Using foil while cooking fish is one of the most innovative methods for cooking it. Especially if you’re a newbie in the kitchen that’s looking for fool proof ways to cook your fish. Cooking salmon in foil just makes things easier. It creates a buttery, fresh, evenly cooked fish without having to be as precise. Moisture is preserved while flavor is exploded! Your fish won’t have any char marks either! The foil helps cook the fish faster and just all around better.
Another reason is that it’s a healthy way to cook fish. Yes, salmon is already a very healthy fish. But if you cook it in foil, you don’t have to use a lot of oil or butter to cook it. Just add herbs, a small slice of butter, and you’ll get a perfectly cooked fish packed with nutrients and flavors!
So below we’re sharing a few of our absolute favorite ways to cook salmon in foil. Try these easy, delicious foil cooking methods for any of your favorite salmon recipes and let us know what you think!
3 Ways to Cook Salmon in Foil
Again, cooking salmon in foil can be healthier compared to other methods. Whenever we talk about cooking salmon, in any method really, we always have to mention the importance of choosing quality, sustainable, salmon. It really goes without saying that the quality of your fish impacts everything from taste to the nutrition you receive. We 100% recommend Oshēn salmon for those of you cooking at home. It’s sustainable, ocean raised, ocean loved, fresh, and absolutely delicious. Here are some of the best ways and a few tips for doing it!
How To Bake Salmon In Foil
So, the first thing we love about baking salmon in foil is that it keeps the moisture in. The foil seals in moisture and boosts the flavor even with very little seasoning! Also, we love to bake our Salmon because it requires little attention from the chef. You simply throw the salmon in, set the timer, and off you go. You’re free to prep other parts of your meal or sit back, relax, and pour yourself a glass of wine!
To bake salmon in foil all you need to do is know the cooking time and prep the fish before baking. Of course, not all recipes follow the same cooking time. However, as a general rule of thumb, you only need to bake a salmon in foil between 15 – 20 minutes.
Our favorite recipe for baked salmon is this Salmon Baked in Foil with Smoked Cranberry Chutney! It’s super easy and SO delicious.
How To Grill Salmon In Foil
We can all agree that fish can sometimes be a little difficult to grill compared to other meat. Especially salmon, because of its tenderness. If you’re a true salmon lover, you’ve totally experienced that sad moment when you go to flip your fish and it breaks apart. And no, we’re not complaining because that tenderness is one of the reasons we love it, right?
So, grilling salmon in foil reduces your chances of that tender deliciousness from breaking apart. The foil keeps it all wrapped together. In order to grill salmon in foil, we recommend that you wrap the salmon in foil with all your desired flavors. Use heavy duty foil, make a little pocket for your salmon, don’t wrap it too tight. Make sure there is room for the aromas to work into the moisture inside the foil and cook into your salmon. Also, make sure you preheat your grill. Wrapping it in foil also ensures that all parts are cooked equally – nothing is too dry or too soft. This makes the salmon fillets retain their juiciness and keeps the flavors infused.
Our favorite flavors for this can be found in this post on seasoning salmon fillets for grilling.
How To Steam Salmon With Foil
It’s common to hear baked and grilled salmon in foil, steaming your salmon in foil is somewhat new. Is steaming salmon in foil even a thing? The answer is a big, yes! Remember that aluminium foil is non-flammable and it keeps all the moisture in! So steaming salmon in foil is really taking that moisturized way of cooking to the next level.
Some recipes call for steaming your salmon in foil for 10 – 20 minutes, while others recommend only 5 – 6 minutes, which is when the water passes its boiling point. It really depends on your fish cut and size. Use your best judgement here.
Honestly, this method is also applicable to a lot of salmon recipes, and our favorites can quickly be found here: salmon cooked in a rice cooker!
Will you try cooking salmon in foil?
With the versatility of the salmon fillets already put to the test, the assistance of your handy dandy, trusty foil always makes cooking salmon even easier. And let’s be real, the clean up is easier too! No mess when everything is wrapped up in foil. Surely you will not regret the convenience of cooking salmon in foil. Also, for more salmon recipes and cooking tips follow us on Pinterest.