Grilled lemony garlic butter Salmon in foil packets with green beans

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This simple grilled salmon in foil recipe is packed with lemony garlic butter flavor! Adding green beans to the packet means you have have protein and a side dish on the table in under 30 minutes…

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It’s undeniable that fish is an essential part of a healthy diet. Packed with heart-healthy fats and omega-3s that support sharper brain function, the American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish per week — a recommendation that I don’t come even close to meeting.

You see, fresh fish is one of those things we never ate growing up. Consequently, I very rarely prepare it for my own family. I mean, I know my way around a kitchen, but fish is just out of my comfort zone… But I’m making a concerted effort to change this. Maybe you feel the same way? If so, read on for a grilled salmon recipe that’s perfect even for newbies.

Salmon is a great fish to start with… You can always find Alaska salmon fresh or frozen at the grocery store, but it’s especially fresh right now while wild-caught Alaska salmon is in season. Wild-caught salmon is higher in omega-3s, lower in fat, and contains less toxins than farmed fish. All good reasons why I #AskForAlaska at the grocery store and when dining out! Plus preparing it is actually super easy, so just dive in. (ha-ha!!!)

Removing the pin bones from salmon

So there was one thing that threw me for a bit of a loop — removing the pin bones. Pin bones are tiny bones that you’ll find in almost all wild-caught Alaska salmon. Why? Because the salmon is caught, processed and flash frozen to lock in quality and freshness ASAP after being caught. Removing the pin bones can be a bit tedious, so this allows the fish to be processed much more quickly, meaning your salmon is super duper fresh.

Honestly, I wouldn’t even bother with removing them, unless you have very young children. The bones are very easy to spot and eat around, but if you do want to remove them, you’ll just need a pair of tweezers or pliers to gently slide them out of your uncooked salmon fillet.

Grilled salmon in foil

I love, LOVE this simple grilled salmon in foil recipe because it provides dinner and a side in under 30 minutes! Add some fresh cut seasonal fruit or a simple side salad, and it’s one of the easiest dinners EVER to prepare. I feel kind of foolish for feeling so apprehensive about preparing salmon at home for all these years.

It starts with tossing a pound of fresh green beans with a little extra virgin olive oil. Season them with a little salt and pepper, and then divide them among four large squares of aluminum foil. Top each pile of green beans with a 6-oz. Alaska salmon fillet.

Next we’ll whisk together a mixture of melted butter, lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Pour this mixture over top of each piece of salmon. Then pull the edges of the foil together and fold and scrunch to seal each into a packet. Grill and serve — easy as can be!


Cut four pieces of aluminum foil into 14-inch lengths.

Toss green beans with 2 teaspoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide into four portions and layer in center of each piece of foil. Place a salmon fillet on top of each pile of green beans.

In a small bowl, add melted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk everything together, and pour over each piece of salmon. Pull the foil edges together and scrunch them up to seal each packet.

To grill these packets: Preheat the grill to medium-low heat and place the packets directly on the grill. Close the grill cover and cook for 13-16 minutes (or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily), making sure to rotate the packets 1/2 turn about 7 minutes into the cooking time.

To bake these packets: Place side by side on a baking sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees until salmon has cooked through and flakes easily, about 20 – 25 minutes.

Carefully unwrap each packet before serving. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped fresh dill, if desired, and garnish with extra lemon.


1-lb. fresh green beans, ends trimmed
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-oz.) Alaska salmon filets
3 tablespoons butter, melted*
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
chopped fresh dill to taste, optional


Serving Size: 1 (238 g)     Servings Per Recipe: 4

Calories 306.8    Calories from Fat 68 22%    Total Fat 7.6 g 11%    Saturated Fat 1.4 g 6%     Cholesterol 78.4 mg 26%    Sodium 837.7 mg 34%     Total Carbohydrate 22.6 g 7%    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g 1%    Sugars 19.6 g 78%    Protein 36.5 g 73%


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