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Amazing Low-Carb Foil Packet Dinners

Who wouldn’t love a tasty low-carb dinner cooked in a foil packet and here are Amazing Low-Carb Foil Packet Dinners to make on the grill, in the oven, or over a campfire! Use Low-Carb Round-Ups to find more round-ups like this one.

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It’s Father’s Day weekend, and if you’re still looking for ideas to cook for dad I can recommend any of the recipes in my round-up of Low-Carb Dad-Friendly Grilling Recipes. But this new round-up of Amazing Low-Carb Foil Packet Dinners also makes me think about Father’s Day, for a variety of reasons.

First of all, many dads love camping and these dinners are perfect to cook when you’re camping. Second, most dads like cooking on the grill, and all these foil packet dinners are perfect for that. And finally, dads who cook often like easy dinner ideas, and nothing is much easier than cooking in foil.

And of course any mention of Father’s Day makes me remember my amazing shrimp-loving dad! If my dad was still alive I’d certainly be making Family Favorite (but not low-carb) Shrimp and Macaroni Salad for him. If you’re lucky enough to be celebrating Father’s Day with your family, I hope you’ll be making something that’s a favorite with the dads in your family!

Tips for Making Perfect Low-Carb Foil Packet Dinners:

  1. Whether you’re cooking on the grill, in the oven, or over a campfire, wrapping ingredients in a double layer of foil is always a good idea. Heavy Duty Foil is best.
  2. Spraying or brushing the inside piece of foil with olive oil or non-stick spray can help prevent food from sticking to the foil.
  3. Put ingredients that take more time to cook at the bottom of the packet and quicker-cooking ingredients closer to the top.
  4. If you have some ingredients that take more time to cook, also cut those in smaller pieces than the quicker-cooking ingredients.
  5. Season the food well before you seal the foil packet shut. Add something like oil, butter, or liquid to keep the ingredients moist inside the foil.
  6. For best results, don’t make foil packets too big.
  7. Lay out the two pieces of foil and add ingredients. Then lift the inside piece of foil to the center and make several short folds to seal the foil shut. Then make several short folds on each end to seal the ends. Repeat the same folding process with the outside piece of foil.
  8. You can cook foil packet dinners directly on the oven grates or grill grates, but for cooking over a campfire don’t cook directly over fire. You can cook over coals that had burned down if you’re careful to turn the dinners often, or those standing grill grates that some campground have are ideal for foil dinners.
  9. Timing for foil packet dinners will depend on the ingredients you use, but generally cooking time will be the same for the grill or the oven, and slightly shorter for cooking on a campfire.
  10. For most recipes, add cheese after the foil packet is opened.
  11. You can make foil packet dinners ahead and refrigerate until you cook, but for best results let them come to room temperature before you put them on the grill, in the oven, or cook over a campfire.

Low Carb Tin Foil Dinners from KalynsKitchen.com

These Low-Carb Tin-Foil Dinners from Kalyn’s Kitchen are something I made for years when we used to have an annual Denny Family Campout, even though no one had ever heard of low-carb back in those days. And this was when it was called tin foil, although now it seems it’s been officially shortened to foil!

Sausage and Shrimp Campfire Packets

Sausage and Shrimp Campfire Packets from All Day I Dream About Food look like a dinner that would be a hit whether you’re camping or eating at home!

Foil Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes

Foil-Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes from Kalyn’s Kitchen is a recipe I have made many, many times for guests, and this has always been a hit.

Caprese Chicken Foil Packets

Dara from Cookin’ Canuck says these Caprese Chicken Foil Packets can be cooked on the grill, in the oven, or over a campfire, and this sounds like a dinner just about anyone would like!

Campfire Foil Dinner of Meatloaf in Onion Cups

You’ll have to sub your favorite low-carb meatloaf recipe for the meatloaf part of these Campfire Foil Dinners of Meatloaf in Onion Cups from my friend Donna at Apron Strings, but I absolutely love this idea of cooking the meatloaf inside an onion that’s covered with bacon!

Low-Carb Autumn Tin Foil Dinners

Low-Carb Autumn Tin Foil Dinners from Kalyn’s Kitchen have autumn ingredients like cabbage and carrots, but you can certainly eat this any time of year. Use less carrots if you prefer for fewer carbs.

Sausage, Cauliflower, and Green Bean Foil Packets

Another foil packet dinner that sounds like it would taste great any time of year is these Sausage, Cauliflower, and Green Bean Foil Packets from Step Away from the Carbs.

Low-Carb Grilled Greek Chicken Packets

Low-Carb Grilled Greek Chicken Packets from Kalyn’s Kitchen have all those Greek chicken flavors I love, with melted Feta cheese, yum!

Fish and Vegetable Foil Dinner

You could use the veggies you prefer for this Fish and Vegetable Foil Dinner from Real Housemoms, but the recipe as written has some great low-carb veggie choices.

Asparagus Salmon Foil Packets

Asparagus and Salmon Foil Packets from Spend with Pennies sound easy and amazing, and I’m always up for a dinner with salmon and asparagus!

Grilled Salmon Packets with Tomatoes, Olives, and Saffron

These Grilled Salmon Packets with Tomatoes, Olives, Garlic, Thyme, and Saffron from Kalyn’s Kitchen are a very old recipe (and now I’d probably use a bit less tomatoes) but this is such a delicious combination I had to include this recipe!

Shrimp Foil Packets with Zucchini

And I absolutely love all the flavors in these Shrimp Foil Packets with Zucchini from Recipes from a Pantry, and I bet any shrimp fan would love this dinner.

More Ideas for Cooking in Foil:

Foil-Wrapped Grilled Fish Packets with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Green Onions ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sausage and Veggie Grill Packets ~ The View from Great Island
Foil-Wrapped Grilled (or Baked) Butternut Squash with Sage ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cheesy Maple-Dijon Chicken Foil Packets with Veggies ~ Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Baked Salmon in Foil ~ Low-Carb with Jennifer
Keto Salmon in Foil Packets with Pesto ~ I Breathe I’m Hungry

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    2 Comments on “Amazing Low-Carb Foil Packet Dinners”

  1. I use my toaster oven exclusively and have read that aluminum foil should not be used in it. Do you have a suggestion for an alternative? Perhaps parchment paper?

    • I didn’t know that about toaster ovens but I googled it and it did confirm what you said. I don’t think these dinners will cook in parchment, but I’m not that experienced with it. But if you have a small casserole dish with a lid, I can’t see any reasons why you couldn’t just assemble the ingredients and cook it in that. Or cook on a grill if you have one, or on a grill pan on top of the stove. Hope that helps.