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Foil baked salmon on a baking sheet with fresh thyme.

Baked Salmon in Foil

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Baked Salmon in Foil – an easy and delicious recipe for baked salmon in foil that is perfect for easy weeknight dinners!


  • Approx. 2lb salmon fillet (half of a salmon)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil
  • 12 teaspoons kosher salt (more or less as desired)
  • 34 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 46 fresh thyme sprigs
  • (optional) 2-3 fresh lemon slices


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Place a large piece of heavy duty foil on a large baking sheet.
  3. Lay the salmon down angling it between two corners.
  4. Pat the salmon dry with a clean paper towel. 
  5. Drizzle oil and rub all over the salmon. 
  6. Generously sprinkle the salt all over. 
  7. Place 3-4 (or more) chunks of ghee or butter along the salmon. Top with fresh sprigs of thyme.
  8. Bring up the edges of the foil to wrap up the salmon and pinch so that little to no air can escape. 
  9. Keeping the wrapped salmon on the baking sheet, place in the oven (middle rack) and let cook 20-30 minutes, check after 20 minutes and continue cooking longer if needed. You know it is done when the meat easily flakes apart and is a light pink color. How long you ultimately need to cook it will depend how thick your salmon is. 
  10. Serve immediately and, if possible, pour a little of the extra melted butter/ghee that settles in the foil over your plated salmon portions. 


  • Salmon: I highly recommend using fresh fish purchased the day you plan on cooking it for best results.  You can use frozen, but just ensure it is fully thawed and you pat it dry so there isn’t any extra liquid, otherwise it won’t turn out how it should. Feel free to use wild caught or whatever works best for you.