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
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
- Preheat oven to approximately 390°.
- 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.
- Season your fish with salt & pepper or any other seasonings you desire.
- Layer veggies on top. Season.
- Fold up the foil packet as pictured above.
- 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!