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Simple and fresh ingredients come together to highlight the beautiful taste and texture of this Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon. It’s a fast, easy, and healthy dinner recipe that everyone enjoys!

A close up of a fillet of salmon with garlic, herbs and lemon

Salmon is such a pretty fish, don’t you think? Rarely do I snap photos of a meal before it’s cooked…there’s just something about raw meat that does NOT look very appealing.

This dinner, however, was obviously different!

A close up of a salmon fillet on baking parchment with herbs, garlic and lemon

As I was preparing the fish packets to pop them in my oven, I couldn’t help but notice all of the bright and cheerful colors of the fresh ingredients. Mother Nature is amazing, isn’t she?

Salmon fillet topped with herbs, garlic and lemon

Using Fresh Ingredients

Almost always, the simplest meals are the best. This is one of those great examples of a dish that uses just a few ingredients that work together in magical ways.

Lemon, garlic, and herbs highlight the natural flavor of the salmon. Plus, when they bake together in a convenient little parchment (or foil) packet, the fish stays tender and moist…and the clean-up is a SNAP!

This is healthy dining at its finest — in only 30 minutes! Now that’s my kind of meal.

A fillet of salmon topped with lemon and herbs

How to Bake Salmon in Foil – 4 Easy Steps

  1. Cut aluminum foil or parchment paper that are about twice the size of each salmon fillet.
  2. Sprinkle the salmon with a little bit of salt and pepper, and then place each fillet on the center of a parchment square.
  3. Place a slice of lemon on top of each piece of fish; drizzle with olive oil; put garlic, thyme, sprigs, and rosemary on top. You can also do this with many other herbs, spices and citrus fruits.
  4. Fold the parchment paper to seal each parcel tightly shut.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

A fillet of baked salmon on a plate with lemon

Top Tips for Making Garlic & Herb Baked Salmon

  • Always use fresh garlic ground garlic just won’t work in this recipe
  • Go for high-quality salmon for best results (fresh or frozen)
  • You can prep the parcels in advance and store them in the fridge until you are ready to bake
  • You swap the lemon for fresh orange slices which would also work well

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Garlic and Herb Baked Salmon

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 196 kcal
Super fresh and delicious Garlic and Herb Baked Salmon made in foil parcels. This dinner is ready in only 30 minutes and requires minimal prep!

Ingredients
  

  • 4 thick firm boneless salmon fillets (about 4 ounces each)
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil for baking
  • 4 thick slices of lemon
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic peeled and halved
  • 8 small sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 8 sprigs fresh dill
  • 4 small sprigs fresh rosemary

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut four pieces of aluminum foil or parchment paper that are about twice the size of each salmon fillet.
  • Sprinkle the salmon with a little bit of salt and pepper, and then place each fillet on the center of a parchment square.
  • Place a slice of lemon on top of each piece of fish; drizzle with about 1 teaspoon of olive oil; put half of a garlic clove, 2 thyme sprigs, 2 dill sprigs, and 1 rosemary sprig on top.
  • Fold the parchment paper to seal each parcel tightly shut.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

Notes

  • Always use fresh garlic ground garlic just won't work in this recipe
  • Go for high-quality salmon for best results (fresh or frozen)
  • You can prep the parcels in advance and store them in the fridge until you are ready to bake
  • You swap the lemon for fresh orange slices which would also work well

Nutrition

Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 240mgPotassium: 123mgVitamin A: 265IUVitamin C: 14.9mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword: baked salmon, Fish Parcels, Garlic Herb Salmon
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Author: The Seasoned Mom
blair

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  1. Salmon is so pretty! I love how it looks before it cooked. My husband and I eat salmon quite often and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. This garlic herb version sounds wonderful, Blair! So flavorful!

  2. I love how clean this salmon is! We used to eat salmon often but It’s been a while since I’ve made it. Now I want to add it to the shopping list for next week! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks, Lindsay! Salmon is one of our favorite proteins too, so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. You’ll love this version! 🙂

  3. That big ‘ol piece of salmon is sooooo pretty! I love this simplistic recipe – no DOUBT it tastes amazing!

  4. I would like to make this tonight but I am a bit confused on where to add the aluminum foil exactly or where the salmon sits. Do you have a photo?