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Easy Grilled Salmon in Foil

Pink, Perfect and So Easy you’ll be wondering why you haven’t tried this before! Put your fears away and let me show you how to make EASY grilled salmon in foil! You’ll be cranking up the grill tonight! 

Why This Recipe Works

  • If you can tear off a piece of heavy duty foil from the roll
  • Lay the ingredients in the foil
  • And wrap into a foil packet? You can do this recipe! 
  • Fast
  • Easy!

Here’s How It’s Done

STEP 1. 

Get all of your ingredients out for the packet.

Assembled items for the grilled salmon packet

STEP 2. 

Assemble the items into individual grilling packets

piece of salmon with hand pouring oil on top

STEP 3. 

Grill for 9 minutes and SERVE! 

half pound piece of easy grilled salmon in foil with rosemary

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Do I Pick a Good Piece of Salmon? 

  • Go to a grocery with a fresh seafood area and ask the monger to assist you in picking out the best piece of salmon. Ask what qualities you should look for so that the fishmonger can point out the special aspects to you directly. 
  • Mainly, you’ll want to look for the vibrant pink red (salmon) color with little to no gray areas on the bottom. 
  • Secondly, you don’t want it to have a LOUD fishy smell. 
  • For this recipe, pick a piece that is evenly 1”inch (about). Ask for a center cut. 

Can I Use Frozen Salmon? 

Yes, you absolutely can. Put the salmon in the refrigerator the day before you plan to use it so that it can thaw appropriately. 

What Ingredients Do I Need? 

  • A piece of salmon 
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lemon Juice 
  • Lemon slices
  • Italian seasonings or whatever seasonings are your favorite with salmon

How To Grill Salmon In Foil?

Lay down 2 sheets of 18” long foil. Place the lemon and onion rings down. Lay the salmon on top and apply salt and pepper. Add oil any other seasonings and fresh herbs. Close up the packet and grill the packet for 9 minutes.

What’s the Best Grilled Salmon In Foil?

You’ll want to select a center cut salmon if possible so that the cut is reasonably consistent in thickness. You’ll want a piece that is about 1” thick and a bright pink salmon color.

Check the underside to make sure that it hasn’t grayed. Then simply follow this recipe for a terrific and EASY dinner! 

How To Grill Salmon on a Gas Grill?

This salmon works the same whether on a gas grill or in the oven! A perfect summer get away recipe that will have you eating light and enjoying it! 

Cooking this dish on the grill does give you that wonderful grilled and smoky flavor. 

How Long To Grill Salmon on Gas Grill?

Once the grill is preheated, simply lay your salmon packet in the middle of the grill and shut the lid. Allow the packet to grill for 9 minutes. 

No need to turn the packet (some of the juices may spill out), just remove from the grill and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes before attempting to open the packet. 

Tips and Tricks

  • Start with a fresh piece of salmon, uniformly 1” thick, little to no fishy smell and a bright color.
  • The meat should not feel slimy or have a gray color. 
  • ONLY use heavy duty aluminum foil for this recipe and use TWO sheets for each piece of salmon you will cook.
  • The aluminum foil can stick to the cooking grates and you don’t want your expensive piece of salmon to fall down into the grill! 
  • When cooked, the salmon will be a brighter color pink. Don’t be tempted to over cook the salmon.
  • Grill the salmon for 9 minutes and then allow to rest, closed for 1-2 minutes. If not quite done, reseal the packet and set back on the grill for another 1-3 minutes. 
  • By placing the lemon slices and onion on the bottom of the packet, this will allow those to perfume the meat while holding it up out of the oil and juices, which steam the meat as it cooks. 
  • Feel free to add other veggies to the packet – ex, small cut potatoes, carrots, asparagus, etc. 
  • Don’t forget the salt! 
  • Make sure the grill grates are very clean so that the packet will not stick to the grates 
  • Interested in the health benefits of fish? The USDA has great info right here

PRO TIP:  For a milder taste to the salmon, 1 hour before serving, soak the salmon in a brine of 2 C cold water 2 tsp of kosher salt. Remove from the water and drain onto paper towels then prepare as stated in the recipe.

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Easy Grilled Salmon in Foil

Pink, Perfect and So Easy you’ll be wondering why you haven’t tried this before! Put your fears away and let me show you how to make EASY grilled salmon in foil! You’ll be cranking up the grill tonight!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: foil packet salmon, grilled salmon in foil
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
resting: 2 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 462kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices Lemon
  • 1 slice Red Onion
  • ½ lb salmon filet skinless
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp minced garlic
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 sprig Rosemary

Instructions

  • Preheat grill to medium or medium high while preparing the salmon.
  • Lay two layers of 18” long heavy duty aluminum foil on top of one another on the counter.
  • Lay two slices of lemon onto the middle of the aluminum foil.
  • Cut one slice of onion and separate into rings. Lay these on top of the lemon slices.
  • Sprinkle both sides of the salmon with salt and pepper and lay the filet on top of the lemon and onion slices.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the surface of the salmon and sprinkle with garlic and cayenne.
  • Lay sprig of Rosemary on the top of the Salmon.
  • Fold the aluminum foil from each end and roll together.
  • Pull the side of the aluminum foil to the top and seal together by rolling and pinching.
  • Repeat for each piece of salmon you will serve.
  • When the grill has come to temperature (make sure the grill grates are very clean so the aluminum foil will not stick), set the packet onto the grill grates and replace the top on the grill. Allow to set for 9 minutes.
  • Remove the packet from the grill to a platter and allow to sit, closed, for 1-2 minutes
  • Serve hot.

Notes

  • Start with a fresh piece of salmon, uniformly 1” thick, little to no fishy smell and a bright color.
  • The meat should not feel slimy or have a gray color.
    ONLY use heavy duty aluminum foil for this recipe and use TWO sheets for each piece of salmon you will cook.
  • The aluminum foil can stick to the cooking grates and you don’t want your expensive piece of salmon to fall down into the grill!
  • When cooked, the salmon will be a brighter color pink. Don’t be tempted to over cook the salmon.
  • Grill the salmon for 9 minutes and then allow to rest, closed for 1-2 minutes. If not quite done, reseal the packet and set back on the grill for another 1-3 minutes.
  • By placing the lemon slices and onion on the bottom of the packet, this will allow those to perfume the meat while holding it up out of the oil and juices, which steam the meat as it cooks.
  • Feel free to add other veggies to the packet - ex, small cut potatoes, carrots, asparagus, etc.
  • Don’t forget the salt!
  • Make sure the grill grates are very clean so that the packet will not stick to the grates
Substitutions:
  • Try other citrus besides lemon if that’s your preference.
  • Other fresh herbs on top of the salmon will work as well.
  • Can replace salt and garlic with garlic salt.
  • Use a different type of onion is fine.
  • If you don’t have olive oil, substitute 2 Tbs Butter and lay the pat on top of the salmon.
PRO TIP: For a milder taste to the salmon, 1 hour before serving, soak the salmon in a brine of 2 C cold water 2 tsp of kosher salt. Remove from the water and drain onto paper towels then prepare as stated in the recipe.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Grilled Salmon in Foil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 683mg28%
Potassium 1111mg32%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A VERSE TO SHARE

I’ve been a fisherman for a long many years and have never found a fish with any type of coin in it’s mouth. Perhaps another fish or a frog, but never a coin. That’s what I love about the teachings of Jesus. Always a surprise. 

Matthew 17:27

But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours

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