Honey Salmon in Foil

Honey Salmon in Foil - A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that's baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever!

A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that’s baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever!

Honey Salmon in Foil - A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that's baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever!

Salmon in foil isn’t the prettiest thing in the world but despite it’s looks, it is by far the best kind of salmon I have ever had.

Honey Salmon in Foil - A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that's baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever!

Now if you’re not familiar with the foil method, it’s really just a super easy and simple way to prepare fish. Simply season the salmon in this sweet garlic mixture loaded with fresh thyme, fold it up and pop it in the oven. That’s it!

Honey Salmon in Foil - A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that's baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever!

After 15 minutes, you’ll have a wonderfully seasoned salmon that easily flakes with a fork. Serve with rice and/or vegetables and dinner is set!

Honey Salmon in Foil

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Honey Salmon in Foil

A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that's baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds salmon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, olive oil, white wine vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place salmon onto prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
  • Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.*
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

*Baking time may need to be adjusted depending on the thickness of the salmon.

Adapted from Cookin' Canuck

http://damndelicious.net/2014/02/07/honey-salmon-foil/

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 420.5 Calories from Fat 160.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.8g 27%
Saturated Fat 2.7g 14%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 125.6mg 42%
Sodium 100.5mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 18.2g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 17.3g
Protein 45.2g 90%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Fish is one of the few food sources with naturally occurring vitamin D, a vitamin that is most famously known for its bone health. However, recent research has shown that vitamin D plays a key role in many other parts of the body. For example, Vitamin D is very important for a strong and healthy immune system.

With this meal, you get nearly 800 IU of vitamin D per serving. That’s more than the minimum daily recommended amount of 600 IU!

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.


Comments

  1. Maria Vivian says

    Looks so yummy. I was wondering if it’s okay to do this in a toaster oven? If so, do I have to make changes in the recipe? Thanks.

    • Chung-Ah says

      Yes, you can certainly use a toaster oven. But as I have not tried the toaster method myself, you will need to make the appropriate adjustments accordingly.

    • Chung-Ah says

      I don’t think the grilling method would work very well here. This recipe was created specifically to be baked in the oven, creating a very moist, flavorful fish.

      • Desiree Bennett says

        Have you made this recipe on the grill? I’m looking for something simple like this for my anniversary dinner tonight & I’m super inexperienced when it comes to cooking fish! :)

        • Chungah says

          I actually haven’t tried this on the grill just yet. We live in LA with a very small patio to fit a grill unfortunately!

    • says

      A couple of years ago we bought a new toaster oven. Since I had been using one for many years but didn’t know all I should have known, I called the company. I asked could I cook this or that or so-and-so in it. He said I could make anything in it that I could in a conventional oven. Also, I just say a question about grilling. There’s more than one kind of grilling. We recently bought an OptiGrill. I have been improvising a bit by grilling things meant to be barbequed outside. Really wonderful. Salmon and other fish come out sweet and perfect, That’s because the grill does all the thinking for me. Just imagine!

  2. Bdog02 says

    Made this last night and it was a hit with the teenagers who are picky eaters! I made the following modifications to get more vegies into the dish…
    under the salmon I shingled thinly (mandolin) sliced summer squash, and on top of the salmon I mixed carrot and red pepper matchsticks (about 1/8 cup)…then drizzled with the sauce. I had some very thick filets, so I cooked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

    Moist, tender, bursting with flavor I never expected. Super easy prep and clean up…a keeper for sure…BTW I served it with coconut rice.

    • John DL says

      Cooking time all depends on thickness of the salmon. The foil method is so convenient and keeps the fish moist. Any salmon marinade wrapped in foil. We eat a lot of salmon living on Vancouver Island.

    • Chung-Ah says

      Divya, for optimal results, I recommend using white wine vinegar. You can certainly use distilled vinegar but I cannot speak for how much this will change in taste.

      • Rachel Huff says

        I don’t have white wine vinegar either but do have white wine and distilled vinegar,can I mix the 2 together?

        • Chungah says

          I have never tried doing that myself but there are a lot of online resources you can use as a reference to mix them together with the appropriate ratios.

  3. Susan says

    The only things I don’t have are white wine vinegar and olive oil – I have coconut oil. Do you think I could still try? Also – my salmon fillets are frozen. Would I have to thaw them before wrapping them in the foil?

    • Chung-Ah says

      Susan, the salmon should be thawed before baking. And as this dish does not require many ingredients, it is crucial to use all the ingredients listed for optimal results. Additionally, coconut oil is not an appropriate substitute for this dish.

    • John says

      Susan, if you have refined coconut oil, it should be fine as a substitute. I use Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil Cooking Spray in place of olive oil for roasting meats and vegetables. Of course, it will impart a bit of that beautiful tropical flavor :)

  4. Sarah says

    Any ideas on how do make this dish for one? I’m not much of a cook and I live by myself, but I would really love to try this out.

    • Chung-Ah says

      Sarah, you can use a smaller portion of salmon, fit for one serving. You may have to adjust cooking time as needed.

  5. Helen says

    Well I don’t eat fish, but I cooked this for dinner and my husband told me it’s the best salmon I’ve ever cooked! Thanks for the recipe. Sending you love & appreciation from London, England :-)

  6. Anxiously waiting says

    Ridiculous. Put the salmon in for 15 minutes. Not done. 10 more minutes, cut it open: not even close to done. Like sushi raw on the inside. Hopefully 10 more does it out. I even used less than one pound of salmon for this (2/3lb). As far as I know, my oven isn’t 100 degrees off. What did I do wrong???

    • Chung-Ah says

      What a bummer that this didn’t turn out for you! But in all honesty, it is very difficult for me to tell you what you did wrong since I was not in the kitchen with you.

      My suggestion to you is to make sure that your oven temperature is accurate. You mentioned that “it isn’t even 100 degrees off”. The oven temperature should be set exactly as indicated in the recipe. Even a difference in temperature by 25 degrees can cause this to happen.

      Additionally, you mentioned that you used 2/3 lb of salmon. Regardless of how much the salmon weighs, the thickness of the salmon plays a huge role in cooking time as well. I would assume that your salmon was a very thick cut, causing the salmon to require additional baking time than indicated in the recipe.

      Additionally, every time you open the oven, this causes heat to escape, resulting in an even lower temperature.

      • Chung-Ah says

        Dustie, as mentioned in the previous comments, you must take into consideration the thickness of the salmon. Fifteen minutes of baking time is a general guideline and you may have to increase or decrease the baking time as needed to make sure your salmon is cooked through. Additionally, keep in mind that consistently opening the oven door will reduce the oven temperature significantly.

  7. Cin says

    I just hopped on to check the comments because mine was not done after 15 minutes either and I have to think you’re right. I didn’t consider thickness. So I just popped it back in for longer. I’ll let you know how it goes! :)

    • says

      Next time use an OptiGrille. It knows the thickness, knows the temperature (frozen or thawed), and knows the doneness and how long to cook it. It’s certainly worth the money!!

  8. Sherry trautman says

    I just found your blog and I absolutely love it. such wonderful photography and it’s so inspiring. Keep up the amazing work. I am making the salmon tonight and your chicken pesto sandwich tomorrow. Thank you thank you

  9. Patsy says

    YUM.. For those Diabetic,or sugar level problems, may want to try sugar free syrup, instead of honey. Honey is a no -no for diabetics..

  10. Keith says

    What is that pile of something brown to the right of the thyme leaves, and what is the deep yellow that looks like egg yolk.?

    • Chung-Ah says

      I am a bit confused with the “brown” that you are referring to but the deep yellow is the liquid from the honey mixture that the salmon is cooked in.

      • Linda Nall says

        Could the “brown” be the skin of the Salmon? I noted you left the skin on…I’ve been taking it off, does this make a difference in the taste?

  11. says

    Hi. This looks so good. I’m not familiar with the different types of salmon, what type/cut of salmon should I get?

    Thank you!

  12. Keith says

    Sorry to have not made myself clear. The near edge of the dish is mostly minced garlic. The far edge has much of the honey mixture. The left side is obviously thyme leaves. What is the only remaining ingredient next to the thyme that spherical in shape, dark brown around the edges and light brown in the center of the mound of the ingredient?

    Thank you for your prompt reply above.

    • Chung-Ah says

      Keith, those are thyme leaves that have been cooked with the salmon. I should let you know though that I have listed out all of the ingredients that have been used in this recipe. I have not added any additional garnishes.

    • Heather says

      Hey! I think the mound you are talking about is pepper which is in the instructions as “to taste.”
      I’m totally making this tonight!

  13. christina says

    My fiance and i just recently moved out and we’re starting to eat a little healthier! We are soooooo having this next week! Thank you for this recipe!

  14. Candy says

    Hi there!

    I an just thinking…you did not mean a 2lb salmon fillet only needs 15 mins. Right? I thought you meant cut into serving sizes and in to their own little foil packets. Am I right?

    Thanks – just bought fresh salmon.

    • Chung-Ah says

      No, that is not correct. As the recipe indicates, 2 pounds salmon only needs 15 minutes to cook within a sealed foil packet. But please note that if your salmon is a thick cut, you will have to adjust cooking time as needed. As you can see from the photos, my salmon was a standard cut and it took about 15 minutes to be fully cooked through.

  15. Robin says

    My family loved this! My husband thought it was a little to sweet, so next time I will cut down the honey a little bit. But overall….awesome and easy! Thanks!

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    • Chung-Ah says

      Unfortunately, as I am not a registered dietician, I am not comfortable sharing nutritional information of my recipes. Please use online resources to obtain such information.

  17. says

    I love the baking salmon in foil method! So clean, so easy, and the salmon comes out so moist! I’ll have to try those spices with my salmon next time :)

  18. Walda says

    If I used dried thyme instead of fresh, should I adjust the amount? Dried thyme is very strong, and I would not want to risk ruining this dish.

  19. says

    Going to try this with chicken breast, maybe adding a bit of red pepper for heat. (Cooking time will be increased, I think as the breasts I have are bone-in.) SO hard to get chicken breasts just right, without being dry. This recipe may make this easy!

  20. Peggy Reingold says

    This is the best salmon I’ve ever eaten. Followed the recipe as written and it is now my “go to” salmon recipe. Am contemplating a dinner party so I can serve it!

  21. ChrisH. says

    Made this last night & it was fabulous! My piece of salmon was a bit on the thick side so added 10 minutes to the cooking time & it turned out perfect! It is so tender & not dry at all. I just had some of the leftovers for dinner tonight with a citrus quinoa sauté. Planning to have in on a salad for lunch tomorrow. Just can’t get enough of it :-)

  22. Rie says

    Had the in-laws over for Father’s Day. Made Dad his ribs and my mother-in-law the salmon. It was a HUGE hit. I am not really a fish person but your beautiful photo just made me want to try this. My mother-in-laws eyes light up when I gave them leftovers to take from the day and she realized she got the salmons. Thanks for such an easy, delicious recipe.

  23. Effa says

    The recipe looks amazing. But i would like to know if i don’t add the white wine vinegar is it fine or is there any substitute for this recipe?

    • Diane McQuay says

      If you don’t want to buy white wine vinegar, try using 1 tbls of white wine with 1/2 tbls of lemon juice…or adjust how you see fit.

  24. teri lynne says

    Just wondering if it is okay to let the salmon marinate for a few hours in the fridge before putting it in the oven?

  25. Kerri Officer says

    Im making it now at a friends and they have no thyme (fresh or dried), no dill, etc. Anything else you can suggest quickly? Thanks in advance. I can hardly wait to pop it in the oven!

  26. Jessica says

    I’ve never made Salmon or any fish for that matter before so I decided to try this recipe out to break me in. It was super easy and turned out awesome! The fact that I didn’t have to dirty a lot of dishes to make it was also a plus.Thanks for posting it I’m definitely keeping this in my recipe box!

  27. says

    I have made a similar recipe to this. However, instead of cooking it in the oven, I cooked it on the gas grill. The only way to cook salmon is in the foil (as far as I am concerned)!

  28. Roxie says

    LOVED THIS! Only had dried thyme and used “older” white wine, but it was DELISH and a keeper! “Damn Good!” by all who ate! Can’t wait to try it with fresh thyme! YUM!

  29. Chef Nicole says

    I love finding new ways to cook Salmon. Made this recipe exactly following the recipe and it turned out great. It was delicious, simple and cook. Next time, I will use agave instead of honey in an effort to be more healthy. Thank you :)

  30. Diana says

    This was absolutely delicious! So delicious my boyfriend was drinking the leftover juice from the foil packs haha

  31. Leslie Rookwood says

    II am surprised that so many responses to said recipe…I have been baking my salmon in foil for a long time but never thought of including honey…May not like sweetness touch.

    • Chungah says

      If you are not keen on a little bit of sweetness in your salmon, you can certainly reduce the amount of honey to your liking.

  32. Diane C. says

    Hello, I was just wondering what kind of side dish would go well with this. We don’t care much for rice and we don’t really eat much fish so I was just wondering what I can fix that is easy and will go well with this dish. Much thanks

  33. Jill says

    I’ve always been a bit hesitant to try baked salmon, because it’s so yummy when grilled I thought nothing could top it. Boy was I wrong! I couldn’t pass on trying this recipe, and now I’m hooked. Super quick & easy, minimal clean up, and absolutely delicious! Love your website & recipes….keep em coming :)

  34. Megan says

    This looks great! I’m not an experienced cook when it comes to seafood, is there a big difference in flavor between frozen and fresh salmon? I’m in NC and it seems like all the “fresh” salmon was previously frozen anyway, just wondering from a price perspective. Also, I tend to shy away from fish that has a strong “fishy” flavor for lack of better terminology I lean towards milder flavored ones. How does this compare?

    • Chungah says

      I personally prefer fresh over frozen but feel free to use what works best for you. I am also not really understanding the comparison between a strong “fishy” flavor versus milder flavored ones. Either way, this is a great and easy salmon dish, especially for an inexperienced cook!

  35. Hali says

    I REALLY DONT LIKE FISH OR SEAFOOD. THE ONLY FISH I WILL EAT IS SAMON. AND.THIS.TASTED.SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD. I WISH I CAN EAT THIS AND ORANGE CHICKEN EVEYDAY :D

  36. Lucy says

    Made this last night and it was DELICIOUS! Because the salmon was thick I butterfly cut it before marinating for half an hour and baking. 20 min at 375 degrees was perfect! Thank you for the recipe!

  37. Erin says

    This was really good! The best part was that it was completely a pantry (used dried thyme) recipe. All I had to add was salmon :). If you have kids and they are iffy on salmon, the honey helps even though we had extremely good Alaskan caught salmon purchased from the fisherwoman. It is not an overpowering sauce and really lets the salmon shine. Thanks for a great recipe!

  38. Peggy says

    Delicious! I cooked it for 15 minutes and it was perfect. My salmon portion was smallish and relatively thin. I suspect the people who had trouble getting it done had thicker pieces. I now have a pot of fresh thyme on my patio so I can grab a sprig when needed for something like this. I hate to admit that my usual method is to pop the salmon and some broccoli into the steamer of my rice cooker. This was way better. I’ll probably investigate putting some vegetables into the packet to roast next time- maybe small-cut carrots or potatoes.

  39. says

    I have my salmon thawing in refrigerator and plan to make this tomorrow. Looks FAB! BTW… I’ve noticed that sometimes you include nutritional information along with your recipes. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for that!! As someone who must what what I eat, that is soooo helpful and I don’t find that many cooking blogs do it. {smiling}

    • Chungah says

      Syd, you should only be using the leaves, not the sprigs. I used the sprigs simply as a garnish once the salmon had been completely cooked through.

  40. says

    I made this for dinner and it was delicious! I love the thyme/salmon together and the hint of sweetness from the honey. It was a perfect combination of flavors. Even my boyfriend, who always says “cooked fish is boring,” thought it was really good.

    This is the first time I’ve (successfully) made fish, so I’m really happy and excited! I look forward to making this recipe again soon.

  41. JS says

    Not the prettiest thing in the world?? I think that LOOKS as fantastic as it sounds. Also, cooking fish in a foil pouch sure beats having to clean the oven because of oil spatters, and that’s a beautiful thing to me! ^_^

    • Chungah says

      Sharon, thanks for pointing that out! The initial numbers were actually for 2 pounds baked salmon instead of raw, but the numbers have been updated.

      Thanks again!

  42. Cheryl says

    I fixed this last night and it was a great hit!!!!! Very flavorful. The salmon was thick and wasn’t quite done so I finished it off on the stove in a grill pan. Made it look really nice. Will try a longer cook time next time.

  43. Sara says

    This was a nice and quick dinner! My husband and I enjoyed it tonight and can’t wait to have some tomorrow for lunch. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Dee says

    I’ve made this great dish several times and it’s always a hit. Whenever my 18 year old son wants it made, he leaves the salmon to thaw in the fridge as a hint.

  45. SImi says

    Tried the recipe and it was good. The cooking time was a bit hard to nail down, as at 20minutes the salmon was still pretty much raw. I think it took over 40minutes in the end. I assume the salmon was thicker so it took a while. Unfortunately it ended up being a bit dry, but by the next day it had sucked up some of the sauce and was perfect. At least the hubby thought it was a success and it did taste very good!

    • Chungah says

      Oh my – it seems like your salmon was a HUGE cut! It is best to use a less thicker cut for next time – having salmon cook for 40 minutes is not ideal and will definitely yield a “dry” result!

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