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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!
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