Friday, March 8, 2013

Foil-Baked Lemon-Garlic Fish and Asparagus

Lately I have been dealing with a lot of mom-guilt over the twins.  They take up SO much of my time, and it leaves me with little to no time to spend with Caroline and Smith.  So when I am just running out for some mundane errands (which sadly is the highlight of my week), I try and take Caroline along with me for some quality mother-daughter time.

Last week we were at Whole Foods, and Caroline asked if we could buy some fish for dinner.  She didn't have to ask me twice - I love the fish counter there, and the idea for this recipe had been rattling around in my brain for months.  I went with halibut because I like it so much, and it was on special that day.  But any white fish should work - just adjust the cooking time for the thickness.

As I was cooking dinner, Joey and Caroline had a funny little conversation:

Joey:  Mommy bought some nice fish for dinner tonight, are you excited?
Caroline:  Yes!  I love nice fish - it's delicous.  We don't eat mean fish though, they don't taste yummy.

That girl cracks us up to no end.  She's right though.  This fish was delicious.  I made a simple compound butter with lemon, garlic, and herbs, and slathered it on each piece of fish.  I then wrapped each portion in a foil-packet, along with some asparagus and lemon slices.  After a very brief stint in the oven, you have a super flavorful, healthy fish dinner.  The lemon butter melts over the fish and asparagus, and you have a tasty sauce to pour over the fish.  I served it over couscous, but it would be great over any number of grains - rice, quinoa, orzo, etc.

Foil-Baked Lemon-Garlic Fish and Asparagus
loosely inspired by this foil-baked fish
serves 4
  • 4 (6-8 oz) skinless white fish filets, about 1-inch thick
  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbes de provence
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. asparagus, woody ends snapped off
  • 4 lemon slices, plus more for serving.
  • 4 Tbs dry white wine
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Cut 4 pieces of foil, each measuring about 10x14 inches.  Divide the asparagus evenly between the foil sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, top with a lemon slice, and set aside.  Pat the fish dry with paper towels, and season with salt and pepper.

Using a fork, combine the butter, lemon zest and juice, herbs, garlic, pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Spread 1 tablespoon of the butter on each piece of fish.  Carefully transfer each piece of fish to the foil, and pour 1 tablespoon of wine over each piece.  Wrap and seal the packets, and transfer to a baking sheet.

Bake until the fish is just cooked through and the asparagus is crisp-tender, 15-20 minutes.  Open very carefully, as the steam will burn!  Serve the fish and asparagus with the accumulated juices in the packet and extra lemon.


Made in Sonoma said...

This looks so delicious! As a kid, I hated when my dad would cook fish, so you're very lucky to have a kid that loves it!

Rachel said...

We really never eat fish because I don't really like it/know how to cook it. I've been wanting to try it and I think I'll start with this delicious looking recipe!

Wendy said...

I know what's going to be on my menu next week. I will make sure I get nice fish and not mean fish too.

Joanne said...

Aww Caroline just gets cuter and cuter!! And I'm sure she appreciates the mom-daughter time you guys get to spend well as the delicious meals that you prepare!

cathy pollak @ Noble Pig said...

i THINK i AM just so impressed you write a blog with TWINS and other kids...owing to you. And this looks like it was a beautiful dinner too!

Anne said...

This looks perfect for the beginning of spring! I also have some cod that I want to use so I'll be making this soon!

Kelsey said...

Josie, you are amazing! I am so impressed you are able to balance life with four young kids and still cook such wonderful meals. On top of it all, you blog. You're doing great!

Skagway said...

I love to try this recipe. I'm so amazed on how you manage everything. Good luck!

Patch said...

looks great! I must try this

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