Cooking salmon in the oven is already easy enough, but with this method, you’ll completely eliminate the need for cleanup and the time to cook a side for your salmon.
Salmon Foil Packs are so simple to make yet so delicious to eat.
Cooking oven baked salmon is already easy enough, but with this method, you’ll completely eliminate the need for cleanup and the time to cook a side for your salmon. Everything is done in one simple foil packet, leaving you with a lot of extra time on your hands and a dinner that everyone will rave over. This is not only the easiest salmon recipe but also one of the best oven baked salmon recipes!
How to Make Foil Pack Salmon
Preparing this is so simple and your family will be shocked with how delicious it is!
Lay out 4 pieces of foil large enough to cover the asparagus and salmon and make a pouch. Mine are usually 14 x 16 inches or so.
Prepare the asparagus by cutting off the hard, woody ends and throwing them away. Place the asparagus on the bottom of the foil. Set the salmon fillet on top of the asparagus. I used wild caught coho salmon for this because it was on sale at Costco.
Place a pad of butter and a slice or two of lemon on top along with a pinch salt and pepper on each fillet.
Gather up two sides of the foil and fold over leaving two ends. Fold over the ends. Don’t make these too tight.
Place the foil packs on a sheet pan and cook at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Fully cooked salmon should be at 145 degrees and should always be tested.
How Many Calories are in Foil Pack Salmon
This is a low calorie dinner for anyone looking to cut a few calories out of their daily diet. This foil baked salmon recipe takes care of everything in one shot. Oh, did I mention there are only 311 calories per serving? I had an idea that it was sort of light on calories when I was whipping this up, but didn’t realize how low it was until I popped it into a calculator. Updated July 2019 with the latest calorie content.
I recommend serving this with a side of brown rice since 311 calories is a bit light for dinner. We opted for the brown rice and this was perfectly filling.
FULL DISCLOSURE: The Pinterest Pin stating 239 calories with 4 oz of salmon alone with no vegetables and/or butter.
What Other Vegetable Options to Try
When choosing other vegetable options, think of ones that will cook at the same rate as the salmon. I like to use:
- Red or Green Peppers
- Thinly Sliced Carrots
You can certainly use squash, but it can have a chance of becoming over-cooked. If you don’t mind a softer squash, then that would be great!
How to Meal Prep Foil Pack Salmon
This is a super quick meal all on its own but there is still meal prep options you can do to make it even easier for those busy weeknight meals.
- Completely prep 100% of the recipe in the morning and place the foil pack in the fridge so when you walk in the door at night, you simply turn on the oven and pop it in.
- Prepare the asparagus, slice up the butter and make sure the salmon is ready to go if you bought it in a large fillet.
- Additionally, prep the sheet pan and the foil so it is ready to just have the salmon and asparagus placed on them leaving this to a 5 minute prep meal.
If you enjoy this foil baked salmon recipe, check out these easy dinner ideas!
Foil Baked Salmon with Asparagus
- 4 salmon fillets
- 3 lemons
- 2 tbsp butter cut into 8 pats of butter
- 1.5 lbs asparagus use the tops
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash asparagus and cut the spears in half. Place asparagus tops in a large bowl. Save and store bottom spears for other uses like stir fries or soups.
- Cut a piece of aluminum foil and place the asparagus to form the bed.
- Add the salmon fillet. I used wild caught coho salmon, but any variety will work great!
- Cut a small amount of stick butter and place on top of the salmon
- Slice a lemon and place on the top
- Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and juice from one half of lemon juice over the top. Fold the foil packets and close them (seam side up) and place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until asparagus is fork tender and salmon reaches desired temperature.