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Salmon in Foil

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This garlic salmon in foil is a delicious recipe to cook in the oven or over the grill and results in a flavorful meal.
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  2. How To Make This Salmon In Foil Recipe
  3. How To Serve
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This salmon in foil recipe is the best way to add fish to your meal rotation. Baked or grilled with fresh zucchini and squash, this delicious recipe is simple yet comes out of the oven (or off the grill) cooked to perfection and tasting so flavorful.

For more of our favorite recipes for fish, try our grilled tilapia and grilled salmon.

close up shot of a cooked salmon placed on top of sliced zucchini

Salmon In Foil Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 4 (6-ounce) pieces of salmon
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 small yellow squash
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • Lemon slices (optional for garnish)

PRO TIP:

You can get your salmon from the seafood counter at the grocery store and have them take the salmon skin off for you. 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SALMON: There are lots of different types of fresh salmon, and they come in many different shades of color. Just go with the freshest you can find, and something that is nice and firm. I went with a really richly colored, dark orange sockeye salmon but wild salmon and Atlantic salmon are both great choices as well.

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How To Make This Salmon In Foil Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

This recipe can also be cooked on the grill that has been heated to 450°F, for 15 minutes.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 375°F.

STEP TWO: Chop the zucchini and yellow squash into ⅛ to ¼-inch rounds.

STEP THREE: Lay out four 12×12-inch squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil and layer the center of the foil with rounds of zucchini and yellow squash.

STEP FOUR: Place the salmon fillet on top of veggies, and season the salmon, dividing the salt and pepper evenly between each salmon fillet.

STEP FIVE: Place 1 tablespoon of butter on top of the salmon, and sprinkle with minced garlic.

STEP SIX: Wrap the piece of foil around it all to form a pouch (this will help the veggies steam while the salmon cooks).

STEP SEVEN: Place foil packs on a baking sheet, and bake salmon for 15 minutes.

PRO TIP:

If you are cooking this on the grill, you may find that the heat can be inconsistent when grilling. The exact time it takes to cook may vary slightly, so you’ll want to make sure that your fish flakes easily with a fork to know it’s done.

STEP EIGHT: Turn on the broiler, and broil for 2 to 3 minutes.

PRO TIP:

You can open the foil before broiling to get a bit more color to the veggies and salmon.

STEP NINE: Garnish the individual salmon fillets with fresh parsley.

PRO TIP:

You can optionally squeeze fresh lemon juice on your salmon before serving to enhance the flavors even further.

How To Serve

Enjoy this easy baked dinner along with our Instant Pot brown rice and you will have the perfect meal. If you are making this recipe on the grill, you could make grilled potatoes at the same time to enjoy with the salmon and veggies.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover salmon in an airtight container for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze cooked salmon for up to 6 months. Thaw and use in salads or as a substitute for canned salmon in pasta or casseroles.

close up shot of a uncooked salmon placed on top of sliced zucchini

Flaky salmon cooked in a foil packet along with veggies is an easy way to enjoy this delicious fish. The tender squash and zucchini and garlic butter seasoning all blend together for great flavors to create a tasty weeknight dinner option.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze cooked salmon?

Cooked salmon will last up to six months in the freezer.

Can I add other veggies to the foil packets?

This easy salmon recipe has plenty of room to customize the veggies you add to your foil packets. Try mushrooms or peppers for two great choices.

How do you know when the salmon is done?

The baking time will vary slightly depending on the thickness of your salmon. The easiest way to know it is done is when the salmon flakes easily when you cut into it with a fork.

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Salmon in Foil

5 from 3 votes
This garlic salmon in foil is a delicious recipe to cook in the oven or over the grill and results in a flavorful meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pieces salmon (6-ounce pieces)
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 small yellow squash
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, fresh chopped
  • lemon wedges, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Chop the zucchini and yellow squash into ⅛ to ¼-inch rounds.
  • Lay out four 12×12-inch squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil and layer the center of the foil with rounds of zucchini and yellow squash. 
  • Place the salmon fillet on top of veggies, and season the salmon, dividing the salt and pepper evenly between each salmon fillet.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of butter on top of the salmon, and sprinkle with minced garlic.
  • Wrap the piece of foil around it all to form a pouch (this will help the veggies steam while the salmon cooks).
  • Place foil packs on a baking sheet, and bake salmon for 15 minutes.
  • Turn on the broiler, and broil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Garnish the individual salmon fillets with fresh parsley.

Notes

  • You can get your salmon from the seafood counter at the grocery store and have them take the salmon skin off for you. 
  • This recipe can also be cooked on the grill that has been heated to 450°F, for 15 minutes.
  • If you are cooking this on the grill, you may find that the heat can be inconsistent when grilling. The exact time it takes to cook may vary slightly, so you’ll want to make sure that your fish flakes easily with a fork to know it’s done.
  • You can open the foil before broiling to get a bit more color to the veggies and salmon.
  • You can optionally squeeze fresh lemon juice on your salmon before serving to enhance the flavors even further.

Nutrition

Sodium: 538mg | Calcium: 43mg | Vitamin C: 37mg | Vitamin A: 828IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 544mg | Cholesterol: 31mg | Calories: 141kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 3g | Carbohydrates: 8g | Iron: 1mg
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