This restaurant-quality seafood bake is made by wrapping fish, shrimp, and seasonings in foil packets and then cooked in the oven. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or serving at a party. Customize it with your favorite veggies or fish!

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Garlic and Dill Seafood Bake! This restaurant-quality seafood bake is made by wrapping fish, shrimp, and seasonings in foil packets and then cooked in the oven. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or serving at a party. Customize it with your favorite veggies or fish! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Garlic and Dill Seafood Bake

No matter if it’s the raging summer or the dead of winter, I don’t let anything keep me from getting my seafood fix.

Because you see, me and seafood, we’re likethis.

You can’t see it, but right now I’m holding up my hand with two fingers crossed. Writing that I like shrimp is simply not enough; I have to act it out the emotion, even if I’m sitting in a room by myself and looking like a total loon.

Yes, it’s that serious.

Seafood is my favorite indulgence for a lot of reasons, but I think the biggest has to be that it doesn’t have to be a seasonal affair. Thanks to my trusty oven and a couple good skillets, I can make my favorite seafood dishes all year ’round.

And, between you and me, I sometimes prefer it when I don’t have to brave the heat or the cold to operate a grill. This is probably why all of my favorite ways to enjoy seafood can be made in the climate-controlled comfort of my own kitchen.

And today, I’ve got another yet recipe to add to my crustacean-craving-curing arsenal:

Garlic and dill seafood bake.

How to make a seafood bake

This is the kind of dish that hits all the bases in my house, because while I’m the crazy-obsessed shrimp fanatic, an old friend of mine, well… isn’t.

He thinks shrimp are okay, but they’re not in his top ten foods – or, heck, not even in his top five. He does, however, like fish, corn, and potatoes. He tells me quite often that I don’t make enough “plain fish” for him – which to him means fish with only a little salt and butter – and I’ve told him multiple times that recipes like that don’t really work for a food blog.

So to meet somewhere in the middle, I’ve had to get a little creative in fulfilling his tastes and my desire to share tasty recipes with readers like you.

How to bake seafood in foil

Given all of this, you probably imagine what the response was when these lightly-yet-deliciously flavored seafood packets hit the dinner table at my house.

Shrimp for me plus lightly flavored fish and extras for him?

You can’t see it, but I’ve got my arms in the air, raising the roof, looking like a loon again, because I totally nailed it.

I’m really glad I’m the only one in the house right now.

How to bake shrimp in foil in the oven

How to make a seafood bake

One of my favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is to customize, because no matter what ingredients you use, the instructions for how to set it up will remain the same.

Step 1 – Melt butter and flavor it with your favorite herbs and spices. In the case of this recipe, I used fresh dill and minced garlic.

Other seasonings you can add to the melted butter:

  • Fresh Parsley
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Spinach
  • baking sheets
  • Cajun seasoning

Step 2 – Lay out some long pieces of foil, then arrange your chosen seafood in the center. I kept it simple and used cod and shrimp (both were on sale at my grocery store at the time).

Other types of seafood you can use:

  • Tilapia
  • Salmon
  • Scallops
  • Clams
  • Halibut

Other meats you can use (note that all of these should be cooked before adding them to the foil packet):

  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Ham

Step 3 – Add some raw veggies and/or fruits for flavoring. I used a bag of small red potatoes, corn, and some sliced lemons.

Other veggies you can use:

  • Zucchini
  • Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Red, green, or yellow peppers
  • Red or sweet onions

Other fruits you can use:

  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Pineapples
  • Apples

Step 4 – Wrap up the foil packets and bake!

How to cook a seafood bake

When it comes to seafood bakes, you can go about cooking them two ways:

In the oven. This is my preferred method and how I’ve always baked seafood packets. The cook time usually depends on the size of the filet, with an 8oz or smaller taking 20-30 minutes and 8oz or bigger taking 30-40 minutes.

On the grill. For the true cookout feel, grilling a seafood packet is the way to go. Once the grill is warmed up, the packets typically only need 15-20 minutes to be cooked through.

If you’re ever in doubt of how long to cook your chosen seafood, you can either ask someone behind the deli counter at the time you purchase your seafood OR you can always do a visual check of the seafood as it bakes. Check out these tips on how to tell if a fish is done.

notes & tips for this seafood bake:

  • Before making this recipe, make sure you have plenty of aluminum foil and large baking sheet on hand!
  • When your seafood bake is ready, there’s no need to remove the food from the foil – just serve the foil-packets as is, so that the foil creates its own plate. Doing this will make cleanup so much easier because all you’ll have to do is wrap up the foil and throw everything away.

Other great seafood recipes:

How to cook a seafood bake

This recipe was originally posted on September 23rd, 2015. It received a TLC update on January 15th, 2018.

Recipe Details

Garlic and Dill Seafood Bake! This restaurant-quality seafood bake is made by wrapping fish, shrimp, and seasonings in foil packets and then cooked in the oven. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or serving at a party. Customize it with your favorite veggies or fish! | HomemadeHooplah.com
5 from 6 votes

Garlic and Dill Seafood Bake

20 mins prep + 30 mins cook
717 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
This restaurant-quality seafood bake is made by wrapping fish, shrimp, and seasonings in foil packets and then cooked in the oven. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or serving at a party. Customize it with your favorite veggies or fish!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
  • 24 oz baby red potato, (1 bag)
  • 4 fillets cod, (big as you can find) or other white fish (halibut, flounder, etc)
  • 30 shrimp, raw, peeled and deveined with tail on
  • 2 medium lemon, sliced (12 slices total)
  • 4 ears corn, husked and halved

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Tear off 8 pieces of aluminum foil, roughly 2-3 feet in length. Separate the foil in groups of 2 and lay one on top of the other, so that you have 4 groups of double layered foil (1 for each cod fillet). Lightly spray the top piece of foil with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave (about 1 minute). Add chopped baby dill, garlic, plus salt and pepper (to taste) to bowl. Mix ingredients together, then set aside.
  • Arrange the food on the aluminum foil: Lay the fish filet in the middle of the foil, lengthwise, so that the long sides of the cod are parallel to the long sides of the foil. Arrange 6 shrimp on top of the fish, then place the 2 corn halves and 1/2 - 3/4 cup of baby red potatoes around the sides of the fish. Drizzle 1/4 of the dill butter mixture on top of everything, particularly on the shrimp. Finish by placing 2-3 lemon slices on top of the shrimp. Wrap the foil around the food, pinching the sides to ensure that it's sealed. If the seams won't close, just wrap another piece of aluminum foil around it. Place prepared seafood packets on a large baking sheet, seam side up. Repeat this step for the 3 other seafood bakes.
  • Bake time depends on the size of the fish fillet. If 8 oz or smaller, bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. If 8 oz or larger, bake 30-40 minutes. The best way to tell when the seafood packet are done is when the corn, butter, and garlic are very fragrant through the foil.
  • Serve immediately, directly in the foil, with buttered rolls or a side of rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 717kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 308mg | Sodium: 624mg | Potassium: 1541mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1510IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2.9mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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31 comments

    • wilhelmina
    • 5 stars

    This is totally genius! Love the flavors and the method!

    • Allison
    • 5 stars

    I love the combo of garlic and dill – so much flavor! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe.

    • Danielle
    • 5 stars

    LOL, this is great! My boyfriend always asks me why we only ever had the really good dishes once. I tell him because I’ve already posted that on the blog and have moved on to something else. The life of a food blogger 🙂 Seafood is my favorite. i LOVE seafood. I can never understand people who don’t like it. I just don’t get it. Anyway, this sounds perfectly simple and delicious. Sometimes, simple is awesome.

    • April
    • 5 stars

    omg delicious! whole family loved!!!

    • Samantha Dawn
    • 5 stars

    Love a great seafood bake! I like that this version is straightforward and yet bursting with flavour!

    • Katalina @ Peas & Peonies

    This is perfect, I love easy bakes like this thats taste delicious and are so easy to make.

    • Ciao Florentina

    I love seafood bakes. That shrimp looks insane, I wanna dive straight in !

    • Thanks! That’s exactly what an old friend of mine and I did when I made it 😀

    • Marissa Martinez

    I’d love to make this but unfortunately my fiance is allergic to shellfish. Any ideas on substitutions?

    • Hey Marissa! Sorry for my tardy response. Instead of the shrimp you could focus on the fish, possibly add more fillets or choosing a fish with a stronger flavor – possibly salmon? There’s also the option of adding more vegetables, such as broccoli or carrots. The shrimp are more of a novelty add – the real flavor comes from the garlic, butter, and dill, so any mild to medium flavor veggies or fish would bake well with it.

    • Jennifer | Modern Chic

    This recipe looks amazing! I’ve been cutting down on red meat so this is right up my alley. Fantastic!

    • Good deal Jennifer! If you make it, I hope you like it 😀

    • Jennifer A Stewart

    I love this! It reminds me of a Low Country Boil without all the fuss! Perfect for two!!!!

    • Definitely Jennifer! And thanks 😀

    • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

    What an awesome seafood bake! I haven’t tried something like this before. Sounds very delicious and easy! Haha! It is funny that you said to your an old friend of mine a simple fish won’t work for a food blog! I totally get it! 😉

    • Food blogger problems! At least someone understands 😀

    • Debra @ Bowl Me Over

    Mmmm!!! This looks terrific and the cooking method sounds terrific!

    • Katerina @ Diethood

    Lovin’ it! This is how I do all my seafood cooking! Foil-cooking and I are like *this*!!! hehe 😀

    • Christine | Vermilion Roots

    I’ve been cutting down meat in my diet but I do love seafood. This is inspiring. Thank you!

    • Ros Emely @ stressfreemommies

    I love seafood!this recipes looks so delicious and its definitely something that I need to try!

    • Florian @ContentednessCooking

    Love the flavors! Garlic and dill just perfect!

    • heather @french press

    we love love love seafood packets! the lemon and dill sounds like a delicious alternative to our usual

    • Dill seems like such an underused herb for all the flavor it packs. I hope it’s a nice change up from your norm 😀

    • Carol Cassara

    This recipe has my name all of it. I am so going to make it this week! Thanks.

    • Thanks Carol! If you make it, I hope you like it 😀