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Thai Tilapia Packets

Total Time
20 min
Prep
8 min
Cook
12 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Cooking in packets is one of the best ways to keep moisture in fish fillets, and to infuse them with the flavors of herbs and aromatics.
Ingredients

uncooked tilapia fillet(s)

24 oz, (four, 6 oz filets)

uncooked bell pepper(s)

1 item(s), medium, Yellow, stemmed, cored, and cut into thin strips

uncooked bell pepper(s)

1 item(s), medium, Red, stemmed, cored, and cut into thin strips

basil

2 Tbsp, minced

dark brown sugar

4 tsp

fish sauce

4 tsp

fresh lime juice

4 tsp

curry powder

½ tsp

Instructions

  1. 1. Position rack in center of oven; heat oven to 425 F.
  2. 2. Place a 12-inch piece of aluminum foil on your work surface; top with a similarly sized piece of parchment paper. Set a fillet in the center; top with a quarter of the bell pepper strips, a quarter of the minced basil, 1 teaspoon each of the brown sugar, fish sauce and lime juice, and 1/8 teaspoon curry powder. Seal packet well, crimping all sides so no steam can escape. Set on a large baking sheet. Repeat process to make three more packets.
  3. 3. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer packets to plates to open at the table—or open packets and spoon contents of each into a serving bowl.
  4. Serving size: 1 packet
Notes
Be careful: Packets can be searingly hot when they come out of the oven. Use a very large, flat spatula to take them off the baking sheet. Cut packets open with kitchen shears, if desired (rather than prying them open with your fingers). And if you’ve got kids at the table, open theirs for them.

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