Baked Salmon in Foil Makes for a Super Easy Dinner

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Baked Salmon in Foil comes together in minutes, tastes delicious, and reheats well, making it a practically perfect way to add more fish to your diet.

salmon on foil with lemon and broccolini

Lately I’ve been on a salmon kick. It’s a good source of protein, for sure, but recently I read that it can make your skin beautiful, so I am all in!

In summertime, it’s easy for me to throw a few pieces on the grill, but now that it’s a little colder outside, I don’t want to leave my cozy cocoon. Not even for beautiful skin.

So, I’ve taken to baking it. In the oven. Nestled in a bed of veggies and blanketed in lemon slices. It’s pretty much one of the easiest and best dinners I know how to make.

How Long Do You Bake Salmon In Foil?

You can make it, too. Preheat the oven to 425. Place a a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Layer your fish and veggies — I use asparagus or broccolette — on the foil. Drizzle with olive oil. Douse with seasonings. Cover with lemon slices. Wrap the foil into a tight packed and then bake for 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked and pulls apart easily.

This is so easy to do! And it makes for a delicious, protein-packed meal!

Salmon on tinfoil topped with lemon slices and broccolini

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. For instance, when I see a great price on salmon, I snatch it up and plan my meals around it. Or fill the freezer so that I have it when I want it. Lent begins next week, so we should be seeing some sales on fish. You can use this recipe for any kind of fish, but I like salmon the best!
  • Compare prices. This year I’m trying my hand at keeping a price book so that I can know a good deal (for sure) when I see it.

How I make this recipe easy:

Having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

5 from 1 vote
Baked Salmon in Foil
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Baked Salmon in Foil comes together in minutes, tastes delicious, and reheats well, making it a practically perfect way to add more fish to your diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked fish, fish, fish baked in foil, salmon
Servings: 4
Calories: 362 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 pound whole salmon fillet
  • 1 pound brocolette or asparagus trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon each fine sea salt black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and dried dill
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lay a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum on a baking sheet.

  2. Lay the salmon fillet on the aluminum foil. Lay the brocolette or asparagus spears on either side of the fish.

  3. Drizzle the fish and asparagus with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the seasonings. Layer the lemon slices over all.

  4. Wrap the foil into a tight packet around the fish and asparagus. Bake for 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked and pulls apart easily. Alternatively, you can cook the fish packet on a hot grill until cooked.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to swap out the salmon and broccoli for other fish and vegetables, such as tilapia or cod and green beans or asparagus.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Salmon in Foil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.6g 30%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 244mg 10%
Potassium 1057mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 2.4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4%
Sugars 1.4g
Protein 40.8g 82%
Calcium 4%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

baked salmon in foil


About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Alice E says

    Looks scrumptious! Any suggestions for other vegetables? Asparagus and Broccolette don’t appear often at out house, I’ve never seen broccolette in the stores hear and good asparagus is generally too expensive for my budget.

    I have baked salmon before, but like the idea of cooking the veg at the same time.

    • I only buy asparagus when it goes on sale. I think you could easily use green beans or smaller pieces of broccoli.

      • Roberta says

        Snow peas/sugar snap peas (in season, on sale) would probably work, too, don’t you think? I’m thinking basically any veg that one would steam fairly quickly would work.

  2. Susie Eckert says

    Do you have any tips on reducing the fishy smell left behind? I love salmon, but can’t stand having the smell linger when I cook it inside.

    • I’ve only had that problem when the fish isn’t the freshest. Fish only smells “fishy” when it’s not quite it’s freshest. :/ You can grill the foil packets if you prefer. That keeps the odors outside.

      • Sarah says

        I live in Alaska and we eat A LOT of salmon. The best way to reduce any fishy smell/taste is to put some kind of citrus on it and let it sit for a couple of minutes. I love baking salmon this way, but I also do it will fresh cilantro, garlic, lemon and a dash of honey.

  3. kay says

    This was delicious. I made it with broccolini, with every item else the same and still-FROZEN salmon fillets that totaled one pound. Instead of 20 minutes I baked for 40 minutes and it turned out wonderfully.

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