A quick, satisfying and o-so-colorful summer eat: Mediterranean-style oven baked salmon in foil!
While today’s star ingredient of salmon is not native to the Mediterranean, still I prepared it the best way I know how–Mediterranean-style wrapped in foil and baked with lots of summer vegetables fresh from the farmer’s market.
Depending on who you are, you may not consider it panache enough to serve fish oven-to-table, wrapped in wrinkly pieces of foil. Or, you may even think oven baked salmon in foil somewhat trendy.
Let me assure you, for me, the inspiration for using foil in this baked salmon recipe has nothing to do with trend. My mom has been baking all sorts of fish in foil for many years; so I am fairly certain it is not a super trendy thing. Vintage? Perhaps.
Tender and juicy oven baked salmon with garlic and thyme, topped with crunchy summer squash, tomatoes and a buttery lime sauce! All of it wrapped neatly in a piece of foil and baked to perfection. Delicious!
Here is the step by step for this easy Oven Baked Salmon
(Scroll down for the print-friendly recipe)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare 4 12″x 17″ sheets of foil.
Drizzle olive oil generously over each of the salmon fillets, then place the salmon fillets, oiled side down, on the prepared foil sheets.
Spread 1/2 of the crushed garlic over the salmon fillets, and season with salt, pepper and dried thyme.
In a small bowl, mix the remaining crushed garlic with the melted butter, 1/3 cup olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and paprika.
Pour the butter mixture over the sliced vegetables, toss to combine.
Divide the vegetables into 4 equal portions over the salmon fillets. Fold the foil over the salmon and vegetables, cover completely and seal closed.
Place the salmon and vegetable foil packets on a large baking sheet. Bake in the 400 degree F heated-oven for 20-25 minutes.
When ready, carefully transfer the salmon and vegetable foil packets with a spatula to individual serving plates. Open and garnish each with the chopped parsley. Serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!
The salmon fillets are meant to be eaten right out of the foil. However, if you prefer to remove them, once baked, let the salmon fillets sit in the foil for 3-5 minutes and then very carefully lift each out with a large metal spatula.