
- Filet of fish per person (tilapia, salmon, perch, catfish, whatever is on sale this week at Kroger)
- 1/2 of veggies per person (I’ve made this with broccoli and asparagus. I think thinly sliced carrot medallion would be good if that’s your thing.)
- 1-2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- Optional – a few thin slices of onion
- about 1 foot of aluminum foil
- Preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 375.
- Prepare the Veggies. Cut them into smaller, bite-sized pieces so that they will cook quickly. Then, place them on the foil.
- Season the fish. Salt and pepper the fish, and then add the paprika and rub around. Place on top of the veggies, and then smash the garlic and stick it on top.
- Seal the foil. Bring the short sides of the fish up, and fold them over each other. Twist the edges tight, so that the steam cannot escape. Place on a baking sheet, and stick in the oven.
- Bake. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily. Be careful unwrapping the packets because the foil is hot and there is steam.