This Honey Garlic Butter Salmon In Foil recipe is an easy dinner to throw together on your busy weeknights or weekends!
A delicious 4-ingredient honey garlic butter sauce is baked with a whole side of salmon, wrapped in foil, baked and broiled (or grilled) for that extra golden, crispy, caramelised and flakey finish! The BEST Salmon In Foil IS RIGHT HERE! So simple with minimal mess to clean up!
Honey AND garlic butter all mixed together is one thing, but smearing it on a good side of salmon is something else! Baking it in its own foil packet makes it so juicy and tender, it falls apart on its own. Your new favourite salmon recipe is here!
Honey Garlic Butter Salmon
This Browned Butter Honey Garlic Salmon as been re-made, re-shared and re-pinned over 200,000 times, I knew I had to come out with an easier recipe with less mess and clean up. With this recipe, there’s no need to brown any butter!
Honey Garlic Butter Sauce
The most amazing 5-ingredient honey garlic sauce recipe you will fall in love with! Easy to make and you can cook with it or drizzle it on anything! Chicken, shrimp, salmon, lobster tails, carrots…anything! Weeknight dinner has never been so quick to throw together.
How do you bake salmon in foil? EASY!
- The first step is to get a baking sheet or tray with 1-inch high sides. Even though you’re wrapping your salmon tightly in foil, you will need a baking sheet with sides just in case there is any leakage.
- I use two sheets of foil when wrapping my salmon to ensure it completely wraps around the width of the fillet.
- Once your sauce is done, drizzle it all over your fillet. THEN use a brush or spatula to get the sauce covering the entire fillet for those beautiful flavours to cook right through this fish, resulting in an incredible sweet, garlicky and salty flavour.
- Season your salmon with a little extra salt and pepper, then wrap your salmon tightly, sealing the edges together to create a perfect seal to prevent any sauce seeping through any gaps. You want your sauce to STAY in your fish, right?
How long do you bake a whole salmon in foil?
- Give it a good 15-18 minutes in a HOT oven. While your salmon is baking, don’t be tempted to keep opening the foil packet to see if it’s done.
- THEN, (because that’s not enough), you’re going to open your foil packet and broil the salmon for an extra 2-3 minutes (give or take), which results in a caramelised, crispy top, and a tender, flakey middle. Gah!
- PLEASE don’t over cook your salmon! There’s nothing worse than dry salmon. The BEST salmon cooked in foil is when it is still juicy on the inside with crispy edges thanks to the honey.
Either slice it up ready to serve to your guests….. OR pull it apart as soon as it comes out of the oven into a flakey mess and serve it over steamed rice or salad or vegetables or pasta. The options are endless.
What goes well with salmon?
A few of my personal favourites are:
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- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 4 large cloves garlic , crushed
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice of 1/2 a lemon)
- 1.2 kg | 2 1/2 pound side of salmon
- Sea salt , to taste
- Cracked pepper , to taste (optional)
- Lemon slices (to serve)
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 375°F | 190°C. Line a baking tray / sheet with a large piece of foil, big enough to fold over and seal to create a packet (or 2 long pieces of foil over lapping each other lengthways to create your salmon packet, depending on the width of you fillet).
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat. Add the honey, garlic and lemon, and whisk until the honey has melted through the butter and the mixture is well combined.
Place the salmon onto lined baking tray | sheet. Pour the butter/honey mixture over the salmon, and using a pastry brush or spoon, spread evenly over the salmon. Sprinkle with a good amount of salt (about 2 teaspoons) and cracked pepper. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon to cover and completely seal the packet closed so the butter does not leak.
Bake until cooked through (about 15-18 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish and your preference of doneness). Open the foil, being careful of any escaping steam, and grill / broil under the grill / broiler for 2-3 minutes on medium heat to caramelise the top. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately with lemon slices.
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