Believe it or not the majority of my life I thought I didn't like fish. I suppose I had this notion that all fish would taste like fish sticks- which as a child I despised. That was until I tried my first salmon filet. It was like my whole world was opened up. I couldn't believe that fish could taste so wonderful.
Maybe that's why salmon has remained my all time favorite fish. This was one of the first ways I ever made salmon at home. Back when I was just starting to feel my way around a kitchen could successfully prepare around 4 dishes. Over the years I have tweaked the recipe, but the method of baking(or grilling) salmon in a foil packet has stayed a star player in my recipe rotation. Not only does it provide a perfect little cooking environment for your fish, but it makes the clean up a snap.
Start with fresh salmon cut into 6 oz filets with or without the skin. I leave mine on.
Next mix the dill, garlic powder, old bay, salt and pepper into the softened butter.
Overlap 2 good sized sheets of foil onto a large baking sheet and cover with the lemons. Next top the lemons with salmon and spread with your butter mixture. Follow it with a healthy squeeze of lemon juice.
Fold it all up and pinch the seam at the top to make a loose packet of goodness.
Ignore my ugly baking sheet!
Now pop that bad boy into the oven and bake for around 15 minutes. I like my salmon at a good medium, but if you want it a little flakier just bake for a little longer.
I like to serve this with extra lemon wedges for squeezing and a side fresh veggies and rice pilaf.
Lemon and Dill Foil Pack Salmon
1 ½ lbs salmon filets
6 tblspn softened butter
1/8 cup dried dill
1/2 tspn sea salt
1 tspn old bay seasoning
1/2 tspn ground black pepper
½ tspn ground garlic
Preheat oven to 400
Mix together the softened butter, dried dill, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Lay out two sheets of foil on a baking sheet, one crossing over the other. Slice 1-2 lemons (depending on size) into thin slices. Place some of the slices over the foil in a single layer. Place the salmon filets on top of the lemon slices. Spread the butter mixture over the salmon. It may look like a lot, but you really want to be generous. Cover with the juice of one lemon. Wrap the foil up into a loose pouch, pinching in the center for a tight seal. Place in oven and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on how cooked you like your salmon.
Serve with extra lemon wedges for extra tastiness!