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Baked Salmon in Foil

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Healthy, easy, and delicious, this Baked Salmon in Foil recipe is a must-have for every weeknight dinner.

Baked salmon is one of the most popular fish dishes. Pan searing or grilling salmon is always easier, but you can’t beat the simplicity of a foil packet. It’s also a great way to cook seafood because the juices and flavors from the other ingredients accumulate in the packet and make the whole dish taste even better.

This is by far one of the easiest dinner recipes we’ve ever made. This recipe is so easy to make that even inexperienced chefs can give it a try. There’s no chopping, no sauteeing… just a few minutes of prep, and then you’ll be able to enjoy fresh, healthy fish in only 30 minutes! We’ve been making this recipe for years now, and everyone always loves it. Your house will smell wonderful while you’re cooking, and your family and friends will be impressed with the taste!

Serving 6
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins


  • 2-pound salmon boneless (at room temperature)
  • 2 small lemons divided
  • 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh herbs: basil, dill, parsley, thyme, or green onion (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 370 °F and line the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  • Coat the foil with the cooking spray and place 2 sprigs of rosemary in the middle of the dish.
  • Cut thin slices of lemon and arrange them on the middle of the rosemary. Put the salmon on the top and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Put the remaining lemon slices and rosemary on top of the salmon.
  • Juice one lemon and pour it over the top of the salmon.
  • Fold the foil around the salmon but leave a little space inside the foil for air to circulate.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes – the cooing time will depend on the thickness of the salmon.
  • Remove the salmon from the oven and open the foil carefully.
  • Change the oven setting to broil and return the fish to the oven. Cook for 3 minutes, until the top of the salmon, is slightly golden.
  • Cut the salmon into slices and sprinkle with additional fresh herbs. Serve!

Tips & Tricks:

  • If you don’t want to bake salmon in foil, you can substitute it with parchment paper.
  • The cooking time can vary depending on the thickness and size of the piece of salmon.
  • You can store your baked salmon in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
  • For reheating, put in the microwave for 2-3 minutes on low power. Don’t reheat for an extended period. It will spoil the taste and dry out your salmon.
  • You can place the second piece of foil on top and fold the edges if the foil is not large enough.
  • Is baking salmon in foil is dangerous?
  • Many people believe that cooking a whole salmon in aluminum foil is not allowed. They are wrong. People have been baking salmon in coils for 1000’s years, and it’s just as easy as roasting a chicken. The foil helps keep the moisture in and provides a crispier texture on the outside while letting it cook slowly and evenly. So, feel free to bake it in foil.
  • Some health benefits
  • Salmon is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, such as Omega 3. Did you know that a 3 oz serving of cooked salmon can provide you with almost 50% of your daily value of selenium? Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect our cells from free radical damage. This means that eating salmon regularly can help keep you looking and feeling young.

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