As much as I love cooking, cleaning up is rarely my favorite part. So when I heard about making meals entirely in foil packs that could be tossed afterward, I was intrigued. Not only is there barely any mess to clean, but cooking en papillote (in parchment packets) traps in moisture and infuses food with flavor.

I’ve experimented with many different foil pack combinations over the years. But one stands out as an absolute crowd-pleaser – these baked shrimp and broccoli packets with a garlicky, lemony butter sauce. They make the perfect easy weeknight dinner or casual party appetizer.

With minimal prep, you essentially create individual parcels of goodness that cook to perfection together inside their foil. The shrimp and broccoli steam to tenderness while absorbing the sauce’s bright, herby essence. It’s flavorful yet light enough for any season.

1. Baked Shrimp and Broccoli Foil Packs with Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

Here is the simple recipe to feed 2 as a meal or 4 as an appetizer


  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1⁄4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 pieces heavy duty foil or parchment paper


Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Place a quarter of the shrimp and broccoli in the center of each foil piece.

In a small bowl, mash together the butter, garlic, lemon zest and juice, and red pepper flakes if using. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide butter mixture evenly among foil packs, placing dollops on top of ingredients. Bring two opposite edges of foil up and fold to meet in the center then fold that double layer over once or twice to seal well. Repeat folding the other two edges to fully enclose ingredients.

Place packets on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 18-20 minutes until shrimp are pink and opaque and broccoli is tender. Serve foil pack intact or empty onto plates for enjoyment!

This recipe is sure to become a quick dinner standby, perfect for a simple weeknight or casual get-together. The flavorful garlicky lemon butter pairs so beautifully with the sweet shrimp and bright broccoli. And not having dish duty afterwards is just an added bonus! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this foolproof foil pack feast.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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