You will love how easy Grilled Salmon in Foil is to make. The fresh dill and fresh squeezed lemon gives the Salmon so much flavor.

Salmon in foil topped with fresh herbs and lemon
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Salmon is one of my favorite grilled seafood recipe. It a delicious and healthy fish that is easy to grill. Check out these 29 Easy Grilled Salmon Recipes and these 62 Best Grilled Fish Recipes that the whole family will love.

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How to Make the Perfect Salmon in Foil

You can easily grill your salmon directly on the grill, but we like cooking it in the foil. Cooking food in foil is one of my favorite ways to grill.

  • It keeps Salmon Moist – Grilling the Salmon in foil keep the salmon from drying out. The Salmon always comes out tender, juicy and flaky. Just the way Salmon should be.
  • Add Seasoning to Foil – I like to add the lemon, butter and the other ingredients directly to the foil. We feel like the salmon is more flavorful as the Salmon cooks directly with the seasoning.
  • No Sticking – When cooking the Salmon in the foil there is no fear that your salmon is going to stick the grill. Salmon stays covered in the foil, so need to worry about the Salmon falling through the grill grates.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - salmon filets, dill, lemon, butter, garlic, salt and pepper
  • Salmon Filets (skin on or skin off)
  • Bunch of Dill
  • Lemon, sliced
  • Butter, melted
  • Minced Garlic – You can also use garlic powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper

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Best Ways to Season Grilled Salmon

There are many different ways to season Grilled Salmon. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Salmon and Lime – Substitute the lemon for the lime and add cilantro instead of dill. I love the flavors of the lemon and cilantro together. We love adding fresh herbs to our salmon recipes.
  • BBQ Salmon – Change the flavors completely but brushing the salmon with BBQ sauce instead of butter. You can even make Homemade BBQ sauce with easy ingredients.
  • Asian Flavored Salmon – For an Asian flavored Salmon, add soy sauce to your foil pack. Soy sauce can be substituted for the butter with some added garlic.
  • Sweet Salmon – If you prefer a sweeter salmon, add about ¼ cup of brown sugar to the foil with some melted butter. Squeeze some lemon and season with salt and pepper on the salmon skin.
  • Add Vegetables – Feel free to add in vegetables to the foil pack. We have added in zucchini, carrots and broccoli for delicious flavor.

How to Grill Salmon in Foil

  • Step 1 – Prepare Salmon and Grill – Let your salmon sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes and preheat your grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).
  • Step 2 – Spray Foil – Get a large piece of foil and spray the foil with a non-stick cooking spray or olive oil. We like to place the foil on a baking sheet.
Placing salmon on foil with the lemon slices and seasoning

Step 3 – Add Salmon fillet and lemon to heavy duty foil – Place half of the dill in lemon slices on the bottom of the foil and place the salmon filets on top.

Placing salmon on foil with the lemon slices and seasoning

Step 4 – Drizzle with butter and season – Then drizzle the melted butter on top of the salmon filets and top with more lemon slices and fresh dill. Then season the top of the filets with the minced garlic, salt and pepper.

Wrapping the foil around the seasoning

Step 5 – Close Foil Pack – Wrap the foil around the salmon filets and seal it. Make sure it’s fully enclosed.

Fully cooked salmon with lemon slices on foil

Step 6 – Place the foil packet directly on the grill grates. Cover the grill and cook for 14-18 minutes. Grill Salmon until fully cooked. Use instant read thermometer to check internal temperature.

  • Step 9 – Serve and Enjoy – Carefully remove the foil packet from the grill and then the salmon is ready to serve and enjoy.

How Long to Grill Salmon in Foil

Cooking Salmon doesn’t take long when cooked in a foil pack. The foil locks in the flavor to allow the salmon to cook quickly. It takes about 15 minutes to fully cook the salmon.

To make sure the grilled salmon recipe is cooked fully, I used an instant read meat thermometer. This is to make sure that the salmon was cooked to a safe internal temperature. Insert meat thermometer into the thickest part of the salmon.

When the salmon cooks in the foil packet, it remains a light pink color so this is why we unwrap the foil packet and allow it to cook with the salmon exposed.

Do you Flip Salmon in Foil on the Grill?

When we cook Salmon in Foil we do like to flip the salmon in the foil. We like a crispier salmon so that is why we like to flip it.

Grilling fish is one of our favorite meats to grill. We love the flavor that the grill gives the fish.

Salmon in foil topped with fresh herbs and lemon

What to Serve with Grilled Salmon

When we cook salmon on the grill, we love to choose sides that can be cooked on the grill. This makes for easy clean up and we love the flavor the grill gives the side dishes.

These are some of our favorites:

  • Grilled Asparagus in Foil The Asparagus is topped with easy pantry ingredients and wrapped in foil and grilled to perfection. The Asparagus comes our perfectly tender and taste amazing. We love to squeeze fresh lemon juice and serve.
  • Baked Potatoes on the Grill Bake Potatoes on the grill is one of our favorite side dishes to make. They are budget friendly and everyone can choose whatever toppings they want.
  • Parmesan Pasta – Cream, delicious and easy to make. We like to serve the salmon on top of the pasta.
  • See more sides for grilled salmon
Salmon in foil topped with fresh herbs and lemon

How to Use Salmon

  • White Rice – Serve salmon on some rice.
  • Salad – Make a salad with your favorite toppings and put the salmon on top.
  • Tacos– Salmon tacos are the best.
  • Sandwich – Enjoy on a hamburger bun and add lettuce and tomato. This makes a great lunch the next day.

How to Store Leftover Grilled Salmon

The salmon is best served immediately as leftover salmon dries out. You can refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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This Grilled Salmon in Foil Recipe is a family favorite. Make sure to leave us a comment or star review if you try this recipe.

Grilled Salmon in Foil

5 from 37 votes
You will love how easy Grilled Salmon in Foil is to make. It only requires a few ingredients to enjoy the many health benefits Salmon has.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 304

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs Salmon Filets skin on or skin off
  • 1 small Bunch of Dill
  • 1 Lemon sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Butter melted
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
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Instructions

  • Let your salmon sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes and preheat your grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).
  • Get a large piece of heavy duty foil and spray the foil with a non-stick cooking spray. Place half of the dill in lemon slices on the bottom of the foil and place the salmon filets on top.
  • Then drizzle the melted butter on top of the salmon filets and top with more lemon slices and fresh dill. Then season the top of the filets with the minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Wrap the foil around the salmon filets and seal it. Make sure it’s fully enclosed.
  • Place the foil packet directly on the grill grates. Cover the grill and cook for 14-18 minutes.
  • Then carefully unwrap the salmon so the top of the salmon is exposed. Cover the grill again and cook for 3-5 minutes until the top of the color is a darker pink color. Make sure that the salmon has a safe internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Carefully remove the foil packet from the grill and then the salmon is ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*I used an instant read meat thermometer to make sure that the salmon was cooked to a safe internal temperature.
*When the salmon cooks in the foil packet, it remains a light pink color so this is why we unwrap the foil packet and allow it to cook with the salmon exposed.
*The salmon is best served immediately as leftover salmon dries out. You can refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 304kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 34g, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 109mg, Sodium 412mg, Potassium 884mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 250IU, Vitamin C 15mg, Calcium 34mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Louise says:

    Love, love your site! Carrie. I’d like to know what cooking instructions for an oven would work for this fabulous recipe. Many thanks.

  2. Carrie says:

    I would bake in 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.