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Campfire Fish Grilled In Foil Packets With White Wine And Garlic Sauce

Even though we go fishing on camp trips … when my Campfire Fish Grilled In Foil Packets With White Wine And Garlic Sauce is on our camp menu, I go “fishing” in the seafood department of my favorite grocery store!

We need fishing lessons when we are making campfire meals in foil like this! No judging, please.

Campfire Fish Grilled In Foil Packets by CampingForFoodies

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Types Of Firewood

Hardwood is the best wood for campfire cooking. Try using a variety that adds to the flavor of your food, especially if your food is exposed to the campfire coals. Maple, oak and mesquite are great options.

The type of wood is not as critical when you’re cooking in foil packets because your food is sealed inside and not directly exposed to the coals. But, you still want a good flavored wood for cooking.

This is one of my favorite easy campfire recipes because it is super simple, moist, flavorful and relatively healthy (but keep that under your hat so it doesn’t get the ‘healthy tastes horrible’ tag and nobody wants to try it!)

Steps To Make Campfire Grilled Fish In Foil

As written, this recipe serves 4 but because they are individual packets this meal can be easily scaled up to feed larger groups or down to make camping meals for two.

Step 1. Start your campfire or charcoal briquettes.

Camp Cooking Tip: When you are cooking over a campfire, you need to start the fire early enough so you have coals (rather than flames) at the time you begin cooking.

If you are one of those campers who struggles with getting your fires going, don’t worry … you are not alone! Check out these tips on using camping fire starters and you’ll never have trouble starting your campfires again!

Step 2. Prep your ingredients. There is not much prep work for this easy campfire fish cooking method. You’ll just need to chop some garlic, basil and tomatoes.

Step 3. Prepare the cooking packets and layer ingredients in each packet. Seal them for cooking.

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Step 4. Cook the packets over your campfire coals. You don’t have to turn these packets because the fish is actually steaming beautifully!

Depending on how thick your fish is, this is one of the fastest-cooking camping fish recipes you will make … it cooks in about 10 minutes!

Camp Cooking Tip: Make sure you have heavy duty, heat resistant gloves or long tongs in your campfire cooking kit so you can easily handle the hot foil packs without getting burned.


If you want to avoid the alcohol, in you camping dinner recipes, replace white wine with chicken broth mixed with a little lemon zest and about a half tablespoon of lemon juice.

Catching Your Dinner

If you would rather catch your fish than pick it up at the grocery store, you might want to try Fishbrain. 

It is one of the best camping apps if you like fishing on your camp trips! With this FREE app, you can see where the fish are biting and find fish with a Fishing Forecast.


Prepare an entire meal by adding one or two of our awesome camping side dishes.

Make this cold and refreshing Refrigerator Cucumber Salad in advance. It tastes better after the flavors marry a few days. If you need options for gluten free camping food, this salad is a great side for grilled fish, chicken, pork or beef.

This Polish Potato Salad is better than grandma used to make it! We even topped it with a little paprika. It’s a nice cold option if you want potatoes.

If you have enough room on your campfire grate and want a hot potato side dish, try these Camp Potatoes In Aluminum Packs.

These Campfire Carrots are grilled and brushed with a simple glaze made with lemon juice, honey and rosemary.

Burnt Broccoli is marinated then charred over your campfire or camp grill then topped with some yummy Parmesan cheese.

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Campfire Fish Grilled In Foil Packets by CampingForFoodies features flaky white fish, red cherry tomatoes and ribbons of fresh green basil in an opened aluminum packet with a pile of couscous mixed with capers and sun-dried tomatoes ready for serving.

Campfire Fish Grilled In Foil Packets With White Wine And Garlic Sauce

Kim Hanna

Camping For Foodies Dinner Camping Recipes: This Campfire Fish Grilled In Foil Packets will be on your table in about 20 minutes.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 20 mins

Course Dinner Camping Recipes

Cuisine American

Servings 4 Servings

Calories 147 kcal

  • 4 fillets white fish use your favorite white flaky fish, if the pieces are small use 2 per person
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 4 small tomatoes diced (or about 16 cherry tomatoes cut in half)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 lemon slices, optional (for garnish)

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  • Start your campfire or charcoal grill for cooking at medium heat. (See * Note)

  • Lay out 4 pieces of foil (long enough to fold into packets). Fold up the sides to create a sort of bowl to contain the wine when you pour it into the foil packets.

  • Salt and pepper both sides of the fish.

  • Evenly divide the ingredients for all of the packets. On each piece of foil, layer the fish, butter, garlic, basil, tomatoes and wine.

  • Seal the packets tightly for cooking. Watch my video to see how.

  • Let fish cook on cooking grate over medium heat of hot coals from your campfire or charcoal briquettes until the fish flakes easily with a fork (about 10 minutes.) (See ** Note)

  • Using heat-resistant gloves, carefully remove the tin foil pouch from the heat and open it for serving. Be careful not to burn yourself, the steam is very hot.

  • Garnish with fresh lemon slices, if desired. Serve hot.

* NOTE: When using a campfire to cook with foil packets, make sure you are actually cooking over coals rather than a fire. Start your fire well in advance of your cooking so you can manage the heat. You want a nice even heat from coals rather than the flames of burning wood. ** NOTE: The fish will steam inside the packet so there is no need to turn these. The length of cooking time depends on how thick the fish is … so peek inside but don’t burn yourself … the steam is hot! You want the fish just cooked through; it’s done when you can flake it with a fork. Here are a few more useful links: Dutch Oven Temperature Chart Camping For Foodies Recipes List Our Products

Serving: 1gCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 356mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 737IUVitamin C: 67mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg

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Get inspired and creative to eat something different. We have lots more ideas to make sure you are not eating the same old food on every trip!

TV Episode VIDEO

I made this meal on an episode of the Great Food Good Neighbors TV show.

You can see how easy it is to make and watch how I fold the foil packets so the wine doesn’t escape the pouch before it hits the campfire!

We filmed this episode at a campsite in the Lake Pleasant Regional Park.

How to get there

Watch the entire Great Food Good Neighbors (GFGN) TV show here:

Campfire Grilled Fish In Foil Packets With White Wine And Garlic Sauce by CampingForFoodies

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