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Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon in Foil

Simple ingredients yield delicious results in this easy Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon recipe, which can be made in 30 minutes or less! Salmon fillets are drizzled with a citrusy garlic butter, topped with fresh lemon slices, wrapped in a foil packet, and oven baked until tender and flaky.

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



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

  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.  

  6. Top each fillet with one lemon slice.

  7. Close paper and aluminum foil around salmon to make a packet. Bake salmon for 14-16 minutes without undoing the foil packet.

  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. (Make sure you tear off or fold down any parchment paper that might be sticking up!)

  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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Recipe Notes

Meal Prep & Storage

  • To Prep Ahead: The sauce can be prepared and the raw salmon cut to size ahead of time. These can be stored separately in the refrigerator in airtight containers for up to 24 hours.
  • To Store: The baked lemon-garlic butter salmon can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: This dish can be frozen in an airtight container or sealed freezer bag for up to 3-4 months.
  • To Reheat: The best way to reheat this baked salmon is to pop it back into a 300-degree Fahrenheit oven for 5-7 minutes. It can also be heated up in a covered skillet over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Garlic 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.