A close-up image of a lemon basil baked salmon recipe that has been baked in foil packets.
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Basil Lemon Baked Salmon in Foil

Basil & Lemon Salmon is wrapped in foil and then baked in the oven until tender and flaky.  This healthy, easy, and low-carb seafood recipe is full of fresh basil, garlic, and lemon juice.  It makes a wonderful family and kid-friendly keto and Paleo dinner recipe for busy weeknights!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 226 kcal
Author London


  • 1 ¼ lbs. salmon skin on, cut into 5 fillets
  • 5 Tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. basil finely chopped, packed
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice divided
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 5 lemon slices
  • See this recipe in Healthy Meal Plan #1


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Whisk melted butter, garlic, basil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.

  3. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Layer a piece of parchment paper that is slightly smaller than the foil on top.

    Five salmon fillets on a baking sheet.
  4. Lay salmon fillets on paper with a slight gab between each one.

  5. Pour half of the lemon-basil sauce over salmon fillets. Reserve the remaining sauce for later.  

    Lemon basil sauce being poured over salmon fillets on a baking sheet lined with foil and parchment paper.
  6. Top each fillet with one lemon slice.

    Lemon slices on top of fish on a baking sheet.
  7. Close paper and aluminum foil around salmon to make a packet. Bake salmon for 14-16 minutes without undoing the foil packet.

    Salmon in a foil packet on a baking sheet ready to be added to the oven.
  8. Open the foil packet, pour remaining lemon-basil sauce over fillets and return salmon to oven under a High broil for 5-7 minutes.

  9. Watch salmon closely while broiling. Once salmon starts to brown slightly, remove from oven and serve immediately.  See this recipe in Healthy Meal Plan #1

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Nutrition Facts
Basil Lemon Baked Salmon in Foil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 78mg26%
Sodium 369mg16%
Potassium 478mg14%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 605IU12%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.