Fish in a Pouch

In Poustinia: A Novel, Amanda and Joe prepare Fish in a Pouch for a special dinner with Father Jim. Amanda notes how easy it is to prepare, and she wasn’t wrong. You really don’t even need to measure anything. Select the veggies and type of fish you like, season all to taste, wrap in aluminum foil or parchment, and bake.

Fish in a Pouch

Delicious, nutritious, and easy to make with any type of fish or veggies.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Baked Fish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1


  • 4 oz. Cod Any type of fish can be used.
  • 1/4 yellow onion
  • 4 oz. frozen green beans
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. butter


  1. Layer vegetables on a sheet of tin foil or parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper.

    Place fish on top. Season with salt, poultry seasoning, and parsley.

    Wrap and seal the tin foil to create a packet of the fish and veggies. Place the packet on a baking sheet or pie plate.

    Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. Cut small slit in packet to release steam.

    Open packet and serve.

Recipe Notes

Use any type of fish. I like flounder, cod, or tilapia. A thicker fish may need additional cooking time.

Use your favorite vegetables. I used frozen green and yellow beans. You can use fresh beans as well. I also like onions, but they can be omitted.

I vary the seasonings. You could use Old Bay seasoning or paprika on top to add color. The poultry seasoning gave the fish an interesting and tasty flavor.

Be careful opening the pouch. Steam can cause a bad burn.

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

The main character in No Gifts to Bring suggested this hearty vegetable beef soup to feed a group of cold travelers. The neat thing about the recipe is that it’s so easy to make and it’s an affordable way to feed a crowd. You really don’t even need to measure anything. And it’s so healthy, particularly if you limit the amount of salt.

Easy to Make, healthy to eat.
Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8 Servings
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 small potatoes
  • 32 oz. beef broth
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot. Let cooked meat drain on paper towels while washing the pot to remove excess fat.
  2. Dice onion and celery and saute for a few minutes on low heat in the clean pot.
  3. Add carton of beef broth and can of tomatoes. Using the empty can, add water as needed. Cook on medium heat.
  4. Dice potatoes and add to pot. Add salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Add frozen vegetables. Simmer until vegetables are tender.
You can substitute any type of leftover beef, cut into cubes, for the hamburger.