Aug 12
2013

Easy Grilled Salmon Recipe in Foil with Ginger & Soy Sauce

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This easy grilled salmon recipe in foil, with the flavors of soy sauce and ginger, requires virtually no clean-up. It’s perfect for busy weeknights!
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I take absolutely no credit for this grilled salmon in foil, possibly one of the easiest dinners you will ever make. That all goes to my mum. She has made this salmon, either on the grill or baked in the oven, countless times for dinner parties, large gatherings and casual family dinners. And the secret to this “no clean-up” (that’s what I said…you’re cooking in foil. Rejoice!) recipe is simple…there is no trick.

That’s right. Just place the salmon in a double layer of foil, pour over a simple soy sauce (or tamari) mixture, adorn with ginger, garlic and green onions, and slide it onto the grill.

The salmon can be served hot or at room temperature. Many times, my mum doubled or tripled this recipe for large gatherings and served the salmon at room temperature, alongside salads and other side dishes. At this time of year, a colorful Tricolor Thai Salad with Zucchini & Yellow Squash would be a fantastic accompaniment.

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Not only is salmon one of the most taste-friendly fish for those who are wary of seafood, it is an excellent source of omega-3s, those fatty acids known to be vital to the body’s functioning. If you are concerned about mercury and other pollutants that are known to affect many fish, including salmon, be sure to source wild-caught salmon, which are known to have lower levels of contamination.

Large pieces of salmon are typically sold with the skin on. While you certainly can remove the skin before cooking, particularly with a special fish filleting knife, it is far easier to do so after cooking. In fact, the fish practically slides off the skin, provided the salmon is not overcooked.

The recipe:

Preheat the grill to medium heat.

Lay the salmon on a double sheet of foil.

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce (or tamari for a gluten-free option), rice vinegar and canola oil. Fold all four sides of the foil up and pour the mixture evenly over the salmon.

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Lay the slices of ginger and garlic, and the green onions on top of the salmon.

Seal the foil by folding it as though you wrapping a present. Slide the foil packet onto the grill and close the lid. Cook until the salmon is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Take care not to overcook the salmon.

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Unwrap the salmon from the foil, remove the garlic, ginger and green onions, and cut into pieces and serve hot or at room temperature.

Other salmon recipes:

Healthy Salmon Recipes | cookincanuck.com #recipe #salmon
Cookin’ Canuck’s Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Salmon, Tomatoes & Herb Dressing
Cookin’ Canuck’s Baked Trout (or Salmon) with Honey-Thyme Glaze
Life as a Strawberry’s Tequila & Sriracha Glazed Salmon
Half Baked Harvest’s Greek Salmon Souvlaki Gyros with Tzatziki
Feed Your Soul Too’s Blackened Salmon Sandwich

Easy Grilled Salmon Recipe in Foil with Ginger & Soy Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Serving Size: 1 piece of salmon (1/6 of the cooked piece)

Calories per serving: 231 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 11.1g / Saturated Fat 1.5g

Easy Grilled Salmon Recipe in Foil with Ginger & Soy Sauce

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 salmon (about 2 lbs), with or without skin (remove before eating)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 green onions

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  2. Lay the salmon on a double sheet of foil.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar and canola oil. Fold all four sides of the foil up and pour the mixture evenly over the salmon.
  4. Lay the slices of ginger and garlic, and the green onions on top of the salmon.
  5. Seal the foil by folding it as though you wrapping a present. Slide the foil packet onto the grill and close the lid. Cook until the salmon is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Take care not to overcook the salmon.
  6. Unwrap the salmon from the foil, remove the garlic, ginger and green onions, and cut into pieces and serve hot or at room temperature.

Notes

Calories 231.5 / Total Fat 11.1g / Saturated Fat 1.5g / Cholesterol 83.6mg / Sodium 366.4mg / Total Carbohydrates 0.6g / Fiber 0g / Sugar 0.2g / Protein 30.4g / WW (Old Points) 6 / WW (Points+) 6

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1 Tieghan August 12, 2013 at 6:01 am

This is just gorgeous, Dara! Thank you to both you and your mom for making this it! I cannot wait to give it a try on night when I need something fast!

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 12, 2013 at 6:38 am

Thanks, Tieghan! I am always excited when my mum makes this for us.

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3 Cookbook Queen August 12, 2013 at 6:31 am

My husband and MIL LOVE Salmon, and I love how easy this is to prepare!! Totally going to surprise them with it :)

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 12, 2013 at 6:38 am

Thanks, Kristan! I hope they enjoy it as much as we do.

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5 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel August 12, 2013 at 6:35 am

Such a great idea!! My husband (the seafood fan of the family) will love this.

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) August 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

Thanks, Rachel. The beauty of this (beyond being tasty and quick) is that the leftovers are just as good the next day.

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7 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl August 12, 2013 at 7:14 am

This is my favorite way to grill salmon (and any fish really!) And you know I love the Asian flavors. Great reminder to do this again soon!

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8 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective August 12, 2013 at 7:40 am

Honestly, I think soy was MADE for salmon… so good together!

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9 Jeanette August 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

Love the ginger soy combination Dara – reminds me of the way I steam fish, but on the grill. I have to say, grilled salmon is one of my favorites during the summer – going to have to try this!

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10 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

Great combinations of flavors–they work so well with salmon. This looks excellent! Definitely need to add this to my list of simple weeknight dinners :)

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11 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough August 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

Total rejoicing for no cleanup over here! The ginger and soy sauce sound like an AMAZING addition to salmon — gotta try this ASAP.

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12 Liz August 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

Lovely recipe. Thank you.

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13 Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

I have a freezer full of wild salmon my boys caught yesterday. Going to give this a try!

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14 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain August 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

I am always looking for quick and flavorful salmon recipes. This looks delish, Dara!

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15 Ali | Gimme Some Oven August 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

I love how simple and colorful this is! Totally going to try the foil method next time I buy salmon.

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16 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch August 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Love to grill salmon! Yours looks amazing, Dara.

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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Fab flavors and nothing beats no clean-up!

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18 Todd @ HonestlyYUM August 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm

How gorgeous is that salmon…my favorite finish, indeed.

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19 Kate@Diethood August 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm

My favorite way to prepare fish! I ain’t gonna lie…my mouth watered up a bit…That sauce sounds SO GOOD!

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20 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 12, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Salmon is such an easy fish to manage but always gives stellar results. Often I’ll just bake the whole fillet and let guests dive in..cool presentation and like you said, easy peasy!

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21 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 13, 2013 at 12:10 am

I’m loving the foil method! I can’t believe I’ve never done this before!

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22 Betty August 13, 2013 at 5:03 am

I’m anxious to give this a try, but not having access to an outdoor grill, I suppose this can be ‘baked’ in the oven. Has anyone done it this way?

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23 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats August 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

Salmon is my favorite, favorite, favorite..I could literally eat it every single day! These flavors sound fantastic together! My mom always makes great Salmon too, in my favorite ways…I haven’t even tried messing with it yet..but you’re making me want it!!

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24 Ashley@BakerbyNature August 13, 2013 at 6:41 am

I’m just starting to get into salmon, but since I’ma huge fan of ginger and soy I think this would be a total winner for us over here! Can’t wait to try! xo

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25 Frank @Memorie di Angelina August 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

I love salmon and this looks like a perfect way to enjoy its special taste. I like the foil treatment—keeps things moist!

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26 Jackie {The Beeroness} August 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

That salmon is gorgeous! Such a beautiful color. I also love that it’s so sustainable, easy to recommend to others. I love that you added ginger, such a delicious idea.

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27 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts August 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Dara,
Your salmon looks so tasty, and so easy. Doubly awesome in my book.
My spouse is a vegetarian-while-deployed, and plans to eat “happy meat” when he returns. I’m thinking when the local grocery store has their next salmon sidewalk sale (coho or sockeye is up next, I forget what’s in the freezer now) I’ll have them leave one whole so I can prepare this for him.
Thanks!

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28 cassie August 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

I love making dinners introduced to me by my mom. Yours was spot-on here. I love the sound of this salmon, Dara!

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29 Aggie August 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Love everything about this – good job mom!! I don’t think I’ve cooked salmon in foil on the grill, this looks so fresh and delicious!

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30 Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper August 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Mmmm, I love grilled salmon and Asian-style salmon. Perfect way to combine the two!

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31 Peter @Feed Your Soul Too August 14, 2013 at 6:54 am

I love the ease with which this can be prepared. The Asian flavors look like the compliment the salmon so well. Also, thx for noting my Blackened Salmon sandwich. Happy cooking.

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32 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste August 14, 2013 at 11:28 am

This looks so spectacular! Love the combination of fresh ginger and soy sauce!

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33 Nutmeg Nanny August 20, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Yum! This will be my husbands new favorite, I am sure :)

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34 Ice Cream Magic August 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

This grilled salmon with ginger and soy sauce dish sounds wonderful. Thanks for the recipe.

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35 Bobbie September 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm

This looks good. One question though. You mentioned that this could be baked in the oven so I wanted to know what temp and how long? I have been wanting to make fish at home instead of buying the frozen stuff. Do think this would be good with Tilapia as well?

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36 joan bauer October 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

May I point out that one should NEVER cook any food directly in contact with foil!
I make this all the time and ALWAYS put a generous layer/ envelope of wax paper around the foods [ salmon, whatever] and then the foil.
I also spray my food and/or wax paper w/ a little bit of spray EVOO so it doesn’t stick too badly.
Enjoy; this is a great way to cook salmon and Italian pots, and vegy’s and all kinds of foods.

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37 Carolyn November 6, 2013 at 4:28 am

First, my fellow expat Canuck, I love that you write mum with a u. I do too. Secondly, love love love the salmon. I am making this very soon.

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38 Ed January 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Time to rain on the parade.

I see dozens of optimistic replies regarding folks who think this ‘sounds’ or ‘looks’ ‘delish’, but no one who actually cooks it off and gives feedback. Also, 99% of the posts are same-day pep rally posts. “Oh, can’t wait! My husband will be crazy because he loves soy sauce! AND THIS HAS SOY SAUCE!!!!”

Getting past the automatic positive feedback of all your ‘friends’, the recipe is sound. Salmon tasted great. But no damn way was 10 minutes medium grill gonna cut it without at least a flip (and more time). Hopefully one of the ladies celebrating your delicious recipe told you that already, but I’m thinking none of them even did use this recipe.

Revisit the heating aspect, or at least post the temp of your grill for the period. I’m glad you’re posting recipes for folks like me to try, just looking for ‘feedback’ and “honing of craft” more so than “Awwww Babe!! Soy Sauce and Ginger would probably taste awesome on fish!”

Thank you for sharing, all animosity is directed is at your ‘comments’ and not you.

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39 Susan April 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

I made the recipe, with a few adjustments, and it turned out wonderfully well.

Ed, you’re right that the 10 min grilling time is not accurate. I have a high powered gas grill, and the heat was on med-high (about 400 degrees) and I cooked it for 13-15 minutes.

I added a twist of orange on top of the salmon and a bit of orange juice. Superb.

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40 Gabe June 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Great recipe, but would strongly suggest skipping the rice vinegar as the aluminum foil will have a chemical reaction with the vinegar imparting a distinct taste in the fish. Instead, squeeze a little fresh lime wedge over the fish after its left the foil. (Acids will cause a similar reaction)

You can also mix up a little dressing with rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, lime juice, a little more soy and cilantro to use as a topping after the fish comes out of the foil if you still want to use the rice vinegar. (Also makes a great marinade and you have the chance to add some hot pepper flakes if you like it spicy!)

Another option would be to do the same recipe in the oven and seal the fish in a parchment pouch. The parchment is chemically benign and won’t cause any weird science that might taint the subtle tastes imparted by the rice vinegar. I do this all the time with other fish, chicken and pork…it’s a great way to impart subtle favors into your food.

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41 Gabe June 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Forgot to mention that if your foil is anodized, it is perfectly safe to cook with acids as the anodizing process stabilizes the reaction…it should say anodized on the box if the foil has been treated.

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