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Baked Salmon in Foil

Olena Osipov
4.9 from 10 votes

Easy Baked Salmon in Foil with simple seasonings in 20 minutes. Healthy, moist and delicious dinner even picky eaters will enjoy.

In summer, try grilled salmon and cedar plank Thai salmon. So good!

Baked Salmon in Foil

Baked Salmon Recipe

Stop wondering what to do with salmon fillet every time you buy one. Today I will share my easy baked salmon with simple seasoning in just 20 minutes. It’s juicy, flaky and quick. Simply the best!

Your mother-in-law will be begging for the recipe. Ha!

Buying Salmon Fillet

Farmed salmon

Farm raised salmon is much higher in contaminants found in the water they swim in and food they eat. Its diet consists of a processed high-fat feed in order to produce larger fish. Farmed salmon contains 46% more calories (mostly from fat), slightly more Omega-3s, much more Omega-6 fatty acids and 3 times the amount of saturated fat than wild salmon.

It does tend to come out more juicy because of all the fat.

Wild salmon

Wild caught salmon eats natural food in the ocean and contains more minerals. It has 3 times less Omega-6 fatty acids which are known to cause inflammation, our Western diet culprit.

Obviously, wild salmon like sockeye, coho and spring is more healthy choice than farmed. I know it’s pricey therefore salmon is a treat for us. Also wild salmon is more dry meat, so we better cook it right.

Tip: Even if you’re not a fan of salmon skin, I highly recommend purchasing a salmon fillet with skin on. It prevents salmon from drying out while cooking. You can always remove it easily after cooking.

salmon fillet laying on top of parchment paper and foil

Why Bake Salmon Wrapped in Foil?

Foil wrapped salmon retains its moisture and cooks faster. In fact, I think it’s one of the best ways to cook salmon in the oven.

If you notice, I also wrap salmon in parchment paper before I wrap it in foil. This small extra step prevents harmful chemicals from the foil leaching into our healthy salmon. You can skip the parchment paper if you wish, however it takes a minute and makes my sleep at night better.

foil wrapped salmon fillet

Simple Seasoning

I’m from Ukraine and I believe in power of garlic. And moderate amount of butter. I like to season simple baked salmon after. That way you get the most “juice” from small amount of butter and fresh herbs are just the best. I am not a fan of baked sadly looking pale green herbs. They lose all their flavor.

So, melted butter, freshly grated garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh parsley or dill.

melted butter in a pot and chopped parsley in a bowl

How Long to Bake Salmon in Foil at 375?

For 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. That’s it. Thanks, foil!

One big rule of baking salmon in foil is not to overcook it, especially wild salmon. You want to remove salmon from the oven after 20 minutes. Open up and check with a fork for doneness in the thickest part. If it’s not quite done, cover with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes or pop it under the broiler. Broiling salmon will also give it a nice char.

baked salmon garnished with parsley

What to Serve with Salmon?

Ah, the best part. Eating.:) Salmon fillet is the most versatile entree. Again, because I’m Ukrainian married to Russian we love healthy mashed potatoes as an accompaniment to any meat or fish. If you want a lighter fair, serve easy baked salmon with cauliflower mashed potatoes, broiled asparagus or cauliflower risotto. Super low carb.

As for the salad, cucumber and tomato salad goes with anything. Again, Ukrainian in me.:)

More Healthy Salmon Recipes to Try:

baked salmon recipe

Baked Salmon in Foil

Easy Baked Salmon in Foil with simple seasonings in 20 minutes. Healthy, moist and delicious!
4.91 from 10 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 1 1/2 lbs whole salmon fillet boneless (skin on or off)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 large garlic clove grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with 2 overlapping each other pieces of aluminum foil wider than the baking sheet. On top, place a piece of unbleached parchment paper the length of a salmon fillet.
  • Place salmon fillet skin side down (if any) on top of parchment paper. Rub with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Now you have to seal salmon completely in foil to ensure proper cooking. First enclose salmon in parchment paper - this ensures no harmful chemicals from aluminum are leaching into your food. Then fold the sides of the foil over the salmon to cover and seal it completely. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • 5 minutes before salmon is ready, in a small saucepan melt butter on low heat. Add garlic and lemon juice, stir. Remove salmon from the oven. Carefully open the packet wearing oven mitts and brush baked salmon fillet with garlic butter. Sprinkle with parsley, cut into 5 pieces and serve as you wish.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days.

    Make Ahead: Follow the recipe up to and including Step 3 but bake any time within next 48 hours.



      Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 675mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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      1. Love salmon but rarely cook it not a good cook but love healthy food ( eat salmo out)
        But it’s expensive, going to try this recipe
        ( not that bad lol ) but after cooking can I and if so how long can I freeze it? And best way to preserve it in freezer?
        Thank you

      2. 4 stars
        My salmon filets were cooked 19 min and exit temp was 180’ so the salmon was more than done. Should have checked it at 15. My oven temp is correct. Otherwise the recipe was pretty good and easy.

        1. Hey Mike. So happy to hear you liked the recipe. I’m sure your oven T is fine. Cook time also depends on thickness of filet and its size. I will add that to the recipe.

      3. This will be my first time cooking salmon. How do you tell when it’s done? If I don’t have a grater how do I get the garlic or do I need to buy a grater?

        1. Hi Jayde. Salmon is done when you flake it with a fork it is no longer raw inside. If you follow this recipe instructions, it should be fine. Unless your oven T is off but I wouldn’t worry about it now. If you see salmon is not done, wrap it again and put back in the oven for 5 more mins.:) You will get there with practice. Cooking salmon just needs experience.:)
          You can mince garlic with a knife, no problem.:) Enjoy!

      4. I just cannot get salmon to turn out edible. I followed the directions but it seems like it needs more spices or herbs…..something. I want to master cooking fish. Can u help???

      5. 5 stars
        Hi, my name is Mihaela and I’m from Bulgaria. I’m new to your blog, only found it a couple of days ago while searching for a good almond coffee recipe :), but so far I’m loving it. This salmon recipe is delicious and so quick and easy! Thank you for sharing!

        1. Awe, you are so welcome! So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes! Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. Have a great week!

      6. 5 stars
        Delish!! I am on a low sodium diet, so I didn’t use salt (also used unsalted butter). I doubled the garlic, lemon and parsley. It was so good and easy. Thank you for the recipe.

      7. 5 stars
        The BEST Baked Salmon recipe ever! We have Salmon once a week but it is usually pan seared and finished in the oven while I clean off the oil splatters on the stove (LOL). This recipe is so easy, no mess, and healthy! I can have dinner done in 20 min! I am sending this link to all my friends and family to try! YUM!!! ~ Jules

        1. Yes, the splatters. Drive me nuts, especially with the gas stove harder to clean. I always try to bake or grill before I have to reserve to pan searing. Glad you loved my baked salmon recipe so much!Thank you so much for sharing, Jules. Means a lot to me!

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