I remember when The Boy and I first moved in together, I was bending over backwards trying to cook health meals every night. My attempt to be healthy meant LOTS of baked meals, which was basically torture during the warm summer months. Grilling is the perfect way to enjoy healthy meals without heating the entire house, but truth be told I don’t know the first thing about grilling. Lucky for me, The Boy has become a bit of a grill master and since he handles the hard stuff (getting the fire/heat just right), I can focus on what’s actually going ON the grill. Over the weekend, I decided to try my hand at grilled shrimp foil packets. They ended up coming out really well considering I’m no pro when it comes to the kitchen and a total novice on the grill.
Let me say this again, The Boy takes care of getting the grill ready for me. I know that you add charcoal, lighter fluid, and a match, but as to when the grill is ready to have food put on it or how to cool the fire down it’s all a mystery to me. I’m willing to bet a quick google search could probably teach me all I need to know, but since my honey is so good at it I think I’ll just let him keep doing it.
Now to get to the actual recipe…it seems as though every summer I see renditions of this recipe and they all vary a little. I was being a little lazy/cheap and decided to just use the ingredients I had on hand, with the exception of the polish sausage I did run to the store for.
- 1.5 lbs of Uncooked Shrimp
- 1 package of Hillshire Farm Smoked Beef Sausage
- 2 Large Rustic Potatoes
- 3 Ears of Corn
- 1.5 Tbsp of Sea Salt
- 1.5 Tbsp of Pepper
- 3.5 Tbsp of Garlic Salt
- 3.5 Tbsp of Garlic Powder
- 2 Tbsp of Paprika
- 3.5 Tbsp of Seasoning Salt
- 1 cup of Melted Margarine
- 3 Tbsp of Parsley
- 1 Tbsp of Basil
- Shuck corn and cut into 1/2 inch slices
- Cut sausage into 1/4 inch slices
- Cut potatoes into 1 inch "squares" (cut potato in half length wise, cut each half length wise, then cut each piece in 1" chunks)
- Soak potatoes in water until you are ready to season everything
- Prepare four pieces of aluminum foil each of at least 14" long
- Divide shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn evenly between each piece of foil
- Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, garlic salt, garlic powder, paprika, and seasoning salt over food.
- Fold long sides of aluminum oil upward
- Add parsley, basil, and margarine to sauce pan (or microwaveable container)
- Heat until margarine is melted
- Pour margarine mixture evenly between each foil packet
- Quickly fold the short edges of the aluminum foil to close the packets
- Add foil packets to grill, away from direct heat,
- Cook until shrimp are orange and potatoes are tender (approx. 40 mins, but this will vary depending on temperature of grill)
- Carefully remove from grill
- Garnish with extra parsley (optional) and serve
We only had cooked shrimp in the freezer so I waited to add them until the potatoes were almost fully cooked. I seasoned them and added butter the same way as the other ingredients, but simply added them to the foil packets a little later as to avoid the shrimp being overcooked. Having the entire meal in a foil packet, on the grill made clean up extremely fast and easy. If you don’t mess with your foil packets too much while they’re cooking, you can eat straight out of the packet or you can do what I did and slide it all into a Tupperware container for lunch during the week! So there you guys have it, my favorite super easy summer recipe! Shrimp foil packets are easy, tasty, and sure to please even the pickiest eater.
Have you ever had shrimp foil packets or any other foil packet meals? Drop your favorite simple foil packet meals below!