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Hobo Packs with Fish Filets
Al Roker’s hobo packs with fish filets and fresh veggies
Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
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These hobo packs are a quick and easy way to make a healthy dinner of fish and vegetables. 


  • Ingredients

    • 4 fillets of grouper or snapper, 6-8 ounces each
    • 8 scallions, white & green parts sliced into ½" pieces
    • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
    • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 bunch fresh herbs, such as thyme, oregano, chervil, marjoram, dill
    • ½ cup white wine, broth or water
    • Olive oil or other cooking oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste


Season the fillets with salt and pepper.

There will be one hobo pack per filet, and each pack will require 1 sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil, approximately 16 to 18 inches. Onto one sheet of foil, drizzle a little olive oil into the center.

Al Roker’s hobo packs with fish filets and fresh veggies Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Place a filet of fish just off center, then top with one-fourth of the scallions, garlic and tomatoes. Season with a bit more salt and pepper. Sprinkle some herb leaves over the top and fold the longer side of foil over the filling and fold the edges together to seal well. Stop before the last side is sealed and add 2 tablespoons wine, broth or water to the pack, then seal the last side completely.

Repeat with remaining 3 packs. 


Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place packs onto a sheet pan and cook in oven 15 minutes, the pack should be fully puffed. Remove and let sit 3-4 minutes, then open carefully and slice contents onto a plate. OR… Place the unopened packs onto large plates and let each person open their own. [Good for getting kids engaged.]

Stove top

Place a large cast-iron or stainless skillet on a burner over high heat. Spread a thin slick of oil in the bottom of pan and let get really hot. Place 1 or 2 packs in the pan, as many as will fit with bottom flat on pan, and let cook about 10 minutes. The pack will puff up fully from the steam inside, kind of fun to watch. Remove packs from pan and place onto a board or directly onto serving plates. Let sit 3-4 minutes, then open carefully and slide contents onto plate. 


Light a grill. Place the foil packets on the grill, close the lid and cook over high heat until the fish is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes; let the packets rest for 2 minutes.

Swap options

Instead of scallions, use shallots or red onions.  Instead of tomatoes, use peppers, carrots, asparagus or green beans.