Baked Salmon in a Foil Packet


Baking salmon in a foil packet is a very healthy way of preparing fish because you don't need to use any fat for the baking process. I season the salmon with a mix of marjoram, lemon, and star anise, but you could use the same method with different herbs and spices.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • olive oil

  • 2 medium onions, halved and sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 lemons, sliced

  • 5 pods whole star anise pods

  • cup water

  • aluminum foil

  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) salmon fillet


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook onions until soft and browned, about 10 minutes. Season with marjoram and a little salt. Remove from heat.

  3. Place lemon slices in a single layer in a clean skillet over high heat and cook until lightly browned on both sides, about 3 minutes. Add star anise and water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.

  4. Cover a baking pan large enough to hold the salmon with sheets of aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Lay onions in a single layer on the bottom; place salmon fillet on top, skin-side down. Rub fillet with salt and pepper. Cover with lemon slices and star anise. Fold up the edges of the foil over the salmon to create a packet, making sure to seal the edges well.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until salmon flakes easily with a fork, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven, open foil carefully, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

328 Calories
19g Fat
12g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 328
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 51mg 254%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 682mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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