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Basil Pesto Grilled Potatoes in Foil

These Basil Pesto Grilled Potatoes in Foil are easy, healthy and full of flavor. You can make this 5-ingredient side dish on the grill, in the oven, or over an open fire.

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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 212 kcal
Author Katerina | Diethood


  • 2 pounds baby Yukon potatoes rinsed, dried and halved
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley or basil for garnish


Grill Method

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high.

  2. Cut four 12 x 12 pieces of foil and set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine prepared potatoes, basil pesto, garlic, salt and pepper; mix well.

  4. Evenly divide the potatoes between foil sheets. Fold all sides of the foil over the potatoes and seal closed.

  5. Transfer your foils to the grill and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender, turning over once. To check for doneness, pierce the foil packets with a fork to check if your potatoes need longer to cook.

  6. Remove the foil packets from the grill and open them up, carefully, away from your face.

  7. Sprinkle with parsley or basil, if desired, and serve.

Oven Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

  2. Assemble your potato packets and place them on a large baking sheet.

  3. Cook for 17 to 20 minutes, or until tender.

  4. Remove from the oven and garnish.

Open Fire Method

  1. Assemble your foil packets.

  2. Place them on top of the coals - not in the flames. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender, turning over once

  3. Using tongs, carefully remove your foil packets from the coals, garnish, and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Basil Pesto Grilled Potatoes in Foil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 955mg27%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 189IU4%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.