My Healthy Grilled Shrimp In Foil recipe is a fast and fresh seafood dinner. Filled with Old Bay seasoned shrimp, red potatoes, zucchini, lemon, and fresh herbs this shrimp dinner idea is reminiscent of a classic Low Country Shrimp Boil but with a healthy twist.
Healthy Grilled Shrimp In Foil Recipe
If you are looking for an easy and healthy shrimp recipe my Healthy Grilled Shrimp In Foil is it. As a pescatarian, I'm drawn to seafood dishes almost immediately, but there is something about summer that makes me long for beaches and shellfish. The first few summers the Hubs and I were dating we spent many summer weekends traveling to nearby beaches and eating way too much seafood. Because of those trips, shellfish and summer go hand in hand in my mind.
So it's no surprise that this season has me craving shrimp and shellfish that I can make a home. I went to work and came up with a healthier, pescatarian twist (no sausage!) on a low country shrimp bowl.
The flavor is incredible and comes from classic Old Bay seasoning, garlic, lemon, and fresh parsley. You don't even miss the fat with those flavors.
The entire healthy Grilled Shrimp in Foil recipe is only 8 simple ingredients! Can I get a WOOP-WOOP?Healthy Grilled Shrimp in Foil Click To Tweet
Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets
Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets or Grilled Shrimp In Foil are THE BEST way to cook and enjoy shrimp not only in the summer but year-round. You can put these pretty little packets on the grill, over a campfire OR in the oven. Even in the winter or in bad weather, you can easily make this dinner.
The best part about making the shrimp in the foil is there is little to no cleanup and everyone can eat out of their own fun packets.
My version doesn't have sausage or butter but that keeps it light and healthy, making it an easy weekday meal. To add some extra vitamins I added some green zucchini to the packet, making it a well-rounded meal without adding anything else. The simplicity of the shrimp, potatoes, and zucchini shine.
- Shrimp: You'll want large raw shrimp that are peeled with the tails on or off. I like the tails for a pretty presentation, but it's easier to eat without them.
- Red Potatoes: Red potatoes are great in this recipe. I like to buy the mini ones, but you can buy the standard size and cut them into smaller pieces. You'll want the pieces to be uniform in size and around ½ inch thick.
- Zucchini: A traditional low country boil has sausage, but as a pescatarian, I don't eat that. To make these Grilled Shrimp in Foil pescatarian friendly I swapped zucchini for the sausage. It adds color, vitamins, and rounds out the meal.
- Old Bay: I love how Old Bay pairs with shrimp. It's the traditional flavor you get in a low country boil or shrimp boil.
- Garlic: Minced garlic adds a lot of yummy flavor to this dish. You can also use garlic powder.
- Lemon: Fresh lemon brings out the flavors in the seafood and vegetables.
- Olive Oil: I used olive oil to keep this dish light but you can also use a small amount of butter.
- Salt & Pepper
How to Grill Shrimp in Foil:
- Preheat the grill to 425 degrees.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave the potatoes for 5-6 minutes or until they are just turning tender. They will finish cooking in the foil so they don't need to be completely ready.
- While that's cooking, pull out two large pieces of foil that are about 18 inches long and spray cooking spray in the center.
- Stack half the potatoes, zucchini, shrimp, and garlic in the middle of each piece of foil. Drizzle with the olive oil, half the lemon, Old Bay, salt, and pepper. Carefully toss.
- Fold each shrimp foil packet by pulling up the sides and folding the top. Then seal over the ends.
- Place on the grill and cook for around 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes and zucchini are tender.
- Open the packets and serve with fresh chopped parsley, an additional sprinkle of Old Bay, and a lemon wedge.
Tips & Tricks
- The only catch is you do need to pre cook the potatoes in the microwave for a few minutes before they go in the foil packets. I tried cooking this many ways without that extra step and none of them worked. So make sure you look at the instructions.
- It's best to find raw shrimp for this recipe and not pre-cooked. The pre-cooked would get overcooked in the foil packets.
- You can also easily make these in the oven. Follow the same instructions just heat the oven to 425 degrees instead of the grill.
- To make these over a campfire place the foil packets over indirect heat. Since the temperature is more variable, check and make sure everything is cooked after 10-15 minutes.
Can I grill frozen shrimp?
I always thaw my shrimp before cooking. It's a very simple process. You can either move the shrimp to the fridge overnight or put them in a colander and rinse them with cool water until they are thawed.
How can you tell if shrimp are cooked?
Shrimp are cooked with they turn pink and just start to curl. They cook fast and overcooked shrimp can be chewy, so don't overcook them.
Can you make the packets ahead of time?
You can even make the packets ahead of time and have them ready when 6 o'clock rolls around or guests arrive.
How do you store the grilled shrimp in foil?
Store these cooked packets in the fridge for 2-3 days.
I LOVE This Grilled Shrimp In Foil!
This Grilled Shrimp in Foil reminds me of the most delicious Low Country Boil at home. This fast, simple and healthy meal is one you will not be able to resist making on repeat.
As always, I'd love for you to try it yourself and let me know what you think.
This dish is actually a complete meal in the packet BUT it would also go well with some additional side dishes. Here are some ideas of other fresh and healthy summer recipes to round out a menu.
- Watermelon Blueberry & Feta Salad
- Avocado Caprese Salad
- Marinated Cherry Salad
- Healthy Coleslaw
- Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese
- Healthy Blueberry Crisp
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More Healthy Shrimp Recipes:
- Shrimp Pineapple Kabobs
- Fresh & Healthy Shrimp Salsa
- Honey Lime Shrimp Skewers
- Cajun Shrimp Burger
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Teriyaki
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
- Shrimp Lettuce Tacos with Mango Salsa
Healthy Grilled Shrimp in Foil
- ½ pound baby potatoes, cut in ½ inch pieces
- 1 small zucchini, halved and sliced about ¼ inch thick
- ½ pound raw large or jumbo shrimp
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon old bay
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
- salt and pepper
- cooking spray
- Garnish: more lemon, more Old Bay
- Preheat the oven or grill to 425 degrees.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave potatoes for 5-6 minutes until just tender They will finish cooking in the foil..
- Pull out two large pieces of foil... about 18 inches long and spray cooking spray in the center.
- Stack half of the potatoes, zucchini, shrimp, and garlic in the middle of each piece of the foil.
- Drizzle each side with olive oil, half of the lemon, salt, pepper, and the old bay. Carefully toss.
- Fold each foil packet by pulling the sides up and folding and then sealing the ends.
- Place on the grill or on a cookie sheet in the oven.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes and zucchini are tender.
- Open packets and serve with the fresh chopped parsley, additional Old Bay and addition lemon wedges!
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