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Foil Packet Salmon

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Make tender flaky Salmon and vegetables in convenient individual foil packets. A healthy weeknight meal is under 20-minutes.

cooked fish over green beans and rice

This simplistic Foil Packet Salmon recipe is a healthier quick and easy weeknight meal option. Choose a vegetable and a quick sauce to flavor the fish and wrap it all in a neat little aluminum foil packet. Wether prepared in the oven or the air fryer, this meal is done in under 20 minutes.

Benefits of foil packet meals

salmon and green beans in foil

There are three primary benefits plus one bonus benefit for making foil packet meals. The first is easy clean up. Simply serve individual portions right from the foil. Toss out the foil afterward. The second is faster cooking time. Instead of fooling with multiple pots with different cook times, this method combines everything into one place at the same time.

The third is that it’s more healthful. Not only do you have control of the portions, but you can also control what you season it with. Different dietary needs no longer an issue. And the bonus reason is the ability to flavor to taste. You can choose whatever sauce, spice, or glaze that you want or don’t want. It’s a picky eater’s playground.

Ingredients and equipment

fresh salmon with a bowl of green beans

Salmon fillets
Defrosted vegetable of choice– I’m using green beans but any quick-cooking frozen vegetable could work. If you prefer fresh veggies you will need to blanch them first.
Seasoning sauce– See sauce options section below.
Low sodium soy sauce
Honey
Sesame seeds
Garlic powder
Ginger powder
Kosher salt
White pepper
Red pepper flakes
Cooking spray
Aluminum foil, 12″ x 11″ foil sheets
Baking sheet, optional for the oven
Air fryer, optional

Sauce Options

Like I mentioned above, you have the choice to flavor your salmon the way you like it. For this recipe, I’m using a sweet sesame soy sauce. The ratio is enough to flavor each portion of fish with a couple of tablespoons of sauce. Once you’ve tried the sesame soy sauce in the recipe, you may want to play around with other options like Lemon Butter Sauce, Chimichurri Sauce, or even an Herb Butter Compound.

Instructions

green beans in a bowl

Spray the salmon and green beans with cooking spray and season with salt.

sesamon soy sauce over fresh salmon

Spread out 4 12″ x 11″ foil sheets on a baking sheet.  Divide and center the green beans between the foil sheets. Place a salmon fillet on top of the green beans.

foil packet salmon

Whisk together the sauce ingredients and pour it evenly over each fillet.
Seal the foil around the fish like an envelope.

Oven option
Line the packets on a baking sheet. Bake for 14-18 minutes in a preheated 425-degree oven.

Air fryer option
Place the tightly wrapped packets into the air fryer. Be sure that there are no loose pieces of foil that could get caught in the air fryer fans. Turn the unit on the 390-degrees or use the fish steering on some models. Set the time for 12 minutes.

Salmon serving suggestions

plated salmon with green beans over rice

You can serve individual packets right on the plate with a side of Seasoned White Rice or Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes. You can also serve the salmon and vegetables over a bed of white rice in an elegant display. Either way, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are serving your family something healthy and delicious with very little effort.

More healthy weeknight recipes

sesame seeds on fish

Baked Chicken Egg Rolls
Steamed Garlic Green Beans
Honey Ginger Sesame Chicken

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plated salmon with green beans over rice
5 from 13 votes

Foil Packet Salmon

Print Recipe
Make tender flaky Salmon and vegetables in convenient individual foil packets. A healthy weeknight meal is under 20-minutes.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Resting time:5 mins
Total Time:25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb salmon 4-4 oz fillets
  • 4 c green beans defrosted or vegetable of choice
  • 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds plus more to garnish
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • Kosher salt
  • Canola oil spray

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the soy sauce, honey, canola oil, sesame seeds, garlic, and ginger powder, and red pepper flakes if using.
  • Spread out 4 12″ x 11″ foil sheets on a baking sheet. Spray the fillets and green beans with cooking spray and season to taste with salt. Divide and center the cut green beans between the foil sheet. Place a salmon fillet on top of the green beans.
  • Pour the sauce onto each piece of fish and seal the foil tightly.

Oven option

  • Preheat the oven to 425-degrees. Line the packets on a baking sheet. Bake for 14-18 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the packets to cool for 5 minutes before opening.

Air fryer option

  • Place the tightly wrapped packets into the air fryer. Turn the unit on the 390-degrees or use the fish steering on some models. Set the time for 12 minutes. Rest for about 5 minutes before opening the packets.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: asian inspired, easy breakfast, fish, salmon, seafood
Servings: 4
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Ty

19 Comments

  1. Is this recipe able to be made in advance of cooking. For example, made on a Monday for Thursday cooking in an oven?

    I would be using frozen cut green beans and a selection of salmon over it. As a side we would be doing salad. Normally I pan fry the salmon and bake the green beans. I’d like to prep all meals in one go…please advise if I should leave it until Thursday or if I could do a couple days in advance. Thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    OK, this is officially one of the greatest salmon recipes ever – I can’t wait to make it now! The images are fantastic!

  3. 5 stars
    Great tips there to make individual portions or how one can sort out individual’s choice. The foil packet salmon loaded with green beans looks like a very healthy option.

  4. 5 stars
    I love a quick meal with little clean up, plus I am a big fan of salmon so this is a winner for me.

  5. 5 stars
    I love cooking with foil packets, it’s so easy to clean-up and it feels like I’m out camping lol! Anyway, this dish looks really healthy and delicious.

  6. 5 stars
    I love salmon but haven’t really tried to with greens. Now that I’ve read it here, you’ve inspired me to go green with Salmons. Glad I cam across this recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    Oh Ty..I adore foil pack meals maily for the easy clean up but you are so right everyone can have their own flavor. I have never done salmon in a foil pack and yours sounds amazing. I love soy sauce and ginger together..YUMM. I can’t wait to try thi!

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