Easy Mediterranean Style Fish in Foil

Finished fish

After all the excess of rich Christmas food, I often find myself craving something light and fresh. I really like fish cooked with tomatoes; you may recall a few months ago my recipe for Basa with Tomatoes. This is another version of fish with tomatoes. The colours evoke thoughts of summer eating, and it couldn’t be simpler to make.


(This quantity makes enough for 1-2 people depending on fish fillet size, so obviously double or triple up if you’re cooking for more!)

– 2 Frozen skinless, boneless fillets of white fish. I used Basa again here because I pretty much always have some of that in the freezer (if you use fresh rather than frozen fish, reduce the cooking time).
– A couple of wedges of fresh lemon
– Extra virgin olive oil
– Salt and Pepper
– 1 clove garlic, crushed
– 1 cup cherry tomatoes
– Small handful of fresh basil leaves
– 1/3 cup pitted black olives


1. Lay out a large piece of foil, big enough that you will be able to fully, but loosely encase the ingredients (or two long pieces in a cross shape if you only have narrow foil as I did).

2. Place the two frozen fish fillets on the foil (If you are making a larger quantity then make more than one foil package, two fillets per foil package is enough). Generously brush the fillets with olive oil and squeeze on a good amount of lemon juice. Spread the crushed garlic over. Season well with salt and pepper.

Seasoned fish on foil

3. Throw on the cherry tomatoes, slice the black olives and throw them on, roughly the tear up the basil leaves and scatter them over too.

Fish fully prepared

4. Gather the foil up and roll the top and sides to fully encase the ingredients, try toΒ not leave any gaps, but don’t wrap it tightly, you’re creating a kind of tent for the steam to build up inside and cook it.

5. Place in a pre-heated oven 180C/350F for 25-30 minutes. Check it after 25 minutes by opening up the foil and gently pressing a knife into the fish to see if the flakes separate easily. If it doesn’t seem done, seal it back up, put back in the oven for 5 minutes and check again.

6. I like to serve this with simple boiled or mashed potatoes, or rice – something that will soak up all that lovely juice.

Finished mediterranean fish

Happy New Year everyone!


17 responses to “Easy Mediterranean Style Fish in Foil

    • Being able to enjoy food is one of those things we just completely take for granted until we can’t do it anymore! I really hope you start to improve soon and can get back to enjoying some things again (not just food of course!).


  1. Happy New Year, Vanessa. I see you’ve prepared a fantastic lunch. I’ll be right over while it’s hot. You DID make extra, I hope.

    Sounds great and looks awesome (my favorite word, but no-one else’s). πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  2. This looks like a great meal after the holiday indulgences in heavier fare. πŸ™‚ For some reason, I never have much luck cooking fish. But when someone does it well, I love it! Some of the most memorable meals I’ve eaten at restaurants have been beautifully (and simply) prepared fresh fish caught just that morning. πŸ™‚


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