I’m sure yall have figured it out by now that I’m all about easy. Uncomplicated. That’s my specialty. Making neat individual portions of moist flavorful healthy salmon and veggies with minimal preparation and clean up is the epitome of uncomplicated. If you haven’t tried foil packet cooking, you haven’t truly known simplicity. Fill a sheet of aluminum foil with some veggies and a protein of similar cooking times with whatever seasoning you dream up and just like that, dinner is done.
Why Make Foil Packet Salmon?
There are three main reasons I think you should give this a try:
- Clean up is a breeze- Simply serve individual portions right from the foil. Toss out the foil afterward.
- Cook time is reduced- Instead of fooling with multiple pots with different cook times, this method combines everything into one place at the same time.
- A healthier way to cook- 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.
- Individual flavors- You can choose whatever sauce, spice, or glaze that you want or don’t want. It’s a picky eater’s playground.
Like I mentioned above, you have the choice to flavor your salmon (or whatever protein you decide to use or not; all vegetables is just fine). I used a sweet sesame soy sauce for this recipe but I make different sauces for my foil packet salmon depending on the mood. Basically, you will mix together a base flavor liquid or solid, fat, and herbs and spices. The measurement is all to your taste so long as every portion has adequate sauce. One to two tablespoons per person is a good starting point.
Sauce FLavor COMBINATIONS to Try
I like to try different things. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Mustard dill- dijon, dill, white wine vinegar, olive oil, butter, honey, salt
Lemon garlic- butter, garlic, white wine, lemon zest, salt, lemon pepper
Teriyaki- soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, honey, sesame oil, scallion
Honey sriracha- honey, sriracha, soy sauce, lime juice, cilantro, scallion, white pepper
How to Serve
You can serve individual packets right on the plate with a side of rice or potatoes. Or you can make it a ll fancy and plate it up like you’ve been in the kitchen all day, lol! Either way, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are serving your family something healthy and delicious with little effort.
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- 1 lb salmon filleted
- 3 c cut green beans defrosted or vegetable of choice
- 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread out 4 12″ x 11″ foil sheets on a baking sheet. Divide and center the cut green beans between the foil sheet about 3/4 c. Place a salmon fillet on top of the green beans. Season the salmon with the salt and pepper. Fold all four sides of the foil into the center to create an envelope. Open one side to pour the sauce.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the soy sauce, honey, canola oil, sesame seeds, garlic, and ginger powder, and red pepper flakes if using. Pour the sauce on to each piece of fish. Seal the foil tightly and bake the packets for 15-17 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the packets to cool for 5 minutes before opening. They can be eaten from the foil or served over rice.