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Foil packets are one of my favorite camping meal ideas. They’re simple and delicious every single time. This foil packet recipe is packed with shrimp, broccoli, and potatoes for a great balance of protein, veggies, and carbs! A pre-made cajun seasoning mix gives this camping dinner so much flavor.
If you’re new to campfire cooking, foil packet meals are hard to mess up. They’re so easy and fun to make and everyone in your group can get involved and assemble their own packets.
Don’t like broccoli? Then leave it out, or swap in a different veggie. These are so customizable!
Cajun Shrimp Foil Packet Ingredients:
You’ll want to get deveined shrimp for this recipe. Whether you want to peel them before cooking is up to you. I like to leave the shells on while cooking, and then remove them right before I eat.
Note: The reusable bags I love for camping and used for the shrimp in the photo above are Stasher bags!
Broccoli and Potatoes
Believe it or not, the broccoli in this recipe might be my favorite part, but feel free to swap in zucchini.
The small red potatoes are easy to chop uniformly and they soak up all the juices in the packet for a delicious creamy potato when cooked!
Cajun seasoning is just one of those spice blends that seems to go great with everything. It’s typically a blend of paprika, cayenne (for some heat!), oregano, and garlic powder.
I went with a store-bought cajun seasoning to keep things simple and easy, but you can also make your own cajun seasoning at home before your camping trip.
This is an easy homemade cajun seasoning recipe to try!
Note that some cajun seasonings have salt in them, and some don’t. When seasoning the foil packets, you might want to add more or less salt depending on if your cajun seasoning is already salted.
How to Assemble Foil Packets for Camping
For even more foil packet recipes, tips, and troubleshooting, check out this post all about how to make foil packet meals.
Step 1: Chop your ingredients
Chop the broccoli into smaller florets and the potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Try to keep a consistent size when you chop so things cook evenly.
If using the small red potatoes, I cut each potato into four pieces.
Step 2: Fill the Packets
Tear off a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Add some shrimp, broccoli, and potatoes to the packet.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter cut into cubes and scatter the cubes on top of the broccoli and potatoes. Sprinkle about 1-2 tsp cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper on top.
Step 3: Fold the Packets
Fold in the long edges first and roll the edges to create a seal. Then fold in the sides.
Place the packet seam side down on top of another piece of foil and repeat this folding process 2 more times for a total of 3 layers of foil per meal. Now they’re ready to be cooked!
Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets with Broccoli and Potatoes
- 8-10 oz raw deveined shrimp
- 1 broccoli crown
- 8-10 small red potatoes
- 4 Tbsp butter (cut into smaller pieces)
- 2 tsp cajun seasoning
- 1 lime
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the broccoli and potatoes into bite-sized pieces.
- Cut off a large piece of foil for each packet. Divide the shrimp, broccoli, and potatoes evenly between the packets.
- Season each packet with roughly 1-2 tsp cajun season and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
- Add 1-2 Tbsp of butter that’s been cut into smaller pieces on top of each packet.
- To fold the packets, bring the two longest edges towards each other and roll them together to create a seal. Then, fold in the sides. Rip off another piece of foil. Place the packet seam side down, and repeat the same folding process. Do this one more time for a total of three pieces of foil per packet.
- Place the packets on top of campfire coals (not flames), heated briquettes, or a grill set to 425°F. Cook for 30-40 minutes, flipping the packets every 10 minutes until the potatoes are tender and the shrimp is fully cooked.
- Open the packets (carefully – the steam will be hot) and serve with a fresh squeeze of lime. Enjoy!
- You can peel the shrimp before or after they’re cooked, up to you!
In addition to the ingredients, you’ll also need heavy-duty aluminum foil, metal tongs or fire gloves, and briquettes or firewood to cook these foil packets.
- Cooking times will vary based on how big or small you chopped your ingredients, how big you made your foil packets, and how hot your coals are. If you notice that the coals have cooled, simply bring in some new ones to heat things back up until you hear a faint sizzle sound. You can always take a packet off of the coals and carefully open it up to check on doneness. If it needs more time, simply fold it back up and let it cook longer.
More Easy Camping Recipes to Try
Did you try this recipe? Let me know how it went in the comments below!
If you need even more camping recipes, I’ve got you covered. Below are even more foil packet recipes to try: