It’s grilling season, ya’ll! We’re giving you a great summer dinner idea that is quick to prepare, with easy clean up later. Plus, it’s fun to eat with your friends and family.
These Shrimp Foil Packets are a delicious healthy-ish meal with all your favorite summer veggies. Ready in just 12 minutes on your grill, campfire or even in the oven, this is great meal prep for all your future camp outs, Sunday cookouts, or simply great weeknight dinners.
Juicy, tender shrimp cooked together in individual foil packs with along with summer bounties like zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, corn and bell peppers, all doused with a generous dose of extra virgin olive oil and zesty seasoning.
Foil packet dinners are gaining lot of popularity now a days. Once you try them, you will come back to foil packs again and again. Why?
- They are quick to prepare. Literally, you simply throw in whatever protein and your choice of veggies together with the seasonings of your liking in foil. Wrap it up and put it on grill.
- You can literally eat out of your foils pack. Good news, no more extra dishes to clean later, and it’s a complete meal in itself.
- They can be prepped one day in advance and can be cooked outdoors, making this a perfect camping dinner option.
- Make them in bulk for an easy meal to feed the crowds for summer cookouts and BBQ parties.
Some Tips for a Tasty Shrimp Foil Packet Dinner
- Use ingredients that finish cooking at the same time. Shrimp cook pretty fast on a high flame, so choose veggies like corn, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, and summer squash.
- Try to season shrimp and veggies a few hours in advance, so the flavors can seep into them.
- Use heavy duty aluminum foil to hold the packs together while cooking on grill.
- If you want to avoid directly cooking on aluminum foil, use parchment paper inside your foil packets.
Ingredients for Shrimp Foil Packets
- Shrimp – Peeled and deveined. You can use any shrimp available, but the bigger the size, the better to bite on.
- Veggies – Zucchini, yellow squash, fresh corn kernels, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion.
- Seasonings and flavor enhancers – Garlic, paprika, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper.
- Garnishing – Parsley, lemon.
- Extra virgin olive oil
How to Make Shrimp and Veggie Foil Packs
Chop the veggies into similar bite sized chunks. Cut the corn kernel off the cob. Mix the veggies and shrimp with all the seasonings and finely chopped garlic. Generously douse with extra virgin olive oil, then toss everything well, so the seasonings are well spread.
If you have time, let everything sit for a few hours in your refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap. You can go ahead and make the foil packets, up to a day in advance, and keep refrigerated till ready to cook.
Cut 4 sheets of heavy duty foil into pieces measuring 12 by 15 inches. Divide the shrimp and veggies mixture equally among the 4 aluminum foil pieces, placing it to the center of each sheet in a rectangular shape.
Lift and bring together the two long edges. Roll the two edges together tightly several times, creating a good seal. Roll the remaining short edges up a few times to seal.
When ready to cook, preheat your grill over medium-high heat (it should come to about 425 degrees F).
Grill until shrimp are cooked through, about 12 – 14 minutes. Start with the wrapped side down, then flip the packets over halfway through grilling.
Be careful opening the foil packets once cooked, as hot steam will escape. Garnish with parsley and serve with big lemon wedges.
What to Serve with Shrimp Foil Packets
It’s a complete meal in itself. But if you want to bulk it up, try:
Some kind of pasta like orzo, couscous or wild rice or brown rice. Our Mediterranean Quinoa Salad would go great here.
It’s great with some crusty warm bread to mop up the juices created in the foil. Try our easy No Knead Bread.
Some green fresh salad would be great, too.
Variations for Shrimp Veggie Foil Packets
- Play with the seasoning. Go beyond Italian and try Cajun or Creole Seasoning on your shrimp for some great flavors.
- Go the shrimp boil way by using Old Bay seasoning and adding smoked sausage.
- Try making scampi style with butter, garlic, lemon and white wine.
Can I Cook Shrimp Foil Packets in the Oven ?
Sure you can, if you don’t feel like lighting up the grill. Simply preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the shrimp foil packets on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes.
There you go, if you haven’t yet been on the foil packet bandwagon, it’s about time. The next time you have some plump shrimp to cook, and are looking for some tasty, easy and quick seafood meal, make these shrimp foil packets.
Add whatever veggies your heart desires, and you’ll have one good looking colorful meal for everybody. Cook this when you are short pressed for time. Cook this for your Sunday cookouts. Or, cook this on your next camping adventure.
This shrimp meal fits for so many occasions, you will come back to it again and again.
Shrimp Foil Packet, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 1 lb shrimp, tail-on, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 1 small zucchini, cut into chunks
- 1 small yellow squash, cut into chunks
- 1.5 cups corn kernels
- 1/2 small red onion, cut into chunks
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1.5 tsp dried thyme
- 1.5 tsp dried oregano
- 1.5 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, for garnish
- lemon wedges, for garnish
- Preheat grill over medium-high heat to 425 degrees.
- Mix all the veggies and shrimp along with all the seasonings and finely chopped garlic in a bowl. Dous generously with extra virgin olive oil. Toss everything well so all the seasonings are well spread. Keep it in refrigerator for few hours if you have time to season it nicely.
- Cut 4 sheets of foil into pieces measuring 12 by 15-inches.
- Divide the shrimp and veggies mixture equally among the 4 aluminum foil pieces, placing it to the center in a rectangular shape.
- Lift and bring together the two long edges. Roll the two edges together tightly several times, creating a good seal. Roll the remaining short edges up a few times to seal.5.
- Grill until shrimp is cooked through, about 12 – 14 minutes. Start with the wrapped side down, then flip the packets over halfway through grilling.
- Be careful opening the foil packets, as hot steam will escape. Garnish with parsley and serve with big lemon wedges.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place shrimp foil packets on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 319Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 239mgSodium 590mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 30g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.
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