Shrimp, Black Bean and Pineapple Foil Packets


I’ve always considered myself a little late to the game. I’m not a late person in general (though not particularly early either); it’s just that I’m always a season or two behind the trends.

One could say I’m doing my spring cleaning now, in mid-summer. Sadly, it’s really starting to feel like late summer, and I’m getting a little worried that time is running out. Time to eat a lobster roll, roast marshmallows, and grill anything and everything I possibly can. These are the factors by which I gauge my summer success.


And I know you’re with me. So maybe you’ve had a lobster roll and a s’more or two (please, don’t rub it in) but I know you haven’t grilled enough. I’m certain of that because you haven’t made this. This amazingly simply and succulent packet veggies and shrimp laced with sweet pineapple, quickly tossed on the grill. It’s truly a perfect summer dish. And sadly, it’s been sitting in draft mode waiting for worthy words to come to mind.

But they didn’t, and probably won’t, because this is one of those “there are no words” kinds of meals. So rather than wait any longer, I’m cleaning out my drafts so that you can be sure to get your grill on as long as summer shines on  upon us.


Shrimp, Black Bean and Pineapple Foil Packets
Printable Recipe

8oz raw, medium sized shrimp (peeled, deveined)
1 cup cooked black beans
3/4 cup (6oz) finely diced pineaple
1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz) finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons lime juice, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 avocado, diced

Lettuce wraps, tortillas, or a grain (rice, quinoa, etc) for serving, if desired

Preheat grill to medium.

Rinse the shrimp and pat dry. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the black beans, pineapple, red onion, jalapeno, and ginger. Stir in 1 tablespoon lime juice, coriander, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin.

Spray two large pieces of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Spoon half of the black bean mixture into the center of each and top with half of the shrimp. Squeeze the remaining lime juice over the shrimp. Bring the edges of the foil together and fold down, sealing well.

Place the foil packets on the grill, cover, and cook for 10-12 minutes, until shrimp are opaque.

Carefully open the foil packets and stir the contents. Top with the diced avocado and sprinkle with cilantro.

Nutritional Information (Foil packets only; excludes optional lettuce leaves, tortillas or grain for serving)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357.6
Total Fat 10.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.8 g
Cholesterol 172.3 mg
Sodium 643.8 mg
Potassium 715.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 36.0 g
Dietary Fiber 11.3 g
Sugars 12.0 g
Protein 32.4 g

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45 Responses to “Shrimp, Black Bean and Pineapple Foil Packets”

  1. 1

    Nicole, RD — August 18, 2011 @ 11:12 am Reply

    Love'em! Packets are the best and I need a change from tilapia 🙂 They look awesome!

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    Southern Pink Lemonade — August 18, 2011 @ 11:37 am Reply

    These look wonderful! Perfect timing too, my husband just asked me yesterday if we could have shrimp this weekend. Can’t wait to try these!

  3. 3

    Cara — August 18, 2011 @ 11:55 am Reply

    Awesome, glad I could "help"! Enjoy 🙂

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    Melissa — August 18, 2011 @ 1:37 pm Reply

    Those look amazing!  Can you make these in the oven, too?

  5. 5

    Cara — August 18, 2011 @ 1:39 pm Reply

    I haven't tried it myself, but I bet you could 🙂

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    Carol, Simply...Gluten-free — August 18, 2011 @ 1:55 pm Reply

    Love this – those flavors are right p my ally!

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    Emily — August 18, 2011 @ 2:23 pm Reply

    I'm late to the foil packet game – this is definitely a great grill recipe and I bet it would work well in the oven too!

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    Kira — August 18, 2011 @ 2:33 pm Reply

    I'm with you on being behind. I can't believe it's already mid-August, and I'm about to run out of summer. This seems like a good way to re-capture it!

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    Fattyfile — August 18, 2011 @ 3:19 pm Reply

    OK, you just cemented what I'm making the next time my mom (doesn't eat red meat) and sister come over for dinner.  I can assemble the packets ahead of time and pop them in the oven (NYC apartment, no grill).  Easy breezy and they look so darn pretty!  Thanks, lady!

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    Kate — August 18, 2011 @ 4:14 pm Reply

    I'm running late too.  I made ribs last week because I realized summer was almost over!

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    Joanne — August 18, 2011 @ 5:08 pm Reply

    I seriously can't believe it's the end of august already!  I still have so much on my summer bucket list also!  And now one more thing – make this.  thanks, cara.

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    Cook It Allergy Free — August 18, 2011 @ 5:18 pm Reply

    This looks amazing. I think I am going to make this for dinner tonight. I have all of the ingredients and my kids will devour this. I love using packets on the grill. I make veggie packs and fish in them all of the time!! 

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — August 18, 2011 @ 5:31 pm Reply

    chunks of avocado make any dish delicious!

  14. 14

    Cara — August 18, 2011 @ 5:45 pm Reply

    Sweet! Hope you like it! 🙂

  15. 15

    Cara — August 18, 2011 @ 5:45 pm Reply

    I was thinking this would be nice with tofu instead of shrimp, too, for my vegetarian/vegan pals 🙂

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    Lizzy — August 18, 2011 @ 6:22 pm Reply

    Adding this to next weeks menu!  Looks delicious!!! Could I use canned  beans?

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    Cara — August 18, 2011 @ 6:26 pm Reply

    Thanks! you can definitely use beans from a can. I've been trying to make an effort to cook my own beans lately and write my recipes as such, since starting to do work for Clean Eating Magazine and realizing how much sodium the canned beans have. But of course canned beans will work 🙂

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    Brianna — August 19, 2011 @ 5:18 pm Reply

    I haven't tried the foil packet thing! The contents of yours look beautiful. I love that you add some cool avocado and cilantro at the end. Good flavors going on here!

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    Ashley@BakerbyNature — August 20, 2011 @ 7:34 am Reply

    This looks like a delicious way to catch up on Summer grilling! You also reminded me I need to get my hands on a lobster roll asap!

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    Kalynskitchen — August 21, 2011 @ 3:12 pm Reply

    This sounds like a great way to cook shrimp on the grill!

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    HKSew27 — August 22, 2011 @ 12:16 am Reply

    Your grilled foil packets inspired me to create one for dinner tonight. I made mine with chicken breast seasoned with curry, cumin, ginger,garlic, mango chutney and toasted sesame oil and onions, carrots, snow peas, red peppers and mangoes, served on a bed of organic quinoa– yum!

  22. 22

    Kerstin — August 22, 2011 @ 4:07 am Reply

    I love all the ingredients in your cute little packets – they sound SO flavorful!  

  23. 23

    Shannon — August 22, 2011 @ 2:47 pm Reply

    this sounds amazing.  i haven't tried packets either…  think this would work on a grill pan?  

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    Cara — August 22, 2011 @ 2:50 pm Reply

    I think you might be better off in an oven, which would be more like a closed grill than just a pan on the stovetop, know what I mean? (I haven't tried either though – just guessing!)

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    luluxvii — August 22, 2011 @ 4:38 pm Reply

    This looks amazing. And I'm making it tonight. Shrimp, black beans avocados, what's not to love?! But what and how do I serve this? Pour the contents over rice? Wrapped in a tortilla? I'm at a loss. And what sides would be nice with this Thank you so much! 

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    luluxvii — August 22, 2011 @ 4:39 pm Reply

    PS: Would mango work instead of pineapple? I have a mango that is looking for a home.

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    Cara — August 22, 2011 @ 4:50 pm Reply

    Glad you like the sound of it! You are totally on the right track as for how to serve it – read the ingredient list again, see the last item! We chose lettuce wraps. I did not serve an additional side dish as I felt it had all of my nutrients covered, but you could always add some grilled corn or zucchini.

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    Paulahennig — August 22, 2011 @ 8:23 pm Reply

    Wow sounds delicious!!

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    Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh — August 23, 2011 @ 7:29 am Reply

    I love that these are cooked in foil!! I remember making tin foil dinners with my family when we camped, and I LOVED them! These looks awesome and delicious! 🙂

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    TheothersideofB — August 31, 2011 @ 11:00 pm Reply

    I m made this  tonight on my inside on the counter Cusinart panini/griddle. Worked out fine.Very yummy! I added yellow andred peppers for more color.Also, I made guacamole out of the avocado ( can't diced an avocado to save my  life!) its definitely a keeper

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    Cara — August 31, 2011 @ 11:14 pm Reply

    Awesome! So glad you liked it :)On Aug 31, 2011 7:00 PM, "Disqus" <>

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    Motherrimmy — September 3, 2011 @ 3:02 pm Reply

    I like meals like this because they make it easy for folks who don't do a lot of cooking or don't have time,  to make a delicious meal.

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    Cassie — September 6, 2011 @ 8:24 pm Reply

    I made these at home the other day and they are delicious.  Thanks for the recipe. 

  34. 34

    Cara — September 6, 2011 @ 8:28 pm Reply

    You're so welcome, and than you for the feedback!

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    Eryn — December 29, 2011 @ 6:48 pm Reply

    Is this possible to do in the oven? If so, what temp?

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    Cara — December 29, 2011 @ 6:51 pm Reply

    450º for about 12 minutes should do the trick 🙂

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    Millie | Add A Little — July 12, 2014 @ 2:31 pm Reply

    This looks amazing Cara! Love the flavour combination!

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    tom — July 14, 2014 @ 12:30 am Reply

    I’m an old-school boy scout cookout ‘chef’ and these new variations are a delight to see. genteel company can appreciate these foil packet meals,

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