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Salmon Baked in Foil with Pesto

February 16, 2019 (Last Updated: November 17, 2019)

Last Updated on November 17, 2019 by Slow The Cook Down

Salmon Baked in Foil is an easy and healthy weeknight dinner. This foil packet meal is keto friendly and super quick to make with basic ingredients. No excuses – get in the kitchen! Be sure to check out the how to video to see how easy it is!

Close up of Salmon Baked in Foil on a white plate

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to weeknight meals – grab something out of the freezer, a ready meal from the super store or, lets face it, order in. Trust me, I get it!  When we lived in London, by the time we had tackled the daily commute, often after a long day, the last thing either of us wanted to do was cook, but since we moved, I’ve made it my mission that in the week, I cook from scratch and I cook healthy.

Add this easy and quick fish dinner on to your weekly menu, not only will you save time and get some goodness in, you’ll also save on the washing up!

Salmon Baked in Foil with Vegetables

The beauty of this quick and easy weeknight meal is that it’s a great way to use up whatever veggies you have in.  I used broccoli and tomatoes in one packet, and a red bell pepper in another.  Green beans or asparagus would also work really well.

Meal on foil before being cooked

Why bake salmon in foil?

By wrapping salmon (or any fish for that matter) in foil, you are essentially steaming it. It means you get a a nice even cook and it also means that there’s very little clean up to do  – who needs that on a weeknight?! It’s a great way to cook your veggies as well, and not overcook them so you keep all those nutrients in. When you wrap, don’t wrap it too tight so you give some room for the air to circulate.

How long to cook salmon in foil?

The most important part of cooking fish is that you don’t over cook it – it’s just not nice! Like meat, it does depend on the thickness of your fillet – smaller / thinner fillets will need around 12 – 15 minutes where as thicker cuts will need around 20.  If you are unsure, just peel back the foil and have a peek in to check.

Top down shot of baked salmon on tin foil

How to make Salmon Baked in Foil with Pesto

If you can spare 5 minutes in the kitchen, then you can make this easy foil packed meal with everyday ingredients. Cut your veggies, add a little olive oil, salt and pepper and lemon juice.  Season your salmon fillet with salt, pepper and more lemon juice, mix together some cream cheese and pesto and spread over the top of the salmon.  Wrap it all together to make a foil parcel and then in the oven.  Seriously it’s that easy – no excuses!

If you are on the look out for more quick and easy dinners to add to your meal rotation, be sure to check these recipes out:

Marinated Beef Stir Fry with Rainbow Vegetables

Chickpea & Spinach Curry with Coconut Milk

Shrimp and Rice Bowls with Lemon and Tarragon

Green Lentil Daal – An Easy Weeknight Meal

Stuffed Chicken One Sheet Meal

close up top down shot of meal on tin foil

Salmon baked in foil with pesto

Salmon Baked in Foil is an easy and healthy weeknight dinner. This foil packet meal is keto friendly and super quick to make with basic ingredients. No excuses - get in the kitchen!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 543kcal


  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets or any other veggies you have
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 salmon fillet
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp soft cheese like Philadelphia
  • 1 tbsp green pesto jarred or homemade
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 lemon slices cut in half
  • 2 garlic cloves


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc / 355ºf
  • Place a couple of sheets of tin foil on top of each other on a work surface, then lay on the veggies.  Add the olive oil, juice of half a lemon and a pinch of salt an pepper.  Mix with your hands so the veggies are coated.
  • Lay the salmon fillet next to the veggies, and add a pinch of salt and pepper and juice of half a lemon.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and pesto, and spread on top of the salmon. Press the pumpkin seeds on top of the cream cheese mixture to form a crust.
  • Add slices of lemon and garlic cloves to the package.
  • Wrap the foil around the salmon and veggies - not too tightly, you want the air to circulate, but make sure there are no gaps.  
  • Put in the oven for 15 minutes for a smaller fillet, 20 for a thick fillet.
  • Serve immediately



Recipe is easily doubled.
Nutritional value based on 1 serving


Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 1019mg | Potassium: 2173mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 4480IU | Vitamin C: 574.9mg | Calcium: 349mg | Iron: 6.4mg
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