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Fish in Foil

Last week we had dinner with Dan’s dad while his mom was visiting family and he made us this great salmon recipe that I thought would be great to share with you. This meal is super easy and can be made with any white fish or salmon.

Dan’s dad loves to cook, which must be where he gets it from. Thanks, John! One of the family favorites is this super delicious, healthy, and most importantly, easy dinner of fish and veggies steamed in a foil packet.

Dan has made this meal before with cod after he was banned from ever frying cod in our house again. DO NOT FRY COD. I REPEAT. DO NOT FRY COD, unless of course you love your house reeking of fish for 3 weeks straight. I contemplated just burning our house down and starting over somewhere. But I digress…

Dan’s dad John typically makes this using salmon, as he did the other night, so that’s what I’ll use for this recipe. Also, this recipe will not make your house stink. *claps*

This is a great option if you want to eat healthy, but are expecting a busy night, or are just feeling lazy. There’s pretty much no clean up since everything is cooked in foil, which is always a win in my book, as I do the dishes when Dan cooks dinner. You could even save time by slicing up all of the veggies on a night you have more time so they are ready to go when you want to cook. It’s also great if you’re only cooking for one or two people, since it is cooked in single servings.



Just a warning that this is super garlicky. We love garlic, but if you don’t, just cut back on it in this recipe to a level that is acceptable to you.

The portion below is for a single serving, but you can double, triple, quadruple, etc. everything as needed.

Ingredients for one packet:

  • Salmon- about a 1/2 pound piece per person
  • about 1/4 potato
  • 1/4 red pepper
  • less than a 1/4 of one yellow onion
  • minced garlic- about 1 tsp
  • 4 lemon slices
  • olive oil- about 2 tbsp.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Thinly slice (or mandolin if you have one) the potato, red pepper, and yellow onion, and cut 2 slices of lemon.
  3. Tear off about a 1 foot square of tin foil
  4. Put 1 tbsp. of olive oil  on the bottom half of the tin foil (but not to the edges, you’ll be folding those over to make a packet).
  5. On top of the oil, place the potato slices in 2 small rows. Do another layer of potatoes on top of the first layer. Then add a drizzle of oil on top and season with a dash of salt, pepper, and Old Bay seasoning.
  6. Add the red pepper in a layer on top of the potatoes. Add another drizzle of oil and season with a dash of salt, pepper, & Old Bay seasoning.
  7. Add the final layer of veggies with the onions on top of the red pepper. Again, drizzle with the oil and season those the same way as the last two layers.+Note that you don’t want the layers of veggies too thick, otherwise the veggies will not cook evenly.
  8. Place your piece of salmon on top of the onions. Season with salt, pepper, and Old Bay.
  9. Make a slurry of about 1/2 tbsp olive oil and minced garlic. Then, put it on top of the salmon.
  10. Place the lemon slices on top.
  11. Fold the other half of the foil over the top of the stack, then seal the edges by folding tightly. You want it to be sealed well so no steam or juices escape.
  12. Bake for 20-25 mins at 400 degrees, or until salmon is cooked through. Salmon is done when it turns from bright pink or red to a translucent pink/white color.
  13. Open packet and scoop contents onto plate. FYI this probably goes without saying, but just in case, the lemon is for flavor and garnish only. I don’t think you’ll want to eat them.

Voila! You’re done with a main course and sides, all in one, in less than 30 mins.




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