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How To Cook Salmon In The Oven In Foil

Whether you’re looking for a quick, healthy dinner, a crowd-pleasing meal, or a simple protein to enjoy on a pleasant night, baked salmon in foil is a recipe you should consider exploring. Baking salmon in foil is an easy process, especially if cooking fish is a procedure that seems to scare you off easily.

With the guidelines, suggestions, and recommendations we’ve compiled in this article, we’ve created the perfect guide to help you achieve the best results when cooking salmon in foil. So, pay attention and watch yourself turn into a pro when it comes to salmon-based recipes.

How To Cook Salmon In The Oven In Foil

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How To Cook Salmon In The Oven In Foil

Tips for Cooking Salmon in the Oven in Foil

Consider the tips, recommendations, and suggestions below if you want to achieve optimal results when cooking salmon in foil:

Reasons to bake salmon in foil – There are several advantages to choosing this method of cooking salmon to perfection:

  • The foil seals in moisture, ensuring that the piece of salmon being cooked retains a flaky, juicy, and delicate texture every time.
  • To make this recipe successfully, you don’t need to have ever tried cooking a piece of fish before; you’ll find that it’s pretty easy, especially when following the right instructions.
  • Foil can incubate flavors. Whatever delicious seasonings you put in the foil with the fish absorb themselves into every flavorful bite.

If you don’t want to bake in foil – Some people believe that cooking meals in foil is unhealthy and may cause some health-related problems. This recipe can still be used if you choose to bake your salmon in parchment paper rather than foil.

Follow the same procedures as in the original recipe, except instead of spraying the piece of foil with nonstick spray, line it with parchment paper. Place the salmon atop the parchment paper, and make sure to keep it away from the foil. Wrap the foil piece around the parchment paper rather than directly around the salmon, and bake according to the recipe’s directions.

Interesting recipe variations to explore – Baked foil-wrapped salmon can be prepared in various ways. While pepper, salt, and olive oil are all you need for a tasty piece of baked salmon, the foil method is simple to adjust to various herbs and seasonings. You have a lot of options for keeping it fresh and intriguing:

  • Baked salmon in foil with lemon and dill is one popular favorite. Replace the rosemary with dill sprigs in the indicated recipe. You can also use parsley, green onion, or both, as well as any other plants in your fridge that are about to go old.
  • Foil-baked salmon with lemon and butter. If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, you can choose to brush your salmon with melted butter instead. Dried herbs are not recommended since they detract from the freshness of the seafood.
  • Salmon with Garlic Butter in Foil: There’s so much that these two items can improve when cooking, and baked salmon in foil is one of those meals.
  • Pesto-crusted salmon baked in the oven: Remove the rosemary from the recipe. Before closing the foil packet over the salmon, smother the top with pesto and put the lemon on top.

Ideal timing for baked salmon in foil – A large piece of salmon, say about 2 pounds, can bake in 15 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. This is the approximate size of the fish in many salmon-based recipes.

Depending on the thickness of your salmon, you may need to cook it for several minutes longer or shorter.

How to check for doneness – Always ensure to check your salmon halfway through the recommended bake time to make sure it hasn’t overcooked. Remove the salmon from the oven and use a fork to pull the fish apart or twist in the fork to see how done it has gotten. Typically, salmon is considered done when it appears opaque and flakes. If your salmon still has a dark pink coloration, bake it for a few minutes longer.


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Cooking Time for Salmon in the Oven in Foil

The timing guidelines in the table below are ideal for when you need to cook salmon in the oven in foil, so take note of them.

Cooking Procedure

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Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil (4 Servings)

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  • 1 pound of salmon
  • chopped parsley for garnish

For the Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cover a baking pan with a wide piece of foil, make the foil piece large enough to fold over, and close later to make a package. Place the fish in the foil’s middle.
  3. Lemon zest, garlic cloves, butter, dijon mustard, smoked paprika, honey, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper should all be combined in a small bowl. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well blended.
  4. Fold the foil up over the salmon to make a tent and pour the lemon garlic butter mixture over the salmon
  5. Bake the salmon for about 10 to 14 minutes or until the desired doneness is reached.
  6. Remove the salmon from the oven and preheat the broiler to HIGH.
  7. Unfold the foil to reveal the salmon. Return the salmon to the broiler for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until there is minimal browning on top of the caramelization.
  8. Remove the salmon from the oven. Serve with lemon wedges and chopped parsley as a garnish.

This recipe for baked salmon in foil yields very flavorful results, and you should try and enjoy it with your loved ones. The entire cooking duration is 20 minutes, including a prep time of 5 minutes and a cook time of 15 minutes, making it a really quick and easy dinner option.

For more recipe ideas on cooking salmon in the oven in foil, check out this video recipe.

  • Author: Bobby