An easy tutorial on how to grill salmon in foil packets. This simple method for cooking salmon requires only a few ingredients, a few minutes, and minimal cleanup.
I’m going to give it to you straight: I could subsist – nay, thrive – on grilled salmon alone. There’s something about that smoky-charred flavor with the crispy skin that makes my mouth buds sing each and every time.
Truthfully, I’m all about drizzling a little avocado oil over the salmon, sprinkling it with spices, and plunking it right down on the grill. If you’re like me and prefer the fish-to-grill method, you can scope out the way I do it in The Only Grilled Salmon Recipe You’ll Ever Need .
While foil-less is my preference, I know there are plenty of you who enjoy cooking your salmon in foil. For those of you who prefer grilled salmon in foil, I have the easiest little tutorial for you. It involves you, some tin foil, your salmon fillet, a lemon, some seasoning, and oil. And salt… don’t forget the salt.
If you’re barbecuing a great deal of other items, grilling salmon in a foil packet can be a useful way to conserve grill space for foods that require higher heat.
Simply place the packet on the shelf of the grill or near the high heat foods and cook directly over the burners.
This BBQ salmon in foil recipe can be adapted to your own personal taste by incorporating your favorite spices and herbs, fresh garlic, etc. It will be a crowd pleaser at your next BBQ!
What Type of Salmon To Use?:
You can use any type of salmon! Just be sure if you’re using salmon that was previously frozen that it is completely thawed before you grill it.
Atlantic salmon, king salmon, choho salmon, and sockeye salmon are all amazing. I personally prefer King salmon or Atlantic salmon because they’re fattier and therefore more flavorful and tender.
How to Grill Salmon in Foil:
Fire up your grill! You’ll want to preheat the grill to medium-high (or 400 to 450 degrees F) while you’re prepping the salmon to save yourself some time.
Gather your salmon fillets. You can use any size you would like, but I find the smaller fillets are easier to manage when removing from the grill.
Place them on a long sheet of foil – large enough to fold over the salmon to create an enclosed packet.
Drizzle avocado (or olive) oil over the fish, then sprinkle it with sea salt and Italian seasoning (or your favorite seasonings).
Lay some lemon slices on top (skip if you aren’t into lemon), then wrap it all up in a cute little package.
Place said package on the grill and cover. Cook 10 to 12 minutes (depending on thickness of salmon and your desired level of done-ness. And that’s all you need for your grilled salmon in foil!
Serve with your favorite side dishes, and enjoy!
How Long To Grill Salmon in Foil:
Salmon is considered fully cooked by the FDA when it reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Generally, salmon on the grill in foil takes about 10 to 15 minutes to cook. The best way of ensuring your salmon is fully cooked is using a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer in the center of the thickest part of the salmon to get an accurate read.
Do note that the salmon will continue cooking after it is removed from the grill. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes before serving for best results!
How to Season Salmon:
There are many options for seasoning salmon to perfection! In this recipe, we use Italian seasoning and sea salt. A combination of garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika is also magnificent! Simply sprinkle your favorite seasonings liberally over the fish and you’re good to go. Lemon pepper? Excellent option as well.
I like eating this salmon in foil with a big salad, my crowd-pleasing roasted vegetables, or my easy go-to stir fry vegetables. If you want to keep all of the food prep on the grill, you can go for my Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash with Pesto and Feta.
If you love grilling in foil, also check out my Lemon Garlic Foil Packet Shrimp!
And that’s it! Now you’re set for a complete meal at your next barbecue.
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- Preheat your grill to medium-high and brush off any food particles from the last time you grilled using a wire brush.
- Place the salmon fillets on one large sheet of foil (or multiple sheets of foil for easier grilling). Drizzle with avocado oil and use your hands to coat the flesh of the salmon in oil. Sprinkle with Herbs de Provence (or Italian seasoning), and sea salt. Place lemon slices on top of the salmon fillets and wrap in foil to create a foil packet.
- Place foil packet on the grill and cover the grill. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through (or reaches desired done-ness). Cook times will vary depending on the thickness of the salmon.
- Use tongs or a metal spatula to remove foil packet from the grill and set it on a plate or cutting board. Allow it to cool enough to handle, then unwrap the foil.
- Serve salmon with choice of side dishes.
*You can also use Herbs de Provence or any combination of dried herbs. Garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, and paprika are also delicious options!
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 of 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 262Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 6gCarbohydrates 4gProtein 42g