I made you this fish because I have a feeeeeeling that somebody ate way too many cookies yesterday.

I just know these sorts of things. It’s like I’m inside your head. Or creepily peeking through your window. Hiiii.


But… I’m lying. I actually made this fish like five weeks ago before I went to the beach. But! It was all because I had a premonition that you would eat six too many cookies on July 13th and need something satisfying and good-for-da-waistline on July 14th. I love when life works out.

And I’m here to tell you something very important: Grilling food in cute little packets makes them eight times more exciting to eat. And bonus – barely any clean up! We all know that’s quite the priority for me. I’m currently finger-doodling hearts on my dusty coffee table while writing this post. I don’t even own a dust rag or dust bunny or dust feathers or whatever you call them. Problem.

So. Everything about this tilapia is a good idea. Unless, of course… you don’t like tilapia. In which case, I say you try it with thin-sliced chicken breast. Or just eat another cookie. Same thing.

I know how you feel. I’d rather eat something super delicious and rich and devoid of any nutritional value today too. But sometimes life throws you fish. Or you catch it. Whatever.


And pureed peaches + herbs give this fish a delicious tinge of sweetness piled on top of all it’s flaky layers. Just make sure to use a good peach. There isn’t much worse in the world besides a bad peach. Am I right or am I right? If I’m lucky, I get approximately 10 juicy, sweet peaches a season and the rest? Trash bin city. Mealy, flavorless… gross and heart breaking. I’m just telling you – sacrifice one or two of your perfect peaches this summer and slather them on some tilapia. Summer is the best.

Tilapia Peach Packets

makes 4 packets

4 tilapia filets

2 peaches, peeled and sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 medium red onion, sliced

In a food processor or blender, combine peaches, garlic, olive oil and parsley and blend until combined and pureed. Add tilapia filets to a baking dish or a ziplock bag and cover with puree. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 12-14 hours.

When ready to cook, heat the grill on the highest setting. Tear 4 squares of aluminum foil – mine were about 10 x 10 inches each. On the bottom of each pocket, lay 3-4 slices of red onion. Even if you don’t like onion this is a great way to flavor your fish! Remove tilapia from the marinade and lay each filet on top of the onion. Fold up the sides to close the packet and place on the grill onion side down. Grill for 10-12 minutes, or until fish is just flaky.

If you don’t want to use the grill, you can also do these in the oven – preheat to 425 degrees and bake in the packets for 12-15 minutes, or until the fish flakes. Serve with grilled asparagus and rice.

Since asparagus season is pretty much over, I hear this tilapia would be good with potatoes too!

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90 Responses to “Tilapia Peach Packets.”

  1. #
    thenailaholic — July 14, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    I LOVE peaches with fish! I usually put a little bit of chili powder on mine though. YUM :)


  2. #
    kelly — July 14, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    Can I say that the second I read this I started to thaw out my fish?? Here in alabama, we have chilton county peaches which are the BEST and cannot wait to add them to my fish tonight


    • Jessica — July 14th, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

      Let me know how it turns out!


  3. #
    Rose — July 14, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    How long should I cook it if I use chicken?


    • Jessica — July 14th, 2011 @ 6:09 pm

      It depends on how thick it is but I’d start at 20 minutes and go from there.


  4. #
    bianca — July 14, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    I love tilapia and zero clean; I’m completely sold!


  5. #
    CouponClippingCook — July 15, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    Great minds must think alike!….I just posted a salmon dish in a foil tent. Your recipe sounds delicious and your pictures are beautiful as always!


  6. #
    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — July 15, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    I love fish, especially when cooked in packets like this as it retains so much flavour and moisture, mmm :) This recipe looks drop dead delicious, and so different too, i would never have thought of putting peaches in there! Fresh summery yumminess in fish form, lovely recipe indeed


  7. #
    Laura McNamara — July 15, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Looks excellent, and so simple too. I made cod last night with a little hot pepper flakes but this looks way above what I was throwing together. Fruit and fish… fabulous!


  8. #
    CherylK — July 15, 2011 @ 11:16 am

    I’ve got tilapia in my freezer as we speak! And nectarines which I think will be a fine substitute for the peaches. It’s raining like crazy but if it stops raining I’ll do this tonight! Thanks!


  9. #
    Brooke Maureau — July 15, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    I WILL be making this ASAP! YUUUUMMMMM!!!!!
    XOXO-Brooke @ http://www.maureaumemoirs.blogspot.com


  10. #
    Susan — July 15, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    Yum! This one’s right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!


  11. #
    naomi — July 16, 2011 @ 2:11 am

    Love tilapia the peach pairing is perfect!


  12. #
    Vicki in GA — July 17, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    I live in the north Georgia mountains and fresh fish isn’t always available.
    I’m going to make your recipe using chicken – I love peaches and chicken together.


  13. #
    Allie — July 18, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    Oooo! I’ve always wanted to try fish packets. Such an easy way to prepare it. Thinking about making this with sea bass, my absolute favorite fish!


  14. #
    Gretchen — July 18, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    As soon as I read this I got busy preparing the marinade!


  15. #
    Kelsey — July 19, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    I was wanting to make this for dinner last night, but forgot about the whole marinating thing. So, it’s dinner tonight! :D


  16. #
    Sydney — July 20, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    I made this for dinner last night with your roasted green beans recipe. I used salmon instead of tilapia, but it was still amazing! Great idea.


  17. #
    Tami — October 18, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    This sounds so tasty and Im glad someone suggested sea bass as that too is my fav fish. I also wanted to comment that I am going to attempt this in a toaster oven as..yes pause for dramatic affect….I do not have a stove/oven or a bbq. Im hoping this will turn out nontheless. Also wanted to comment on the hilarity of the way you speak/write. Excellent reading. You could write about anything and Im sure it would sounds awesome. just sayin :o)



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