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

Lemon Garlic Salmon is drizzled with garlic butter, wrapped in foil, and then cooked in the oven until tender and flaky.  This healthy and low-carb seafood recipe is a quick and easy weeknight dinner recipe that can be ready in under 30 minutes!

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


  • 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. (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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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.