This baked salmon in foil is a fan-favorite for a reason! It comes together super quickly, and you'll love the bold Mediterranean flavors with garlic, fresh thyme, earthy paprika, and a buttery lemon sauce. The foil parcels make for easy clean-up, but they also lock in the moisture and flavor for tender, flaky salmon.  Grab my tips and watch how I make it in the video below.

Mediterranean-style baked salmon in foil

Tin foil dinner packets are a thing of beauty--quick to prepare and easy clean up! And one of my absolute favorites is this Mediterranean-baked salmon and vegetables in foil, an (arguably) easier version of classic Salmon En Papillote.  It is so darn easy to make, but the end result definitely looks and eats kinda fancy. You can serve it right in the foil packet, if you like, no shame in that!

I see recipes like this foil baked salmon as an opportunity to use up whatever vegetables I have on hand. With the abundance of summer squash, zucchini and tomatoes these days, that's what I used this time around. But this recipe will work well with other vegetables like green beans, asparagus, broccoli...you can change things up to meet your needs.

Oven baked salmon served on a plate with vegetables and parsley

Mediterranean-Style Baked Salmon in Foil

Here's the gist.  Salmon fillet pieces (about 5 ounces each) and a few chopped colorful veggies are wrapped together in individual foil parcels and quickly baked to tender perfection. I heat my oven to 400 degrees F, and this dinner is typically ready in 20 to 25 minutes!

Salmon fillets with green onions, tomato, garlic, zucchini and yellow squash

But let's not forget the flavor makers. The bold Mediterranean flavors is what draws me in every single time. Garlic and fresh thyme, plus a "secret sauce" made with Greek extra virgin olive oil, butter, fresh lemon juice, a little earthy paprika (oh, and more garlic!) The sauce totally seals the deal on flavor and also helps keep the salmon nice and moist.

Sliced vegetables in a baking pan

Never-Dry Baked Salmon in Foil 

Even for those who don't have a lot of experience cooking salmon and may be afraid of drying it out, this recipe is a foolproof way to arrive at perfectly tender flaky salmon. No big skills needed. Sliced vegetables laid on top of salmon fillet in foil

The trick is in the foil parcels (and by the way, if you prefer, you can use parchment.) The foil (or parchment) parcels holding the salmon and veggies, allow everything to cook quickly and evenly, while sealing in moisture and flavor. And as I said earlier, it totally helps that we add in a tasty sauce.

Baking time will vary a little, depending on how thick your salmon is. It helps to take the salmon out of the fridge for a few minutes to bring it closer to room temperature before baking. Another thing to remember is that baked salmon is ready when its internal temperature reaches anywhere between 125 degrees F to 140 degrees F, depending on how well-done you like it. An instant read thermometer like this one could be helpful in taking the guess work out. (More tips on how to bake salmon perfectly here.)

Salmon and vegetables individually wrapped in foil, open-faced

What to serve with this Baked Salmon? 

With the veggies already included in this salmon dinner, you won't need a whole lot more. I'll often make a little Lebanese rice or Greek lemon rice to go along with it. And for a starter, try Gazpacho soup or a bright salad like balela; Mediterranean 3-Bean Salad; or Greek Salad. 

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Oven baked salmon served on a plate with vegetables and parsley

Mediterranean-Style Oven Baked Salmon in Foil


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Mediterranean-Style foil baked salmon and veggies with garlic, fresh thyme and a delicious sauce of olive oil, fresh lemon juice and a hint of butter. Be sure to watch the video above.


Ingredients

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  • 4 Salmon fillets, 5-oz each
  • Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 15 Garlic Cloves, crushed or finely chopped, divided
  • 4 Fresh thyme springs (or 2-3 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 summer squash, any kind, halved and sliced
  • 1 large tomato, halved and sliced
  • 2 large green onions, both white and green parts, sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 large lemon, juice of
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, stems removed
  • Lemon wedges to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare 4 12"x 17" pieces of foil on a large baking sheet.
  2. Drizzle olive oil generously over each of the salmon fillets, then place the salmon fillets, oiled side down, on the prepared foil sheets.
  3. Spread ½ of the crushed garlic over the salmon fillets, and season with salt, pepper. Add thyme.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the remaining crushed garlic with the melted butter, ⅓ cup olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and paprika.
  5. Place veggies in a large bowl or tray, pour the sauce over, toss to combine.
  6. Divide the vegetables into 4 equal portions over (or next to) the salmon fillets. Fold the foil over the salmon and vegetables, cover completely and seal shut.
  7.  Bake in the 400 degree F heated-oven for 20-25 minutes.
  8. When ready, carefully transfer the salmon and vegetable foil packets with a spatula to individual serving plates. Serve with lemon wedges. (see our suggestions up top for what to serve along) Enjoy!

Notes

  • 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.
  • Recommended for this Recipe: Our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives!)
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  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

*This post first appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2015 and has been recently updated with new information and media for users' benefit. Enjoy!

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  1. Chahaya @ Sweet Si Bon says:

    Your photos are mouthwatering and make the dish look so appealing. I love salmon and fortunately, we grow almost all the veggies for this recipe in our garden. I can't wait until harvest time to try this, so I will use market bought until then. This looks like a perfect summer recipe!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Chahaya, thank you for stopping in! Appreciate your comment. I'll be eager to know how you like this recipe!!!

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    This would have been a much better dinner than what we had a little while ago. It was John's night to cook since I haven't been feeling 100%. 🙂 This is as wonderful to look at as it must have been to eat.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awww, Maureen, thank you! And I am so sorry to hear your are doing feeling so well. hugs.

  3. Healing Tomato says:

    This looks very healthy and delicious. Great photo too.






  4. Rini Heal says:

    LOVE the colors and ingredients. Great recipe.

    1. The Mediterranean Dish says:

      Thanks Rini. Colorful and super easy!

  5. Angela LeMoine says:

    This is a gorgeous meal!

    1. The Mediterranean Dish says:

      Thank you so much, Angela!

  6. Heidy Linn McCallum says:

    I looked at this and now I am so depressed over my own dinner, wish I had some of this tonight.

    1. The Mediterranean Dish says:

      haha, you are too kind, Heidy! This was a great quick meal.

  7. Angela says:

    I am loving this! Healthy, colorful, tons of flavor... wonderful job!

  8. Heidy@ The McCallums Shamrock Patch says:

    You know I just so happened to be munching on my plain boring chicken tonight when I noticed this and now the chicken look so meh compared to this beautiful summer meal! Wish I was there for dinner tonight.
    Heidy

  9. Catherine says:

    Dear Suzy, this is a feast for the eyes! What a beautiful, fresh summer meal. My family would love this! xo, Catherine

  10. Catherine Cappiello Pappas says:

    This looks so beautiful, Suzy! xo

    1. The Mediterranean Dish says:

      Thank you, Catherine! A new favorite here.

  11. peter @feedyoursoultoo says:

    This really is a simple recipe but it does not look like it lacks flavor at all.

  12. Florian Nouh says:

    This is such a great recipe, perfect for summer gatherings!

  13. Florian @Contwntednesscooking says:

    Oh man this is such a fantastic recipe! Love all the veggies and it is so easy to make. I bet this is the perfect recipe for summer gatherings.

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thank you, Florian! Yes, it is super easy and a great summer eat!

  14. The Mediterranean Dish says:

    Great! I'll be eager to know how you like it, Kim!

  15. penny @ the comforts of home says:

    I do something similar but I use parchment paper. Yours sounds delicious!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Hi Penny! Great to see you here! Parchment paper would work also! I just find foil easier to fold tightly.

  16. mila furman says:

    Suzie, this looks really great! And I love how easy it is!!! Ideal for the summer when clean-up SHOULD be a breeze!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      My thoughts, exactly, Mila! Tasty dinner, less clean up = big win! Thanks so much for stopping in.