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Lemon-Dill Salmon Packets

Grilling in foil is an easy technique I use with foods that cook quickly, like fish, shrimp, bite-sized meats and fresh veggies. The options are endless—and the cleanup is easy. —A.J. Weinhold, McArthur, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4 fresh dill sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced


  • Prepare campfire or grill for medium heat. Spread butter in the center of each of four pieces of a double thickness of foil (about 12 in. square). Place one salmon fillet in the center of each; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with onion, garlic, dill, basil and lemon. Fold foil around fillets; seal.
  • Place packets on a grill grate over a campfire or grill. Cook until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 8-10 minutes. Open carefully to allow steam to escape.

Test Kitchen tips
  • No grill? No problem! Just place these packets, evenly spaced on a baking sheet and pop them into a 350-degree oven instead.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 fillet: 305 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 405mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 fat.

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    • KristineChayes
      Jun 23, 2016

      I love salmon and this is a convenient way to prepare it. The only change I made was I used one Tbs. chopped Lemon Oregano from my garden instead of basil. The salmon was moist and flavorful, highly recommended.

    • delowenstein
      Jun 1, 2016

      I don't have a grill, so I'd baked the salmon fillets in my oven up to 1/2 hour at 350o F. in a greased 13x9x2" baking dish. I'd used 1 tsp. dill weed & had omitted the basil. This IS a good salmon recipe and the first time I'd used salmon fillets. I'd used frozen fillets and defrosted the fillets in my microwave by weight. delowenstein

    • MurphyNJ
      May 25, 2016

      So delicious! I was so happy to get my TOH magazine and be reminded that I could cook salmon in foil on my grill. I did not use the butter, but sprayed the foil instead with non-stick cooking spray. I put green beans underneath the salmon (so the bottom of the salmon wouldn't burn) and the crunchy green beans were good too. I appreciated the no clean-up factor too! I'll remember this one!!