I received complimentary samples of The French Farm products to create the easiest & tastiest grilled shrimp and vegetable foil packets ever! Just marinate, wrap in foil, grill & eat. No messy cleanup, great for dinner at home or camping & ready in just 30 minutes. And, as always, all opinions expressed in the post below are 100% my own.
Healthy Shrimp Foil Packets
This is such a fun week! I've paired up with 50 other bloggers to bring you tons of summer grilling recipes, from appetizers to entrees and sides to desserts that are sure to satisfy any palate.
Today I'm cooking up some grilled, healthy shrimp and vegetable foil packets. Now I've grilled some delicious shrimp recipes before like Cajun Shrimp over Quinoa Salad and Shrimp & Chorizo Skewers but this one is so easy with hardly any cleanup that you'll wonder why you never made it before! All you do is marinate, wrap in foil, and grill! And it just so happens that it can be grilled in your backyard, over a campfire or even in the oven (gasp! I know blasphemy for our grilling week! 😮 )
The star of this dish is the heavenly garlic infused olive oil that I received from The French Farm, one of our sponsors. This high quality olive oil has a rich infused garlic flavor that covers the shrimp and vegetables with the most delicious flavor. I could have called these Garlic Shrimp Foil Packets that's how much the flavor stands out. It really is one of the best flavored olive oils I've tasted! And The French Farm didn't stop there! Nope, they generously provided me with a sample of their Chocolate Pistachio Spread, which is awesome in these Chocolate Pistachio Popsicles, and their truffle mayonnaise, which is rich, smooth and delicious. If you want to see more of what The French Farm has to offer, check out their website here or visit their Facebook page here for all the latest news & recipes.
How to Make Healthy Shrimp Foil Packets
- Place heavy-duty foil on flat surface. Lay polenta cake or cooked quinoa/riced cauliflower, if using, in bottom and place marinated shrimp and vegetables on top.
- Fold foil over top and roll down tightly. Fold up sides so that they hold all the liquid inside. This will make 4 packets.
- Grill for 5-7 minutes per side or, if placing in campfire, cook for 6 minutes.
- Remove from grill and carefully open. Steam will be released so use caution.
- Serve as is or over pasta.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this foil packet dinner healthy?
You bet! Each ingredient packs a powerful nutritional punch. The zucchini provides fiber, folates, Vitamins A & C and potassium. Tomatoes add additional fiber, vitamin C and the all important antioxidants. All these benefits contribute to lowering lower blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and minimizing the risk of certain cancers. Add shrimp to the mix, which is an excellent source of protein, low in fat and high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and you've got a win-win dinner!
What else can I serve with these shrimp and vegetable foil packets?
When preparing over an open fire on a camping trip, add a polenta patty or cooked quinoa or cauliflower to the bottom of the packet before adding the shrimp and vegetables. If preparing in your backyard, I love to pour this garlicky combination of shrimp and vegetables over a nice dish of pasta.
Can you make ahead of time?
Of course! One of the beauties of these foil packets is the ability to make them ahead of time. Just prepare, fold in foil and store in your refrigerator or a cooler until ready to cook.
What foil is the best to use for the packet?
I like to use heavy duty foil to make sure the packet is secure and doesn't leak. You can also use regular foil but double it up to make it stronger.
Why does my foil packet puff up when cooking?
As the food cooks, steam forms, and causes the packets to swell. This helps to cook the contents evenly and, since it traps the heat inside, it aids in cutting the cooking time.
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GRILLED SHRIMP AND VEGETABLE FOIL PACKETS
- ¼ cup Garlic Infused Olive Oil
- 2-3 Tablespoons butter
- ½ cup white wine 2 Tablespoons each packet
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup basil leaves chopped
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt & pepper to taste
- ½ cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 lb. large shrimp about 16, peeled, deveined with tails left on
- 20 cherry tomatoes half red & half yellow
- 1 large zucchini diced
- 1 shallot chopped fine
- Cooked quinoa, cooked polenta or pasta (optional)
- Garnish: chopped parsley
- In a large bowl, combine garlic olive oil, butter, white wine, lemon juice, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and cheese. Add in shrimp, tomatoes, zucchini and shallot & toss to coat. Cover bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to use (at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours).
- Preheat grill to medium-high.
- Place 4 large squares or rectangles of heavy duty aluminum foil on counter. They should be large enough to fit the shrimp and vegetables when folded over and sealed.
- Here's where you can add your favorites. Place a polenta cake (a slice cut from a tube of polenta found at the grocery store works well here) or cooked quinoa in the center of each piece of foil. If serving over pasta do not add any extras to the packet, just cook mixture as is.
- Remove mixture from refrigerator and divide equally among packets. If you have some younger children who don't eat as much you can place smaller amounts in some and make more packets. Seal by double folding over top.
- Start cooking pasta, if serving, when packets are placed on grill.
- Place packets directly on grill, close lid and cook 5-7 minutes per side, depending on size of shrimp. They can also be cooked at a campsite by placing packets directly in fire and cooking for about 6 minutes.
- Carefully remove packets from grill. Pierce each with fork to release steam then open carefully. You can serve in the packet if camping or plate for dinner garnished with parsley.
This post was first published on June 28, 2016. It has been updated with new information to make it even easier to make.
Tayler Ross says
Foil pack meals are my favorite! We are having this for dinner tonight and I can't wait to try it!
Linda Warren says
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Helloooo healthy Summer dinners! Loving these shrimp and veggie foil packs!
Oh my ... I love recipes like these! So perfect for a weekday summer meal! Thanks for sharing your version!
Linda Warren says
Thanks Kimberly! I love these easy to throw together and easy clean up summer dishes too. After all, we need a little break too! 🙂
Wendy Klik says
The perfect recipe. Easy, peasy and delicious.
Linda Warren says
Just the way we like them, right Wendy?