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How to Make Baked Salmon in Foil

Baked Salmon in Foil is an easy way to cook salmon that results in a tender, tasty, and healthy dinner. There’s a reason salmon foil packets are supremely popular; they’re no-mess, nutritious, and taste outrageously scrumptious. This Honey Baked Salmon in Foil takes less than 30 minutes.

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Baked Salmon in Foil is quick and flavorful

Baked Salmon in Foil

I’ve gotta hand it to Hubby and the boys: they’ve done a remarkably stellar job keeping up with my no-sugar shenanigans since January 1st. Not that there haven’t been tempting-temptations and such. But my guys have been awesome about choosing to feast on healthier snacks instead.

It doesn’t hurt that I’m The Shopper around here and have eschewed anything with sugar on all my grocery store runs. And it helps that I’m also the cook on these grounds and have proclaimed a temporary farewell to as many refined sugars as possible.

Instead of refined sugar, I’ve been subbing with raw honey so that we can still have super tasty meals. Some recipes kind of glow with a bit of pure raw honey goodness. Which brings me to our recipe today.

Hello, Baked Salmon in Foil. You’re on center stage today…

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How to make baked salmon in foil:

Before diving in, is that wild-caught Alaskan Salmon not just swimmingly gorgeous? It was such a great catch, I was immediately hooked and had to reel it in.

Ok. How to bake salmon in foil. I used to be intimidated with the whole salmon in foil thing. Like, how do you actually wrap it up and all that? And what do you put on it? And what if it leaks everywhere?

Rest assured, this is a totally easy gig. You can go with a whole fillet of salmon, like I prefer to do, or you can go with sliced salmon fillets in individual foil packets. Either way, it’s a cinch. You’ll place that salmon over a large, rimmed baking sheet lined with heavy duty foil.

Simply whisk together a flavorful marinade, brush it over the salmon fillet, and fold/seal the foil like a packet so that all four sides are tightly sealed. Then just let the foil-steam magic happen in the oven.

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Amazing sauce with honey, mustard, and garlic

How long and what temp to bake salmon in foil?

This is the easiest question to answer, as well as the most important aspect.

Keep the temp between 350-400F, as every oven heats a bit differently. I’ve chosen to do this Honey Baked Salmon in Foil at 400F. Rack on middle position, so it all cooks as evenly as possible.

Most importantly, do not overcook the salmon. Seriously, many recipes have us way overcooking our fish to the point of dry sadness. Salmon is best when barely just cooked and no more. With a 1-inch thick fillet, let ’em bake no more than 10-15 minutes. Again, this will vary by a minute or two, depending on the thickness of your fish, but don’t listen to those 20-minute cook time instructions.

If your salmon, for whatever reason, isn’t fully done at the 10-15 mark and you’ve opened your foil packet, no worries! You’ll be broiling the salmon under the broiler for another 2-3 minutes to brown the top. You can always add a bit of time under the broiler if necessary.

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Baking salmon in foil = tender fish with no mess

Why bake salmon in foil?

Ok, I fibbed before. This is the easiest question of all.

Baking salmon in foil creates an ultra moist, tender fish that’s ultimately quick-steamed without a fussy steamer. It’s flavorful, healthy, and easy.

Mostly, there’s almost zero cleanup after dinner. Just toss the foil after dinner and never look back. Or wrap up any leftovers in the same foil and reheat as-is in the oven tomorrow.

Less mess = 😊

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Honey Baked Salmon in Foil

4.95 from 19 ratings
This Honey Baked Salmon in Foil is an easy baked salmon recipe that results in a tender, tasty, and healthy dinner. There's a reason salmon foil packets are supremely popular; they're no-mess, nutritious, and taste outrageously scrumptious.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Amy Dong


  • 1.5 to 2 lbs salmon fillet
  • cup pure honey
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • cup coarse grain Dijon mustard
  • 3 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Parsley chopped for garnish
  • 1 lemon, sliced, for garnish


  • Preheat: Preheat oven to 400F with rack on middle position. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with a big sheet of heavy duty foil that's large enough to fully wrap salmon fillet. Set aside.
  • Make Sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, garlic, shallots, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Remove Moisture: Use paper towels to dab off all excess moisture from salmon fillet - this step is important, so don't miss it.
  • Prepare Foil Packet: Place salmon onto foil-lined baking sheet. Evenly spoon most of the honey mixture (reserve 1/3 cup of the mixture for later) over the salmon. Carefully fold all four sides of the foil so that it creates a "packet" that seals tightly closed and won't leak.
  • Bake: Bake 10-15 min (10 minutes for a salmon less than 1-inch thick, 15 min for thicker salmon) While salmon cooks, transfer reserved 1/3 cup of honey mixture to a small saucepan or microwavable bowl and cook just until the onions/garlic are soft. You'll use this for serving on the side.
  • Move Rack: Gently open the foil packet, leaving salmon on the foil (it may seem slightly undercooked, which is fine.) Move oven rack to top position under broiler.
  • Broil: Broil salmon on high for about 3 minutes or until nicely browned on top; if needed, rotate salmon and broil until desired brownness. Watch closely, as top can easily over-brown.
  • Serve: Serve salmon with reserved/cooked honey sauce. Garnish as desired, with freshly chopped parsley and/or lemon slices.


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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 19.5g | Fat: 4.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Cholesterol: 43.5mg | Sodium: 561mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14g
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: baking

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    • Holly

    I love the no-mess and easy clean up idea. I have some parchment packets that I keep meaning to use and I think this recipe would be perfect for them. Your recipe will be on my table this week!

    • Thatoneguy you should avoid cooking in foil. Especially foil and lemon as you will be leeching aluminum into your food. It’s also terrible for the environment.

    • Brad
    • 5 stars

    Salmon tastes incredibly great with just a little garlic salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. No need for the honey!

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    • Torrey B

    15 min at 400 while in foil? Gives you warm sushi unless you have some sort of magic oven. Total cook time alone was around 40 min including broiling. Still delicious but there’s no way you’re cooking this in 15 min.

      • chewoutloud

      Torrey, believe it or not, mine really does cook in 15 min @400F 🙂 Did you use a boneless fillet, no more than 1 inch thick at the center? 40 minutes sounds really long, but I’m super happy you still thought it was delicious. Thumbs up! Thanks for coming over and happy continued cooking!

    • Reyhan

    So delicious! Thank you for this crazy good recipe.

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you enjoyed this! 🙂

    • Giselle
    • 5 stars

    I made this for dinner tonight and my husband and I both loved it! I had never prepared fish this way but I am definitely going to add this to my repertoire. The salmon looked beautiful and tasted succulent! We’re already looking forward to eating the leftovers tomorrow night. Thank you for a fantastic recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay, Giselle! I’m so happy to hear you guys loved it 🙂 Once you do it this way, it quickly becomes part of the repertoire! Thanks for coming over and letting us know 🙂

    • Agnes Vazhure
    • 5 stars

    Honey Baked Salmon looks delicious. It makes my tummy crumbled. LOL!! I will pinned this recipe for my next recipe to try.

    • mariamagdalenahusain (@momanddiy)

    My mouth suddenly drooling… oh my… this looks soooo delicious!

    • In Veronica’s Corner

    Omg that salmon looks amazing! I am going to try this recipe this week thanks for sharing

    • Bhushavali

    That’s interesting! I was once in a phase when I cut my sugar intake by half! Its interesting to come up with new recipes with sugar replacements!

    • Deb B.
    • 5 stars

    I’m so excited! My husband’s been craving salmon and I haven’t done it in so long. I’m so glad I read this post, as it’s just reminded me how easy and how delicious foil cooked salmon is! Thanks for the reminder. And yes – this salmon is absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    • Lisa Rios

    I love salmon. It is so light, healthy and sounds really great with honey!

    • Ithfifi Williams / IthinityBeauty
    • 5 stars

    You can’t beat a piece of lovely salmon, I’ve never tried it with honey so I was excited by this recipe. Going to have to try it out! I also love salmon done in foil!

    • Albert Bevia – Spain on a Fork
    • 5 stars

    That is one of the things about these salmon in foil recipes I love, easy clean up and the salmon is still super moist, love this recipe, it looks amazing and healthy

    • Ashley
    • 5 stars

    Yum!! Salmon is my favorite fish to eat. This recipe looks especially delicious! Thanks for sharing.

      • chewoutloud

      It’s my favorite, too! Thanks, Ashley 🙂

    • Elizabeth O

    You had me at zero clean up! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe it looks really simple and healthy 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Elizabeth!

    • Shell

    Wow this is making me hungry!!! It sounds absolutely delicious and I’m sure my family would love this recipe!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, and hope you all love it, Shell! 🙂

    • Jenna

    I think you owe me a new laptop because I just drooled all over mine 😉 this looks AMAZING. I love foil dinners because cleanup is so much easier! Saving this recipe for later for sure!

      • chewoutloud

      LOL, Jenna! It’s hard to go back once you’ve experienced the ease of foil dinners 🙂

    • Emily Fata

    I just bought a big salmon fillet yesterday and was going to make it tonight for dinner. I’m going to be trying out this recipe instead of my usual maple teriyaki glaze. I can’t wait to taste it!!

      • chewoutloud

      YAY, Emily, hope y’all love this as much as we did 🙂 Teriyaki is another one of our faves as well, but this is a nice change of pace!

        • Jack

        I love salmon I can’t imagine ruining the flavor with all of the stuff on it yuck

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