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Grilled Citrus Tilapia Packets – $5 Dinner Challenge

I recently got some tilapia for $1.99/lb. It’s rarely that price, so I got enough for 2 meals (a little over a pound for each meal)…and now I’m wishing I’d gotten more.

I’m on a grilling kick right now and really wanted to grill up some of the tilapia. Tilapia is a very delicate and tender fish and I knew it wouldn’t stand a chance on the grill grates…so foil packet it was!

This is so simple…a matter of adding some seasoning and a few slices of lemons/oranges. I’m not sure that the prep work could be any easier, actually!

Sprinkle kosher salt, pepper and some ground ginger onto each tilapia fillet.

Lay 2 orange and 2 lemon slices on top.

Wrap and grill.

(We enjoyed this as part of our “surf and turf” Father’s day dinner [3] last night! The kids and I ate this…and Steve shared some of his monster steak with us too! Plus we had an entire plate leftover!)

Grilled Citrus Tilapia Packets

Yield – 4 servings

Prep Time -5 minutes

Cook Time – 10 minutes for the fish, 20-50 minutes for the rice


  • 1 cup brown rice ($.40)
  • 4 tilapia fillets, about 1 1/4 lb. total ($2.50)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger ($.05)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced ($.10)
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced ($.20)
  • 12 oz. steamfresh green beans ($.99)


  • Cook the brown rice according to package instructions. Can take 20-50 minutes, depending on the rice.
  • Place the tilapia fillets onto a piece of foil that is large enough to fold up around them.  Sprinkle with some ginger and kosher salt and pepper.
  • Place 2 thin orange slices and 2 thin lemon slices over the tilapia. Wrap up in the foil.
  • Grill for about 10 minutes, at around 350 -400 if you grill has a thermometer.  Fish will be cooked through when it’s white and flaky in the middle.
  • Cook the green beans, or other vegetable, as directed.
  • Serve Grilled Citrus Tilapia Packets with rice and green beans.

Cost $4.24


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