Whether you’re looking for an easy prep or a healthy alternative, baking salmon in foil is a great way to enjoy a nutritious meal with little clean up.
Check out this Mediterranean-inspired baked salmon in foil recipe, which you can whip together without taking out any pots and pans!
But First: Is Baking Better for You?
The short answer: Yes! Baking salmon (or any protein) typically involves less oil than cooking in a pan. By using an oven, the salmon will cook evenly without excess marinades while still featuring those juicy flavors you know and love about salmon.
Plus, another added bonus is that cooking with foil requires little to no prep and clean up. The foil seals in the flavor and moisture, allowing the salmon to cook slowly as it absorbs the ingredients, infusing the salmon with the ingredients that surround it — which in this case are heirloom tomatoes, fresh thyme, rosemary, garlic, and olives.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prep four large pieces of foil with baking spray. Add a touch of salt, fresh herbs of your choosing, garlic, and a handful of olives to each foil piece. Then, place a piece of salmon on top (4 total).
Add a dash of olive oil evenly over the salmon filets, then sprinkle salt and pepper. Rub another clove of garlic directly on each filet. Place the remaining lemon wedges and herbs on top of the filets.
Fold the foil over so that the salmon is completely covered. However, do make sure you leave a little space inside the foil for air to circulate.
Bake the salmon for about 15-20 minutes. Cook time will vary based on salmon size and oven capacity.
Remove salmon from the oven and switch oven setting to broil. Place the salmon back in the oven for a few minutes until the garlic and top of the salmon are crispy and golden. Garnish with excess herbs and lemon. Serve immediately or store for meal prep.