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Lemony Garlic Butter Grilled Salmon In Foil Packets With Green Beans

This simple grilled salmon in foil recipe is packed with lemony garlic butter flavor! Adding green beans to the foil packet means you have have a healthy protein and side dish on the table in under 30 minutes…

easy grilled salmon in foil recipe is a protein and side in one
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Grilled Salmon In Foil

It’s undeniable that fish is an essential part of a healthy diet. Packed with heart-healthy fats and omega-3s that support sharper brain function, the American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish per week — a recommendation that I don’t come even close to meeting.

You see, fresh fish is one of those things we just never ate growing up. Consequently, I very rarely prepare it for my own family. I mean, I know my way around a kitchen, but cooking fresh fish is simply out of my comfort zone… But I’m making a concerted effort to change this.

Maybe you feel the same way? If so, read on for a grilled salmon recipe that’s perfect even for newbies. Because salmon is such a great fish to start with…

Why? Well, it’s easy to find fresh or frozen at the grocery store. And it’s especially fresh right now while wild-caught Alaska salmon is in season. Wild-caught salmon is higher in omega-3s, lower in fat, and contains less toxins than farmed fish. All good reasons why I #AskForAlaska at the grocery store! Plus preparing it is actually super easy, so just dive in. (ha-ha!!!)


how to remove salmon pin bones the easy way

How To Remove Salmon Pin Bones

So there was one thing that threw me for a bit of a loop — removing the salmon pin bones. Pin bones are tiny bones that you’ll find in almost all wild-caught Alaska salmon. Because the salmon is caught, processed, and flash frozen to lock in quality and freshness ASAP after being caught, the fisherman typically don’t take the time to remove them. Removing the pin bones can be a bit tedious, so this allows the fish to be processed much more quickly, meaning your salmon is super duper fresh.

Honestly, I wouldn’t even bother with removing them, unless you have very young children. The bones are very easy to spot and remove while eating. But if you do want to remove them before cooking, you’ll just need a pair of tweezers or pliers to gently slide them out of your uncooked salmon fillet.

grilling salmon in tin foil is a simple and easy method for cooking salmon on the grill

Grilling Salmon in Tin Foil

I love, LOVE this simple grilled salmon in foil recipe because it provides dinner and a side in under 30 minutes! I really wish I’d learned sooner how easy grilling salmon in tin foil is. And my kids are crazy about it, so that makes it a double win!

Add some fresh cut seasonal fruit or a simple side salad, and it’s one of the easiest dinners EVER to prepare. I feel kind of foolish for feeling so apprehensive about preparing salmon at home for all these years.

how to grill salmon in foil with green beans and lemon garlic butter sauce

How To Grill Salmon In Foil?

Ready to learn how to grill salmon in foil? It starts with tossing a pound of fresh green beans with a little extra virgin olive oil. No need to prepare additional salmon side dishes with these salmon foil packets! They’re the perfect all-in-one dinner solution.

Season the green beans with a little salt and pepper, and then divide them among four large squares of heavy duty aluminum foil. Top each pile of green beans with a 6-oz. Alaska salmon fillet.

Next we’ll whisk together a mixture of melted butter, lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Pour this mixture over top of each piece of salmon. Then pull the edges of the foil together and fold and scrunch to seal each into a compact foil packet.

How Long To Grill Salmon In Foil?

How long to grill salmon in foil will vary by the size of the fillet, but a good estimate is about 14 minutes, flipping once. When the salmon flakes easily, you’ll know it’s ready to serve — easy as can be!

cooking salmon on the grill foil is perfect for weeknight dinners or for a summer cookout

Cooking Salmon on the Grill In Foil

When cooking salmon on the grill in foil, I like to drizzle a little extra butter over top of each piece before serving. And make sure to season each fillet with a little additional salt and pepper. You can also add a little chopped fresh dill and lemon wedges as a garnish. Both are optional, but it’s a fabulous way to add some extra appeal for a dinner party!


grilled salmon recipe foil

Lemony Garlic Butter Grilled Salmon In Foil Packets

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes

This simple grilled salmon in foil recipe is packed with lemony garlic butter flavor! Adding green beans to the packet means you have have a healthy protein and side dish on the table in under 30 minutes...



  1. Cut four pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil into 14-inch lengths.
  2. Toss green beans with 2 teaspoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide into four portions and layer in center of each piece of foil. Place a salmon fillet on top of each pile of green beans.
  3. In a small bowl, add melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk everything together, and pour over each piece of salmon. Pull the foil edges together and scrunch them up to seal each packet.
  4. To grill these packets: Preheat the grill to medium-low heat and place the packets directly on the grill. Close the grill cover and cook for 13-16 minutes (or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily), making sure to rotate the packets 1/2 turn about 7 minutes into the cooking time.
  5. To bake these packets: Place side by side on a baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees until salmon has cooked through and flakes easily, about 20-25 minutes.
  6. Carefully unwrap each packet before serving. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped fresh dill, if desired, and garnish with lemon wedges.


*Use melted ghee to make this recipe Whole30-compliant!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1 foil packet
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 18.5gSaturated Fat: 6.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 137.2mgSodium: 417.8mgCarbohydrates: 6.9gFiber: 3.3gSugar: 1.5gProtein: 45.1g

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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More Easy Salmon Recipes To Try

Looking to add more salmon recipes to your menu? Here are a couple more equally delicious and easy options!

  • Parsley & Garlic-Rubbed Sheet Pan Salmon With Asparagus And Potatoes — This parsley and garlic-rubbed oven baked salmon recipe is sure to become your new favorite… Makes a main dish + 2 sides with just one pan to clean up!
  • Sweet & Smoky Brown Sugar Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon — This cedar plank salmon is one of the easiest salmon recipes I’ve made! It gets its sweet and smoky flavor from a delicious grilled salmon rub made with brown sugar, smoked paprika, salt, and freshly ground black pepper…

I’d love to see how your grilled salmon in foil turns out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check it out. Enjoy!

Sara @ Book Confessions

Monday 30th of August 2021

This is on the menu this week. Thanks for the recipe.

Ann B Grossman

Thursday 25th of February 2021

I absolutely loved this recipe-- so EASY and delicious! This is a keeper!

Tara Kuczykowski

Friday 26th of February 2021

So happy you loved it, Ann!


Friday 22nd of March 2019

Love this super easy and tasty recipe!

Robin Gagnon

Friday 22nd of March 2019

Perfect low carb dinner!


Friday 8th of March 2019

This looks so healthy & flavorful!! Can't wait to make it!!

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