Foil-Baked Salmon Recipe photo by Taste of Home

How to Bake Salmon in Foil

Total Time
Prep: 10 min. Bake: 25 min.
Baking salmon in foil results in a delicious and satisfying meal.

Updated: Jan. 09, 2024

If you’ve been on the hunt for a dependable and easy way to bake salmon, rest easy. This is it. Aluminum foil is the secret to success, plus it makes cleanup a breeze.

By baking salmon in a foil packet, you lock in moisture, ensuring that every bite is flaky and tender. A few final minutes under the broiler mean the salmon is perfectly caramelized, too.

This salmon goes perfectly with whatever sides you have on hand, from grains to greens. Here’s how to make it.

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Ingredients for Baked Salmon in Foil

  • Salmon fillet
  • Melted butter
  • Minced garlic cloves
  • Grated lemon zest
  • Minced fresh parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon slices

Directions

Step 1: Prepare the pan

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, then grease it lightly with oil or cooking spray. Place the salmon skin side down on the foil.

Step 2: Season the salmon

In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, garlic and lemon zest. Drizzle the mixture generously over the salmon fillet. Sprinkle salmon with the dry seasonings: parsley, salt and pepper. Top the salmon with slices of lemon. Then, fold the foil tightly around the salmon and seal it by crimping the edges.

Step 3: Bake, then broil

Bake the salmon for 20 minutes, then remove the baking sheet from the oven. Carefully open the foil to allow the steam inside to escape. With the foil still open, return the salmon to the oven and broil the salmon 4 to 6 inches from the heat source until the fish is flaky and tender, three to five minutes.

Editor’s Tip: Please be careful. The steam will be extremely hot.

How to Store Baked Salmon

Tightly wrap the cooked salmon in a fresh sheet of aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. It will be good for up to two days.

How to Reheat Salmon Baked in Foil

While you can reheat salmon in the microwave, we like to reheat fish in the oven to make sure it doesn’t dry out. Wrap it loosely in foil, then bake at 300° until the salmon’s internal temperature reaches 130°. That will take 12 to 15 minutes.

Baked Salmon in Foil Tips

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What are some other ways to season salmon baked in foil?

Salmon is a wonderful blank-slate fish to season. If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, season the salmon with soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. Want your salmon to have a kick? Sprinkle the fillet with paprika or chili powder!

How do you know when the salmon is ready?

As it cooks, the salmon will turn from red to a light pink shade. You can check the middle of the fish once it’s out of the oven. It’s ready when the meat is beginning to flake when prodded with a fork.

Can you use frozen salmon for this recipe?

You can absolutely use frozen salmon for this recipe. Just make sure to check on the fillets periodically to ensure the salmon is cooked all the way through.

Foil-Baked Salmon

Prep Time 10 min
Cook Time 25 min
Yield 6 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 salmon fillet (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 lemon slices

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with heavy-duty foil; grease lightly. Place salmon skin side down on foil. Combine butter, garlic and lemon zest; drizzle over salmon. Sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper. Top with lemon slices. Fold foil around salmon; seal tightly.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes. Open foil carefully, allowing steam to escape. Broil 4-6 in. from heat until fish flakes easily with a fork, 3-5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces cooked salmon: 273 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 402mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 fat.

Baking salmon in foil is an easy technique that can also be used on the grill. This quick recipe uses lemon zest and slices plus garlic for flavor, but you could also try other citrus fruits, herbs and spices. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen