Grilling Salmon in Foil

grilling salmon in foil

Cooking salmon in foil is easy and foolproof. It is also one of the most flavorful ways to grill fish!

Line a large baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang to fold sides up around the salmon fillet.

Slather the salmon with soft butter seasoned with lemon, dill and minced garlic.

Grilling Salmon in Foil Packet

Grilled salmon is paired with a medley of veggies in this easy foil recipe. You can change up the vegetables based on what’s in season or what you have in the pantry. This salmon and vegetables in foil is a simple yet satisfying meal that can be enjoyed any time of year.

The herby garlic butter is a delicious way to add flavor to the salmon. You can make this butter in advance, or just a few hours before you plan to grill. To make the process even easier, prep your grill and have all your tools close by-tongs and a metal spatula will be handy.

Avoid peeking at the salmon while it cooks, as this will cause steam to escape and your fish to dry out. Instead, use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. For best results, use a probe style instant read thermometer. The salmon is ready to serve when the internal temperature reaches 145°F.

Grilling Salmon on the Grill

If you love salmon, you’re going to go crazy for this grilled salmon recipe in foil! It’s a super easy way to prepare salmon on the grill that ensures perfect, flaky fish every time. This herby garlic salmon is also super customizable to your tastes. You can swap out the chives and lemon for your favorite herbs, and you can even add in other flavors like fresh rosemary or thyme.

This salmon dinner is also a great choice for weeknights, as it comes together in just minutes. The salmon is lightly seasoned and perfumed with lemon and dill, then grilled in an aluminum foil packet. This method is foolproof (no flipping required!) and makes cleanup a breeze, as there’s no need to scrape salmon skin off the grill grates.

If you’re looking for other salmon grilling recipes, check out these Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables, which are quick and delicious, or this easy Salmon Loaded Potato Salad. If you don’t have a grill, this salmon can be baked in the oven for a similar result.

Grilling Salmon in Aluminum Foil

Whether it’s a weeknight family dinner or a crowd-pleasing meal for guests, grilling salmon in foil eliminates all the guesswork. It’s easy to prepare a deliciously tangy Soy Brown Sugar Garlic Salmon marinade and add cubed Danish Creamery Butter, then wrap the salmon in heavy-duty aluminum foil and grill or bake until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.

Resist the temptation to open the foil packet while it’s cooking, as this will release valuable steam and moisture. Instead, use a meat thermometer (I recommend this digital one) to check for doneness. The goal is to achieve a buttery, tender salmon that’s still slightly pink in the center. It’s also a good idea to rest the salmon for about 5 minutes before serving, as this allows the juices to redistribute and reabsorb throughout the fillets. Serve with a hearty side like Lemon Rice, Healthy Potato Salad or Roasted Vegetables. This easy salmon grilling recipe is sure to be a summer favorite.

Grilling Salmon in Tin Foil

Salmon is cooked to a buttery, tender perfection in this simple grilling recipe. The foil pack keeps the fish moist and flavorful while the butter melts into a self basting sauce. The result is flavorful, flaky and healthy fish with a light, savory lemon-garlic-dill flavor. Serve this grilled salmon with a side of salad or veggies and you have a healthy, easy dinner!

Use heavy-duty foil for best results. It’s less likely to tear and it makes for an easier time transferring the fish to and from the grill.

Be sure to check the salmon’s internal temperature with a meat thermometer before removing it from the grill. Salmon can go from undercooked to overcooked very quickly. If you find the salmon isn’t quite done, wrap it back up in the foil and continue to grill until the fish reaches 145 degrees F (the FDA recommends cooking salmon to at least 145F). Allow the salmon to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Grilling Salmon in Foil Step By Step

Grilling salmon in foil is a convenient and delicious method that helps keep the fish moist and flavorful. Here’s a simple recipe for grilling salmon in foil:


  • Salmon fillets or a whole salmon side
  • Aluminum foil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional seasonings: lemon slices, minced garlic, fresh herbs (such as dill or thyme), or your favorite marinade


  1. Preheat the Grill:
    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 350-400°F or 175-200°C).
  2. Prepare the Foil Packets:
    • Tear off pieces of aluminum foil, each large enough to wrap around a salmon fillet or the whole salmon side. You may need a double layer of foil to ensure it’s sturdy.
  3. Season and Oil the Salmon:
    • Place the salmon fillets or the whole salmon side on the center of each foil sheet.
    • Drizzle a little olive oil over the salmon to prevent sticking and add flavor.
    • Season the salmon with salt and freshly ground black pepper. You can also add lemon slices, minced garlic, fresh herbs, or your preferred marinade for extra flavor.
  4. Wrap the Salmon:
    • Carefully fold the sides of the aluminum foil up and over the salmon. Seal the edges to create a well-sealed packet.
  5. Grill the Salmon Packets:
    • Place the foil packets on the grill grates over direct heat. Close the grill lid.
  6. Grill Time:
    • Grill the salmon packets for about 12-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets or the whole side and your desired level of doneness.
  7. Check for Doneness:
    • To check for doneness, carefully open one of the packets and use a fork to separate the flakes of the salmon. It should be opaque throughout, with no translucency. The internal temperature should reach 120-145°F (49-63°C), depending on your preference.
  8. Remove and Serve:
    • Once the salmon is grilled to your liking, remove the foil packets from the grill and transfer the salmon to a serving platter. Be careful when opening the packets, as they will release hot steam.
  9. Garnish and Enjoy:
    • Garnish the grilled salmon with fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon juice, or your favorite sauce or dressing.

Grilling salmon in foil is not only easy but also results in a moist and flavorful dish. You can serve it with a variety of sides, such as grilled vegetables, rice, or a fresh salad, for a complete and satisfying meal. Enjoy your perfectly grilled salmon!