This easy grilled salmon in foil recipe, with the flavors of soy sauce and ginger, requires virtually no clean-up. It's perfect for busy weeknights or entertaining!
I take absolutely no credit for this recipe for 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 grilled salmon recipe 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.
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 grilled salmon in foil 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.
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.
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 healthy salmon recipes:
Grilled Salmon Burgers with Avocado Sauce
Caprese Potato Salmon Foil Packets
Whole Wheat Pasta Salad with Salmon, Tomatoes & Herb Dressing
Baked Trout (or Salmon) with Honey-Thyme Glaze
If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it on Instagram! Just use the hashtag #COOKINCANUCK and I'll be sure to find it.
Easy Grilled Salmon in Foil Recipe
- ½ salmon about 2 pounds, with or without skin (remove before eating)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 1-inch piece ginger peeled and sliced
- 2 garlic cloves sliced
- 3 green onions
- Preheat the grill to medium heat.
- Lay the salmon on a double sheet of foil.
- 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.
- 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.
- Unwrap the salmon from the foil, remove the garlic, ginger and green onions, and cut into pieces and serve hot or at room temperature.
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Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats
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!!
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?
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
I'm loving the foil method! I can't believe I've never done this before!
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
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!
My favorite way to prepare fish! I ain't gonna lie...my mouth watered up a bit...That sauce sounds SO GOOD!
Todd @ HonestlyYUM
How gorgeous is that salmon...my favorite finish, indeed.
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
Fab flavors and nothing beats no clean-up!
Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Love to grill salmon! Yours looks amazing, Dara.
Ali | Gimme Some Oven
I love how simple and colorful this is! Totally going to try the foil method next time I buy salmon.
Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain
I am always looking for quick and flavorful salmon recipes. This looks delish, Dara!
Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
I have a freezer full of wild salmon my boys caught yesterday. Going to give this a try!
Lovely recipe. Thank you.
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
Total rejoicing for no cleanup over here! The ginger and soy sauce sound like an AMAZING addition to salmon -- gotta try this ASAP.
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
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 🙂
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!
Honestly, I think soy was MADE for salmon... so good together!
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
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!
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
Such a great idea!! My husband (the seafood fan of the family) will love this.
Dara (Cookin' Canuck)
Thanks, Rachel. The beauty of this (beyond being tasty and quick) is that the leftovers are just as good the next day.
My husband and MIL LOVE Salmon, and I love how easy this is to prepare!! Totally going to surprise them with it 🙂
Dara (Cookin' Canuck)
Thanks, Kristan! I hope they enjoy it as much as we do.
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!
Dara (Cookin' Canuck)
Thanks, Tieghan! I am always excited when my mum makes this for us.