Food, Lunch/Simple Meal

Hassle-Free Hobo Fish {Quick. Easy. Cheap. Any Day of the Week!}


A few summers ago I was introduced to the wonder that is hobo chicken.

But wait…this recipe is about fish…

Yes it is. But anything can be hobo, if you let it. Literally any meat. I’ve only tried chicken or fish. But as a child I remember my mother cooking a similar meal over the coals of the campfire (we were camping) with ground beef.



The beauty of this recipe is that it is so easy. And I need easy at this time of my life. I’ve got a baby, a toddler and a kindergartener.

Life be crazy.

And if life be crazy for you too, grab some foil, some thinly sliced meat and whatever veggies you have (also thinly sliced) and put this meal together.


It takes hardly any time and can be customized to fit the tastes and preferences of your family.

Plus its so fun when everyone is presented with “their” little tinfoil packet.


Remember to add the butter if you are using a leaner meat like chicken breast. The added fat adds richness and moisture. Plus everything is better with butter.

Butter is better!

Anyways here’s the recipe.



Hassle-Free Hobo Fish

Serves: 4-5

Cook time: 20-25 minutes



  • 5 fillets of thawed tilapia
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into long, thin strips (julienned)
  • frozen fancy green beans
  • 1 onion, cut in half and sliced thin
  • about 3 Tablespoons butter, or a few slices per foil packet
  • salt & pepper



  1. Preheat oven to approximately 390°.
  2. Take some tinfoil and cut it at about 12″ per sheet. Place your fish/other meat in the middle. Repeat for the remaining sheets of foil.
  3. Season your fish with salt & pepper or any other seasonings you desire.
  4. Layer veggies on top. Season.
  5. Fold up the foil packet as pictured above.
  6. Place on a sheet pan and bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until fish is no longer opaque and flakes easily with a fork and veggies are cooked to your liking.

Cost: I calculated that this recipe cost me $5.26 to make 5 of these hobo fish foil packs. That’s just a little over $1 a serving and it is indeed quite cheap!




9 thoughts on “Hassle-Free Hobo Fish {Quick. Easy. Cheap. Any Day of the Week!}”

  1. Yes it is delicious. This is one of my favourite meals to cook. Like you said it is easy, tasty, and so, so easy on the clean up 🙂 If we are in rush we won’t even dirty a dish and just eat right out of the foil. I’ll add different seasoning, some parm cheese. It really is a versatile way to fix a tasty meal OR even just a side dish too. Throw in, for example, some snaps(green beans for those who don’t know) garlic, and some teriyaki. Ok now I am hungry hahaha Great share Rachel. I pray that all is well with you 🙂

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    1. It is indeed a win-win for everybody ☺
      I never thought about doing a side dish that way…those green beans sound good! I love green beans in the summer❤

      I am doing ok, but life with 3 kids can challenging. I’ve had a bit of trouble finding time to blog. But I’m so glad to be posting and happy you stopped by to comme Margaret ☺

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      1. It is my pleasure Rachel. Always love your post. Yes throw all kinds of veggies in there and seasonings. I’ll even use a salad dressing, like italian and spices too. No one has ever turned them down. Although a many years ago one of my best friends husbands said he didn’t want the corn on the cob that I had put in individual foil packs with butter, parm, and ground pepper. I told him he’d eat it an like it. He almost ate them all. Then he had the nerve to look at his wife and ask, why don’t you cook them like this? hahaha. Of course, now I have seen that recipe every where. I love it because it will caramelize the corn….mmmmm Maybe I need to make some for dinner 🙂

        I can only imagine that life with 3 kids is quite the adventure hehehe. I bet there is never, ever a dull moment 🙂

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    1. You are welcome Manda ☺ Yes I had heard of cooking fish in paper (en papillote) but I had never done it either way with fish. It was a bit of an experiment that went right! Thanks for stopping by 🌻


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