Why hello there, may I impress you with my fancy-looking Baked Salmon in Foil? Whether you need a fast, healthy dinner, a meal to wow the crowd, or a simple protein that you can enjoy tonight and eat leftover the next day, this is THE baked salmon recipe for you!
If you’ve been intimidated by cooking fish in the past, I totally get it! I spent years avoiding buying salmon because I thought it would be too complicated to make, or that worse yet, I’d mess it up and ruin a beautiful piece of fish.
All of that changed after I discovered this easy foil-baking method.
This easy baked salmon takes less time to prep (five minutes) than I spent sleepily scrolling through Instagram this morning while brushing my teeth (much more than five minutes).
It’s only five ingredients.
You can make it with one hand, sip your wine with the other, and pet your dog/kids/loving-but-needy significant other at the same time.
Best of all: baked salmon in foil tastes INCREDIBLE.
It feels fancy. It looks fancy. It eats fancy.
Nothing about cooking it is fancy.
Be impressed with yourself anyway!
This baked salmon was the very first salmon I learned to cook with confidence. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve made it since.
It’s become the base of countless easy, delectable salmon recipes like Spicy Baked Salmon and Grilled Salmon in Foil, and it is still a meal I make often, both when I’m cooking for two (Ben and myself) or for a crowd.
It’s also become one of YOUR favorite recipes.
This baked salmon in foil has dozens and dozens of glowing reviews and has been viewed millions of times. Today, I’m dusting it off from the archives in the hopes that if you haven’t made this salmon yet, you’ll give it a try.
And if you have, I hope you’re reminded of how much you enjoyed it and will add it back to your menu soon.
Without further ado: what I (and many of you!) are convinced is the very best baked salmon recipe in the world!
Why Bake Salmon in Foil?
Rarely am I so rewarded for so little effort as when I make easy baked salmon recipes like this baked salmon in foil. It’s dead simple, but so delicious and so good for you too.
The foil locks in moisture and ensures that your beautiful piece of salmon turns out flakey, moist, and tender every single time. You don’t need to have ever cooked a piece of fish in your life to make this recipe with success.
Foil acts as a flavor incubator. Whatever yummy ingredients you place with the fish in the foil infuse their way into every savory bite.
Don’t want to bake with foil? I have heard that some find it to be a health concern. You can still use this recipe by making baked salmon in parchment paper instead!
What are the Health Benefits of Baked Salmon?
- Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and decrease risk factors for diseases.
- It’s a great source of protein, potassium, and selenium, a mineral that protects bone health, improves thyroid function, and reduces the risk of cancer.
- Salmon can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, aid in weight control, and protect brain health.*