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Dinner doesn’t get easier or healthier than this! Baked Lemon Cod and Asparagus are roasted together in a foil packet. Super flavorful dinner with easy cleanup!
I know, I know. We’re all preparing for THE biggest meal of the year, to be followed by holiday parties galore. But, I started this blog with the goal of sharing mostly easy, weeknight friendly recipes for busy families. So in the spirit of keeping weeknight dinners a reality while you’re busy as heck, I want to share one of my favorite “life hacks” for a quick and healthy dinner; foil dinners!
The idea behind a foil dinner is pretty simple. You pair meat with cut vegetables or fruit, some seasonings or sauce, and throw it all in a foil packet. This packet is then placed on a baking tray, and baked for some amount of time. Foil dinners are super quick to throw together, with cutting veggies being the most time consuming thing you usually have to do. They are usually very healthy and low carb, while being filling. They’re hands off, meaning once you have them in the oven, you’re completely free until they’re ready to eat. And finally, they’re SO easy to clean up! Honestly, these foil dinners are a breath of fresh air for me. I feel like I’m always doing dishes. It’s such a welcome break.
Making Baked Lemon Cod with Asparagus in a foil packet is very, very simple. I went to Schnucks to grab my ingredients; cod, asparagus, lemons, onions, seasonings, and bread crumbs.
To make the dish, place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking tray. Spray it with cooking oil. Layer the lemons, cleaned asparagus, another layer of lemons and onions, and finally the cod. Drizzle with olive oil, a few sprays of lemon juice, and seasonings. Then, fold the edges of the foil together and pop in the oven! Make sure to keep the foil packet on the baking tray to make it easy to remove the packet from the oven.
The amount of protein/veggie/fruit/seasoning combinations you can use in foil dinners are literally endless, but I wanted to leave you with a few suggestions. The trick is pairing protein with fruits and veggies that have very similar roasting times. Any large vegetables or fruits should be cut to bite sized portions (1 inch or so) to make sure they cook through. When I went to Schnucks to grab the cod and asparagus, I checked out the other fresh protein and veggie options, and have come up with a few suggestions for you in this quick video (scroll below video for cod recipe).
- 12 ounces cod, fresh or dethawed, at room temperature
- 1 lb asparagus, washed and trimmed
- 2.5 medium lemons, sliced into rounds
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced into rounds/rings
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tbsp lemon pepper
- 1/2 tbsp Schnucks Italian Bread Crumbs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place large foil sheet on baking tray. Spray with cooking coil.
- Place slices of one lemon, and half of the onion slices on the foil sheet.
- Top lemon and onion with asparagus, then another layer of lemon and onion.
- Top with cod. Sprinkle everything with olive oil, garlic salt and lemon pepper. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon over top. Sprinkle bread crumbs over cod.
- Roast for 13-15 minutes, until cod starts to flake and asparagus is crisp-tender.
- Optional: Broil on top rack for 1 minute to brown bread crumbs.