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If you're in a pinch, like Asian flavors, and looking for a super simple weeknight meal, this ginger soy sesame fish in a pouch is for you!

Moms are pretty much geniuses but you’ll never hear a child admit that.

You only figure that out once you grow up…which was like 5 years ago when I realized I needed to cook for myself and there was no meal plan anymore and I couldn’t just head on down to the cafeteria and grab something to eat.

Enter “the list.”

My mom gave me a list of dishes that she used to make for my brother and I when we were younger. They were always super simple and quick because that’s how it had to be around our house. My mom would get home from work and have two starving kids and a husband to feed so a lot of her meals were extremely quick but ALWAYS flavorful.

This ginger soy sesame fish in a pouch was on that list and it was something that my mom would make for us all the time when we were young. She sometimes did it in the microwave but most of the time she popped it in the oven. It always made the house smell SO good. I love the combination of sesame oil and ginger!

If you're in a pinch, like Asian flavors, and looking for a super simple weeknight meal, this ginger soy sesame fish in a pouch is for you!

If you're in a pinch, like Asian flavors, and looking for a super simple weeknight meal, this ginger soy sesame fish in a pouch is for you!

If you're in a pinch, like Asian flavors, and looking for a super simple weeknight meal, this ginger soy sesame fish in a pouch is for you!

If you're in a pinch, like Asian flavors, and looking for a super simple weeknight meal, this ginger soy sesame fish in a pouch is for you!

If you’re in a pinch and looking for a super simple weeknight recipe, this is the one for you. Takes like…10 minutes to make and if you serve this with rice or veggies, you’ve got yourself a pretty filling meal! The oven method gives you super tender, flaky fish and the extra sauce you can pour over your rice or you can put the fish over a bed of salad and drizzle the extra sauce on top. Talk about healthy! You should totally get this on your weeknight meal plan lineup. I’m telling you, we have this often because of how healthy and easy it is. I sometimes like to drizzle some sriracha on top before serving because I’m totally obsessed with sriracha now. Used to not be a fan but man oh man, I swear it’s good on EVERYTHING.

Ginger Soy Sesame Fish in a Pouch

If you're in a pinch, like Asian flavors, and looking for a super simple weeknight meal, this ginger soy sesame fish in a pouch is for you!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 2

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 296kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 2 fresh white fish filets (cod, halibut, or your favorite)
  • 4 tsp sesame oil, divided
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 20 thin slices of ginger root
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Have ready two pieces of aluminum foil, each big enough to fit the fish filet in the middle with about 5 inches of foil on either side.
  • Place one fish filet in the middle of one sheet of foil.
  • Drizzle 2 tsp. of sesame oil on top and gently rub it all over the fish with your fingertips then flip the filet over to coat the other side with the excess sesame oil that has dripped onto the foil. Drizzle 1 tbsp. of soy sauce on top then add 10 slices of ginger, half the chopped scallions and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring up the two long sides of the aluminum foil to a tent then together, roll them down while bringing the two other sides up so the liquid doesn't drip out. You should get a nice little pouch/packet.
  • Repeat with the other filet.
  • Place both foil packets on a baking sheet and bake fish for 10-15 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flaky.
  • Carefully unwrap the fish from the package. There is HOT liquid that may come out from either side so be careful!
  • Serve hot over a bed of rice, veggies, or a salad.

Notes

Depending on the size of your filets, you may not need to cook them as long as I did (15 minutes) or you may need to cook them longer. To check up on the fish after 10 minutes, gently open the pouch from the top and use a fork to prick into the middle of the filet to see if it's still raw.
You can use frozen fish filets, too but I'd let them thaw out first and then follow the instructions above.
Nutrition Facts
Ginger Soy Sesame Fish in a Pouch
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 42g84%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Dana

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

This is my go to recipe! If I am lucky enough to have leftovers, I make soup the next day. I put fish aside, then boil leftover drippings and chicken stock together. After 10 minutes, strain it and then bring back up to a boil. I add back in the fish and thinly sliced veggies and serve on top of rice. It's so good!

Julie

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Sounds delicious!

Claudia

Wednesday 14th of May 2014

Made this last night with Mahi Mahi. It was so quick and easy to make and it was DELICIOUS! I made a 3rd piece of fish because I had a feeling my husband would want seconds... and he did haha! THANK YOU!

Julie

Thursday 15th of May 2014

Yum! Mahi mahi is a wonderful substitution - I'm jealous of your dinner :) I'm really glad you and your husband enjoyed it!

Helen @ Scrummy Lane

Sunday 11th of May 2014

I'm always impressed by recipes that are easy and tasty AND healthy and this one definitely fits the bill. I love fish but for some reason don't buy it very often. Thanks for this ... super useful idea!

Meredith

Thursday 8th of May 2014

Great flavors and so simple to put together after a busy day!

Laura (Tutti Dolci)

Thursday 8th of May 2014

Love this for a quick weeknight dinner!