Baked Salmon in Foil Recipe – Whip up this quick and easy salmon recipe tonight! Salmon and asparagus are baked together with a rich buttery sauce in individual foil packs. The bright lemon flavors pair perfectly with butter, and garlic adds a pungent touch to this wonderful care-free dinner. This is THE baked salmon recipe of your dreams! Low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, and keto-friendly – Enjoy!
1 pound (450g) salmon fillets, divided
2 tablespoons vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
1 tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce (we used Sriracha)
4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
3-4 tablespoons butter, diced into small cubes (or ghee)
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley or cilantro
1 lb (450g) medium-thick asparagus, woody ends trimmed
To prepare the oven-baked salmon in foil packs: Preheat your oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Cut 2 sheets of 14 by 12-inch (35 x 30 cm) heavy-duty aluminum foil, then lay each piece separately on the countertop. Combine broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce in a small bowl.
Season both sides of the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and divide the salmon onto the aluminum foil near the center, then place trimmed asparagus on one side of the salmon, following the long direction of the foil.
Adjust the salmon fillets’ seasoning with more salt and pepper, then sprinkle garlic on top. Drizzle the mixture of broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce generously over the salmon fillets and asparagus.
Divide butter pieces evenly among the foil packets, layering them over the salmon fillet and asparagus.
Wrap salmon foil packets in and crimp edges together, then wrap ends up. Don’t wrap too tight – keep a little extra space inside for heat to circulate.
Transfer the salmon foil packs to a baking sheet and bake salmon in the oven, sealed side upward, until salmon has cooked through, about 9 – 12 minutes.
Carefully unwrap the baked salmon in foil packets, drizzle with more lemon juice, garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro and a slice of lemon. Enjoy!
Tips for the baked salmon foil packs:
This is an incredibly easy baked salmon recipe: If you’re missing an ingredient, don’t worry! This salmon recipe is very versatile, use what you have in the pantry. No butter? Use olive oil, ghee, or any oil you have. Don’t like asparagus? Use zucchini or broccoli. Make it your own! Here are a few tips on how to bake salmon in foil:
How to bake salmon in foil
In general, it is better not to overcook salmon fillets. If you like salmon and asparagus a bit crispy, open the foil packs and broil the salmon in the oven for 2 minutes.
Asparagus can be thick and take longer to cook. You can blanch them first in boiling water for a few minutes before draining and baking in foil packs.
If aluminum foil is a concern, use parchment paper to make the salmon foil packets. Another way to do it is to line the foil with parchment paper, the foil will ensure the salmon packet is well sealed, and you can even throw it on the bbq!
For non-keto dieters, a teaspoon of honey over the salmon fillets before baking is a must!
You can double the number of salmon fillets for a family meal.
In step 1, if you like you can make the sauce with melted butter and minced garlic combined with broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce
How long does it take to bake the salmon foil packs?
Salmon only needs 9-12 minutes of cooking in a hot, preheated oven (425°F – 220°C). Baking the salmon at a high temperature quickly roasts the exterior and seals in the natural juiciness of the salmon, making it tender and moist. You can open the packets and broil/grill in the last 2 minutes of cook time to get those crispy, golden charred edges. Since salmon filets can vary in size, keep an eye on the salmon towards the end of cooking since a thinner salmon fillet will cook faster, and a thicker filet, such as a fattier farmed salmon or a thick wild salmon fillet, may take longer to cook.
What to serve with the baked salmon recipe?
If you’re extra hungry, add a side of cauliflower rice, or roasted vegetables. Of course, you can tuck a slice of tomato, some celery, or sliced carrot, in the foil packet to make it more consistent. If you’re not on a keto diet, a good slice of country bread will soak up the delicious cooking juices of this easy salmon recipe.
How to Store Cooked Salmon
Baked salmon will last up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator if stored properly. Discard the foil, store cooled salmon in an airtight container, seal, and refrigerate. To freeze, store cooled salmo
n in sealed airtight containers for up to 1 month.