I have never before cooked my dinner in a parchment paper or foil packet because it sounded boring to me as well as not hearty enough to satisfy anyone hungry for a dinner, but my daughter-in-law convinced me to try this method, saying my 6’5″ son actually loved eating her dinner packets and never complained that they were not satisfying enough. Since shrimp was what I had in the freezer, I decided to try a shrimp boil using a foil packet. I loved it so much that I made it three nights in a row and was NOT bored.
The ingredients are simple and so is the cooking method. I used shrimp, but I plan to try a nice firm white fish like sole or fresh scallops or even fresh crabmeat and I definitely plan to add other kinds of vegetables such as artichoke hearts, mushrooms, etc. For now, here is my simple dinner packet that I found to be so surprisingly hearty and delicious. Ingredient amounts are for one packet. Double, triple or quadruple ingredients for more people.
2 cups uncooked shrimp (or frozen pre-cooked if that’s all you have)
2 baby red potatoes, scrubbed and halved
1 cup frozen whole green beans
1 ear of corn, husk and silk removed and cut in half (optional)
Juice and zest of 1 lemon or lime
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove, pressed
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp of water
2 12″ sheets of aluminum foil or 1 sheet of 12″ heavy duty foil
If using precooked frozen shrimp, place them in a colander and run cold water over them for five minutes or until all are defrosted. Let shrimp drain in colander while you prepare the vegetables. If using uncooked shrimp, peel and devain them, place them in a bowl and set them aside.
Scrub the baby potatoes under cold water and cut in half. Place the potatoes and green beans in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 tbsp of water. Cover bowl with a plate and microwave on high for 4 minutes.
When the potatoes and green beans are done, drain the water out of the bowl and then lay out the foil sheets. Place the green beans and potatoes in the center of the foil. Pile on the shrimp and one half or both halves of the corn. Drizzle the packet with the lime dressing.
Bring two opposite long sides of the foil up to meet in center; fold edges over twice to make a tight seal. Double fold remaining open sides on the ends to seal packet tightly.Place the packet on a cookie sheet and place in a 350º oven for for 15 – 20 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp.
You should have condiments on hand such as tartar sauce or more melted butter and slices of lime or lemon.