Quick & Easy Lemon Lime White Fish Recipe Cooked in Foil Packets

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If you are looking for a healthy, simple yet tasty summer dinner idea then this Lemon Lime White Fish recipe is perfect. You can use any kind of firm white fish for this dish, plus a combination of lemon, limes, cilantro, butter, and jalapenos. Easily made in foil packets, either on the grill outside or inside the oven, the fish is ready to enjoy in around 30 minutes.

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Lemon Lime White Fish Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved. Some images for illustrative purposes.

You’re in for a pleasant surprise if you’ve never tried foil packet cooking. It simply takes a few minutes to prepare, and cleanup is a breeze!

This method can be used year-round indoors, or put the foil packets onto your grill for a light and healthy lunch during the summer.

This method can be used with any combination of fish, lean protein, and vegetables.

This recipe can be made with any firm white fish, such as cod, grouper, or halibut.

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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online. Staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., aren’t always included here as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ALL ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card.

  • Fresh ProduceLemons, Limes, Cilantro, Jalapeño
  • ProteinYour choice of firm, white fish such as cod, grouper, or halibut
  • DairyUnsalted Butter

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Lemon-Lime White Fish Recipe

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Recipe Tips

  • You can use fresh or frozen fish in this recipe. Add 2-3 minutes to cook time if starting with frozen fillets.

How Do I Make Lemon Lime White Fish?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Lemon Lime White Fish Recipe

Lemon Lime White Fish

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

If you are looking for a healthy, simple yet tasty summer dinner idea then this Lemon Lime White Fish recipe is perfect.


  • 4 (6-oz/150g) fresh or frozen* fish fillets
  • 12 slices lemon
  • 8 slices lime
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. If preparing indoors, preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Tear off 4 sheets of aluminum foil into sections large enough to fold over fillets, with another couple of inches on each side to seal.
  2. Place one fillet slightly off-center on each sheet and add 3 lemon slices and 2 lime slices on top of each. Sprinkle one-quarter of the cilantro and jalapeno pepper over each fillet, and top with one tablespoon of butter. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

  3. Fold the aluminum foil in half over the ingredients. Fold the 3 open sides, one at a time, over several times to seal the packet completely. Seal the packet tight enough to hold in the steam, but allow enough room for the air to expand.
  4. .Place the foil packets in the center of the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or place on hot grill over medium, direct heat and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven (or grill) and carefully open the foil packets to avoid the hot steam. Discard the lemon and lime slices. Transfer fillets to individual serving plates, if desired, or leave inside foil packets and serve with your choice of sides Enjoy!

    Lemon Lime White Fish Recipe


  • *Add 2-3 minutes to cook time if starting with frozen fillets.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 123mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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