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!

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
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
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!
Servings: 2
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Place one fish filet in the middle of one sheet of foil.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Repeat with the other filet.
  6. Place both foil packets on a baking sheet and bake fish for 10-15 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flaky.
  7. Carefully unwrap the fish from the package. There is HOT liquid that may come out from either side so be careful!
  8. Serve hot over a bed of rice, veggies, or a salad.
Recipe 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.


Posted on May 07, 2014

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 05/07/2014 at 8:49 am

    This sounds good! I am always looking for a new way to cook fish. I will have to give this a try.

  2. 05/07/2014 at 8:52 am

    I am trying to eat more fish in my diet. This is perfect! Will be trying soon :)

  3. 05/07/2014 at 9:02 am

    Moms are totally genius. Although, I do wish mine could give me recipe like this! It looks so good!

  4. 05/07/2014 at 9:09 am

    I need to try this! It sounds so flavorful and look how perfectly flaky it is!! Maybe you should make this for your mom this weekend? ;)

  5. 05/07/2014 at 9:26 am

    Great weeknight meal!

  6. Kelly
    05/07/2014 at 9:32 am

    I’ve often cooked fish in a pouch like this – it’s easy, easy to clean, and cooks the fish perfectly. I’ll definitely have to try this recipe!

  7. 05/07/2014 at 9:35 am

    absolutely love the idea of this fish in a pouch. i usually make it with salmon in a parchment paper but this one is definitely much more flavorful..i cant wait to make it.

  8. 05/07/2014 at 9:42 am

    This fish is seasoned perfectly!! Love the preparation :)

  9. ERICA
    05/07/2014 at 9:48 am

    This looks delicious. One question though – do you use frozen or fresh fish?

  10. erica
    05/07/2014 at 9:49 am

    Question – do you use fresh or frozen fish?

    • Julie
      05/07/2014 at 10:40 am

      I used fresh. I just added a note about using frozen fish. Thanks!

  11. 05/07/2014 at 10:09 am

    Totally the kind of family dinner my kids and I love!

  12. 05/07/2014 at 10:36 am

    Love these flavors! Perfect for those busy days!

  13. 05/07/2014 at 11:30 am

    This looks so good and flaky and perfectly seasoned!!

  14. 05/07/2014 at 11:44 am

    this fish is just the perfect blend of flavors. I might seriously make this for dinner tonight- looks light and delicious!

  15. 05/07/2014 at 12:14 pm

    So easy to make and I love this recipe. We were literally just talking about how we need to eat more fish and need some inspiration. This is it!

  16. 05/07/2014 at 12:32 pm

    This sounds so light and refreshing! Moms really are the best!

  17. 05/07/2014 at 12:45 pm

    I love the simplicity of the recipe. Perfect weeknight meal.

  18. 05/07/2014 at 1:50 pm

    I have “the list” too and it’s full of childhood favorites. I have to try this fish, Julie. I love ginger sesame anything!

  19. 05/07/2014 at 1:57 pm

    I reckon all mom have a list.. you’re lucky to have had this one on yours!

  20. 05/07/2014 at 2:39 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious and I love the design of the new site!!

  21. Carol
    05/07/2014 at 3:43 pm

    Julie, my husband is allergic to sesame. Can you suggest someting to replace the sesame oil so we can try this?

    • Julie
      05/07/2014 at 3:58 pm

      I don’t think this dish will turn out correctly if you substituted another oil for the sesame oil. The sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce create the main power-combo flavor of this dish. You could try substituting peanut oil for the sesame oil, but I cannot guarantee the taste of it. Sorry! If you try it with peanut oil, let me know how it goes.

      • Carol
        05/08/2014 at 10:47 am

        Thank you. I was afraid it was a major part :(

  22. 05/08/2014 at 12:57 am

    This looks so perfect for a light and quick meal!

  23. 05/08/2014 at 9:56 am

    I love how easy and FLAVORFUL this recipe is!!!!!! That fish looks super moist and those juices collected must smell so goooooood!!!!!!! :)

  24. 05/08/2014 at 10:19 am

    Oh such a wonderful idea! I need to hound my mother for a list of her go-to recipes – she was always such a star at getting us kids fed quickly and all the meals were delicious! I want to create the same habits before I have kids. Thanks for sharing! xo


  25. 05/08/2014 at 6:58 pm

    Love this for a quick weeknight dinner!

  26. 05/08/2014 at 8:41 pm

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

  27. 05/11/2014 at 2:46 pm

    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!

  28. Claudia
    05/14/2014 at 2:00 pm

    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
      05/15/2014 at 8:03 am

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

  29. Dana
    06/07/2017 at 5:25 pm

    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
      06/08/2017 at 8:02 am

      Sounds delicious!

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