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baked salmon in foil topped with lemon slices and fresh parsley.
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Baked Salmon in Foil

Delicious Baked Salmon In Foil recipe that is moist, flavorful and ready in under 30 minutes! Just 5 minutes to prep and clean up is a breeze with this easy salmon recipe! The simple foil packets lock in all the flavor and moisture - so good!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword baked salmon, baked salmon in foil, how to bake salmon in foil, How To Cook Salmon In The Oven
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 2 pounds salmon filets about 1 pound each, pin bones removed, with skin on or off
  • cup brown sugar lightly packed
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice about ½ large lemon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 lemons sliced

Optional garnish

  • fresh parsley chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place each salmon filet on a large sheet (large enough to enclose each salmon) of heavy-duty aluminum foil to bring to room temperature before baking.
    2 pounds salmon filets
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and dried thyme. Whisk together until completely combined.
    ⅓ cup brown sugar, 5 tablespoons salted butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 ½ tablespoons dijon mustard, 1 ¼ teaspoons garlic powder, ¾ teaspoons onion powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Pour the liquid mixture evenly over both salmon filets and top with lemon slices. Fold the edges of the aluminum foil to enclose each piece of salmon. If you need to, use another foil to wrap the salmon.
    2 lemons
  • Place the salmon on a sheet pan before baking in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the salmon is 145°F at its thickest part. (Salmon that is thicker or larger will take longer to cook.) 145°F is for well done salmon. For medium to medium-rare salmon, you would want between 125˚F and 135˚F.
  • Remove from heat and let rest for five minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh minced parsley, optional, and then plate and serve.
    fresh parsley


The brown sugar can be reduced by half or eliminated to reduce carbs.
Use a meat thermometer to ensure your salmon is cooked to your liking.