Healthy Shrimp and Vegetable Foil Packets

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.

2 shrimp dinners in foil, unwrapped and ready to eat with picnic basket and mason jar cocktail in background

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 French Farm products | 2 Cookin Mamas

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

Garlic shrimp and vegetables on a sheet of foil

  1. 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.

Shrimp and vegetables wrapped in foil packet

  1. Fold foil over top and roll down tightly. Fold up sides so that they hold all the liquid inside. This will make 4 packets.

Grilling foil packets

  1. Grill for 5-7 minutes per side or, if placing in campfire, cook for 6 minutes.

Opened foil packet with cooked shrimp and vegetables

  1. Remove from grill and carefully open. Steam will be released so use caution.

Shrimp Foil Packet Dinner served over spaghetti

  1. 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. 

Grilled Shrimp Foil Packet Dinner bite | 2 Cookin Mamas

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.

Plated shrimp dinner on red placemat with cocktail and flavored olive oil behind it

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5 from 2 votes
GRILLED SHRIMP AND VEGETABLE FOIL PACKETS
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

The easiest grilled shrimp foil packet dinner ever! Just marinate, wrap in foil & grill. No messy cleanup, great for home or camping & ready in 30 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Garlic Shrimp Foil Packets, Healthy Shrimp Foil Packets, Shrimp and Vegetable Foil Packets
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 385 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup il Boschetto Infusolio Garlic Infused Olive Oil or other garlic olive oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine 2 Tablespoons each packet
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 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
Directions
  1. 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).
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Start cooking pasta, if serving, when packets are placed on grill.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
Recipe Notes

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 this packet dinner?

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.

Nutrition Facts
GRILLED SHRIMP AND VEGETABLE FOIL PACKETS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 309mg103%
Sodium 1148mg48%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 33.6mg41%
Calcium 335mg34%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was first published on June 28, 2016. It has been updated with new information to make it even easier to make.

 

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The easiest grilled shrimp foil packet dinner ever! Just marinate, wrap in foil & grill. Start with shrimp, zucchini, tomatoes and shallots are marinated in a lemon garlic wine sauce, then wrap in foil. When ready to cook, just throw on the grill at home or cook over a campfire. And the best part ... no messy cleanup and ready in 15 minutes. #shrimp #foilpackets #grilled #healthy #easy #recipe #camping #dinner

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Tayler Ross
    06/10/2019 at 2:39 pm

    5 stars
    Foil pack meals are my favorite! We are having this for dinner tonight and I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Jenn
    06/10/2019 at 1:58 pm

    5 stars
    Helloooo healthy Summer dinners! Loving these shrimp and veggie foil packs!

  • Reply
    khenricks
    06/28/2016 at 2:08 pm

    Oh my … I love recipes like these! So perfect for a weekday summer meal! Thanks for sharing your version!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      06/28/2016 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks Kimberly! I love these easy to throw together and easy clean up summer dishes too. After all, we need a little break too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Wendy Klik
    06/28/2016 at 12:31 pm

    The perfect recipe. Easy, peasy and delicious.

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